Got kids in your life? Beyond the baby lovies I blogged way back, a handful of handmades to make any kid giggle with glee.

STORYTIME SNUGGLY via CRAFT Magazine

Move over, Teddy Ruxpin — there’s a new toy in town. All you need to make a digital plushie for your favorite bedtime story-obsessed (but geographically distant) kid: a surgery-ready stuffed animal, an mp3 player, and a little ingenuity. Follow the directions (from MAKE Magazine), and you’re ready to record some seriously epic stories, like Treasure Island and/or War and Peace.

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OLD SWEATER = STUFFED ANIMAL and PAPER BAG PUPPETS via Martha Stewart online

Two cute (and pretty simple) ideas from the Queen of Craft. Think about this: the paper bag puppets don’t have to be assembled beforehand; give your kid-friend the supplies, and then build the animals together. Quality time, people — that’s what Xmas is all about!

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SAD-FACE YETI PATTERN by CAFFAKNITTED via Etsy

Call him what you will, but this Hoth-dweller lookalike is anything but abominable. Knit him up with a frown or a smile — any way you stitch it, he’ll melt your youngster’s heart.

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THE OLD STANDBY: SOCK MONKEY via WikiHow (with photos!)

History lesson: Mr. Living Small and I first pitched woo in September 2000. That Christmas, he came forward with this:

sock monkey

A handsewn pirate sock monkey! Everyone (kid, grownup, zombie) should have a sock monkey. They rule, and they are easy to make, too. And don’t sweat the sewing: I once made one for my buddy JW, but forgot the ears. It’s true! And I have one with no tail. Serious! So even if you overlook crucial body parts, or you mess up the stitches, or you go bananas in some other way and end up with a puffy cylinder with button eyes and a fat red maw, a blessing on your head. ‘Cause you were going for the sock monkey, and it’s the thought that counts.

Cozy up and get crafty.

April 13, 2008

Small is cozy. Like a handsewn pirate sock monkey, made for me by Mr. Man seven years ago.

Pirate sock monkey

At Living Small, crafts are king. (More on that here, here, and here.) Why buy something new when you can make something special?

So: Wanna make yer own monkey? Here’s a pattern. Sock elephant? No prob. Now, get cozy with your favorite smalls, and get crafy with a pair-a socks.

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