monster hoodies and photo memory game

I did a couple of homemade gifts for Christmas this year, and now that the holidays are over and gone, I can finally share! First up, monster hoodies for my sister's boys:

These are really fun, and a no-brainer. Find any plain hooded sweatshirt, and embellish the hood with felt teeth and some eyes (mine were a circle of felt and a button). You can buy hoodies like this online, but they are cheap and simple to do yourself. I think the idea would work equally as well with a shark fin, dinosaur embellishments, animal ears ... you name it.

Second, I made them a photo memory game using 2 inch wooden tiles:


I actually had the tiles on hand after doing a crazy random wood order from caseyswood.com a few months back, but you can probably find them at your local craft store. I was trying to think of something to do with them when I stumbled upon a post on a photo memory game at Jamie's Digital Designs. Jamie includes full instructions on how to make the game if you want to try it yourself. I got all the photo's straight from my sister's blog, so not only is it a memory game, it is full of memories from 2008.

27 comments:

Cheryl said...

These are both great! I especially like the memory game. This is a great idea for us since we live far far away from home. Thanks for sharing. Hope that sweet baby is doing great. Happy New Year! xx

Angie said...

The monster hoodie is super cute! I love the idea of a shark hoodie. Glad to see you're back to posting. I've missed reading you!

Stacey said...

Great ideas and I love the black look of the memory game you made! Very cute!

Brent and Ashley said...

Wow! I love both ideas!! Very clever!

Amber said...

Love the way that monster hoodie turned out! Great job!

The Henrich Family said...

thanks for everything Jill. The boys LOVE their monster hoodies. You're the best!

Karyn said...

The monster hoodie is darling... in a monstrous way! I saw a similar one at the Paul Frank store for $$$$$! I was inspired by the PF one and I made a fleece monster hat for a baby shower gift. I have 3 girls, but maybe I'll do a girly-monster hoodie ... or three!

katie said...

Your memory game is fabulous! I can't wait to make one of my own. I may use some old Scrabble tiles.

This is my first visit to your blog - it looks great! I'm sure I'll be back. ;)

Mary Jason and boys said...

Hey, I am wondering if you crochet hats for kids and baby boys! Let me know. Thanks, marybeary12@gmail.com

LiEr said...

Welcome back! I've missed reading your blog. Good to see that your little boy's been letting mom do a little crafting. What gorgeous tiles! My little girls are into princess stuff or else I'd certainly do a pointy-tooth hoodie for them, too, pity. Happy new year!

aaronandsharla said...

This is exactly what I was going to do for C-mas this year- w/ cousin photos. But pregnancy got the best of me :) Yours turned out super cute- I love it-darling!

Beth said...

What great gift ideas! Thanks for sharing your wonderful work.

Michael and Cherilyn said...

Love your blog!--one question about the memory game pieces: Do you recall about what size pieces of wood you used?

Jill said...

I used 2 inch square tiles. I think they were about 1/4 inch thick.

Emily said...

I love the monster hoodie! I'm definitely going to give one a go for my little man.

A glance at my world said...

Looks awesome! I love the design on the backs of the tiles.

Angie said...

My daughter has a penguin hoodie... she LOVES it!

Carol said...

I just found your blog and my daughter was here visiting so she grabbed her son's hoodie and we sewed him up a set of shark teeth and eyes! He loves it! You are so clever! Thanks!

Chad & Bonny Day said...

I love this? I was wondering where you got the scrapbook paper you used for the tiles? I love it!

Jill said...

I didn't use scrapbook paper. you might recognize the pattern, because it is an amy butler fabric print. I just printed the image from an online fabric store.

Cheryl said...

Hi Jill, I bookmarked this so I could make this for Christmas gifts this year around. Can you tell me how you printed the photos? Did you do them yourself on photo paper or regular inkjet paper? Or have them printed? Thanks!

Jill said...

I printed the photos on photo paper using my home printer.

First, I cropped each image square. Then, I imported the images into a Word document and re-sized them to fit the tiles (just slightly smaller than 2 square inches). Then I printed, cut, and attached the images to the tiles using Mod Podge.

Lindsey said...

I loved your idea so much that I started two games for Christmas presents this year. I have a few questions though, what type of Mod Podge did you use and did you use? I have tried a few different types, but am having trouble with brush strokes. Also, did you seal them with anything?

Thanks so much!

Jill said...

Lindsey -

I used a wide sponge brush to apply Matte finish Mod Podge. The sponge brush really cuts down on brush strokes (especially if the sponge is as wide or wider than the tile). It doesn't look flawless, but it really helps.

I didn't seal my tiles. If you leave them out to dry long enough, they won't be too sticky (they occasionally stick together, but not permanently - you can just pop them apart without causing damage).

Amanda said...

I featured the hoodie on my blog today! I would love if you stopped by and checked it out. todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

You're a.maz.ing by the way - I've followed you since your mom sent you those burp cloth patterns!! Which means there is hope for me too! :)

Amanda

Cindy said...

I'm planning to make my nephew a monster hoodie for his birthday and I had a few uestions: For the felt teeth did you sew them to the hoodie following the already present stitch? Or did you open up part of the seam and insert the teeth, then sew back up? Also How long did you make the teeth? I want them to stick out far enough. My hoodie has some dinosaur skeleton designs on it and I'm thinking of adding some spikes down the back of the the hood only. I'll have to open a seam for that and I'll need to use facing to stiffen the spikes

Mrs. Friddle said...

Love both ideas! I am thinking a pink stegosaurus hoodie is definitely in order for my dinosaur-loving daughter for this christmas. And I pinned the memory game to pinterest because one day one of my siblings is bound to make me an auntie, fingers crossed, and I will want some cute homemade presents to give. Thank you for the inspiration!

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