Friday, 23 January 2015

Valentine Padded Felt Hearts - Tutorial and Printable Templates

 Sewing Valentine Padded Felt hearts on a cold Winter's afternoon, with a cup of tea and donuts to follow - our Mencap group really enjoyed this project!

Have done this before - a few years ago - but have made the hearts a smaller size, so only one A4 piece of felt is required for the large heart shapes.

What you will need...

One A4 size piece of felt - for the 2 large heart shapes
Smaller pieces of felt in contrasting colours for small hearts
Embroidery thread and needle
Ribbon (30cms or longer if you wish)
Polyester fibre filling (toy stuffing)
Pinking shears (optional)

How to make it...

Print out your patterns  

3 x Heart Template Shapes

Cut out two large hearts 
Cut out one each of the smaller size hearts (per side **)

Place the button on top of the two smaller heart shapes and sew them together, leaving your thread hanging down underneath.

Place this in the centre of one of the large hearts and sew together, through the three hearts and the button.

If you want - do the same with the other large heart (you will then have small hearts and buttons on both sides of your finished padded heart **) 

Place the two large heart shapes together and starting at the bottom point, stitch them together - either using blanket stitch or a simple running stitch.

When you reach centre top of your heart, slip the ends of your folded ribbon in between the two large hearts and sew through them to attach the ribbon to the heart.

Continue sewing down the other side, stopping when you have about 4cms still open. Don't end off - leave your thread hanging.

Stuff your heart at this point and then continue sewing until you reach the bottom point again.

If you have used a running stitch (as in the purple sample), you can trim off the edges of your heart with pinking shears (optional) 

Here are some our group made...

Hope you all enjoy this project...

Monday, 29 December 2014

New Year A4 Posters - Printable Colouring In

Ease into 2015 with some A4 Posters, ready for you to print and colour-in with your family or groups. 

2015 Dog

2015 Flowers

2015 Crinoline

Thanks to Raising Our Kids for sharing their free pictures, two of which I have used in the posters.

May the New Year bring Peace to our world
 - after all, it is the only one we have...

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

20 Anagrams Printable Quiz - In the Kitchen - With Answers!

 I have put together 20 Anagrams of things you would find in the kitchen - have fun re-arranging the letters. Here is the link to this printable quiz...
Quiz Anagrams - In the Kitchen

If you want more quizzes have a look at my Quiz eBook...

41 Easy Quizzes with Answers 
Fun, easy but stimulating....!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Halloween Paper Plate Pumpkin - Printable Tutorial

Halloween Paper Plate Pumpkin

We made these Halloween decorations at Mencap Braintree - if you want to have a go with your group, they are easy and fun for any age and make a bright display on a grey Autumn day...

You will need

Paper plate - approx 9inch (23cms)
Orange paint
Green paint
Thin black card
Glue stick
Silver metallic pen for drawing eyes etc (optional)

How to make

Print out the templates - Halloween Paper Plate Pumpkin

Cut the paper plate into the pumpkin shape, using the template as a guide
On the back of the plate (so you have a rounded shape)...
Paint the pumpkin orange, with a green stem
Cut out the black shapes (owl, ghost etc) from the black card
Stick the silhouette onto the pumpkin
Draw the eyes etc with the silver metallic pen (optional)

Hang them up and have fun at Halloween...

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Paper Lanterns we made for Diwali - The Festival of Lights - a Hindu festival

I'm sure most of you have made these Paper Lanterns at some time in your life - either as a child or with your own children - but in case you need a brush-up here is a good tutorial

As Diwali - an ancient Hindu festival known as "The Festival of Lights" is celebrated next week on Thursday 23rd October, we decided to make a string of Paper Lanterns to hang up in our hall at Mencap, Braintree.

We used thin card for the Lanterns and decorated them with glitter, stickers, ribbon, lace and shiny confetti, but you can use anything you have, that will enhance these colourful Lanterns.
Shubh Diwali!

The Innocent Big Knit - Supporting Age UK this Winter

 Get out your knitting needles and wool and start knitting... 

The idea is to knit mini hats to fit onto Innocent drinks bottles to raise money for Age UK.

 For all the details, plus patterns - CLICK HERE

Have fun creating your little hats and help the elderly stay warm this winter...

Friday, 10 October 2014

Tutorial - Lollipop Halloween Spiders and Ghosts!


Lollipop Halloween Spiders and Ghosts were great fun to make!

Here is how we did it...

Lollipop Halloween Spider

You will need...

A lollipop on a stick
4 pipe cleaners (chenille craft stems)
2 Googly eyes (we used 7mm) 
Double sided sticky pads

 How to make... 
Fold each pipe cleaner in half and twist the centre once around the stick of the lollipop, making a leg on either side - eight legs in all. Push the legs up towards the round lolly "body" and attach a small double sided sticky pad to keep them in place and on this pad attach the googly eyes.

Lollipop Halloween Ghost

You will need... 

A lollipop on a stick
A piece of old sheeting (or you can use tissue paper) about 25 to 30cms square
Ribbon - we used black, purple orange and yellow - 3mm width
A Loom Band or small elastic band
Black felt tip pen
A plastic straw (optional)

How to make...

Place the round lollipop in the centre of the white sheeting and fix around the head with a small elastic band. Tie ribbons around the neck and draw a face with your black pen. 
As the lollipop sticks are short in length, we used the plastic straw as an extension! 

Our groups at Mencap loved this easy, fun craft...

Have a Fun Halloween...

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Printable - Something for the Kids - 4 Activities!

 I have put together four activities - Word Search, Colouring-in and the old favourite  - "The School Bus"

Although aimed at the youngsters - I think the Mosaic and the Word Search will appeal to all ages...

So click on the link and have a look - print off all or just what you fancy... Enjoy!

Something for the Kids - 4 Activities

Leave me a comment if you need answers!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Printable Mosaics to Paint or Colour-in...!

Mosaics are the most rewarding pictures to paint or colour-in...! 

No matter what artistic ability you might or might not have, results from the combining of different colours can be stunning and thus a big boost to your confidence and satisfaction! 

So try some yourself, with your children or with your groups - here are two I have designed for you...

2 Mosaic Designs

For more Mosaic Designs and loads of other craft ideas, with printable templates see my NEW eBook

Simple Crafts and Activities

Also includes new quizzes and favourite games for Seniors and all ages...

Tuesday, 2 September 2014


My new eBook is out and ready for you to order -  
Simple Crafts and Activities
- saving you huge amounts of time, when preparing craft, quizzes and games for your groups. I have complied it with Senior Folk in mind, but a lot of the content is for all ages - for your groups, your family and yourself!

Do have a look - there is a full list of contents for you to browse through.

Loads of printable Templates (no links to go elsewhere - just all there in the eBook which is formatted in a Compressed PDF File - very easy to use)

The instructions are clear and the materials easily obtainable, with cost always  in mind.

My email is in the eBook - should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

So have a look -  Simple Crafts and Activities and place your order now for an instant download...

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Printable Quiz - 12 Books with Numbers!

When researching "Books with Numbers" - my latest Printable Quiz, I was surprised to find so many book titles that do actually contain numbers... 

After a good browse, I have chosen twelve for you to put to your group - and to make it a bit more challenging I have then asked for the relevant authors...

Here it is - with Answers!

Printable Quiz - Books with Numbers

If you enjoy doing quizzes with your groups, have a look at my ebook - 
41 Easy Quizzes with Answers

Though they are aimed at Seniors, based on the knowledge of their generation, they are actually fun for any age group (unless you are looking for questions on Pop Celebs!)

So have a look - will save you many hours of the preparation involved, in keeping your group entertained!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Stringing Beads - a relaxing afternoon!

A big bowl of beads and charms and thread - 
what pleasure there is in stringing beads!

Easy and fun for all ages and abilities - 
we are going to try Loom Bands next...!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Printable Quiz - William and Thomas - What are their Surnames?

 So many famous people are called William or Thomas...

Here are twenty for you to work on, with your groups - ten of each name

 Quiz - William and Thomas - What are their Surnames?

If you want more of my Quizzes - all Printable with Answers, have a look at my eBook  41 Easy Printable Quizzes with Answers

Nothing better than a good quiz, over a cup of tea, to stimulate and share memories. Enjoy!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Make Fun Summer Hats Collage - Tutorial!

Fun Summer Hats Collage!
This week we decided to celebrate Summer (at last!) by making some Fun Summer Hats Collages. Easy for any age or ability and some striking results - quite the thing for Ascot we believe!!

What you will need...

A4 sheets white printer paper
Decorative paper / thin card for hat
Embellishments - cutouts of flowers, butterflies,  buttons, ribbons, bows - these can also be the kind you stick on gift parcels - glitter and anything else you have on hand...
Glue sticks (any glue really, but the sticks are less messy and dry quickly)
Double sided adhesive pads to attach bows etc
A4 sheet of card to glue the finished hat onto

How to make it...

Print out the Hat Template

Turn your print over and draw the same shape on the other side of your paper. Easy way is to hold it against a window so you can see see through the paper...

Now work on this side (your drawn hat outline) 

Cut strips/shapes (whatever you want) of decorative paper/thin card and glue them across the hat shape - overlap each piece and go over the edges of the hat shape line.

When this has dried, turn your paper over and cut out your hat from the shape on the back of your sheet.

Now the fun part ...Add your embellishments...Buttons, bows, flowers, ribbons, glitter etc

Here are some Flower Templates you can use 

When you are happy with your hat, stick it onto an A4 sheet of card, at a jaunty angle and stick something in the corner to finish it off!

And here are some of our hats we made at Mencap...

 Have fun with your group as we celebrate Summer!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Our South African Wall Mural is finished...

Our South African Wall Mural at Mencap, Braintree is now complete...

The super-impossed flag on the map of SA was created by glueing on small screwed-up pieces of tissue paper and the ocean using flat sheets of tissue. 

Our class loved choosing and colouring-in the animals and of course Nelson Mandela had to be included - plus Rugby!

To complete the frame we strung coloured pasta "beads" in loops down the sides and across the bottom edge. 

Having just returned from a trip over there, I can say that South Africa is a beautiful, vibrant country with friendly people and so much to see and enjoy...
Thank you South Africa!