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DIY Stuffed Felt Lion

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This is Week 5 of our 12-week Summer Fun with Kids series here at LWSL!  Today we are welcoming Lauren from I am THAT Lady, who is sharing a fun & easy stuffed felt lion .  For more summer fun, check out the overview page.

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There are so many activities to entertain your children during the summer months outside, but what about when it is raining or just too hot? Rainy days during the summer seem to be the time when my children get restless and are looking for projects to do around the house, so I created a fun sewing project for my two oldest children who are ages 4 and 8.

We love doing crafts together as a family, and last month we made these Deck Candles for under $10.00 . Ever since then, my oldest has been asking me for another craft idea. He also started asking me to learn how to sew for a few months, since he tried it at his aunt’s house. Once we had a rainy day, I knew that I had to get a craft together to occupy him, so I figured it was the perfect time to teach him how to sew. I thought sewing on felt would be the easiest way to teach him, so my husband drafted up this template to make a lion out of felt.

 

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Here is what you need:

Lion template 
Felt (different colors)
Thread ( to match felt)
Large sewing needles
 craft stuffing
 

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Step 1: Cut out the patterns from the template.

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Step 2: I then pinned the patterns down onto the felt. I decided to use brown for the head and body, and orange for the mane of the lion.

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Step 3: Next cut around the pinned patterns. I had my 4 year old cut out the felt with some child friendly sewing scissors. Then when he had all the felt pieces cut out we could start sewing them together.

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Step 4: Start sewing. I taught them both how to use a cross over stitch. You go from one side of the fabric to the other, pull through. This loops the thread over the edge of the felt, securing it a little better. Plus it is prettier since you will see all the stitching. STOP– Don’t forget to leave an opening on all 3 parts of your lion so you can stuff him.

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Step 5: Stuff each part of your lion. You can use a pencil to push the stuffing into each part of the lion’s mane and other body parts. Then finish stitching it up.

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Step 6:  Give your lion some character. I decided to stitch eyes, whiskers, and a nose on the lion. My son insisted that he needed to draw teeth onto the piece of felt that I was going to use for a mouth. Since this activity was designed for him, I chose to put aside my desire for making a Pinterest perfect  activity, and let him design the animal he loved.

After I stitched the face, I went on to attach the mane to the body. I simply sewed through both the body and the mane. I sewed through the place on the mane where I would be covering it up with the head eventually. That way you wouldn’t see all the extra stitching.  Once the mane was attached to the body I then went ahead and stitched the head onto the mane. My son then came to me with a tail that he had stitched all by himself! We put that on last.

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This was the perfect rainy day craft for us; it helped me occupy my children for the entire day. They used a lot of creativity and best of all; it was under $15.00 for the entire craft.  My son loved this craft so much that he made a snake all by himself later on in the day, he did need a little bit of help knotting the thread before starting the project but other than that, he did it all himself!

And now it is time for another fun giveaway!  Today we are again giving away something EVERYONE can use–a $100 Amazon Gift Card–that you can use to make your own summer fun!  To enter, just follow the instructions in the box below.

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 Lauren Greutman is a mother of 4 and blogger behindLauren Headshot iamthatlady.com and MarkandLaurenG.com. Once in $40,000 worth of debt and now debt free, she has a passion for helping busy women learn how to enjoy life on a budget and enjoy the same debt free lifestyle. She is the author of the books “How to Coupon Effectively” and “How to Decorate on a Budget”.

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What are your favorite rainy day activities?

33 Comments

  1. Molly
    June 30 at 09:41AM

    My kids love fuse beads!

  2. June 30 at 10:41AM

    What a great idea. I’ve been looking for some simple beginning sewing projects.

  3. Karen
    June 30 at 10:42AM

    Reading

  4. Elizabeth
    June 30 at 10:45AM

    Absolutely reading for a rainy day!!

  5. Crystal L.
    June 30 at 10:53AM

    We love table/board games as a general rule…but if my kids are playing just the two of them, they’ll probably end up in imaginary play of some kind – house, bakery, store, restaurant, vet, etc. 🙂 What a fun giveaway – love Amazon! 🙂

  6. Christina
    June 30 at 12:27PM

    This is so fun! I’m going to file it away for when my boys get a bit older!

  7. Anonymous
    June 30 at 01:23PM

    My children will love this!

  8. Charlotte
    June 30 at 03:09PM

    When it’s raining, I like getting creative in the kitchen. Baking, especially, makes the house feel just a little bit cozier on those dreary days!

  9. Erin
    June 30 at 05:28PM

    Ohhh, crafts … anything to get my kids off of Minecraft!! LOL!

  10. Christie S
    June 30 at 05:56PM

    Rainy days are great for watching movies!

  11. June 30 at 06:46PM

    I love felt projects because the fabric doesn’t fray and you can do such quick and simple projects without much effort. Love the Lion!

  12. Stephanie
    June 30 at 08:55PM

    I’m absolutely putting this on my summer bucket list!!

  13. Emily
    June 30 at 09:40PM

    Reading a book myself or reading to my boys!

  14. Margaret
    June 30 at 10:03PM

    I love introducing my nieces and nephews to movies from the 70’s on rainy days! “Escape to Witch Mountain” has been a fav!

  15. Cathi Ogden
    June 30 at 10:58PM

    My favorite rainy day activity is to read. I also like to sew or work on a craft project. My favorite place to look for books is Amazon.com.

  16. Krys
    June 30 at 11:49PM

    Dance party! I’ll play our favorite dance music and move the furniture – each kid also will pick a fav song to do their own special dance. Costumes are a bonus too (especially if I join in on the dress-up 😉

  17. Kara
    July 1 at 09:50AM

    Reading or watching a great movie!

  18. Mary
    July 1 at 04:28PM

    My kid is only 1.5 yrs old so we haven’t really struggled with this yet. But, I think that we will enjoy playing in the rain as long as it isn’t too cold or torrential. We live in the high desert so there aren’t too many times that we have rain.

  19. LeAnn
    July 2 at 01:51AM

    We love making tents and snuggling up in them together watching our favorite movies with popcorn.

  20. July 3 at 09:51AM

    Oh this is adorable! I think my girls will absolutely love doing this–Thank you!

  21. July 3 at 12:35PM

    On a rainy day, my almost 2 year old and I love to pull plastic bowels out of the cabinets and use them for lots of different things. We stack them, use them as drums, walk around and find items to fit in each one. We can usually come up with something new to do with them each time!

  22. July 3 at 01:51PM

    What a cute craft! We usually do play dough or a dance party on rainy days. 🙂

  23. Tenzin
    July 3 at 06:21PM

    Catching up on TV Series on netflix

  24. July 3 at 09:08PM

    We like painting!

  25. Tina
    July 4 at 07:01AM

    playing board games, reading together or watching movies

  26. april
    July 5 at 09:53AM

    We like to do “science” experiments. I give the kids little dishes of baking soda, baking powder, sugar, flour, etc., and liquids like vinegar, water, etc. They mix them to see what happens!

  27. R. Stepp
    July 5 at 05:12PM

    My favorite rainy day activity is painting

  28. July 5 at 06:08PM

    My favorite rainy day activity is reading books! Grandson loves it too!

  29. Chrissy
    July 6 at 11:29AM

    Legos, movies, and crafts…my son is cutting up brochures and making his own city on a posterboard

  30. Marie B
    July 6 at 10:15PM

    We love to color pictures on a rainy day

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