Thursday, April 29, 2010


Here's a quick, cheap and easy paper garland. I made this for the baby shower at the office.
Paint chip paper (free @ Home Depot)
Paper punch cutter
Ribbon or twine
Hot Glue

Punch out the paint chip and hot glue to the ribbon or twine.

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Pretty Pearls

I've been lusting after a string of bronze pearls for a long time. I was struck with inspiration last night at Joann's. A pack of these glass pearls were only $1.49 (2 packs) and the ribbon was $1.99 for the roll. I had to also buy a bead needle to thread the peals on sale for $1.39.

The holes in the pearls where super tiny, so I couldn't thread the ribbon thru it. Instead, I used a gold colored heavy duty sewing thread I normally use for hemming jeans. It worked out just fine.

Finished off with a bow on the strand and double knotted the thread. I used another bow to cover up where I tied the knot.

End result is a beautiful necklace for less than $7 with plenty of ribbon left and threading needle for future projects! So really, it was probably less than $5. Pictures didn't turn out as well tho! But you get the gist of it.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Check Book Cover

Time to spruce up the wallet. I used this tutorial from Prudent Baby and made myself a check book cover. I love the yellow and black flower pattern. It will help me find it inside the my giant purse. I added inter facing to make it more sturdy.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pinafore Take 2

I finished sewing the 2nd pinafore from these fab KoKo japanese fabric.  I love the little faries...I think it's Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.  What do you think?  I love how these turned out. 

Friday, April 16, 2010


I made this pinafore dress/top last night using the beautiful mermaid fabric I picked up earlier in the week. I didn't make it reversible this time, just lined with white gauzy material so it stays light for spring and summer wear. I was a little concerned at Purl Soho about the texture of the fabric - it's double layered gauze and it felt kind of stiff. But the gal there re-assured me that it would soften up after a wash. I always wash my fabric before use on each project. She was right, it was ultra soft after wash. Prefect for being next to baby's skin. I bought more than I need, so I think I'll be making a tank top for the Piggie too.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Pack N Play Sheet

The Little Man has graduated from bassinet to Pack N Play, actually he's in the Mini Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper.  It was a hand-me-down from a friend - THANKS to Katherine's cousin : )  I already have a sheets for crib, bassinet and Pack N Play, unfortunately, none fits the Mini.  Here's a quick turtorial on how make one of your own.

1. Take measurements of your mattress and add 6.  My mini measures 31 x 18 = 37 x 24.
2. Cut your fabric based on the calculation above.

Giveaway: My Sweet Kate

Giveaway: My Sweet Kate

 Maggie is offering a knot dress and a pair of ruffle pants (a $75 value!)
One lucky winner will be able to select the colors and patterns she likes, and Maggie will work with her to select fabric combinations. Size: 2T – 6. US shipping only.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mermaids & Fairies

I'm making pinaores like the one I made last year for up coming birthday gifts.  I picked up these beautiful japanese prints from Purl Soho.  Can't wait to see how they turn out!

Free Twinkle Sews Dress Pattern - CraftStylish

Free Twinkle Sews Dress Pattern - CraftStylish

This is a seriously cute dress I hope to make for myself this spring:

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Seat Belt Covers

My daughter complains about her seat belt rubbing against her chest and neck.  We usually just pull her shirt up or turn her collar up to protect her skin.  I finally had an ah ha moment and made her a set of seat belt covers.  This was a quickie accomplished over lunch.
These are for my daughter

What you'll need:
2pcs of each - 5 1/2 x 4 flannel (or any other fabric you like), batting, double sided quilted fabric (you can double up on the batting if you want to use another fabric). 
6 in of velcro

Lay the flannel wrong side down, then quilted fabric, and batting.  Sew around (1/4 in seam) leaving a 2 inch open to turn inside out.  Clip corners and turn inside out. Sew 2 inch opening shut.  Attach velcro and you're done! 

I made made another set for my son using 5 1/2 x 5 measurements instead. 

***Update*** - For adult sized, use 7.5 x 7.5 squares.