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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Kids' Felt Cuties -- a Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party

Disclosure: Leisure Arts sent me a copy of this book in return for an honest review. All opinions in this post are my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this review. The links are affiliate links where I will receive a small percentage of any purchases made through them at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting Crafty Moms Share!

We enjoyed a few days visiting the very western part of our state. We finally took Hazel to the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. We promised her a couple of years ago we would take her. Then we saw a few natural wonders and relaxed at the pool. I didn't have a lot of time for crafting, but want to share with you a fun book to make kids' felt toys. It is Kids' Felt Cuties by Kim Layton. 

This book has fun projects in it starting with the adorable garden project on the cover. Hazel would have LOVED that when she was younger. It also would go great with the farmers' market she use to set up. Every once in awhile she still pulls out the creative play sets like the farmers' market or the teddy bear doctor clinic. The projects in this book are definitely more geared to younger kids and lots of creative play. There are nine projects in the book--simple flower crown, floral headband, star wand, jeweled crown, garden crate (the one on the cover), piggy coin bank, masks, fishing game, and taco plushie. 

Crafts in Kids Felt Cuties
Floral Headband and Star Wand; Garden Crate; Simple Flower Crown and Jeweled Crown

To see how the instructions and patterns are in the book I decided to  make the piggy coin bank. As I mentioned I was a bit short on time so I went for an easy project. The pattern for the piggy coin bank was full sized. Some of the patterns need enlarging however. 

I did it rather quickly, but the instructions were simple. In the back of the book there are general instructions as well as instructions for four different types of embroidery stitches. Hazel could easily make the projects in this book for the most part on her own, which I love!! The projects themselves are fun. There are the ones seen everywhere like the crowns and wand, but there are also other new ideas. If you made them with wool felt, the crowns and wand would be perfect for Waldorf education. I wish I had the patterns when Hazel was in the Waldorf school. The floral headband would work well for a Waldorf May Day celebration as well.

Crafts in Kids Felt Cuties



How fun is the taco plushie? It is made with the pieces glued in. I didn't try it, but am thinking it might be fun to have the kids be able to stuff it themselves over and over. It is 15-inches by 10-inches though, so more a pillow size. 
The magnetic fishing game is fun too. I love the creative sea life that is made for the game. The various fish are wonderful and I love the coral and seaweed as well. It really takes the idea to another level. It is certainly fancier than the one I made Hazel when she was young. 

I love the adorable masks. I love the simplicity of them and can imagine kids playing with them. So many creative ideas jump to the mind with these. They are made with a combination of stitching and gluing.

Overall the projects in this book are fun and will lead to hours of play for younger kids. The instructions are easy to follow and the patterns are easy to use. I hope you will check it out for yourself. 




It is time to see what you have been creating! Thank you to everyone who shared with us at our last party. It was a fun party with lots of creativity shared! Below are a few of the features from our party. Please remember for your child-oriented crafts, activities, lessons, etc. Sharing Saturday is going on!! We have started having a monthly Sharing Saturday party for the summer, so keep coming back and sharing!  I can't wait to see what your latest creations!!

Features


1) From Ginx Craft: A Few More 2CVs

2) From LiliaCraftParty: Bestselling Crochet Pattern of the Summer: Christy Headband

3) From The Style Safari: Embellished Off the Shoulder Dress

4) From The Handyman's Daughter: DIY Giant Watermelon Decor

5) From Anika's DIY Life: DIY Concrete Flowers

6) From The Mandatory Mooch: All About Succulents Decorating

Thank you to everyone who shared the last week!! I hope you will share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. I would love the help spreading the word about Crafty Weekends!!