A Gallant Knight’s Tunic – so easy to make

 We are going to a 12th day Celebration on the 6th of January, a royal party to celebrate the coming of the three Kings to witness the birth of Jesus. I made Rosella and Kaelan a crown each yesterday and today I made a royal purple princess cape and a gallant knight’s tunic. Kaelan is not so keen on wearing his gallant knight’s tunic (even though I made it in blue), but perhaps the addition of a wooden sword might sway him. I haven’t let him have anything more than a cardboard sword before. We’ll see what David can do about that. I’m looking forward to the challenge of making a scabbard! I have in mind a scabbard embroidered with magic symbols, a la Morgaine’s scabbard she made to keep King Arthur safe in the Avalon series … but really if he can tuck a sword into a belt I’m sure that will do! I think I would be the only one to appreciate the effort gone into embroidering it 🙂

Anyway, here is his tunic. It is really simple, and I made this in 2 hours this morning 🙂

I took the pattern from one of his T shirts, and only stitched the front and back together at the shoulders, so the tunic slips over the head and ties up at the sides. Very simple. I blanket-stitched the cross on, and added a little embellishment with silver thread and golden stars.

Here is the (somewhat unwilling, and slightly sunburned) gallant knight in his tunic, golden cape and new (blue) crown … *sigh* we can’t always make a winner. If I had stitched a police badge onto it he probably wouldn’t take it off …

Reversible Emergency Services Vest


I crowed a great deal about this little project on Facebook just before Christmas, but I have to say I am still very proud of it. I am giving it a little post of its own because I am starting a new section in my “Articles” Page on this website on gifts for children under 7. I hope to expand this to a section for chidlren OVER 7 – because they are the ones that puzzle me at gift-giving times, but for now I will stick with what I know!


This little vest is very versatile, and I was heartened to spot its potential when Kaelan was hovering about watching me make it. Sadly, it wasn’t for him, and sadly I ran out of fabric to make two of them, but as you will see I came up with another idea for him later on.

The vest can be worn on the red side or the white side, and the badges are velcroed on so that you can change them according to which Emergency Service is required the most urgently … and if you are feeling a little dastardly then there is a Pirate badge for those moments too. We can’t be good all the time.

The badges were made by printing off the crests from the internet onto iron-on transfer paper. They were then ironed on to some simple calico squares that I had made up with another piece of velcro on the back.

For Kaelan I found a rack of these blue button-up ‘work’ shirts in a local op-shop (thrift store, for our overseas readers!), and so having run out of time to obtain more fabric I added some velcro to his shirt, and my brother bequeathed Kaelan some old police badges and hat (including a badge that says “Donut Police: Protect the Donuts”  hee hee). Heaven. Kaelan wore it all for three days and nights before I decided it could do with a wash. That’s the sign of something appreciated isn’t it?

The badges can be removed with velcro - and changed depending upon who you need to be: police, ambulance, fire, or a pirate

Here he is with his badges in his pocket, ready to change at a moments notice.



Constable McCormack

A Brilliant Idea: Felt Take-Along Car Mat

I just came across a lovely new blog: The Napping House , And I found this great post about another creative idea for little boys. 

The writer of The Napping House created a Felt Car Mat, that draws up into its own bag, so that you can carry it, cars and all, with you when you go places. Just perfect when you have to go and wait somewhere: the doctors, for example.

The author of this blog humbly describes herself thus:

I’m not an original crafter. I’m no good at thinking up new and ingenious crafts that will take your breath away. I’m good at looking at ingenious crafts and getting my breath taken away, and I’m good at taking crafts I see and tweaking them to fit my style and needs. That’s how this one was born.

That is how the best ideas come into existence! I was looking for ideas such as these before Christmas … and I can’t tell you how jealous I am that I did not think of it myself! So simple and delightful! Of course, I have already thought of ways to ‘tweak’ it to suit my own style and needs 🙂

Of course, I have thought about felting it. You could also try fabric painting it – and I believe this would be more durable than felt, that tends to pill and stretch with long use. You could quilt it. There are so many amazing fabrics that would be perfect to use for a projects such as this.

I seriously thought of not sharing this idea, and creating a little felt car playmat masterpiece and wowing my friends who are mothers of little boys … but credit where credit is due. 

I love this idea … I think my own little guy might be too big for it now, but I do know many others who’d enjoy it.