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Iowa Baby Sleeper

20 Apr

One of my best friends is pregnant and due in the middle of August. A while ago she gave me some of her older clothes since she was going to donate them anyways.  In the pile of clothes I found a shirt that I knew meant a whole lot to her, and then got to thinking.

I decided to make a baby sleeper and surprise her.

Cut off the most of the sleeves of the shirt and pinned the sides and remaining sleeves a couple inches inward:

After sewing along the pins I added some elastic to the bottom of the shirt.  I used the seam that was already there and threaded the elastic through.

I cut the extra sleeves apart then sewed them to each other to make a cut hat.  I can’t remember how big a baby’s head is so I make the top adjustable.  It is simply tied together with some yellow fabric.  If it is too big or small the tie can come out and easily sized to fit perfectly.

And here is the finished product, can’t wait to see her little babe wearing this!

Yes, my friend is from Iowa, and very proud of it.  Go Hawkeyes! right?

This is my favorite sign from Iowa, heck yeah Fields of Opportunity!

Magic Wand

12 Apr

Sophi got a wand for her Birthday along with some fairy wings.

Ever since, the girls have been fighting over the wand.

Instead of teaching them to share I decided to make another wand.

It is now part wand/part cat toy.

The wand was made with a stick from the great outdoors, some scrap fabric and some ribbon from a thrift store.

Now they are going around the house turning things into bugs.  Not sure why this is the go-to thing to be changed into.  Maybe they could magically clean the house.

Double Flower Skirt

3 Apr

I made this skirt for the daughter of Aleah’s gymnastics teacher.

I sewed the strip of fabric with a basting stitch when it was inside out then turned in to the right side.  This made the strip of fabric curl into a flower when I pulled the basting stitch tight.

I was running short on time (and I am lazy) so I used my sewing machine to attach the flower to the skirt.

Sorry there aren’t any cute kids in this post


24 Mar

I was at target the other day picking up some odds and ends.

Since Sophi has started potty training we need some more kid undies around the house.  I went looking for them and when I found them I was quite surprised.  I could buy a seven pack of princess underwear for $10.99

Disney® Princess Girls 7-Pack Panty Set - Assorted

At first I grabbed two packs.

But then I looked into the cart and realized that was $22 worth of kid underwear.  Not cool.  I put one of the packs away and decided I was going to try and make some.

This first pair I made out of an old pair of pants with some horrible knee stains.

I like the waistband on the pink pair because it is so comfortable for her.

The blue pair I simply threaded some elastic into the bottom seam of a t-shirt after I traced and cut out the pattern.

The girls are SOOOO cute when they are wearing their new underwear.  Wish I could show you pictures of the girls wearing them, but this is not this kind of website =)


18 Mar

I saw a headband I liked on pintrest and decided to give it a whirl and try to make it.

This is the picture I started with:

The headbands I liked were the ones on the right side of the pictures

cut a long oval out of

Next, set your machine to the make the longest stitch and sew about three inches down the center of the oval

after you have sewed down the middle you need to pull the thread to scrunch up the oval into a gathered circle

Make about three circles and then attach them to the headband that will be two or three inches wide.

What a cutie pie

Pretty Pants

7 Mar

Here is a pair of pants I made for my girlie:

How lucky am I to have such a beautiful and cooperative little model

I think it is amazing the things a little kid can get away with wearing.  Pretty sure anyone over the age of 5 would look pretty ridiculous in these pants.  But she can pull these off, don’t you think?

She is one goofy gal

A Well Needed Chair Makeover

3 Mar

I found two chairs at a thrift store that were quite ugly but in good working condition.  I decided to take a chance and see if I could make them pretty.

Here is a bit of the process:

I wrapped the cushion with fabric like I would wrap a birthday present.

The fabric looks good with the wood but the wood is a bit chipped in places.  I think I might spray paint them to make them look brand new.

If I decide to paint them I will for sure post some pictures.

Quite the difference huh?