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1  Felted wool holster for toy gun with template in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by vogliounamelablu on: December 17, 2014 02:50:59 AM
Last year I designed and hand-stitched a felted wool holster for the toy gun of my 4 years old son Elia.
It's a very easy project and a durable object.

Required materials:

- Felted wool (I used the material I created from these instructions http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art34743.asp) or heavy felt.

- Scraps of lighter felt and other decorations, such as buttons

- Needle, thread, scissors

- Belt or lanyard to fasten to waist

My son has given clear indications about the colors to use and the type of decorations.
The holster was sewn after its final approval and widely tested.
After more than one year it's still in use and undamaged.


- Print the template below and cut it. The measures are suitable for guns of different sizes.

You can  download the pdf file from Scribd here:

- Place the paper template on the felted wool and cut the main shape from the felt following the pattern (can be useful to fasten the paper and the felted wool with pins)

- Bend the shape of the holster placing the side A on side B, matching the bottom corner.

- Sew the two layers with stitches

- Cut two parallel slots more or less 1/3 and 2/3 of the upper edge, where you have to put a belt.

- Apply the decoration (eg cutting out a star from a light felt  and stitching it at the center of the holster - as we did - and stitching buttons on the edge)

Play nice!  Grin

The original (italian) post is here:
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2  The easiest BAG TAG from foam sheet. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by vogliounamelablu on: December 15, 2014 07:20:15 AM
At the beginning of school (and others autonomy occasions for my children), than started the problem of loosing objects.

It could be the confusion at school, in the gym or during a trip, when groups of children are to messy?
Are MY children incurable dreamers?

I found few solutions:

- I first I followed the advice of the teachers Montessori nursery directly involving children in dressing up in the morning and prepare the backpacks so they know their stuff.

- Then I followed the advice of the extremely practical teachers of primary school by customizing the smallest school objects to be easily recognized by the careless owner in the basket - always full - of lost properties.

- Finally, I tried to solve the issue of finding QUICKLY the backpack among the thousands of bags and backpacks piled in the back of the coach of a school trip or in the changing room of the pool / gym.

I added to the backpacks of my children a easy-to-do luggage tag cut from colored foam sheets and written with the name and address.

They are very easy to make,  I think it's not really necessary to write a real TUTORIAL step by step.

Just cut the line at the end of the arrow, creating a gap, and insert the arrow tip!

I put here some images, a template and some considerations:

The dimensions of the tags must be adjusted according to the use to which it is intended the label.

The pdf template you can download from Scribd corresponds to a label rather large, for very dreamy children.  Wink

The shape of the tip can be more or less pointed. I prefer more blunt and rounded tips.

This labeling system fast and cheap. It is also a last minute craft if you cut out the arrow shape directly from the foam sheet and write with a permanent marker.

  • The label is very visible.
    You can attach and detach easily.
    Can be replaced if you need a different one.
    It's elastic, rather durable and waterproof.

This type of label can be further customized with decorations, applications, with different shapes: try searching for images "foam craft paper bookmarks" for 1000 ideas.

In addition to the simplicity of execution, you can take the opportunity of creating a custom label to turn it into a "craft activity" to realize with your child: fun is guaranteed and the chance of confusing the personal object with that of someone else are further lowered .

Oh yes!  Grin

(I don't know if posted my project in the right forum.. Huh)

The complete project is on my (italian) blog:

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3  Ninja turtle costume felt cushion shell in Halloween Costumes by vogliounamelablu on: December 15, 2014 06:23:33 AM
My child Elia, 4 years old, felt in love with ninja turtles so he made me make for him a costume to play at home and halloween (Carnevale, in Italy) parties.

You can read about the very comfortable mask here:

For him and his elder brother Milo I created two turtle shells made from cardboard, felt, old fabric stripes, a little bit of sewing machine and a lot of hot glue gun.

Elia's shell is the darker one, without the yellow front.

Milo's shell il more complete, and it's adaptable to different sizes of chest.

For the realization of the felt cushion turtle shell my inspiration was:


There you can find the perfect tecnique to realize the cushion:

"you have to baste around the edge of the larger oval (with the stitch length as long as possible) then to pull on one of the threads carefully to gather the edge of the oval"

Jessica's project is very interesting because you can wear the back shell very simply, as a backpack.
That was perfect for Elia.

For the realization of the yellow front of the turtle shell my inspiration was:


There I took the idea of machine sewing together foam rubber and yellow felt to mimic the shape of the front shell.
I sewed four fabric strips at the "corners" of the yellow front shell, and I glued four fabric strips at the "corners" of the green back cushion shell, so the turtle shell is more complete and it's adaptable to different sizes of chest, so I can wear it myself  Wink

Than I relized the belt, some weapons and decorations, but I think I here wrote the essential.

You can read the whole project in my (italian) blog here:

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4  Very comfortable craft foam mask for ninja turtle halloween costume in Halloween Costumes by vogliounamelablu on: December 15, 2014 05:37:37 AM

My child Elia, 4 years old, felt in love with ninja turtles so he made me make for him a felt cushion shell and some masks.

He likes very much to wear the costume when he plays, during Halloween parties, italian "Carnevale" or in winter indoor playing afternoons, but he's very exigent, so I had to create a perfectly comfortable mask (in each colour!).

I cutted the front of the mask in a craft foam sheet

and I machine sewed it

with two strips of old colored T-shirts.

Here you can download the PDF mask template:

The whole project in my (italian) blog here:

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5  Craft foam stamp for greeting card in dinosaur footprint alphabet from Dinotopia in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by vogliounamelablu on: December 15, 2014 04:50:45 AM

For my son I cutted out from a craft foam sheet this stamp with a dinosaur footprint and I glued it on a bottle cap.

My 8 years old son Milo wanted to write a greeting card in dinosaur footprint alphabet from the book "Dinotopia" by James Gurney, for his best friend Davide.

He created a greeting message and translated in "dinotopian", their new coded language.

Then he printed it with green ink on kraft paper as the track had been made by Dazzle the Dinosaur (from the book by Marcus Pfister) walking on the seashore,

He drew Dazzle with colored pencils and a little bit of sparkling collage.

The complete project on my (italian) blog:

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6  Topastro Mouse: making softies from papercraft pattern in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by vogliounamelablu on: September 14, 2010 04:26:49 AM

Here's a little softie I made for a special blog-friend, Claudia, and for her son Samuele, called Topastro (http://pollon72.blogspot.com/)

I needed some ideas to sew a mouse softie and I found the perfect mix between simplicity and cuteness in this papercut pattern from 3eyedbear.com :


Than I completed the project:
- enlarging the pattern
- adding the coverings of head and body to the pattern
- finding a way to keep the body standing (a stone!)
- finding a way to make the head moving up and down (by pulling the tail!)

I sew a first mouse made of white felt and added some details with a  fabric marker, just to be sure of the final result. My brother took a photo of it:

I was ready! If you want to make it, print the pattern from here


- cut the parts of the mouse from a duble layer of fabric pinned together: felt (to give support) and a light grey soft felted sweater (external).
- sew a thin ribbon at the centre of the head (the cross in the pattern), to the internal side of the felt: it will be the tail.
- pass the ribbon through the little cut in the back of the head (the asterisk in the pattern)
- sew the head as a cone and sew the back of the head to the head with blanket stitch. Before closing, fill the head with padding
- sew the body as a truncated cone ad sew the top of the body to it, leaving a hole on the back. Pass the ribbon through it (the asterisk in the pattern)

- sew the bottom to the body filling with a little stone and some padding before closing. Leave a hole on the back and pass the ribbon through it (the asterisk in the pattern)
- cut the ribbon the lenght you like (to make the tail), and insert a big bead before making a knot at the end of it
- embroider particulars as teeths, hands, feets, nose, eyes with coloured felt and finish with stem stitch coloured lines.

Have fun!!
.. and... why don't you try the cheese, too?
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7  Wearing your imagination: the cotton vest hand-painted with a Tyrannosaurus chil in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by vogliounamelablu on: June 21, 2010 06:27:56 AM
In Italy last week we had a heat wave.
No more time for vegetarian dinosaurs, for my 4 years old son it's time for big big carnivores..
So I asked him to draw a Tyrannosaurus Rex head on a A4 sheet of paper and this is his drawing:

I like the bright red colour, very aggressive! I used this drawing and hand-painted a white cotton vest for him.
I attached the drawing on a thick transparent plexiglass sheet and I inserted it into the vest. I used some big paper clips to keep the fabric tight and transfered the drawing on the fabric with a soft pencil using the transparency of the plexiglass.

Than I painted the drawing with fabric colours and a thin brush, trying to render the original drawing's marker effect.

It took me about an hour and I'm quite satisfied with the result even if the vest has darker colours tones...

I can say my son was quite proud of his vest: the following day the Tyrnnosaur must have eaten dozens of his pre-school mates!  Wink

Thanks for reading and sorry for my english!  Roll Eyes
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8  Hand painted T-shirts from my son's drawings in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by vogliounamelablu on: June 16, 2010 03:43:56 PM
What to create for my housband's birthdays? Hand painted t-shirts from our son's drawings!
Here's last year's T-shirt:

from this

and this drawings:

My son was very proud of his work... and my housband was very proud of his son!!

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9  Stamping with a poppy in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by vogliounamelablu on: June 16, 2010 03:11:32 PM
- Mom!? Can we stamp with a poppy?
- I don't think so.
- Uhm..
- Well, let's try!

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10  foam stamp from kid's drawings in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by vogliounamelablu on: May 21, 2010 01:24:16 PM
Some days ago I asked my eldest son -4 years old- to draw directly on a foam sheet with a rollerball pen.
He covered the entire sheet with animal drawings..

I choosed this funny monkey to cut a foam stamp;

 than I used it to cover some stains on one of his trousers.

I like to use his beautiful drawings creating something else. Kid's fantasy is fantastic!

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