Good morning lovelies! Today I am celebrating the boy with The Ribbon Retreat. I feel quite often that the boy gets left out of the sewing hoopla, but today I am excited to share a simple tutorial to rectify that problem....this also would make a pretty sweet Christmas gift (hint hint to all you mamas). I made this for a birthday, but plan to do it as a Christmas gifts for all those mini munchkins in my life:) When my nephew had his birthday last month, I made him the Hooty Hoot Chair and this fun game. He is 2 and I wanted to make something that could grow with him into his preschool years. When my littles were younger, I loved to make learning a game. In fact that is how we do school now. When you make it a game, it is like they don't even know they are learning. I am all about being sneaky :) So I put on my sneaky learning spy gear, and gushed over my cute fabric for a bit. After I was done gushing over my cute fabric.... 5 minutes of gushing is totally acceptable. Any longer and then your husband just gives you weird looks. I got all of my supplies together. You don't need much, just a few goodies to get you started.
- 1 Dr. Seuss bundle
- sew on velcro
- 1 wooden dowel
- fish pattern
You could print off a fish pattern from online, but I just drew a pattern on a sheet of paper and cut it out. I like to keep it simple. I pinned my pattern to my fat quarters and cut out my little fishies. They are just too stinkin cute!
Take your sew-on Velcro and add a square of Velcro to each fish's right side. You need the Velcro, since that is how your little one will fish.
Take your fish and place them right sides together. Sew around the outside, leaving an opening to push your stuffing through.
Once you make one fish, keep going till you have about 7. I used different fabric on each side. I wanted all the fish to be different, so that when my Sis is playing the game with him, she can ask him to find different colors, letters, etc.
Once all your fish are sewn, stuff them full. I hand sewed each of my fish closed.
To make my fishing rod, I used a wooden dowel. You can find these in a big pack at Wal-Mart for under $3. I hot glued my ribbon onto my dowel and then glued Velcro onto the end of my ribbon.
Super easy right? It makes for a fun present. I still have fabric left over and plan to make some more! The toddlers in my family are going to be living it up with Dr. Seuss this holiday season!