Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Fabric Covered Clothespins

For the upcoming baby shower, I'll be hanging a clothes line and pinning baby clothes as both decoration and gift to the mommy to be.  I used scrap fabric from the baby sling to personalize the clothespins.

Trimming the fabric to fit each clothespin, then adhere with a mixure of water and white glue. 

Tissue Paper Pom Poms

I'll be decorating with tissue paper pom poms for the up coming baby shower.  There's tutorials all over the web for these things including Martha Stewart.  But I like the little ones from Zakka Life best.  I practiced last night with a sheet of yellow tissue paper I bought at JoAnn's - pack of 8 sheets for $2.39.  I was able to get 3 flowers out of 1 sheet.  I strung them with a needle and thread to see how it would look as a garland.  So I have enough to make 24 flowers, which is plenty.  I was thinking of just leaving them on tables as center pieces.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Baby Sling II

Finished a baby sling as a gift in under 1 hour today.  I used this tutuorial, which is the same one I used for my first sling.  There's an un-line version or the double sided reversable version.  I made the latter.  Although blue and brown is a bit cliche for a baby boy, I thought the damask pattern and dots give it a nice hip and modern feel. 

I used scraps from the excess seams and made a braided idea from here.  Or I guess it can also be a wrap bracelet.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Dolly Diapers

Ever since the birth of my son, I've noticed my daughter has become such a little mommy. She likes to bring her dolly in the bath so she can bathe "baby". She also enjoys putting my son's diapers on her Baby - which is ill fitting since the diaper itself is larger than the baby! I made her a diaper that's better suited for her size with some left over flannel fabric. I went online to get some ideas on how to do this.

Ultimately I came up with this shape. I attached velcro for closures on the top of each back flap.

And a band across the front so it would be adjustable for use on other dollys or stuffed animals.
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Baby Wash Cloth

For the baby shower I'm throwing for my co-worker next month, this is the first of a few hand made items I'm giving her. Her son's room will have a safari theme and I thought this flannel print at JoAnn's was very appropriate. I simply cut 2 11 x11 squares from a flannel and terry cloth (both can be found a JoAnn). Stitch around the sides, turned inside out and top stitched for a nice finished look. I bundled the 2 together with a ribbon. In all, it took less than 1/2 hour from start to finish.

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***Update*** I made the matching blanket backed with minky to go with these wash clothes:

Friday, March 19, 2010

Lady's Dress

I love ruffles and pleats.  I can't stay away from the femimine look.  Lucky me, they're everywhere!  On the other hand, not so lucky for my wallet.  The only thing that's holding me back from buying everything in sight is that I'm waiting to I get back to my pre-pregnancy form.  However, I couldn't resist this little number from J Crew on sale for $69.99.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


I got the Singer ProFinish Serger from the hubby for Christmas and finally went to a class at Joann's to learn how to use the darn thing.  I was kinda bummed that my teacher was totally hating on the machine.  I found out that Singer makes these with plastic and they don't all work very well.  Mine seemed to be working fine, and she said I was lucky.  She made me feel bad that I went cheap on my first serger.  At any rate, this is a starter machine and $200 is pretty darn good.  I learned how to thread all 4 threads and practiced straight lines, corners and circles.  I'm very anxious to try a project on it.  Now it's just a matter of finding time to do so.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Embelished Tops

I didn't have a chance to post my ribbon embelished tops I gave to Amy for her baby girl due in 3 weeks.  I did one trimming the edge.  The other one I sewed the ribbon next to each button on the side and tied them into bows.  I like how it looks like a faux kimono.  I'm going to do the same thing to the sleeves of a tank top for my daughter this spring/ sweet will that be!