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CREATE … handmade gift kits | sewing + weaving for kids

I love the holiday season, but not all of the consumerism that goes along with it. Instead of all of the new gifts, maybe consider collecting materials for one of the ideas below. A kit with all of the pieces included for a project would be a great surprise for a child that enjoys weaving and sewing.  My boys are OBSESSED with the rainbow loom right now so I plan to add a few of the ideas below into the creative rotation.  So many ideas are floating around, so just find something your child has an interest in and then look for items you can recycle into a gift. Just look around your home and you might be surprised how many supplies could spark creativity in a child.


Tapestry Table by Kleas


Children’s weaving tutorial by Made by Joel


Embroidery hoop weaving loom by Living Crafts

happy creating!



CREATE … woohoo! just made it as a top 5 finalist for the handmade charlotte family craft challenge and would love your vote!


I am so honored to be a finalist in the Handmade Charlotte Family Craft Challenge!!! The other  4 finalists have some pretty creative projects to take a peek at. The Challenge was to create a project using the new Handmade Stencils by Handmade Charlotte for Michaels.

Below is the Nature Art kit that I created for the challenge ( with a little help from my kids) and would be so grateful if you would like to vote for it here on the Handmade Charlotte site. Simply write the number of the nature art kit in the comments section. The Nature Art Kit is #2 and below is a description of the project.  Also consider creating (as a family) some of these art kits of your own for a fall adventure.

thank you, thank you!!



NATURE ART KIT by Julie of Five and One

Create this simple Nature Art Kit together as a family to give to friends, create as party favors, or better yet, invite friends to join your family in a nature hike and share this kit with them to use on a nature hike together. The Nature kit, nestled in a burlap bag, includes an impromptu leaf press for pressing favorite leaves, a white muslin bag for nature collecting, papers, rock, crayons, pencils, and a nature journal for nature sketches and leaf rubbings.
Handmade Charlotte Woodland Stencils
Folk Art acrylic paints (colors: lime green, citrus green, pure orange, and yellow light)
6″ x 9″ burlap bag ( for packaging kit)
4″ x 6″ muslin bag ( to use for nature collections)
(2) 5″ x 7″ cardboard (use with rubber bands as an impromtu leaf press)
(2) wide orange rubber bands
(4) Rock Crayons (to use for drawings and leaf rubbings)
(1) moleskin journal (as a nature journal)
green colored pencil
regular pencil
Assorted 4″x6″ colored cardstock sheets (for nature sketches and leaf rubbings)

To begin creating the Nature art kit start by creating the design pictured or experiment with the Handmade Charlotte forest stencils to create your own forest themes. Paint your themes on the burlap and muslin bags, the moleskin journal, and also the cardboard leaf press. It is helpful to do some practicing on scraps of card stock first. (If you have little ones in the family, let them join in on the creating with scrap fabrics and papers. After the designs are dry, place the rubber bands around the 2 cardboard pieces to create your leaf press and place the remaining items in the bag. Write a short handwritten note to explain what is included or simply explain in person how to use the Nature Art Kit. Have fun exploring the natural world!

Here are the Top 5 projects


Enjoy the weekend!!

– Julie

NEST + CREATE … with lovely notes wrapped in sycamore bark | by five and one



If you really must have an occasion to write a lovely note to someone you love, then I encourage you to go find a sycamore tree and wrap your note in sycamore bark.  The texture is amazing and what a simple way to incorporate a bit of nature into your valentine giving. This tree is in our backyard and I collect mounds of bark just waiting for ways to use it. This bark is from the branches which makes it perfect for slipping in a note.  Look for bark that has a large enough opening to slip your rolled note in and tie a decorative ribbon around it. It doesn’t get much simpler than that! I also added a stamped heart on one of my pieces of bark.

Ohhh yes,  now you have to masterly craft that perfect love note!


happy sycamore bark hunting!