Well, I’m finally getting around to putting up some sort of tutorial for the Fish Backpack I made for So You Think You’re Crafty. It only took six months. Hey, it could be worse! I should, however, make a disclaimer first about the quality of this tutorial. Or lack there of… (hangs head in shame)
Since I was on a bit of a time crunch to whip out this backpack before the weekly deadline of SYTYC, I wasn’t really concerned with taking measurements or saving patterns for a future tutorial. Bummer, I know. So instead I have just a few photographs that will hopefully help an experienced sewer figure out how the heck I made this backpack. It really is just your basic drawstring bag, in the shape of a fish. So if you’ve made one of those, this project will be a breeze!
If anyone has question, please feel free to comment and I’ll try to clarify or find more pictures.
Fish Backpack Tutorial
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(Shhh, Josh! No peeking!)
Here’s my version of a Fort Making Kit I found on Saltwater Kids. I made a few of them as end-of-the-year gifts and they seemed to be enjoyed. A wonderfully easy gift that I hope will bring hours of entertainment! No need for any tutorial over here since the Saltwater Kids tutorial is so well done. Yay for great tutorials!
1) Color/Shape Matching Cards 2) Oversized Dominos 3) Button Snake
4) Lacing Cards 5) Color Sorting 6) Dough Fun
7) Shape Stencils 8) Popsicle Puzzle 9) Rigatoni Stringing
10) Coloring/Stamping 11) Counting and Sorting 12) Scavenger Hunt
I’ve got to admit…this whole toddler thing is uncharted territory for me! Just when I thought I was getting the hang of caring for a baby, Jackson went and changed into a toddler. His amazing little mind needs me to be so much more engaged and I find myself trying to play “catch up.”
So how do I research activities to stimulate a growing mind? The internet, of course. I first came upon the idea of toddler activity bags through Chasing Cheerios. What a great way to keep a kid busy for just a few minutes while you change out of your pajamas or finish your burger and fries at a restaurant! Here are a few more links for toddler bags: Muses of Megret, Intrepid Murmurings, and the motherload of activity ideas, My Delicious Ambiguity.
Yesterday a few local moms and I got together to swap our activity bags. The concept was easy: we each made 12 identical gallon-sized freezer bags filled with a toddler friendly activity and swapped for 12 other different bags. We all ended up with about a dozen activities that can be pulled out when needed.
Can’t wait to put these to good use!