This was one of those moments I love, when something just pops into your head and you think ‘yes, yes, yes I know what we’ll do!’ and it WORKS! Originally it was supposed to be an octopus (8 legs) but Mr3 is calling it a spider and I think it looks a bit like a jellyfish, so what ever floats ya boat I suppose!
Mr8 chose green fabric, but I really wish we had used something a bit more fun. The purple and white string livens it up a bit though. Just run over or click on each photo for the steps.
All you need; Large piece of fabric, stuffing, scissors, marker, rubber bands, cotton or wool, eyes (or you could draw them)
Trace out a large outside circle and a smaller inside circle. We used a hula hoop and large saucepan lid.
Cut out the large circle only
Using a ruller or similar, make 8 sets of 3 lines around the middle circle as shown.
If they cross over a little, just split the distance as seen in picture.
Cut out the triangles in between
then cut the strops, leaving you with 24 strips around the centre circle.
Place stuffing on the lined side and gather the fabric around
Work out where you want your eyes to go and mark,
Release the stuffing and insert eyes (you need to access the back of the fabric to fasten these type of eyes.
Stuff again and temporarily secure with a rubber band. Add any extra stuffing to achieve desired shape and feel.
Once you’re happy with the body, go over the rubber band with something more permanent.
Plait the legs, I secured with more rubber bands, but you could use matching string.
Then it is just a case of decorating to make it the creature you want. I threaded some large loops through the head.
Then cut them in half and tied to each other to secure.
I also hand stitched a mouth in, but if you are not handy with a needle and thread, you could just use a permanent market or glue a button etc on instead.
If you like working with fabric like my friends at All Tizzied Up , here’s a simple Christmas craft decoration you can put together with the kids that will last for years to come.
Once you have gathered the fabric you want to use, all you need is some styrofoam bells, ribbon, hot glue and sharp scissors and you’re ready to get crafty. The smaller kids can get working on the covering the loop while an adult does the hot glue bits. The rest of the steps are covered in the photos below.
Christmas themed fabric in your desired colours
Cut into squares
Pinch in the middle and dab with hot glue
attach to your bell
Work your way up the bell from the bottom
One complete bell
Trace out some felt to cover the bottoms
Cut and glue on.
Bells ready to go
Cut strips of the same fabric to cover the ring
Tie in pattern
Cut different lengths to hang bells
Attach to bells with glue and hang from ring
Cut lengths to hang ring
Attach to ring
Secure all strings together.
There you have it!