FunStitch Studio Summer Camp with a Giveaway

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Have you heard about the FunStitch Studio Summer Camp?  My children and I were invited to join the fun at Sew, Mama, Sew. FunStitch Studio is a children’s book imprint from C&T Publishing focused on supporting kids as sewists, embroiderers, and quilters with quality information and projects.

My two oldest children both picked projects from Forest Fairy Crafts by Lenka Vodicka-Paredes and Asia Currie. The book shares many ways to make various fairies, mermaids, pirates, etc. There is also a felt craft component of the book and that’s what drew my children in right away. They wanted to try a number of the projects but each settled on just one for starters!

Forest Fairy Crafts 1

My son Timothy, age 10, chose the Cat Pocket.  He is cat obsessed. His favorite stuffed animal is a cat and he is currently reading the Warrior book series about cats, etc. so it was no surprise that this project was the one he chose!  He started out by choosing his felt colors to match the fur of one of the cats in the Warrior books (forgive me but I forget the cat’s name!).  He then traced all of the patterns from the book and cut them out.  He pinned them to the felt and then cut the pieces.  I realized that although I teach my kids to use scissors when they are toddlers, I hadn’t yet let any of them use my fabric scissors yet. It was tricky for Timothy to get used of handling larger scissors and cutting further down on the blade, rather than with the scissor tips. But he caught on and did a nice job cutting.

Forest Fairy Crafts 2

The last time I tried sewing with Timothy, it was a trying experience.  I don’t know if he just wasn’t ready yet or he wasn’t interested enough in the project.  But he was very interested in this project and he seemed to settle right into the hand stitching without any issues.  Things just clicked!  He even seemed to grasp the importance of trying to keep your stitches even for a nicer looking project.  He took it to heart and really gave it his best. I was impressed.  He needed very little direction or encouragement.  I showed him how to tie off his thread just once and he got it.  The only thing I had to do for him was thread his needle.

Forest Fairy Crafts 3

And here we have a very happy camper!  He immediately stuffed the pocket with a Lego man and a Hex Bug.  A week or so later, he used this pillow as a tooth fairy pillow.

Forest Fairy Crafts 4

He required a white background shot like Mommy’s projects.

Forest Fairy Crafts 5

My 7 year old daughter, Lily, picked the Mouse pocket (admittedly, she wanted to make the unicorn but it looked a little trickier and we were out of white felt).  She required a little more help than her brother but not by much. She traced her own patterns and cut out the paper.  I then cut the felt for her.  She is a lefty and I don’t think my fabric scissors worked for her.

Forest Fairy Crafts 6

I think that sorting through the buttons to choose eyes was the best part for both kids.

Forest Fairy Crafts 7

Lily did all her own stitching. I think she found the whip stitch easier than the running stitch.  She sometimes got confused on the running stitch and we’d have to take out a stitch and re thread the needle.  She persevered though!

Forest Fairy Crafts 7

She’s quite thrilled with her mouse!

I think I will use this book while planning activities for my Girl Scout troop this year. They really enjoyed the felt sewing I did with them last year where I prepunched holes in the felt and we used plastic needles.  Perhaps this year we can attempt stitching with sharp needles as my kids did with these projects.  I think I will learn from Lily and move to a project using the whip stitch with them next and then the running stitch.  I think it is second nature to want to wrap the thread around the edge of the project.

If you are sewing along with the FunStitch Studio Summer Camp, I hope you have fun making these projects with your kids!  I bet you already have the supplies in the house which is a bonus.

Would you like a copy of Forest Fairy Crafts?  I have one copy to giveaway!  I will draw a winner randomly from the comments on August 15th.  Just leave me a comment telling me your favorite summer family activity to enter to win!

 

Edited to add:  the winner is

We have lots of fun with scavenger hunts here on our hobby farm. I make them harder and harder and it takes them hours

Comments

  1. My little boy is only one so right now just watching him discover everything outside is a lot of fun. We’re actually in the process of completely redoing our backyard so he will be able to roam freely :). Thanks for a chance to win a fun book!

  2. Isn’t it amazing what a year or two will do for a child’s understanding and patience?:) They did a fantastic job! I love felt projects!

    Hmmm…summer activity….eating popsicles on the front porch and watching the butterflies…and trying to forget that I need to weed!;)

  3. Joyce Mitchell says:

    I have great nieces & nephews who love to do crafts. My favorite summer activity is making home-made ice cream from fresh peaches. Everyone has to turn the crank to earn their bowl of ice cream. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. My favorite summer activity is the week I spend with my grands. My granddaughter is learning to sew. These projects would be right up her alley. Your kids did a great job!

  5. My favorite summer activity with the family is bike riding. We have a nature trail in town that used to be train tracks. It’s nice and flat and goes through the woody areas, near the river, and over bridges. We’ve always loved the scenery, exercise, and just being together!

  6. Our favourite family activity is going for a walk around a lake near our house. IT’s a long walk but the kids know there is a great park towards the end and it keeps them motivated and more importantly from whining. By the time they get home they are ready to relax and have quiet time! The book looks fabulous!

  7. That is so awesome! I love to see kids crafting. I just taught Alexis to crochet this week and she did great! We had tried when she was 10 but it just didn’t click, she will be 13 next month and this time it took and she is off and running. I’ll be checking out this book.

  8. Picnics in the park have to be my favourite activity. Outside and a really cheap activity. Everyone joins in and has fun. I love summer for bringing family and friends together

  9. Susan Jonsson says:

    Would love to share this book with my 8 yr. old niece who lives for all things Fairy. Thank you for the chance to win.

  10. Our favorite summer time activity is to have the whole family over for boating and swimming in the lake.

  11. They both did a great job! When I was a Brownie, my mum used to make me sew my own badges onto my uniform – it wasn’t pretty, initially, but by the time I was a Guide at the age of 10 I had it down pat :D

  12. Swimming and a barbecue! I love that your son used his cat as a tooth pillow. Purrfect!

  13. What a cool book! I love camping with my family, even though it does take me away from my sewing machine. :)

  14. We have lots of fun with scavenger hunts here on our hobby farm. I make them harder and harder and it takes them hours

  15. This book looks great! So many great projects.

  16. I love swimming, where the kids end up tired and clean! My granddaughter can’t get enough of playing Troll Under the Bridge at the local park. She races across the bridge, while I try to grab her leg. She always evades the troll!

  17. Thanks for the giveaway! My daughter would have chosen the cat pocket, too. I will have to check out this book. She’ll love it. She spent the entire day making a little quilt for her friend! I loved it. I was in heaven. It was so cute. I really enjoy motorcycling as a family. It’s a lot of fun!

  18. My boys love computers and xbox, I’m hoping to get them doing things that aren’t electronic this coming summer.

  19. I just love being around kids. Their enthusiasem is infectious! I brought supplies and we made crowns; that was fun as we all got to wear our creations.

  20. This book has a lot of fun creative craft ideas — along with lots of opportunities for improvisation as well. I always enjoyed crafts as a child and this book would help me pass on the joy of crafting to the young ones in my family.

  21. My dgd is turning 6 at the end of the month, and is just starting to become interested in crafting, so this would be great for teaching her some fun and easy projects. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    Hugs
    Naomi

  22. Hiking is our family’s go to summer activity :)

  23. That book looks so cute. My son (6 years old) is making a little felt bear right now, he would love this! Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. Lawana Whaley says:

    Love those happy faces..very cute projects. My favorite kid activities are the “cool” water activities with the hose outside in our Arkansas summers

  25. Susan Lasky says:

    I love to bake with the grandkids….however….they are both showing interest with helping their mom in the sewing room!! This book would be a wonderful addition to the family activities.

    Thank you for the opportunity to aquire this book!
    Kind Regards
    Grandma Susie

  26. I used to love to go fishing in my dad’s little fishing boat, on a local lake , on summer evenings. Being on the lake at twilight was my favorite time….

  27. How adorable, it would be great to win, thank you.
    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

  28. Our favorite summertime memories are a family are our family vacations! We love the beach, and enjoying fishing together! Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. These are adorable! Your children crafted sweet little treasures! Stories like these make us incredibly happy. Thank you so much for sharing! Best wishes! Lenka and Asia

  30. Oh, I’d love to try some of those felt crafts with my CCD students. An activity that they just loved was when we made Creation Tote Bags. I purchased inexpensive canvas totes for Joann’s and each week a
    As we learned more about God’s creation, the children glued on fabrics that represented that idea. A glow in the dark star, that I added with a glue gun, topped off the special project. Now I see them carrying their bags into church with their treasures tucked inside.

  31. My favourite thing about summer is lazy mornings. It’s so nice not to have to rush the kids off to school. thanks for the chance!

  32. Beach time is definitely the best. We live near a rocky shingle beach and there is always something interesting to do there. We might look for shells, beach glass, or the “perfect” rock. Or we might build a driftwood fort, or balance on giant logs tossed up by a storm, or play with the huge kelp washed ashore, or…or…or…

  33. Karrie Smith says:

    One of my favorite things to do in the summer with my kid, is hang out in the pool floating on the rafts and just talking about anything. It’s so relaxing and she’s super sweet and nice, and I just treasure those moments. Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Charlotte Lunsford says:

    We love spending time in the pool during the summer! I have done some sewing with my girls(10 & 6) this summer too. They did a great job. One of my big memories of Girl Scouts was sewing a tiny felt sewing kit for my Mom for Mother Day! Have fun with your scouts this year, my troop starts next week!

  35. We’ve been very busy inventing ice cream and popsicle recipes :)

  36. I’m always interested in books about sewing projects for children. Thanks for the info on this one!

  37. Love this post! Awesome job Friendly kidlets.

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