Hot days and craft time

Hey everyone. I don’t know what the weather is like with you but we’ve had a heat wave here in Northern Ireland. For the past week we’ve been having temperatures of 26+’C. This morning my girls couldn’t face going outside as they said it was too hot – at 9:30am!!!

To try and keep the girls busy for at least half a minute I thought I’d do a bit of craft with them. I recalled seeing a post by Izabel on the Easycraftsforchildren blog for wooden peg butterflies.  I had some wooden dolly pegs which I had used as props for a previous photo shoot, you can get some here.  You can make some dolly peg butterflies by following these steps.

You’ll need: some wooden dolly pegs, paper, scissors, colouring pencils/crayons/felt tips, sellotape

paper butterfly materials

Fold the paper in half and draw half a butterfly.

paper butterfly step1

While keeping the paper folded cut round the butterfly shape.

paper butterfly step2

Unfold the paper.

paper butterfly step3

Decorate the butterfly however you choose.

paper butterfly step4

Cut a notch in the top of the butterfly and side the peg over the middle of the butterfly and sellotape to secure. Decorate the peg to coordinate with the butterfly, not forgetting to draw on some eyes and antenna.

paper butterfly P finished

If you can make it out you can see that Miss P is quite fond of writing and doing school work (crazy child – it’s the school holidays here!)

paper butterflys finished

I stuck the 3 butterflies (Miss P’s, E’s and mine) onto the front window, what a cheery scene to look at 🙂

Miss P was very happy with her butterfly and was even happier when I told her I was making here a dress from some fabric I had left over (from my crochet bag project). I decided to make a simple dress using some shirring elastic. I had not used this before but had bought some after I saw it used on ‘The Great British Sewing Bee ‘ TV show so had a go at making the dress. I did 10 rows of shirred elastic and I used the french seam technique on the inside (I hope to do some tutorials on these techniques at some point).

Here is the finished dress.

P play dress

I used some lime coloured ric-rac ribbon as skinny straps and tied in them bows behind her back.

P play dress back

I really enjoyed making this dress so hope to make some more over the summer period.  Even though things have been a bit quiet on the blog front over the past couple of weeks be assured that I am still crafting, in fact I have some exciting news regarding this (which shall be shared at a later date).

Well I must go and help myself to an ice-cream. Stay cool everyone 😉

21 thoughts on “Hot days and craft time

    1. Thanks. We hope to make some dolls with the remaining pegs so I must show the girls the ones you made 🙂

  1. I hope your heatwave breaks soon, we had some unusual heat here but it broke a couple of days ago, It’s nice to be able to wear a variety of clothes again without being overly hot. Love the dress, simple enough I think I will try to make a couple for my granddaughters.

    1. Looks like there is less heat here today. The dress was really simple to make so I’d recommend it (that’s if you’ve used the elastic before).I hope you’re keeping well.

  2. Will be doing this. Thank you. And the dress is super cute. I’m waiting on getting a sewing machine so I can start making my daughter (she’s two) dresses as well.And yes, it has been a heat wave here in America as well. It’s cooler today though.

    Be a encouraged. Be inspired. Be who He created you to be.


    1. Thanks for your message. I’ve been doing loads of sewing on my machine lately and I’m starting to think that I may need a new one… I best start saving up.

      1. £150 for a basic up to £900 for a fancy one. I’ll have to do some research to see what is worth getting.

  3. Thank you for mentioning my blog 🙂 I hope the weather gets cooler soon for you, here in England we are having 27C / 28 C very hot indeed. I love your butterflies 🙂

  4. Hi Jean!

    I love the butterflies and Miss P’s dress is adorable. I’m looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve in the way of crafting. 🙂

    Hugs, Tamara

  5. Thank you for sharing the fabulous butterfly idea! Miss Four made one yesterday using one of my large stash of vintage wooden pegs. She thought it was wonderful.

    1. That’s really good to hear, glad she enjoyed herself. I’ll try and post more activities I do with my girls.

  6. I really must get myself some pegs, my daughter would love to do this too! You have got me thinking now about other things that you can do with a peg!!! 🙂

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