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Yarn ball D.I.Y Decor for ramadhan/aieed

First craft post for ramadhan mashaAllah – yes I know I am early but you need it early if you want to make one for every day of ramadhan inshaAllah… I get ds to hang one up every day inshaAllah untiL Aieed and when Aieed comes the house is already decorated mashaAllah. Click photo below for how-to instructions for these, as well as another version with string lights inshaAllah:

Yarn Balls 1 Yarn Ball Lights

p.s.. I think white would be really pretty but your dd or ds may like to choose their own colours for this project

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ramadhan activity….

salaam alaikum sisters… drumroll please………..da da daaaaaaaaaa! Fawnooses! Or whatever the plural of fawnoos is lol. Here is a great example of the ones that another sister and her daughter, Basbusa made, with a link to her site insha’Allah!

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fine arts – clay

Asalaamu alaikum
Here is my son on the verge of learning to work with clay masha’Allah for the art class I gave him…

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make a dress for your daughter inshaAllah…

Salaasm alaikum sisters,

Okay, astughfirullah I dont like to throw things away so this type of thing comes in handy alhamdulillah… here is a DIY for making your daughter a dress out of your husbands, son’s or your own unwanted shirt inshaAllah…

sewingpattern (pdf file)

Step 1

Print pattern pieces; tape together, and cut out. Lay shirt flat, and trace pattern with disappearing-ink pen, following the higher neckline. Cut out; you will have a front and back piece. Trim the front neckline as shown on pattern. Trim the dress length if desired.

Step 2

Pin front and back pieces together, right sides facing, and sew along shoulders, under arms, and down sides, with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Notch under the arms. Press seams open with iron. Finish seams with pinking shears or a zigzag stitch to prevent fraying. If you shortened the length, finish the edge with a double hem: Fold the unfinished edge over 1/4 inch. Press, then fold over 1/4 inch, and press again; pin, and edge-stitch.

Step 3

Turn dress right side out. Fold a 16-inch length of bias tape over neckline; pin, turning under 1/2 inch at each end. Stitch tape 1/8 inch from the edge. To make a tie, cut a 22-inch piece of bias tape. Fold in half, right sides facing, so long edges meet, and stitch with a 1/8-inch seam allowance; use the loop turner to turn it right side out. Cut a slit in bias tape to the left of the button placket; attach a safety pin to the tie, and thread all the way through neckline, starting at the slit you just made.

*note: Here I myself would just fold ribbon over the edges of the sleeves and neckline and sew, as I like it this way as well and I never heard of bias tape in my life but for those of you who want to go all-out and finish the rest, go ahead inshaAllah.

Step 4

Fold an 11-inch length of bias tape around each sleeve opening, turning under 1/2 inch at each end, and pin. Stitch 1/8 inch from the edge, leaving an opening where the tape meets at the base of the sleeve opening. To cinch the sleeves, attach a safety pin to an 11-inch length of elastic and thread through the tape; cinch slightly. Trim elastic so the ends overlap 1/2 inch, and stitch. Hand-sew opening shut.

The blue dress below is from the tutorial, our dear sister at handmade beginnings made the purple dress for her daughter using the same pattern mashaAllah and dying the dress… you can find it here.

works cited: thank you to marthastewart.com and our dear sister from handmade beginnings.

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barakah life

Asalaamu alaikum sisters

Here is a beautiful website mashaAllah… it gives wonderful ideas for your house and home and life’s celebrations inshaAllah, all handmade… (please click below).

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sewing…

Asalaamu alaikum rhamatullah wa barakatu,

Okay so for sewing, for your older daughters (and sons if they enjoy it), can use a sharp needle inshaAllah, but what do you do for the younger ones? You use a plastic needle and yarn insha’Allah.

If you wanted to, you could get one of those beginners weaving/knitting/sewing kits or you could just go ahead and use a plastic needle, a peice of yarn and anything else you want to sew through such as buttons, cut pieces of straws, burlap, etc.

Here is an activity your daughter or even your son can have fun with to learn to sew and weave… good for hand eye coordination inshaAllah. Once finished, you could use it as a mini prayer mat for magnets, a mini prayer mat for a doll house, or a coaster for your tea inshaAllah!

Yes I know I am posting a lot masha’Allah, i am trying to make up for the past five days insha’Allah.

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cool & crisp…its autumn mashaAllah

Asalamu alaikum sisters,
I woke up this morning to cool, crisp air outside and for the first time in months, my son and daughter needed coats to go on a walk… it was beautiful out mashaAllah! Autumn is my favourite time of year because, aside from ramadhan and eid, its apple picking time at the orchards (in Europe, UK, Canada and America anyway, not sure about the middle east!)

For Eid, aside from the prayer, I think we are going to take the kids apple picking inshaAllah… it will be my daughter’s first time, as she was in hossie last year when we took her brother. MashaAllah, he loves the horses and hayrides, and apple picking, and hot apple cider… I remember going there as a little girl, there was this rope we would use to jump from the loft in the barn and then let go and fall into the hay piles…. oh and of course we would collect maple syrup from the maple trees! Sigh….I love autumn. Here are some ideas for an autumn curriculum for your own children inshaAllah


1.) Bake an apple pie.

2.) Organize an apple tasting and explain about different textures, smells, tastes and colours. Explain that Allah made them for us to eat and be healthy mashaAllah (I will expand on this to make it more relevent inshaAllah).

3.) Apple Bobbing

4.) Dipping caramel apples

5.) Make Baked apple porcupines – recipe to follow inshaAllah
Stick clove “quills” in apples before baking for a simple and delicious treat. Just make sure to remove before eating!

6.) Go to the park with hot apple cider and a blanket (you could bring this with you in a canteen inshaAllah)

7.) If you find apples with leaves, you can do apple leaf rubs with a pencil or crayon

YAY I AM TOO EXCITED MASHAALLAH! Worse than the kids… aybe! lol

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