I hope you are enjoying all the sumer crafts for Craft Camp….so many wonderful kids crafts and activities and more to come! You will find over 50 summer crafts for kids!

summer crafts for kids

Hello Crafty Campers! Heather here from The Sewing Loft and I’m excited to be your counselor for the day at this years craft camp.

The Sewing Loft

Today, I’m sharing a quick craft to keep the kiddo’s engaged during those long summer days.


  • felt in assorted colors
  • embroidery floss
  • stuffing (or cotton balls)
  • 1/4″ wide ribbon
  • swivel lobster clasp closures
  • googly eyes
  • template or child’s drawing


  • scissors
  • hand sewing needle & matching thread
  • clear drying glue
  • freezer paper & iron are optional

Basic Instructions:

1.  Trace your shape onto paper side of freezer paper.  Using a low temp iron, iron shiny side of paper face down to felt. This will bond the paper to the felt and making cutting easy for little hands.  Bonus- no small pins!  Repeat to cut 2 shapes.

2.With needle and thread stitch a mouth on front shape.  Next loop swivel clasp through your ribbon and fold in half.  Position on the inside top of back shape and sew in place. *It is important to secure this piece well.

3. Layer front and back pieces together. Thread needle with embroidery floss and a small knot at the end, starting at the bottom of shape, sew pieces together with a simple running stitch all along the outside edge.  Leave a small opening and lightly fill with stuffing.  Finish sewing shape closed.  As I mentioned under materials, cotton balls work well in a pinch.

4. Glue googly eyes in place and let dry.  Once dry, your Buckle Buddy is all set and ready to travel with you all summer long.

This summer we are road tripping it and our buddies are coming for the ride.  That’s right, they will travel with us and be part of fun photos along the way.  Think of the possibilities with this… I am creating a game for the girls that includes whacky pictures, strange places, miles traveled and more.  I’m thinking their summer scrap books are going to be interesting!

I’d love it if you stop by to visit me on my site for easy sewing projects and plenty of tips.  Plus, you can find me on Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram | Google +

About Cindy Hopper

Learn More

you may also like


  1. I can see these also used as key chain gifts.. kids could draw the shapes and faces, but add a key ring instead of the claw clasp- and they wouldn’t need much stuffing!

  2. Love! Cutest idea, especially that the child
    can draw their own creation to be the buckle

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *