Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Show & Tell: Jersey Infinity Scarf

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Apparently, I am on a jersey/knit fabric project streak. I made doll diapers last time, and I have another project coming up.

I fell in love with this fabric, but I had no idea what to do with it. It was quite spendy, so I decided not to buy it. Then I found it in the clearance rack a few weeks later. I bought two yards and put it in a drawer. It's super soft.

I decided I needed to do something with it. I have always wanted an infinity scarf and my daughter has started wearing my clothes at 2 years, so I decided to make matching scarves. I also had enough scraps to make her a stretchy headband.

Super easy project. I simply cut lengthwise down the two yards of fabric...my scarf is 7 inches wide and my daughter is five. Her scarf is 12 or so inches shorter. 

My daughter's scarf. 
My scarf. (Please ignore the fact I look like hell. I do, after all, have a newborn at home)

The scarf.

The headband from the scrap material.

This was the look I first got when I asked her to be my model. Not. Impressed.


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Sunday, January 20, 2013

DIY Sunday: Doll Diapers

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I have a super simple easy sew by hand project (with an option for no sew!). Yes, you can do it if you don't normally sew, and you don't have a sewing machine.

I took a scrap piece of jersey fabric. Why jersey? Other than the fact I loathe sewing it in a sewing machine (and don't want to buy it ever ever again), it's perfect for this project. It doesn't require heming since jersey doesn't unravel/fray. You can just use an old shirt you have sitting around.

I laid the doll on the fabric and measured how wide the gap between the legs was and measured how long I needed it so it was the right ride on the front and back. Cut in the general shape of a diaper; however, be conservative with what you cut. You can slowly cut more so it fits correctly. Then I just attached the velcro by hand sewing it on. If you don't want to hand sew, you could simply use the fabric fusion velcro.

Simple project and will help my daughter practice on her dolls while I change baby brother's diapers.


The edges may look a little rough; however, as the jersey pulls a little, the edges will roll and look more finished.


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Saturday, January 5, 2013

DIY Sunday: Mod Podge Toy Box

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This project is a good follow up to Christmas. After Christmas, I do a toy purge. I go through my daughter's toys and either put the toy in storage for when our son is bigger or toss them or if necessary, donate them. 

Well I had a straw basket that was doing a pretty good job of holding toys...until Christmas. Even after my purge, there was quite the mess. This is what our toy corner looked like. 



We needed a toy box. I started looking around. I didn't want to spend a ton of money. I know we'll move in the next year and a half, and I will want to buy something to fit our next (hopefully bought) house. I couldn't see spending much if anything on it. I decided to make something that will work for the time being. I found this plastic tub at Wal-Mart for $10.00. I thought I would put some fabric on it when I got home...maybe sew a liner.

However, I got home and didn't have a large chunk of fabric for the project, and I didn't forsee getting a chance to buy some with a newborn at home. I decided to bust some scraps. I took some scraps of fabric and used Mod Podge to attach them to the bin. It's a busy, but it's for little kids, so I figure it works.



This is the after of our toy corner. Still full, but certainly less messy.


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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Handmade Christmas: Hooded Towel

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Happy New Year! Christmas may have come and go, but I can finally share some projects with you that I was giving as gifts. I whipped up these hooded towels over naptime a few days before Christmas. I was surprised by how easy they are. The only issue I had was getting the machine to sew through several layers of terry cloth. I had to grab some jean/heavy duty needles and go pretty slow. I found that the cheaper towels worked just fine, but you have to be prepared for them to shed more. I followed this tutorial on One Simple Bliss.


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