Ever since I saw this tutorial, I've wanted to make these little guys. This year, I finally got the chance. They're hanging in the den, the living room, and even the kids' room, adding a nice pop of color and springy brightness.
But, I didn't stop there with the Peeps-related crafts. Oh, no. Next up: Peeps as hair adornment.
I sewed up the first generation of Peep-clips about 2 years ago for Sarah. Even though I made about 5 of these clips, only one survived, because we all know what happens when 2-and-a-half-year-olds wear barrettes: they lose them. These are just barrettes covered in felt, and hand sewn together. I always dread hand sewing, but when I finally gather my materials and actually DO it, it's relaxing and enjoyable and I start thinking, "Hey, I should do this more often."
Would you like a little how-to? Well, how about it!
Here's what you need:
- Metal hair clips (regular size, not tiny)
- Felt scraps
- Brown or black Sharpie
- Embroidery floss in coordinating colors
- Embroidery needle
- Hot glue gun
Step 2. Cut 2 of your barrette templates from a contrasting color of felt. About 1/2" from the top of the wide end, cut a small slit in the bottom piece of felt. This is where the snappy part of the barrette will come out of the casing.
Step 3: Use a blanket stitch to sew all around the top of the barrette.
Step 4: Cut out two bunny shapes from your main color of felt. You can use my template found here.
Step 5: Draw eyes and a nose on your Peep face like I did here.
Step 6: Sew the two layers of bunny together using a blanket stitch and a coordinating color of embroidery floss. *Optional: You could stuff your Peeps with a tiny bit of fiberfill to make them nice and marshmallow-y, but I didn't this time around.
Step 7: Hot glue the bunny to the barrette, and you're done!
|Will REFUSED to wear his Peep because it wasn't blue.|
|She's got two Peeps in her pocket.|
The Peeps t-shirts evolved from a desire to make the kids something Easter-y but not dressy that they could wear to various egg hunts. After all, we're in it to win it this year and that means fierce competition, possibly a thrown elbow, and definitely some grass stains. Plus, I don't really like making holiday outfits because a.) I never get them done until, like, the day before said holiday; b.) why ruin a perfectly good shirt?; and c.) my kids would probably end up wearing Easter shirts around Halloween, and I wouldn't stop them, no matter how weird they look.
So, I gave them Peeps for their pockets. Removable, cute, and fun. They're just two pieces of felt sewn together and dotted with a tiny bit of fabric paint to look like the Peeps candy.
Here's the link to the Pocket Peeps template, because, let's face it: we could all use a few more Peeps in our lives.