The Twelve Days of Craftsmas: For the Kiddies

December 17, 2008

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


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.



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!



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.


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.


5 Responses to “The Twelve Days of Craftsmas: For the Kiddies”

  1. Amanda said

    Littles and I made a cyclops sock monkey recently. He’s pretty cute. We call him Polyphemus.

    And I love that little yeti. Love him big.

  2. Parry The (Sock) Monkey said

    You’ll rue the day you forgot my ears, Small!

    Best be on the lookout for flaming windows…

  3. I heart cyclops monkey! What a great idea, Amanda.

    Oooh, Parry. Too scary.

  4. Jaime said

    I LOVE that Mr. Abominable, might have to buy the pattern & make him, he’s toooo cute! It’s perfect for my brother-in-law – he’s a huge fan. Thank you!!!! Great blog, by the way, I look forward to reading more!

    Jaime @ “It’s A Jaime Thing”

  5. Thanks, Jaime. I hope you post photos of your Mr. Abominable for all to see. Glad you found Living Small, and thank you for the nice compliment.

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