I’ve had a lot of fun making things for our American Girl Dolls this summer. Hope you have enjoyed seeing the sewing and other things I’ve done. Today, I’ve got a free pattern for you to make doll sized bean bag chairs(or perfect for Beanie Boos as well…which is what my girls are using them for even more than for their dolls). They are so cute and relatively easy to make as well. Yay!

Easy free Sewing pattern to make a small bean bag chair. Perfect for our American Girl Dolls or our Beanie Boos. Great Summer craft or gift ideas!

Our school year was so different this year and it felt so much more busy than our homeschool schedule. It felt like my girls had less time to play together and less time to do things with their dolls. While my 13-year-old isn’t as thrilled as she once was to play with her dolls, it has been fun seeing she and her sister playing with them. They have both enjoyed the mattress and sheets I’ve made for their doll bunk beds. They also LOVE these bean bag chairs…though they seem to be used more for their Beanie Boos(affiliate link) than the dolls. Oh well…they are having fun and playing with them, that is what matters.

The funny thing is that I never really had thought of making them bean bag chairs for their dolls nor had they requested them. Last month when Fairfield sponsored the post I did on how to make a mattress for a doll bed, they also asked if I would want to give their bean bag filler a try. I immediately thought of how fun it would be to have bean bag chairs for the dolls. I told Fairfield, “Sure thing!” They sent me the bean bag filler and sponsored this post as well. Thanks Fairfield!

The bean bag chairs don’t require much fabric at all and a pretty quick and easy to sew together. Let me show you how. View full post »

How is your summer going thus far? Ours is off to a great start. I can hardly believe that we leave on our road trip on only 1 week. ::Sigh:: I’m not quite ready. To distract myself from not being quite ready, I think we need some activities for kids and parents to do together. Don’t you think that will help? I do!

We love fun Activities for Kids and parents to do together. These Bastille Day crafts look fun and could be changed to be cute 4th of July kids crafts as well.

Today, my friend Jessa from Sparkle Living Blog is here show you how to make these adorable Bastille Day placemats. I think when we make these, we will do this same idea, but change them to American flags and make them a 4th of July craft. Cuteness!

We love fun Activities for Kids and parents to do together. These Bastille Day crafts look fun and could be changed to be cute 4th of July kids crafts as well.

This is only one idea in my series of Real Summer of Fun activities. The activities are designed to be simple and inexpensive things we can do with our kids to make this a summer of real fun for everyone.

Greetings from California! This is Jessa from Sparkle Living Blog and I’m here to share with you a project for the kiddos. This is our first summer after having both girls in school full-time and let me tell you, it has been hard to keep the girls occupied. So we’ve been doing a lot of art. I introduced them to mixed media collages. Mixed media is great for any age, because you can’t mess it up. You can use any kind of supply and the art turns out colorful and fun!

These placemats are great because they are also an educational tool. Bastille Day is July 14 and is France’s national holiday. It’s great for kids to learn about other cultures and they are so curious too!

Supplies:

  • paper (11″ x 18″)
  • paint (red, white, and blue for the French flag)
  • brushes
  • glue sticks
  • magazines for cutting out letters
  • scissors
  • Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold Lamé(affiliate link)
  • French clip art

We love fun Activities for Kids and parents to do together. These Bastille Day crafts look fun and could be changed to be cute 4th of July kids crafts as well.

Start out by drawing lines on the paper so the kids know which areas to paint the blue, red, and white of the French flag. Set aside and let it dry.

We love fun Activities for Kids and parents to do together. These Bastille Day crafts look fun and could be changed to be cute 4th of July kids crafts as well.

If the kids are old enough to use scissors safely, let them cut out the French clip art and color or paint it if they want.

We love fun Activities for Kids and parents to do together. These Bastille Day crafts look fun and could be changed to be cute 4th of July kids crafts as well.

I had the girls look up some of their favorite words in French and then printed them out to glue on to their placemat. Additionally, have the kids cut out letters in a magazine or newspaper spelling out La France. When the paint is dry, have them glue everything on.

We love fun Activities for Kids and parents to do together. These Bastille Day crafts look fun and could be changed to be cute 4th of July kids crafts as well.

Once the clip art is glued on take the artwork outside and spray on the Heidi Swapp Color Shine paint. This is not necessary of course, but it adds texture and a vintage look to their art.

Tip: What I didn’t do, but should have done is let the art sit under a couple of books to flatten it well before having it laminated.

We love fun Activities for Kids and parents to do together. These Bastille Day crafts look fun and could be changed to be cute 4th of July kids crafts as well.

Once the placemat is dry and flat, take it to a copy store or office supply store to have it laminated.

That’s it! This project is fun, educational and will keep the kids busy for an afternoon. Have a great summer!

Check out Sparkle Living Blog for more great craft tutorials, recipes and ideas. You can also find Sparkle Living Blog on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Here are a few of Jessa’s recent posts:

Chocolate Ice Cream CookiesChocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

3D StarStar Spangled Garland

More Great Posts for You:

I’ve got a yummy idea for some fun with your kids today. How does making homemade ice cream sound? Sounds yummy to me! I’ve got a super delicious Thin Mint and Mini Chocolate Chip Ice Cream recipe for you today.

We love yummy desserts. Even better is spending time doing fun things with my kids. This delicious Thin Mint and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe is so yummy and fun to make with the kids.

As part of our ideas for some fun summer activities for kids and parents to do together, my girls and I made some delicious ice cream together. We had fun cooking together and then we got to eat some yummy ice cream. Sounds like the perfect summer activity to me! View full post »

I’m back with the next part of the bedding for our American Girl doll bunk beds. This time I took on sewing sheets for the beds. Only I didn’t do the sewing, my girls did!

I love simple and cute sewing projects like this. Easy enough to do as a summer activity with the kids, make reversible sheets for our American Girl Doll beds.

When I made bedding for our doll beds a few years ago, I wrote that I wished I had bought a little more fabric so that I could have made the sheets reversible. This time, I was able to plan for the extra fabric and we were able to make reversible sheets.

In addition to making them reversible, this is an activity my girls and I completed together. We turned it into one of our Real Summer of Fun activities. I let the girls do almost everything to make their own sheet. They did a great job! View full post »

  • Anne - June 26, 2015 - 10:34 am

    Fun project!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=83200
    –AnneReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - June 30, 2015 - 8:46 pm

      Thanks Anne! Thanks so much for the features of both of my recent doll bedding on Craft Gossip. I really appreciate it! Tune back in, I will have the comforter in August (sounds like such a long time!!).ReplyCancel

How about if we have some crafty fun with our kids today?! Sounds fun to me! Today, I’ve got another idea for you today that is part of my Real Summer of Fun series. Let’s have some fun getting crafty and making some no sew tie dye tote bags.

Great summer activities for kids (and grown ups). Upcyle a t-shirt into this diy no sew tie dye tote bag. Fun craft!

My friend and fellow blogger Rachel from Architecture of a Mom is here today to give us all the details on how to make these cute bags.

My girls made something very similar with our Girl Scout troop this year and had a lot of fun making these bags.

Great summer activities for kids (and grown ups). Upcyle a t-shirt into this diy no sew tie dye tote bag. Fun craft!

Don’t forget… we are not going to let this summer go to waste or let it being boring for us or our kids. Check out all of the great Real Summer of Fun ideas, I think you are going to like them.:-)

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  • Michele Thorpe - June 22, 2015 - 12:42 pm

    Love the Tshirt bags! I will be doing this with my granddaughters.
    Thank you! I just started following your blog. I really enjoy all your posts.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - June 22, 2015 - 9:22 pm

      So glad you love them! They are fun and relatively easy as well. It is always nice to hear when someone is enjoying what I’m doing…so thanks for letting me know. :-) Have fun with your granddaughters.ReplyCancel

Hey everybody! I’m back with another Stitch Fix review. You guys seem to like seeing them and I’m happy to oblige continuing to get my Stitch Fix boxes so I can show you what I’m getting. Works for me! Lol!

Love the cute items in this Stitch Fix Review. Need to add some of these summer outfits to my wardrobe.

So on a more serious note, if you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix (referral links throughout this post) and you are a busy mom (like me) or don’t like to shop (like me) or have a fashion addiction and have always secretly wanted your own stylist….Stitch Fix if for you.  View full post »

Do you remember a few months ago when I made the new bunk beds for our American Girl dolls? Well, our poor dolls have had nothing but a hard board to sleep on since then. I was just kind of dreading the doll bedding pattern. Not that is it hard stuff to sew, it is  just that sometimes I put off pulling out the sewing machine and making things like this. I think I make it worse than it really is in my mind. Ever been there, done that?

This is a great diy on how to make a Doll Bed Mattress that is sized to fit any size bed. Easy and inexpensive. Fun summer sewing project.

Well, I finally got over my mental block and made new mattresses for the new beds. Yay!

If you have been a follower of my blog for a long time, you may remember when I made bedding a few years ago for our first set of doll beds. This time Fairfield offered to sponsor this post and sent me a couple of products with which to make the doll mattress.

I had originally been planning to make the doll mattress in the exact same way that I made it a few years ago. However, when Fairfield sent me their project foam as one of the possible items to use to make the mattress, I realized the 1″ thick foam would be perfect for the doll mattress. I also realized it would make the mattresses even easier to make. I always love when I can make a project more simple! View full post »

I’m ready for some more fun with my girls and for some fun activities for kids and parents can do together. This is so going to be a Real Summer of Fun! I’m working to make it a summer of fun for you as well, which is why almost the whole month of June I’ve got all kinds of ideas for you. Today, I’ve got fun ideas to get everyone outside and have some fun with chalk.

Looks like some fun ideas with chalk for the kids and me, too. Love finding fun activities for the kids that I like as well. #5 is my favorite.

I know my girls love to play with chalk outside on the driveway, even though our driveway is a bit steep, they still love to draw and play games. Today, I’ve got my friend Kat who blogs at Confessions Of The Perfect Mom with 5 of her family’s favorite ways to play with chalk and enjoy some time together.

Kat blogs about makeup, books, fashion and a pinch of mommy/family life. When she isn’t blogging, she is homeschooling her three daughters and writing her new book, which is set to come out later this year. Can’t wait to read it!

Thanks for sharing with us today Kat!

Looks like some fun ideas with chalk for the kids and me, too. Love finding fun activities for the kids that I like as well. #5 is my favorite. View full post »

Who loves Starbucks? I do! I do! I rarely eat their sweets and treats becasue…well most of them are the number of calories of running a 10k and I don’t do that all that often, so I don’t eat them all that often. Anyway, their Outrageous Oatmeal Cookies are so stinking good! And guess what? I’ve got the real oatmeal cookie recipe from Starbucks for you today!

Yum! Starbucks Oatmeal Cookie Recipe! These are so delicious. This recipe includes a freezer adaptation so I can have fresh hot cookies any night of the week.

These oatmeal cookies are so good, they turn kids and adults alike that don’t like oatmeal cookies into oatmeal cookie lovers.

A few years ago, when Starbucks went all natural with their food items, they passed out a few recipes. In fact, I gave you the Starbucks Banana Bread recipe a while go. I snagged up the recipes. Truth be told, I had never tried the Outrageous Oatmeal Cookie at a Starbucks. I’m not normally a huge oatmeal cookie fan, but I decided to give them a try. They were good! View full post »

Continuing that for June I’m focused on ideas for activities for kids and parents to do together, I’ve got a fun free printable for you today. If you grab this free download, you will have 20 ideas at the ready of things you can do with your kids on any summer day and have some instant fun. Perfection!

I am always looking for great activities for kids that we can do together. These free printable ideas are so cute and perfect for this summer.

I love spending time with my girls. I know I’ve only got them for a short time….I may sometimes have Mommy panic attacks about them actually leaving, but that is for another post. I want to spend time with them. Do things they like. Get to know them and really enjoy them. At the same time, there are things I have to take care of and I have a business to run. View full post »

  • Sue - June 12, 2015 - 12:08 pm

    How are these free if you are asking us to pay for them.? I don’t understand.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - June 12, 2015 - 2:19 pm

      If you notice, there are directions right below the box to click to get your printable. It says “Just enter $0 in the Name Your Fair Price box to receive your free printable.” When you get to that box just put a 0 in the box and you will be the free printable. It is a required box with the service I use for my free downloads.
      Hope that helps.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling - June 17, 2015 - 11:46 pm

    I totally wanted to do something along these lines this summer…thanks for doing the work for me! Love it!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - June 18, 2015 - 9:39 pm

      So glad I could help! I hope they help you and your kids have some fun this summer. They helped me today when my daughter had a friend over to play and they said they were bored pretty quickly. They picked an idea and had fun! Yay!ReplyCancel