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Kids' craft - Using Washi Tapes and Recycled items

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I am always on a lookout in the library for some fun and easy kids craft activities. I know I could not always be creating new ideas. Library is a great source for ideas since we always go to the library to borrow books.

I found this book of ideas using washi tapes and recycle items. Even though it is in Chinese, there are photographes that you can follow if you could not read the instructions. Some projects are easy and some are quite difficult. I suggest you guide your children and prepare the materials first.

We picked one of the projects and made a recycled camera using empty box, cardboard, cup, straw and lots of washi tapes. Big E decorated the camera with her favourite washi tapes.

Too bad, we did not have enough time to do more projects from the book. You can buy the book from Kinokuniya bookstore if you like to do more with your children. There are lots of fun ways to use your washi tapes in this book.

Have fun!

Hama beads - Elsa and Cinderella

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As per my last post on hama beads, I exposed Big E with the midi size of the beads to create easy design with her own creativity. Over the months, there had been many exposure from fellow mummy bloggers and I decided to let her try on the mini version of the hama beads.


She browsed through the princesses designs from the Kandi Patterns.com and picked 2 of her favourites - Elsa and Cinderella. It was not easy for her as she has to use the square board and the beads are small for her to place onto the board. So she used tweezer to pick them up. I had to use a cardboard to serve as a guide, cover row by row, so that she will not skip and miss out.

I found that it is a good exercise for counting and brushed up her mathematics. Although she faced some difficulties, at the end of it, she did a good job. The designs found at Kandi Patterns.com are quite big for her. So I cut by half so that she will not be bored. Luckily, her concentration was good and would not want to stop till she finishe…

Handsew hexagons applique for kid's singlet

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One of my 2015 resolution is to sew more apparels for my children. I just finished handsewing a hexagon applique onto Big E's singlet. The process was long but worth it.

First, I used the english paper piercing method to sew the hexagons one by one with my scraps. (Yeah to sewing scraps!) I used 3/4inch papers for this project. Big E selected the hexagons she liked and arranged all by herself. I said she did a fantastic job in the arrangement. What do you say?

The next step was to sew up the hexagons together by hand. I took about 3 days to sew them up during my breaks looking after the kids.

After that, I removed the batting and paper before pinning up the applique onto the singlet with safety pins. I chose to handstitch as I feel I have more control as compared to machine sewing.

Big E wanted buttons on her singlet. She picked some from my organiser and I began to sew them onto the hexagons on the next day.

Ta-da!! My first handsew hexagon top. Maybe I should sew one for myself…

Economy Block 2015 - My own challenge

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I have set some goals for myself in 2015 regarding patchwork or quilting. Attainable ones for sure. I know I will not have enough time to make a quilt, mini ones possible though. I have been doing research on Instagram, books and over the web on the pattern.

Economy blocks or some called it Square in a Square, looks easy and beautiful to sew. I decided to make them using fabrics from my stash baskets. Once I decided the fabric, I can make at least one per day. Sounds good!

Here are some of the blocks I have made so far. If you are keen on my live updates, you can follow me at my Instagram account - joeycraftworkz.









I have created an album in Flickr to store all my Economy Blocks too. If you are interested to see more, you can follow me in Flickr as well.

Which is/are your favorite?