Mini Reindeer Lollipop Tutorial

Mini Reindeer Lollipops

My three lovely girls (all in school) wanted to give a reindeer lollipop to their friends. Unfortunately I started to run out of the scrapbook card that I had bought. They each have about 25 friends so making 75 reindeers was cutting into my card stock. My daughter Mia however was quite happy to accept a smaller version with mini Chuppa Chups.

I originally was just going to scale down my template to suit the reduced size of the mini Chuppa Chups, but this was only going to give me one extra reindeer and it would have made cutting the reindeer antlers a bit difficult. So I did a quick redesign to make a baby version.

The same materials are needed as per my reindeer lollipop template except you will need Mini Chuppa Chups instead of the large ones.

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Mini Reindeer Lollipop

What you will need is:

  • Cardboard ( I used scrapbooking card which 12″x12″, this was the only type I could get in brown)
  • 13″ piece of satin ribbon.
  • Printer
  • Glitter paint
  • White paint
  • Red pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue or double side tape
  • Sharp scissors
  • Mini Chuppa Chups

Reindeer Lollipop equipment

Method:

1.     Using the pdf (at the bottom of the page) print onto the coloured cardboard. (I still used a 12″x12″ scrapbook card so for this reindeer I managed to print four at once with the use of an A3 printer. It still meant cutting the paper down slightly) on an A4 size sheet of card you will get two Reindeers.

Mini Reindeer Lollipop Printing

2.    Next fold the paper in half along the fold line.

3.     Cut out the reindeer, the stick hole at the bottom and his nose through both layers.

4.     Next I used the red pencil to add rosy cheeks, the white paint to add to detail to the ears, and the glitter paint to the antlers.

5.     Add your name to the back. I left out the receiver’s name on this version as I didn’t know who my daughters friends were at Kindy, but feel free to add any message and names as you like.

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6.    Push the lollipop stick through the hole in the bottom

7.   Then glue or tape the reindeer at the antlers and the top of head. Tie the ribbon around the base of the stick in a bow.

Reindeer Lollipop

. As I have mentioned earlier this version will get you two mini reindeers on an A4 sheet of card instead of the one reindeer as per my previous reindeer lollipop version.

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This here is my pdf template for my Mini Baby Reindeer Template

Mini Reindeer lollipop template

Thanks a lot for stopping by and I hope you enjoy!

Chloe’s finished dinosaur quilt

Today I finally finished sewing Chloe’s dinosaur quilt together.

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I used a bamboo blend for the batting. The bamboo blend batting is 50% bamboo and 50% cotton, it ‘s quite thin and suitable for a summer quilt project.

Prior to sewing the layers together I first soaked the batting in warm water for 20 minutes. Rinsed and gently squeezed out the excess water by rolling in a towel. then laid it flat to dry.

To quilt the layers together I just added buttons in the center of the pinwheels and some extra holding points to keep the quilt together.

I used white cotton fabric for the binding, this in 2.5 inch strips.

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Reindeer Lollipop Card Tutorial

As the end of the school year draws to a close here in Australia we started to look for a fun unique gift to give to my daughters friends. Christmas cards and candy canes a fine but we have to risk getting the same cards as everyone else and it gets a bit boring year after year, so this year we decided to brighten things up a bit with reindeer lollipops.

This idea came to us after browsing the internet for Christmas gifts, a couple of pages had templates for the reindeer head, but we couldn’t download them for some reason or the page wouldn’t open. So I ended up drawing my own reindeer template for the girls.

We used Chuppa Chups for our reindeer noses, but I’m sure you can make it work for any of your favourite Lollipops.

Reindeer Lollipop

What you need:

  • Cardboard ( I used scrapbooking card which 12″x12″, this was the only type I could get in brown)
  • 13″ piece of satin ribbon.
  • Printer
  • Glitter paint
  • White paint
  • Red pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue or double side tape
  • Sharp scissors
  • Chuppa Chups

Reindeer Lollipop equipment

Method:

1.     Using the pdf (at the bottom of the page) print onto the coloured cardboard. (I used 12″x12″ scrapbook card so I managed to print two at once because I have an A3 printer. It meant cutting the paper down slightly but it printed out ok.)

Reindeer Lollipop Printing

2.    Next fold the paper in half along the fold line.

3.     Cut out the reindeer, the stick hole at the bottom and his nose through both layers. (I tried to get a 1″ paper punch to cut the hole but unfortunately couldn’t find one so I used my cutting blade for to do this.)

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4.     Next I used the red pencil to add rosy cheeks, the white paint to add to detail to the ears, and the glitter paint to the antlers.

5.     Add your name and the receivers name to the back as well as any other message you like.

Reindeer Lollipop Back

6.    Push the lollipop stick through the hole in the bottom

7.   Then glue or tape the reindeer at the antlers and the top of head. Tie the ribbon around the base of the stick in a bow.

Reindeer Lollipop (2)

And now you have a reindeer lollipop card to give to your friends.

The packet of Chuppa Chups that I bought has several different colours and flavours so I’m intending on using all of them. I’m sure no one will really mind if the get a blue, purple or green nosed reindeer.

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial.

Reindeer lollipop template

Blue Simplicity Disney Fairies Costume 1792

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Poor Chloe’s Yellow fairy dress has now ended up with the tulle all tattered and torn around the bottom of the skirt. The spotted tulle is losing it ‘s spots from washing.

I had some blue fabric left over from Jessica’s Elsa costume so today I made Chloe yet another fairy dress. This time I made view A in blue satin and crystal organza in a size 2.

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Instead of using tulle for the skirt overlay I used white organza, in the hope that it won’t get as tattered and torn as quickly as tulle. I only used I layer of organza instead of two, also because of the width of the fabric it was cut smaller in width than the pattern. I also only used two pieces of the skirt back and side back overlay piece 10 instead of 3 because I ran out of fabric.

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After sewing it all together it looked more like a princess dress than a fairy costume, so I didn’t add the Velcro for the wings on the dress and I’m not making the another set of wings.

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I now hope that this lasts a little longer than the yellow one, although it’ll be hard to get her out of it.

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Chloe’s Dinosaur Patchwork Quilt

My little girl Chloe has been talking about dinosaur ever since I took her to the Qld museum. She has fallen absolutely in love with them.

After some lady rudely knocked her over in Spotlight, I picked up a bolt of a green dinosaur fabric and bought 1.5 meters and 2 meters of white quilters homespun. This brought back a smile to her face.

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For Chloe’s quilt I used a double pinwheel block, and embroidered dinosaurs on the white squares.

For the pinwheels I had cut 6″ squares 46 in total from the dinosaur fabric and the same from the white. For the border I cut the white homespun in 5.5″ squares.

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For the 6″ squares I drew a diagonal line then sewed a half inch seam either side of this line.

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After sewing I cut down the center line and cut the excess from the corners. This gave 2 pieces for the pinwheel equalling a 5.5″ square.

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I took 4 of these squares and sewed them together as per my pattern to form a pinwheel.

Chloe dinosaur quilt

For the double pinwheel effect, I took 2 pinwheel construction squares and two 5.5″ white squares and sewed them together following my pattern. The first row consisted of the 3 pinwheel squares and 2 white double pinwheel construction blocks.

The second row I sewed 4 pinwheel squares in the opposite direction. This row contained 2 pinwheel squares and 3 white double pinwheel construction blocks.

Double Pinwheel Quilt

Before sewing all rows together I embroidered the dinosaurs on the large white areas. I then sewed 5 rows together alternating between rows 1 & 2.

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The border consists of pinwheel squares and white 5.5″ squares to finish the double pinwheel pattern.

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I still have to buy the batting and backing fabric, so it is not quite yet finish. I will post later the end result.

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DIY Children’s Wedding Activity Book

For my wedding there will be a number of young kids that will be attending. So as an activity to keep them occupied and happy throughout the reception I decided to make activity books for them. Later on I will be adding pencils and perhaps bubbles to keep them even more amused, but for now I have just made the books a part of their activity pack.

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Supplies needed:

Cardboard for cover

Printer paper

Double sided satin ribbon

Hole punch.

Various colouring in pages.

I used Microsoft word to create them, each book has 20 pages in them that contains various puzzles and colouring in pages.

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 The colouring-in pages are from the internet which I downloaded and inserted them into Microsoft Word to add to the book. If you Google Wedding  coloring in pages you get quite a lot of free pictures to use.

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 I added a ‘find a word’ puzzle that included our names. This was completed by using a table in Microsoft word. I added the words that I wanted to use then filled them in with random ones.

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 To bind it I used a ribbon book binding technique with satin ribbon. I punched the book with three holes using a hole punch then it was just a matter of weaving in and out working your way down and back up again without going over the same section twice.

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I then thread the ribbon in and out to bind tying a bow at the end. Hopefully the kids will like them.

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Vogue 7593 Girls Smocked Apron and Dress.

I have always loved smocked dresses. I find them easy to make and love the look of them. Although have never owned a smocking pleater and have always completed my smocking by hand sewing.

Vogue Front view

I have had this Vogue pattern for quite some time, unfortunately over time the instruction sheet has gone missing and for some reason the dots for the smocking also went missing. I did make the apron once before without the smocking for an Alice in Wonderland costume which turned out lovely. This time for Chloe I made the apron and dress a size 2 with the smocked apron.

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The Fabric I used was a poly/cotton blend Fabric.

The Dress:  Chloe’s dress is made from Dress A and Apron E. Since I didn’t have the iron on transfer I marked out a 1/4″ by 1/2″ grid using a water erasable fabric pen. I hand sewed  the thread through the fabric then pulled the threads up to pleat. I used the template for the bodice to stretch out the pleats to the right width, and tied the threads of.

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Since I didn’t have the instruction for the embroidery I drew up my own pattern. I counted the pleats to find the middle and started sewing from here (left to right, and right to left). My pattern is pretty much a diamond pattern. (Embroidery photo). I embroidered bullion roses across the bottom where shown from my pattern. Three Bullion roses were embroidered on the top with a couple of forget-me-not flowers and leaves.

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After the pleating and embroidery was completed I started to sew the apron together. I found this pretty straight forward to do. I sewed the smocked front to the top bodice without the piping.

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I found that everything lined up well and was pretty straight forward. On the packet it said that it was advanced I think this is just because of the smocking. Without the smocking it is quiet easy to sew.

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Theses are the photos of Jess when I made this for an Alice in wonderland Costume. This was sewn using the pinafore D pattern without the pintucked front and the embroidery.

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