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  1. Twelve Days of Easter

    March 13, 2013 by mom

    Egg Set

    My daughter Jennifer gave me this awesome idea for The Twelve Days of Easter. It uses 12 plastic eggs, 1 egg carton and 11 different things that represent the story in the New Testament of Jesus Christ’s last days before the Resurrection.

    I have made this gift for my married children to use with their families.  I also made this craft with a group of thirteen girls that were between the ages 8 and 11 and they loved making them.

    Each plastic egg is numbered, 1-12 with a permanent marker. Each egg contains a strip of paper listing the item and its meaning, along with the scripture that goes with it. There is a master paper that has the information and the scripture verses that are used.

    The Things I put into the Eggs:

    Egg 1

    1~Sacrament Cup: I asked my church if I could have a few of the Sacrament cups for this project.

    Egg 2

    2~Knotted Twine: I got cheap twine and cut it about 3 inches. I tied a knot in the middle of it, then put glue on the knot part to hold the knot in place.

    Egg 3

    3~3 Silver Pieces: I used 3 silver beads. Other people have used 3 dimes. Whatever works for you.

    Egg 4

    4~A piece of Soap: I used one of those small bars of soap you get at a hotel. I cut it in small pieces. I used a small plastic bead bag to put it in, just so it wouldn’t get all over the place. Cutting up a large bar of soap works fine too.

    Egg 5

    5~Square of Scarlet Cloth: I used a piece of nice red cloth. I cut it 2″ by 2 1/2″ size.

    Egg 6

    6~Nail or Wood Match Stick: I used 3 nails, 1 1/2″ size. I felt they were safer than matches with children.

    Egg 7

    7~Die: I used a normal die.

    Egg 8

    8~Small Rocks: I used pea gravel. You can find it in the garden section of a store like Wal-Mart or Home Depot. I used a dark brown or black tulle & 1/8″ white ribbon to tie it closed. I used a double knot to make sure it stayed closed.

    Egg 9

    9~Strip of White Cloth: I used a loose weave white fabric. I had nice fabric too but I felt that the loose weave fabric would be more of a burial cloth.

    Egg 10

    10~Spices: I used cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. I cut the cinnamon sticks into small pieces. I used one small piece of cinnamon and a few whole cloves. I wrapped them in red tulle and tied it with 1/8″ white ribbon again to tie it closed as I did before.

    Egg 11

    11~Stone: I used stones that I think I got at a craft store like Hobby Lobby (they have such a variety of crafts there). Just a small enough rock that fits in the egg. Big enough that it can represent the Tomb door.

    Egg 12

    12~Last egg remains empty.

     

    Download the Master Paper here to get easy access to the scripture references and where you can print off the strips that go inside each egg.

     

    When I did this project with the group of girls I simplified it for them a little.  For each girl I had an egg carton with the twelve plastic eggs inside, an envelope with the word strips already cut, the paper with the number and scriptures printed on it, and a sandwich bag with all the items in it. I went over it with the girls, showing them a finished one first.  It was simple and the girls enjoyed the finished product!

    I hope that this project helps you and your family and friends enjoy the Easter holiday a little more this year and years to come.  Happy Easter!


  2. Stuffed Toys: Plane, Ship, Truck

    April 1, 2012 by mom

    I made these toys for my grandkids from Simplicity Pattern #2279. I made a few changes. It called for wheels on the truck on one side, but I put wheels on both sides. I also made the ship two-sided.

    I traced each of the pattern pieces on tracing paper before cutting them out of the fabric. I cut extra of each piece because I was making more than one of each of the toys. (I was making a set for each of my kids that have children, as well as a few extra.) I feel if I am going to all the trouble of making them, what’s a few more?

    The fabric I used for the tires of the truck and the top of the ship and plane was tie fabric I was given. Some of the fabric I used was from squares/swatches of upholstery fabric. My goal was to give each toy different textures & colors. Some of the fabric I used for the windows, wheels, etc. frayed so I trimmed it as close as I could then I used fray check on it. You have to let the fray check dry before sewing on it. It stopped the fraying. It did leave the edges a bit darker on the tie fabric when it dried but that was fine because I was going to sew over it.

    I used Wonder Under to applique the windows, wheels, and the  plane and ship tops. It works great but I do not trust it to last forever so I did a close zig-zag stitch around each of the windows, wheels, etc. I also feel that the black border helps the windows and everything stand out better.

    After everything was topped stitched, I sewed the two halves together on the wrong side, leaving a 3-inch hole to turn it right side out. I put the hole of the truck on the top of the long bed. For the ship, the hole was on the side, and for the plane, the hole on the back short wing.  I made sure that I trimmed the corners on the inside before turning it.

    I stuffed it with batting till it was a bit stiff. I know with time sometimes batting flattens. I hand sewed the hole together. It looked better that way. My grandkids seemed to like the toys and so have the kids that visit at my house. I was amazed how well it went together. I loved how the fabrics that I had laying around worked so great together. It is amazing what you can make with things you have around your home.