Fabric and Yarn

A collection of our kids’ fabric, yarn, and sewing projects

Our DIY bird nest helper sitting on a white background

Make: A Colorful Bird’s Nest Helper with Kids

These colorful bird’s nest helpers are a fun nature activity for kids, a helpful handmade backyard addition for birds, and only require minimal supplies (with zero prep!). Many many years ago I was rolling up to a little yarn shop…

Our DIY beanbag soft village playset for kids sitting in front of a white background

Make: A DIY Soft Village Playset for Kids

Nestled deep in the heart of Norway, cozily tucked away amongst forests of lush evergreens and majestic snow-capped mountains, you’ll find this charming little Fjord village. Inspired by a family trip and their day of sightseeing in Bergen, these colorful…

Our Eva Hesse-inspired DIY yarn spider web mobile hanging in front of a neutral-colored wall.

Make: A DIY Yarn Spider Web Mobile or Wall-Hanging

Embrace the tangle, and explore fiber art with your kids, using this Halloween-ish yarn spider web mobile-making project… October is a month with its own very distinctive mood, isn’t it? Here in the north, our October days tend to rise…

One of our soft sculpture art creature kids projects standing in front of a white background.

Make: Creative Creature Soft Sculpture Art for Kids

It’s aliive, it’s ALLLIIVEEE…and it’s…SQUISHY! Meet the latest additions to our kids’ art project family…imaginative soft sculpture art creatures made from recycled supplies! The outlandish beasts of Hieronymus Bosch meet the soft sculptures of Claes Oldenburg with this project that…

Our DIY vampire puppet being held up in front of a dark grey background.

Make: A Vampire Puppet Halloween Craft for Kids

I don’t know about you, but come October, I’m creepy-Halloween-everything-obsessed. And my very favorite Halloween horror sub-genre? I vaaant your gothic vampire content. From Anne Rice stories and Edward Gorey illustrations to Bram Stoker and What We Do In the…

Use up scrap supplies to make this chill pool art for creative summer fun with kids! | from barley & birch

Make: Paper Pool Art with Scrap Supplies

We’re having a scrap art pool party, and YOU’RE invited! Don’t you want to just dive right into our vibrant pool art?! This summer art project is full of simple little visual art tricks that make the most of scrap…

Use simple scrap supplies to make these cardboard secret message sailboats! A visual language exercise and upcycled summer craft for kids. | via barley & birch

Make: Cardboard Sailboats (With Secret Messages!)

Ahoy loveys! It may be dipping into negative degrees outside, but indoors we’re celebrating picture-perfect cardboard boat regatta weather. Yes, this Valentine’s Day we have blue skies, a fair wind, and following seas for the 1st Annual Cupid’s Cup. Super-sleuth…

Make an adorably simple DIY gingerbread play bakery out of felt or cardboard! This is a wonderful pretend play activity for kids that also helps to develop fine motor skills. | via barley & birch

Make: A DIY Gingerbread Play Bakery for Kids

Oh snap, we’ve gone gingerbread crazy! Over the weekend I made a pair of adorably silly gingerbread softies, and while playing with the felt and patterns, it dawned on me that the thick felt was perfectly-suited for some real-life-sized play…