As Summer approaches I can’t wait to get my toddler into the garden and away from the TV!
I thought I would make her a Vintage Toddler TeePee to enjoy tea parties in. It was so easy so I thought I would share the pattern.
1. You need four metres of fabric (I used a polycotton with a strawberry and butterfly print from our shop), four poles (I used garden canes) and a sewing machine. I also made use of my overlocker (also called a serger) but it’s not essential.
2. Cut the fabric into four triangles. I simply folded the fabric in half and cut them all at the same time so they were symmetrical. Cut the tops off each of the triangles approx 5cm from the tip. This it to leave a space for the poles to poke through.
3. Start to sew the long edges together with right sides together. Keep sewing until all four triangles have been sewn into a pyramid.
4. Cut a hole in one piece to form a door. The size of this depends on how tall your toddler is! I made mine 60cm tall for her to crawl in. I serged the edges but you can neaten them by adding bias binding or just folding the edges over to form a hem.
5. Time to make the tubes for the poles. With wrong sides together, sew a new seam over your existing side seams to make a tube for the poles to fit into. At approx 5cm from the top, turn a right angle and sew back towards the edge, This is to form a casing otherwise the fabric slips off the poles.
6. Finally, neaten the top and bottom by either serging the edges or perhaps zig zaging round.
7. Insert the poles and welcome your toddler in to play!
I sewed a pocket onto the side of my teepee so my toddler could put her teddy in. I also waterproofed it from light showers using a waterproofing spray. Lastly, I added a bow with some stiff ribbon to hold the four poles in place.
If you make your own Toddler TeePee, please do share your photos with us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
I sell fabric and haberdashery online and recently made use of some of my own fabric to make my little girl a new simple skirt. The fabric is just irresistible and perfect for children’s clothes. I know you shouldn’t get high on your own supply as I believe Michelle Pfeiffer once said but it was just a little bit….. I sell it and more through my ebay store so if you like it, help yourself to some here.
The skirt itself is simple and only needs around
- 25cm of fabric (or two fat quarters)
- a piece of 2cm wide elastic
- interfacing (the stiff iron on kind) *optional
- notions to match
Here’s some easy instructions:
1. Measure your toddler from waist to knee. Measure her waist circumference too. Write it down then look back in ten years and marvel at how tiny your kid was then.
2. Cut a piece of fabric that’s 6cm longer than the waist to knee measurement and around 150cm or 60″ in length (that’s the standard width of a piece of fabric). You should have a nice long rectangle of fabric.
3. Cut a strip off your fabric 5cm in width and 150cm in length-this will be for the waist band. Put that to one side
4. Fold over twice and hem one of the long edges of your skirt. This will be the bottom. If you have a 2mm hemming foot for your sewing machine-fabulous, they make a really nice finish for kids’ clothes.
5. If you have a gathering foot for your sewing machine, get it out and run a gathering stitch along the top edge. If not, make a running stitch that you will be able to pull and gather some ruffles in the skirt. Pull and gather your ruffles until they are around 8cm larger than your kid’s waist measurement.
6. Take the waistband and iron on some interfacing. This will stiffen up the fabric and make it easier to work with.
7. With right sides together, place one of the long edges of the waistband fabric against the gathered edge of the skirt and machine stitch. Fold over and iron the other edge of the waistband down with a 5mm hem. Pin this on the inside of the fabric and sew down.
8. Thread elastic through this waistband casing and adjust to fit your child’s waist. Stitch the raw ends of the elastic together.
9. Finally, stitch the side hem on the short side of the fabric together-voila!
It’s beginning to feel a bit more like Christmas in the UK with temperatures down around my ankles and a touch of frost too. Now’s the time to wrap up the little people too so here’s the recipe for making a simple cosy toes for a buggy.
You need…. 2 rectangles of fabric of the same size. One open ended zip and a way of fastening the cosy toes into your buggy. I used velcro for my Maclaren XLR buggy.
1. Measure your buggy and your child. The cosy toes wants to fit snugly inside the buggy and round your child so decide how long you want it to be (covering the feet) and how wide.
2. Cut two pieces of fabric to your measurements. Make sure you use fabrics that have been pre washed so the colours don’t run into each other. I used a soft fleece on the outside and cotton for the inside.
3. Stitch the zip into each side of the inside layer of the fabric. Stitch the zip to the outer layer then with right sides together, stitch round the outside of the two layers, leaving a gap to turn it inside out and discretely stitch the seams together.
4. Now to attach the cosy toes to the buggy. You might want to create a pocket at the top so it slips over the top of the buggy, you could use poppers (plastic KAM poppers work well) to popper it on or attached velcro straps over the back of the buggy to match a piece of velcro on the back of the seat.
5. No cosy toes is complete without holes for the straps to feed through. Measure the width of the straps at the widest point (bear in mind you need to get the buckles through the holes) and cut the appropriate holes in the cosy toes. Stitch a zig zag around the holes to keep them in place.
6. The cosy toes is designed to be open at the end to accommodate muddy boots. If you have a baby you might want to stitch the end closed with a view to opening up the seam when your child is older (and muddier).
Fancy making this yourself? I’ve uploaded a free pattern to knit this in a child’s size. Help yourself but do send me a photo if you make one! http://www.craftybaba.co.uk/#!freestuff/c1g7f
So many crafters make some wonderful things, many of them for children and babies. Unfortunately many fall foul of the law on the testing and sale of toys for children so it’s really important for crafters to spread the word.
If you sell a toy for children in the EU, it must have the CE mark. To get the CE mark, it needs to be tested. There are some exemptions listed here. It includes handmade products that also look like toys even if you have specified they are are for decorative purposes and not suitable for those under the age of 14 years.
If you’re not sure if your products are going to need a CE mark, you need to contact trading standards without delay (especially if you’re selling them already). This is a legal requirement now for any toy which is manufactured and sold in the UK and EU you can be fined £5000 or even receive a prison sentence if you are making and selling toys without the CE mark.
Help is out there though! You can get certified without spending a fortune. There are self certification packs available like this one.
Don’t keep this to yourself. Please pass this post on to other crafters to help spread the word.