Bend the rules. Last week we heard Amy Karol's thoughts on toy recalls and adding homemade toys to your home. She shared many of the toys she's made for her daughters and now you can see more things to make for your kids in her book, Bend-the-Rules Sewing. We slinked to a review of it before, but now we've had time to dip into it ourselves. Aimed at beginner sewers, it's also great if you've been considering taking up sewing, but have been intimidated to take the plunge.
Amy's reassuring text talks you through sewing basics and the projects' straightforward instructions leave room for error and interpretation. If you're able to skip past the creative projects for bags, aprons, pillows and other household items, you'll find a section near the back for "the special little person in your life." Included are instructions for making an elf hat, basic bibs, a scalloped baby blanket, a turtle softie, a puppet theatre for your doorway, a small jacket and a smock. Photos of over 600 projects from the book have been contributed to this Flickr pool including the puppet theatre below by Alison who writes the blog domesticali. Look for Amy's book at your local bookstore or order it online here or here.