Halloween Preschool Crafts

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This week I had the pleasure to teach at my sister’s co-op preschool… and the theme is Halloween! I was super excited to help out because there are so many fun Halloween crafts and activities for kids. And they are EASY too! Here are some spooky but friendly ideas for your little one to do.

Puzzle Pumpkin Name

Cut out pumpkin shape. Write name on it. Draw lines between each letter and cut. Mix letters around and help child arrange them in the correct order. Glue on to paper and add a cute green pumpkin stem!

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Spider Handprints

Trace child’s hand on black construction paper. Cut out two handprints and a circle. Glue each handprint on to the back of the circle. Attach googly eyes on to the face… because what kid doesn’t love googly eyes?!

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Handprint Witch

Trace child’s hand on paper. Color green or another preferable color for a witch’s face. Trace and cut out a witch’s hat. Glue on to the top of the traced hand. Give her eyes, a nose, and a mouth. Draw on crazy witch hair, a broom to fly on, stars, and a moon. And wah-la! Beautiful art work to display for Halloween.

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Happy Halloween and happy crafting!!

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Travelling With Kids (And Saving Your Sanity)

By my calculations, this year we have logged more than 80 hours of extended travel with our kids (some of it was just me and the kids) by plane and car.  And we’re looking at probably 50 more before the year is finished (starting next week!).  So I’m starting to feel like I’ve got this down, more or less.

My kids are in the 2-5 range, so I’m sure it would be a different story and a different game plan with a baby or with older kids, but here are some things that have worked for us! UPDATE 7/6/15 My older kids are now in the 5-7 range and most of these activities are still very entertaining for them. I’ll add a few more things we have included to our travel preparations, as we still do a fair amount of traveling with kids each year. Look for the updates throughout the post. (Post contains affiliate links, which help support this blog- thank you!)

The Basics:
We start out with a few foundation items: a cooler with plenty of healthy snacks, a few not- so healthy ones, and drinks.  Books, pillow/ blanky, and one or two beloved toys.  Technology- some new tunes on an mp3 player- both kid songs and grown up music, a portable DVD player for the car, our favorite kid shows, Leap Pads, earphone splitter, and headphones.

We are usually in the car for 13-14 hours one way, so we need a LOT to keep our kids entertained and happy.  I don’t want them watching movies the whole time, and they aren’t really into that either- usually 1-2 movies only for a trip that length. I do encourage them to nap, and sometimes they will for a short time, but the majority of the time they are kept happiest when they have a variety of activities to choose from.  We alternate the basics above with activities from the bag of tricks below.

The Activity Rotation
We rotate through our bag of tricks, each activity lasting on average from 15-30 minutes, repeating our favorites multiple times. (Your kids might have longer attention spans, depending on their personalities and ages, the times I list below are just to give a general idea)  Here are some of our favorites:

Good old pencil and paper for drawing, name writing, and letter/ number/ shape practice.  This one probably only lasts 10-15 minutes at a time.

Magnadoodles.  We would do this activity maybe after a movie, not drawing in notebooks.  Probably another 10-15 minute activity for my boys.

Silly putty is a great fine motor activity and there are sooo many variations on this activity.  Sculpting, twisting, stretching, ink printing, stamping, impression making, bubble blowing etc.  We are happy with this activity for at least 30 minutes.

A memory game of some type is good (Here is the one we have); there are also tons of free printables you can find on Pinterest that are travel memory games or scavenger hunts. This is a 10-15 minute activity for us, but I think as they get older, and if I had more variations of it, they would play longer.

Scratch art.  This is a fun activity for older kids and maybe grown ups too!  You use the wooden stylus to scratch off the black coating and underneath is brightly colored plastic when you hold it up to the light.  This is a 25-30 minute activity for my kids, but they need a little encouragement.

Dry erase activities (like this).  We pack a couple different colors of dry erase pens, and just use tissue to erase.  For whatever reason, my boys both love using dry erase markers over any other type of writing implement.  My only warning is that dry erase pen is VERY hard to get out of clothing…  My kids will play with this activity for about 25 minutes.

Magnatab.  This is somewhat similar to the magnadoodle in that you use a magnetic stylus, but it works by pulling up a little metal ball that lodges in a groove near the top of the surface.  You can’t draw anything very detailed, but it makes a satisfying sound and it is somewhat of a novelty.  My kids will probably spend about 20 minutes on this.

Stringing beads and shapes. This is actually an activity that I inherited from my mom, and it is kind of nostalgic because Marissa and I played with this in the car 20+ years ago!  My mom actually had us help her make salt dough shapes, which we let dry and then painted together.  My mom cut out a bunch of felt shapes and punched holes in them, and everything got strung on shoelaces.  We used to have all kinds of neon colored laces; this is what is left two decades later! Haha.  We add random empty spools, beads, etc. for stringing.  My kids will play with this for 20 minutes usually.

Felt board with story puppets and shapes.  Here’s another one I played with as a child, which my mom gave back to me.  (My mom is super creative, as you may be able to tell.  She made all of the puppets herself.)  The kids play with this usually about 15 minutes, then throw the shapes all around the car for another 10. I guess we take what we can get. Haha.

Eye Spy Books. We have a couple of these books along with some magnifying glasses.  That combo seems to last us about 30 minutes if we have enough books to search through.

Dollar Store games.  We have a few little things like this that we have found at the dollar store or saved from kid’s meals which will entertain the kids for 5-10 minutes on average.  Not very long, but it does the trick to distract them sometimes when they are starting to get whiny or have a meltdown.

WikkiStix.  This is another activity that is fun for kids and adults alike.  These “sticks” are actually pieces of yarn coated in some kind of wax that sticks to itself and other nonporous surfaces, but leaves your hands mess- free… win!  This awesome fine motor activity lasts us a good 30 minutes.

Here’s another blast from my past!  As you can tell, these also belonged to Marissa and I as kids.  Now my kids love coloring on the chalkboards.  I will probably have to give Marissa hers soon as her daughter gets old enough to use it.  :)  We just use colored chalk and tissue for erasers.  These have also stood the test of time for 20+ years!  This is a 20 minute activity.

Every once in a while, we get a really good kids meal toy.  We got several sets of these connector things from Wendy’s a few months ago, and I save two sets for our next car trip.  My kids will play with these for 30 minutes.

Magnet story board.  This is a new toy that I haven’t showed my kids yet. It is a metal box with three sheets of punch-out magnet animals that you can mix and match to make silly looking animals.  I’m hoping this one will give us at least 30 minutes of creativity. UPDATE 7/6/15 My kids have loved this activity and they sometimes request it even when they’re not traveling.

Sculpting play foam.  We love this stuff!  As long as your kids are old enough to not throw it around, it is super easy to clean up, and it sticks to itself only- not your hands, so totally mess- free!  Woohoo!  This is a 20+ minute activity.

Window Crayons and mirrors.  Ok, I’m going to warn you- this can get messy, so skip it if your kids will draw on seats, themselves, etc.  The crayons are almost a dry lipstick consistency, but it does wipe off very easily with wet wipes.  We do this activity for 15 minutes- any longer, and my kids will start drawing a mural on their carseats.

Mess- free markers.  If the previous activity made you shudder, then maybe this one will float your boat. These markers don’t actually use ink; they only work on specially treated paper.  So it is impossible to make a mess with these. My kids are interested in this for about 15 minutes.

Various car doo-dads.  Dancing giraffes, bendy blocks (made that name up), kaleidoscopes (we have these), and marble mazes that I sewed based on tutorials around the web.  Each of these activities is good for 5 minutes, give or take.

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Triangular crayons or colored pencils for road trips are brilliant- they don’t roll. I think a few companies make them now; ours are Melissa and Doug.  We also have some clipboards that help a lot with coloring and many of the above activities just to provide a hard surface to work on.

UPDATE 7/6/15 Here are a few more items we have added:

Our most recent addition is this Boogie board. We haven’t used it on a trip yet, so I don’t have my own picture, but it is a fun LCD writing tablet that is fun for doodling on.

My boys love doing these types of mini Lego kits. They aren’t too expensive (usually around $5) and they can do them over and over. Cut out the picture on the front of the package, and keep the instructions if your kids are into that, and keep it all together with the Lego pieces in a ziplock bag.

For the grownups: For car trips, we bring our favorite healthy snacks, a couple treats, protein bars or drinks, our caffeine of choice (almost always Dr. Pepper), a book to read from, and an audiobook that is as exciting as possible.  One of our last trips we listened to Ender’s Game and it kept all the drowsiness away for both of us, which is super important if you drive at all during the night.

Between all the different activities, eating, potty breaks, movies, naps, and the mandatory looking out the window minutes between activities, that pretty much takes up our whole trip.  We have modified this to work on airplanes too.  It’s always a good idea to have at least a couple new things that your kids haven’t seen before.  On one trip, we wrapped everything in wrapping paper, and it was really fun for the kids to open their “presents”.  We never get these toys and activities out at any other time than travelling, so they are extremely desirable and the kids are excited to play with them.

Oh- before I forget- I got these toys from a variety of sources. Amazon, ToysRUs, some were gifts or we made them, Walmart, and a whimsy, magical toy store in the southwest Portland metro-ish area of Oregon called Mudpuddles. Favorite toystore ever! (I would link to them, but they don’t appear to have a working website. Dang. We are going to visit soon and do some Christmas shopping!)

Hopefully there were some good ideas for you.  Happy travels!

Angel Ornament Kid’s Craft

Here’s a quick idea for a fun craft to do with a group of children or just one or two!  I did this with the kids in our neighborhood playgroup last year and they all seemed to enjoy it.

You will need: 1 marshmallow, 2 doilies, a toothpick, some ribbon, red and black sharpies, tacky glue or hot glue, and some yellow embroidery floss or pipe cleaner for a halo.

Directions:  Fold one doily in half, and the other doily in quarters.  Glue the quartered doily on top of the half- doily, as shown in the picture.  Poke the toothpick up through the middle of the half- doily; the marshmallow goes on the exposed toothpick end.  Glue in place.  Cut a small piece of yellow floss or pipe cleaner and make your halo- glue it on.  Use the ribbon to make a loop to hang on the tree- glue that in place too.  Use the sharpies to make a face on the angel.

Fun, easy craft for the kiddos!

This year, I think I am going to have our playgroup make this simple but very cute ornament from Fun Home Things:

What crafts are you planning to do with your kids this year?

Play outfit refashion from men’s clothing

Actually, I’m going to give you two for the price of one!  That is, I will share two separate play outfit refashions from the same two shirts.  One a sweater of my husband’s, and the other a polo shirt of my brother in law’s.

This was one of my first refashions I attempted, and it really got me started on the idea that I could totally transform clothing and give it new life. This sweater was one my husband wore for many years, and being sentimentally attached to it, he had a hard time with me telling him that it really wasn’t the right size for him.  He didn’t want to get rid of it and think of some stranger wearing this shirt he still loved!  He suggested that he might be ok with parting with it if it “stayed in the family”.  I took that as permission at immediately started sweater surgery, knowing that it could make an adorable play outfit for my son.

I used another pair of pants that fit my then-nine-month-old baby as a pattern, and got to work.

I am fearless when it comes to cutting right into fabric with a nice, sharp pair of scissors.  I love that feeling!   (Although I do remember how terrifying it was when I was first learning to sew, convinced that I was ruining a lovely piece of fabric.)

I really only intended to make the pants; as I said this was one of the first refashions I ever tried, and I was tickled to have made pants that turned out decently well out of a sweater.  However, the portion of the sweater that was left over continued to nag at me until I decided that I had plenty of fabric to make a matching sweater, and that it was just scraps anyway, so if I botched it, it was no big deal.  So I went ahead and performed another life-saving procedure on the sweater (sorry for all the medical puns; I am a nurse after all!) and this adorable sweater was born!

The sweater wasn’t perfect; I sewed one cuff onto the sleeve turned inside- out, and decided not to fix it.  (In addition to being a fearless cutter, I also have the superpower of turning my perfectionism on and off; this time I turned it off and was very happy to do so.)

As I had predicted, my sweet boy was absolutely precious in the outfit.  It was soft, comfortable, and durable!  After my son grew out of it, it was still in good enough shape for my next son to wear it, and he was just as cute in it!

Let’s fast-forward about three years to this past March, when I was going through all my fabric, scraps and all.  I found the remains of my husband’s sweater (really all that was left were the sleeves) and I remembered what great pants the sweater had made, and I decided to make another pair that would fit my now-nearly-four-year-old son.  There was just enough fabric to do so, and it was so easy because there was no hemming involved!  I just kept the original sleeve cuffs as the pant cuffs, and the whole thing took about 20 minutes at most.

Because I didn’t have any more sweater fabric to make a top for my son, I pulled out an old polo shirt I swiped from Marissa’s donate pile (I’m a scavenger, what can I say?) and determined to make a shirt that would be just as soft and cuddly as the pants.

I actually used an old pattern for this shirt (one from a large set my mom gave me that she used to sew for us from when I was a little girl), but I have also made raglan shirts for my boys using their old pajama shirts as patterns. 

I did my best to match up the stripes, but again, it wasn’t perfect, and I’m ok with that.  After all, my son is ok with it too!

Do you ever sentimentally hold on to items of clothing hoping to give them new life in one way or another?

Rotating Toy System

My alternate title for this post was “Preventing the ‘I’m tired of all my toys’ problem”.  Not a great title, but accurate, and descriptive, nonetheless.  Those of you with toddlers know the feeling I’m sure: it doesn’t matter how many wonderful, educational, brightly colored, amazing toys with bells and whistles you get; after a few minutes, all your kid’s toys are boring to them and they are fascinated with trying to get into the knives in the kitchen.  Or rifling through your personal hygiene drawer >ahem<.  Or worse, playing in the garbage or toilet.  Anything off limits is nearly impossible to deter them from, because their toys hold no interest for them any longer.

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After a fairly difficult day/ days (think along the lines of a cup of water poured on the couch, box of cereal dumped on the floor, re-rolling the toilet paper, pulling my son off of the entertainment center 5 times, fishing a sock out of the toilet, marker all over the walls, and a few tantrums) I decided I needed to change something.  I was tired of trying to coax my son to play with his toys.  I was tired of picking all the toys up off our tiny living room floor several times a day (scattering toys evenly around the whole room was apparently the only interesting thing to do with them, and when the only room available for your kids’ toys is the front room, you may or may not live in constant fear of someone coming to the door and seeing the awful state of your home).  I was tired of feeling like I had nowhere to put our ever- increasing collection of children’s playthings.

I had a couple of under- bed and cheapo stacking storage containers which I proceeded to fill with almost all of the toys.  (The under- bed containers fit nicely under the bunk beds, or stack up well on the high shelf in the closet, and the other bins just barely fit in the closet.)  I left a few things out for my kids to play with, but everything else was g-o-n-e.  Ahhhhhh. What relief, what peace!

Today, the toys that are out have labeled zipper bags so scattering them isn’t as easy as it once was.  As we get more toys, I get more storage bins.  Yes, it sounds sad, but actually it isn’t.  I either use clear bins or put labels on the outsides of the bins so I don’t forget what we have.  There are some toys that stay out pretty much all the time (like the bag of matchbox and oversize cars), but we rotate what is out when the kids start to get tired of their toys and start getting into mischief.  I try to have just 2 or 3 bigger toys out, and a few smaller toys.

I am not going to say that it is a perfect system, that my house is immaculate, or that my kids always love playing with their toys and not the toilet.  But it has definitely helped, and it has probably saved my sanity.  One day I would love to have a kid’s “playroom” that the toys can be more accessible in, but for now, this is what works for me.

Do you have a great idea about toy storage or helping your child enjoy their toys?  Share it in a comment below (please!) and let us all benefit from it!

Car Seat Protector Pads

A while back I posted about some projects I was finishing up, and one of them was this car seat protector pad.  It really has been one of the most useful things I have made recently.  I made it because I was potty training my son, but believe me, I wish I had made it long before.

Let me tell you a story.  This is not for the faint of heart (or stomach).  One day when I was pregnant with my second child, we were driving Marissa and her husband Richard up to the airport.  I was sitting in the back seat- in the middle, next to my one year old in his car seat.  That alone was uncomfortable.  When we got to the airport, we found out that not only was their flight cancelled, but my son was… really sick to his stomach.  I’ll spare you the really nasty details and only share the fairly nasty ones.  I’m considerate like that.  😛  His car seat was a mess, and after dumping it, we really had no way of cleaning it.  He had to sit, practically naked at that point, in a nasty car seat all the way home.  Remember who was sitting next to him?  That was 5 months pregnant me.  Enough said.  Once we got home, we had to figure out a way of getting the car seat clean.  This seems crazy to me now, but I think the tag on the car seat cover said you couldn’t machine wash it.  What?!  Or at least I was convinced of that.  So guess who ended up washing that dang seat cover in the bathtub?  My husband, of course. 😉  I helped.  Most of the mess was right in the bottom of the seat.

This whole nasty scenario could have been largely avoided if we had been using a removable pad.  That said, you never know where kids are going to be… um… aiming… when they get sick, but this is a pretty good start.  In fact, that same son tossed his cookies in the car last week, and I was able to keep his seat cookie-free, thank goodness.  This pad has also kept his seat easy-cheese and chocolate- free on a road trip, and kept it dry when he fell asleep and we forgot to put a pullup on him first.  I know some of you have been in that same boat!

Ok, I promise I’m getting to a point here.  Last time I posted about this, some of you asked for a pattern for such a pad, but I just kind of “winged it” (“wung it”?) when I made it and didn’t have dimensions or directions.  This week I made another one for my youngest son’s car seat, and  partway into it, I realized I should pay attention to what I was doing so I could share it here.  You’ll have to forgive the lack of pictures on the first few steps until I made that realization.

My sons both have the same-ish car seat- I believe it is the Alpha Omega Elite.  I think this tutorial will work for most similar car seats, but you can definitely tweak it to meet your needs.  It will at least be a starting place.

Car Seat Protector Pad {Tutorial}

Materials Needed:
Cotton flannel for the top layer, or any other absorbent material you choose (all fabric should be prewashed)
Rubberized flannel, PUL, or other waterproof material for the bottom layer
Batting or high quality fleece for the middle layer
Serger or sewing machine
2 small pieces of velcro (optional)
Thread

Cut one rectangle about 18″x 20″ from all three pieces of fabric. (These dimensions can be easily altered based on your car seat.  These are the dimensions I used, but you can make it square if you want- customize it for the perfect fit!)

If you have a serger, layer the fabrics with the batting in the middle, and the flannel and PUL on either side, right sides facing out.  Serge around the whole thing, rounding out the front two corners.  Cut straight slits (these are for the car seat straps to go through) that are 4 1/2″ long, 5″ from the back (the longer side).  Serge those edges too.

If you are using a sewing machine, you’ll have to do this a little differently.  Layer the fabric with the flannel and the PUL right sides together, and the batting on top.  Pin it all together, and cut each of the slits the same as described above, 4 1/2″ long and 5″ from the back.  Now sew all around the whole thing, leaving an opening on the back edge about 6″ wide to turn the whole thing right side out.  Round out the front two corners to make it look nicer.  Clip corners, and turn it all right side out, and topstitch the back side.

Now you should have something that looks, more or less, like this:

In order to contour the pad to the car seat’s shape, we need to add two darts.  Make a small mark 3″ from the edge, and another 7″ from the edge.  Repeat this on the other side.

Fold the flaps in, matching up the little marks you just made.  Pin in place.  Draw a straight line from the mark at the top to the edge of the fold.

Sew along the lines you just drew.  If you want, serge along the lines to reinforce and remove excess fabric.

So far so good!

To make the buckle opening, draw a line which is 2 1/2″- 3 1/4″ wide depending on the size of your car seat buckle.  This line should be positioned in the center, 9″ from the back.  Now, depending on your car seat, you might just want to ignore my measurements and lay the pad down on top of it, and mark where the buckle actually is to get a custom fit.

Use the buttonhole setting on your sewing machine to go over the line, then open it up with your seam ripper.

Check to make sure the buckle fits through the slit; if not, just make the slit longer by adding length to the buttonhole on each side, again with your buttonhole setting and seam ripper.

You can be done now if you want, or you can add velcro which will help keep the pad in place.  You don’t need much- just two small square-ish pairs.

Sew the pieces of velcro on the corners as shown.  The lower corners should be the loop velcro (soft), with the velcro on the top of the fabric.  The top (angled) corners have the hook (rough) velcro, with the velcro on the underside of the fabric.

Here’s another view of what the velcro should look like once sewn on:

Slap those pads on the car seat, stick the velcro together around the straps, pull the buckle up through the slit, and you’re in business!

Here’s crossing my fingers that we can just avoid any more cookie tossing in the car from here on out! (But now you’re prepared, just in case!)

Any crazy car- mess stories out there?!

Toilet Paper Roll Saver

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If you just can’t stand the toilet paper being completely unwound one more time, then this project just might be for you!  >Insert crazy laugh here<

My three year old and 20 month old are usually pretty good about leaving the toilet paper alone, but they have each independently unrolled entire rolls of TP, shredded quite a bit of TP all over the floor together, and even dropped whole rolls in the toilet.  I was going nuts one day… well, ok, not just one day, but eventually I just had to come up with a quick solution or completely lose it.  I have seen contraptions like this online, which I’m sure are awesome but I didn’t want to spend $10 or wait a week for it to arrive.  So, I came up with my own version.  It was fast, and cheap (even if you count the whole pack of dowels and beads, which I don’t).

This TP Saver is easy for adults to unfasten, and not so easy for little fingers and paws to undo.  The elastic enables you to use this solution for any size TP roll, whether it is a full or partial roll.  Ready?  Go!

Toilet Paper Roll Saver

Materials needed:

  • Button hole elastic (white is best, and in a pinch, just use regular elastic and cut your own slits)
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • 1 Wooden dowel (3/8″ works well)
  • 2 Wooden beads with a hole the same diameter as the dowel (I found these at Hobby Lobby)
  • Miter saw or something to cut the dowel down to size with
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paint (optional)

 

First, prepare the elastic.
Measure the elastic and cut it to 8 1/2 inches long.  Make sure to leave extra elastic beyond the button holes on each end (meaning: don’t make your cuts right in the middle of a button hole).

On one end, carefully cut straight down the middle of the elastic to join two button holes.

Repeat this for the next two button holes so your elastic looks like the picture below.

Fold the end of the elastic over onto itself so that the two large button holes you just made are lined up.  Pin the elastic in place.  The two purple lines below show where the stitches will need to go in the next step- they aren’t necessary for you to draw if you don’t want to.

Sew a zig- zag stitch on either side of the large buttonhole, as marked in purple.

Next, prepare the dowel.
Cut the wooden dowel to 6 1/4 inches long.  If you want to paint it to match your bathroom fixtures or colors, now is the time.  Remember to also paint the beads.  You’ll have to add dry time- or just skip painting it and go au naturel.

Grab your elastic band…

…and poke the dowel through the small hole in the elastic at the opposite end from the large button hole.  Make sure that later on, when you glue this end of the elastic down, the side of the large button hole with the raw edge will be facing in towards the TP.  It’s not a huge deal, but it will look better.

Put some hot glue on the end of the dowel and slide a bead on.

Dab a little glue on the bead and glue the end of the elastic in place.

You’re done!  Really, that’s it.  The only thing left to do is “install” it!


“Installation”
You can leave the toilet paper in the holder- no need to take it all apart.

Just push your TP Saver through the tube, with the glued- on elastic- end furthest away from the toilet.

Pull the elastic out and wrap it around the outside of the toilet paper.  You want the side that fastens to be facing the toilet- trust me.

Hook the large button hole over the bead.  Done!  (This is what I meant before about it looking nicer if the raw edge of the elastic isn’t showing on this side- you really can’t tell it’s there.)

Let’s not have any more crazy toilet paper messes, alright?!

What is the worst thing your kids/ pets have ever done with toilet paper?!

Toasty Hands Trick-or-Treat Bag

The Toasty Hands Trick-or-Treat Bag

We never know what weather to expect on Halloween night out here in our neck of the woods.  Occasionally it’s balmy, but more often than not, blustery.  I recall more than one Halloween with inches of snow on the ground.  Of course I don’t want my cute little puppies/pumpkins/monkeys/cowboys to come back as popsicles, so I try to layer clothing on them under their costumes.  That still leaves their paws uncovered, and of course we can’t degrade the authenticity of the costume with gloves or mittens!  So what’s a puppy/pumpkin/monkey/cowboy to do?  This was the question going through my mind as I sat down to sew a trick-or-treat bag for my oldest son last week, and the Toasty Hands Trick-or-Treat Bag was born!

Since he is going to be a cowboy-on-a-horse this year, I figured it would be fitting for him to carry a saddlebag-looking treat bag.  It has a strap that he can wear around his neck or slung across his chest.  I sewed on two hand pockets that give plenty of room for wiggly fingers to stay toasty warm.  He can hold the bag open easy as can be, and if he decides he wants to take his paws out to encourage ol’ Trigger into a gallop, why, he can rest easy and just let it settle. Giddyap! (Imagine I said that in my best Roy Rogers voice.)

Seriously, though, I am really excited to use this bag! -Er, have my son use it.  It was easy to make, too.  I sewed it from scraps of tan fleece and some strips of brown felt.  I made it very simply (left the edges raw), and finished the whole thing during naptime.

The view from the front.

View from the back- the only thing I’d change next time is to not put the pockets quite so close together.

Side view with my son’s cute little arm.

There’s no tutorial or pattern because it is pretty self-explanatory, I think.  But if you have questions about dimensions or anything, leave a comment or email me, and I’ll give you whatever info I can.  Have fun Trick-or-Treating!