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When I was teaching fiber arts to kids at my daughter’s school last month, I wanted to offer them a lot of potential means of entry into different crafts, and part of what I did was collect some books with relatively easy projects and leave them laying around for them to explore.
I think I may have been the first one to dive into Crafty Critters by Vickie Clontz of Annie’s Keepsakes, but once I opened it up several of the girls wanted to make things, too.
The book includes seven projects, most of which use animal faces or bodies to make adorable accessories. There are little magnets that look like the face of a fox, fawn, racoon, bear or owl. Wall pockets inspired by a fox, fawn and skunk. The cutest hedgehog pincushion you have ever seen.
The girl has already asked for a butterfly-themed birthday party this year, so I made the butterfly. In the book it’s a pincushion with a wrist strap (and also has rick-rack antennae), but I just made it a little stuffie.
I did snap a pic of the owl storage case one of the girls made, which is spectacular. Even using scraps of strange colors everything in this book that someone made turned out incredibly cute.
All of the projects are made with templates found in the back of the book (there’s also an ebook version, which would make pattern making even easier), and we made all the ones we did just with felt and hand sewing, so they’re pretty simple to put together.
This would be a great book for any beginning sewer (even if you want to sew by hand instead of using a machine) and the projects are perfect for kids to make and use.