Crafty kids party – decorating a Theodor top.

I am a real sucker for kids birthday parties. Over the years I’ve managed to come up with all sorts of props, decorations, food and games for what ever theme my kids have wanted from super heroes to unicorns. I love the whole thing, planning, creating and partying. Its such a special time with these precious little human beings. As the kids have got older the celebrations have changed and this year my little girl turned 10!! Much as she has always loved her birthday parties she wanted a more focused (and grown up) event with just a couple of her closest friends…Oh and a sleepover!

We came up with a plan!

The day started with a party lunch followed by a trip to Desford Tropical bird park. Despite drizzling with rain they all loved.

Next on the agenda was an afternoon of craft!

We decided to try decorating a Theodor sweatshirt using fabric paint. I got prepared with Fabric paints  and dressmakers carbon paper. Washed and cut out a Theodor each in sweatshirt fabric leaving the  rib trim so they could choose based on the colours in their designs.

I suggested they drew out a design on paper that they could then trace on to the fabric. My thinking was that they could be more prepared with the idea before putting paint to fabric. Also I could help guide towards more simple, less detailed ideas that would be easier to achieve with paint and brush. It was quite interesting to see how they all approached the design and transfer. Ella drew out a lovely design but got frustrated with trying to keep the carbon paper from moving so abandoned that and painted free hand. Agnes drew a detailed design and in the end chose to use this as inspiration but drew her design freehand. Violet used the carbon paper and commented she was pleased she had so she was able to plan her design.

The paints were easy to use, fairly liquid so much like painting on paper. All the designs came together and the girls were happy with their results.

While the paints dried it was time for a break, I hired a hot tub for the weekend which was great fun.

Then it was time for cake and presents.

The paint didn’t take long to be touch dry. I showed them all the different colours in rib that they could choose from, there wasn’t much deliberation, they all choose the same colour!  While they watched a film and had pizza I stitched up their Theodor tops up. These are super speedy to make with an overlocker.

There was time for a bit more crafting before bed so they decorated a wooden picture frame with lots of sparkly bits, feathers and pom poms. I will print out one of the pictures from this birthday weekend for them to put in their frames.

A bit of top bunk reading and all girls were a sleep in no time. Then it was my turn in the hot tub 🙂

The fabric paints I used were from Baker Ross (no affiliate link). I chose them because they had a good range of colours and looked like liquid paint, rather than the thick raised paints which we have tried before will little success. The product states that after three days the ink is completely dry and can be washed. For the purpose of this post I washed Ella’s top after three days on a 30 degree wash and can confirm the ink did stay with no fade.  


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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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