Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gifts for the boys in your life

This post is part of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Crafting Tara and I have going on over at the Trendy Treehouse! Come check it out!







Micah loves his fishing games. He has two of them. One has batteries that always die, the other has a suction cup that doesn't work very well. So I decided to make him a new fishing game that will be easy and fun to play with. And if something gets broken I'll know exactly how to fix it.


(excuse the poorly-lit-needed-to-use-my-flash photography...gotta craft at night so the youngins don't know what they're getting for Christmas!)
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What you need:

Felt
Scissors
Thread
Magnets
Fiber fill
Dowl/Rod
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Start by making a fish pattern on a piece of cardboard. I like to make the pattern on a folded edge so that I only have to draw one side of the fish but get a symetrical fish! Make sure that the fish pattern is big enough for your magnet to fit through the tail section and into the body.

Then trace your fish pattern onto the felt and cut out the fish. Make sure you have two pieces of the same fish...so stack your felt or just fold a piece in half when you're cutting it to make sure you have to exact pieces.
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Sew around your fish but leave the bottom open so you can put the magnet and stuffing in.IMG_1050

Stuff the magnet in and then add some fiber fill to make the rest of the body puffed up. Then sew the end shut making it sorta look like scales.
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My suggestion is to sew all the fish together before sitting down to stuff them in front of the tv. Then go back to your machine and sew them all shut. Of course you could sew them all by hand, if you have the time and patience to do so!IMG_1052

Then make a fishing pole. I just folded a black piece of felt in half and made a large J for the hook, making sure that my magnet would fit in the end. I then used a blanket stitch and stiched around the whole hook leaving a LONG piece at the top to be the fishing line. Then I stitched the fishing line to the yellow felt and hot glued that onto the dowl. I also added a little bit of felt by the handle.
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And if you don't want to make your own I will have
ONE set in my etsy store in a couple of weeks!


Here are some other BOY gift ideas:

Art Kits


Tie Shirts:


Car Play/Storage mat


Personalized t-shirts
Reverse Applique T-shirt
Happy Crafting! can't wait to see what you're making for all the little boys in your life! Feel free to leave a link, I LOVE looking at boy projects! I've got lots of little boys in my life that I need to make gifts for!



6 comments:

Crystal said...

I love the fish game, this would be perfect for my kids. I'm a new follower visiting from Trendy Treehouse. Stop by and say hi sometime.

Crystal @ apumpkinandaprincess.blogspot.com

Connie @ Salvage Savvy said...

I just found you via Trendy Treehouse and I'm your newest follower :) I look forward to reading your blog!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Hi Jamie! I'm a happy new follower from the party at Trendy Treehouse! I love that fishing game!

Tina Peterson said...

Hi! My name is Tina and I'm a new follower. Love your blog. I'd love to invite you to join me on Holiday Traditions (maybe in November) - I'd love to feature one of your holiday crafts (anything Fall or Winter).

I'd love to post one of your buttons too. I know you'll be a great fit!

I found you through the Trendy Treehouse hop this weekend - would love a follow back on Holiday Traditions:

http://holidaygiftsandmore.blogspot.com

Thanks! Tina
wswpub2 (at) gmail

Mommyof2girlz/StephD said...

I know this is labeled for boys but my girls will flip over the fishing game..lol Thanks for the easy tut! New follower via Trendy Treehouse :)

Little Bird Threads said...

The fishing set is adorable! Will you be selling them? I'd love to get a set for my nephew for Christmas :)