Bendy Snake Tutorial

Bendy Snake Tutorial

Here’s a quick sewing tutorial for you to make for any snake-loving kids in your life.

Hint: they make great stocking stuffers!

These little guys are pocket-sized and stuffed with pipe cleaners to make them bendy. Twist them. Coil them. Bend them in a knot. 

They will be packed in my boys’ stockings next week (I can’t believe one week from today I will be packing stockings!!!) along with other various chocolates, plums, and other small treasures.

I am sure they are going to be a big hit, not only because my boys love any and all animals, but they will be little matching baby snakes to go with these guys who still get lots of play time. I can just see the immense cuteness of preschool imagination now…

Keep reading for a quick and easy tutorial to use up some of your fabric scraps and see how to make these fun guys.

(Look here for help if you’re new to sewing).

Bendy Snake Tutorial

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Leftover Holiday Ham Pasta

Leftover Holiday Ham Pasta

This past Saturday saw our first holiday party of the season. We gathered together with family and friends from our church to enjoy a delicious holiday meal and celebrate the the birth of Jesus.

The meal was provided for potluck style as is our modem operandi. The list goes out and we all sign up, contributing main dishes, sides, and desserts. And since we enjoy a fellowship meal together after church two to three times a month, we have the system down pretty well.

My hubby worked on his sermon, the kids played and napped and played some more, and I cooked and baked and kneaded dough.

By five o’clock, the pound cake was fresh out of the oven, and the dinner rolls and ham were packed and ready to go.

We had a great time. The no dessert after dinner rule was temporarily lifted. And at the end of the evening, we packed up our still energetic children in our van along with some leftover cake and ham.

Now, we didn’t have much ham left. Certainly not enough for it to be the central figure in the next night’s meal. But, that’s the thing I love about leftovers– it only takes a small amount and the options are myriad. Ok, well maybe not myriad, but usually there are at least ten viable options with any grouping of leftovers.

Leftover Holiday Ham Pasta

Tonight, a small amount of leftover roasted asparagus and an even smaller amount of holiday ham were the inspiring catalysts for dinner.

Whether or not you use fresh or boxed pasta, tossing pasta with ham and asparagus is a delicious way to reinvent holiday leftovers.

Leftover Holiday Ham Pasta

 

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Handmade Gifts for Kids Roundup

You really don’t have to be Martha Stewart to make gifts for your children (though you can follow her tutorial at the bottom of this post to make felted shoes for a baby). With all the incredible tutorials and help online, handmade gifts are no longer for the crafting elite. 

There are so many ideas for great gifts that you can make frugally from your home. Sure, some involve sewing, but most of the tutorials below are for simple projects that don’t take a lot of time or money to make.

handmade gifts for kids roundup

Take a look at the list below and see which ones you find inspiring and which ones you think your kids would love. There are a lot of really great ideas! If time or resources are not available right now, pin this list for future reference!

Handmade gifts for kids roundup
Photo cred: So You Think You’re Crafty

I’m excited to make these washcloth puppets for my boys (perfect to go along with their hooded towels I made them last year– which they still love!).

And this big, stuffed Nessie?! I would love to make one for my little girl if I can find the time. I’m thinking of looking for a big sheet to repurpose from Goodwill. She would love it!

Handmade gifts for kids roundup
Photo cred: We Lived Happily Ever After

Now for the list!

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