Thursday, February 24, 2011

Make Your Own Color Flashcards Out of Paint Chips

Pick up a variety of color paint chips at your local Hardware store to make some inexpensive flash cards. I found these cute Disney Paint Samples at Home Depot.

Punch a hole in each using the first as the pattern to make sure they are punched in the same spot on each.

I used a key chain and I added a sticker to the key chain boggle.

On the other side use a Sharpie Marker to name the color to help the kids learn to read their colors along with naming them.

These are small enough to pack for traveling on your summer road trips.

This is an easy and fun Craft project to do with the kids and all for FREE.

Inexpensive Ideas for Bitty Babywear

Bitty Baby is was dressed for Christmas! Auntie Becca passed on to her niece Mahala her precious Bitty Baby who needed an updated outfit for the season.

The American Girl Bitty Babies are one of my very favorite dolls for wee ones I thought I would post my favorite frugal alternative to paying $26.00 per outfit.

I buy Child of Mine by Carters Preemie Baby Sleepers in the Infant Department at Walmart.  Often I will find the sleepers and other preemie wear for as little as $1.00 an sleeper or outfit on clearance.  This Christmas Reindeer sleeper is only $7.00 full price.

Little girls will love the cute preemie pink ballet sleepers and appliqued pink pastel monkey sleepers which just came in.  Top them off with making dolly headbands with bows for durable doll clothes.

I used a remnant of red bump minky blanket material and lined it with a red Christmas flannel to make Bitty a matching blanket.  As soon as I find my hot glue gun the matching set will be finished with a red satin dot headband.

To make a Bitty Baby Blanket

Cut two fabrics 20 inches by 24 inches
Pin right sides together
Using 1/4 inch seam allowance
Begin in the center of one side and stitch around the rectangle, leaving a 4 inch opening.
(I put the slippery bumpy blanket material on the bottom to keep things from slipping)
Clip the corners
Slip and use a point turner or a pin to pull out the corners
Tuck in the seam in the opening and pin
Edge stitch the perimeter with a coordinating color
A Bitty Baby Blanket to match her Preemie Sleeper :)

Buy a package of Huggies Preemie Diapers for $8.99-$9.99 and use one of the many Huggies coupons to save $$.  Pass out a couple of diapers at a time to make them last.

Check back often, and I will be posting several easy to make outfits designed to fit dolls like the 15 inch American Girl Doll Bitty Baby and also for the 18 inch dolls.