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DIY Felt Alphabet Letters for baby

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feltalphabet3One of my interests, as a stay-at-home mom, is to incorporate Montessori aspects into my son’s environment.  I strive to have his play time be enriching as well as fun.  *You can check out my guests posts as “Parent Coach” on Age of Montessori.  Anyway, around 8 months, I decided I wanted him to have some alphabet letters that he could touch and enjoy.

 

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Supplies:

  • Felt (I picked colors that match the nursery)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

I started making the felt alphabet letters based on this tutorial from A Nest for All Seasons.

http://www.anestforallseasons.com/

http://www.anestforallseasons.com/

 Step 1 worked great. You just find a set of letters online in a font that you like, and cut out the letters in the felt.  Step 2, however, really did not work out. I have no idea how people actually get the stuffing to stay inside when you are hand sewing letters like this.  For me, it totally didn’t work.

Instead, for step 2, I decided to cut out a slightly smaller version of the letters in a different color felt, and then sewed that second letter on top of the first letter with my sewing machine.  WAY easier!  This helped the letters to have enough texture/bulk, but no stuffing required!

I used the zigzag stitch equivalent to “D” on this picture, and really liked that additional touch on how the letters looked. Singer-1748-Sewing-Machine-Stitch-Reference-Guide-300x200

Best of all, he has enjoyed this DIY toddler toy from age 8-13 months!

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DIY Plastic Bag Holder for the Nursery

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oatmeal container bag holder3If you are like me, with a combination of using cloth and disposable diapers, you end up using a diaper pail and a garbage can (for various reasons.  I’ll spare you the details).  I try to reuse and recycle things whenever possible, so I gather up all the grocery bags used to bag apples, veggies, etc and stuff them in the diaper area of the nursery (above the reach of the little one).  But it was becoming such a mess and eye sore.

So, I did some Pinterest searching and came up with this trick to recycle an oatmeal container into a bag holder.   Continue Reading

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Author: FLORA

I am a new post-career SAHM, living in Bozeman Montana. I share stories and ideas from parenting with a Montessori and Positive Discipline inspired perspective. Also, I LOVE DIY projects and finding great ways to use thrift store or hand-made toys for my little one.
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