This week’s Messenger column is a quick roundup of blogs.I chose most of these blogs with the school holidays in mind. Many have a refashion focus that might spark some creativity in your teen however there are blogs here with activities for your younger creatives as well.
Adey at http://sewconvert.wordpress.com is a former kids’ television channel manager turned stay home mum. A late starter to sewing she has certainly made up for lost time. An intensive 4 day sewing class from an American lady living in Singapore set Adey on a path that she has been exploring ever since. There are quite a few tutorials on this site including a super easy wrap skirt.
http://www.elizabethabernathy.com This site has heaps of refashion tutorials including a very different take on a pillowcase bag. On the top nav bar is a link to kids craft tutorials where you will find some super fun and simple activities.
http://diydailyblog.blogspot.com/ This is a fairly new blog and while they haven’t posted a lot yet it might be one to bookmark for future use. I included it here as it has a tutorial on how to make seedbombs. If you give out lots of cards at Christmas time include a seedbomb as an inexpensive extra. This is something younger children can be involved in.
http://knittygrittythoughts.typepad.com Lots of free knitting patterns here as well as numerous other crafts. My favourite right now is the tutorial for the Fabric Styrofoam Balls. These make colourful Christmas Decorations.
http://www.crapivemade.com All the tutorials on this site are exceptionally well written. I made myself the reversible sling bag in approx half an hour. If you check out only one blog from this list make sure it is this one.
http://www.happytogethercreates.com This is a fun, light hearted blog where the author shares her crafting journey. There are a couple of tutorials; my favourite is the Rag Letters. It comes with a printable patterns and easy to follow instructions. Older children may also like the headband.
http://mytwobutterflies.blogspot.com This is a refashioning blog with a difference. The author takes up to date fashion items from the pages of magazines and shows you how you can put your own spin on it for a fraction of the cost.
Hope these ideas brighten up your school holidays.