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Toddler Halloween Costume DIY : 60s Hippie Flower Child

After debating a few ideas for Riley’s Halloween costume this year, I decided on a late 60s hippie flower child Woodstock concert-goer vibe.  I don’t have a solid reason why, but it seemed like a perfectly cute concept and I love anything vintage! I had a few other ideas – Madeline (which she can still do when she’s a little older) and a funny one – dress her as a pickle, but they seemed like a bit more work. I had to rush to pull a costume together because our campground was celebrating Halloween early before they close up for the season.

I love what I came up with and this is easy for anyone to put together!

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So here’s how to put this together yourself! For the main outfit I made a boho style tunic, found a pair of flare jeans at Crazy8, and added some fringe from Joann’s Fabric Store to it. I found the pattern to make the top here on Etsy: Tunic Pattern. It’s not the easiest sewing pattern but you will be super proud when you finished. I normally refer to fabric.com, but this print is no longer available there but I found some Etsy. It’s the perfect 60s ‘vintage bed sheet’ print!  (Sewing tutorial and template for the vintage camper pillow are coming soon!)

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But don’t despair, if you don’t want to make the top, Osh Kosh’s Genuine Kids line for Target has tons of boho styles available right now and will work more than perfectly for this outfit. Check out some of the cute options below.

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For the accessories I got a boho headband from Icing which was on clearance and I picked up the peace sign necklace and cute aviator sunglasses (which she refused to wear) from Claire’s. The sandals Riley is wearing are from Target this past summer, but they still have a few on sale including these with fringe!


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The look could be complete there or if you have a natural-looking mini guitar or ukulele around, it would be the perfect extra finishing touch. The ukulele Riley’s holding was super reasonably priced from Amazon, and sounds great. She loved playing with it and I’m hoping to get her into guitar lessons eventually so this will be a nice stepping stone instrument for her.

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I loved how this all came together and couldn’t resist posting a few more shots. If you’re wondering about the camera, that is my Fuji Instax Mini 90. I love it!! Riley finds it pretty cool too.

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Adorable Girls Dress Pattern with Mommy and Me Pattern

As I move into the world of handmade children’s clothes, I”m so happy I can count on Brindille & Twig’s sewing patterns for easy and adorable patterns to start with. Kids are way comfier in this stretchy jersey knit fabric, which is what her patterns are primarily made for. This t-shirt dress pattern was super quick and easy, and it’s a super versatile garment for a little girl’s wardrobe. It is a comfy dress that can be worn with tights or leggings. It can also be made with long sleeves as well. The pattern is provided from 0 months up to 6T.

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Head over to Brindille & Twig’s website here to find the pattern.  She also has a very similar matching pattern for adults called “Flare T-Shirt Dress”. Be sure to check out the women’s pattern tab to find it!

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This adorable Dino print is from Joann’s Doodles collection and can be found here. It’s a cotton interlock knit, which is very comfy, and has a little bit of mechanical stretch, but this particular brand does seem to shrink, so be careful how you wash it! Otherwise, it’s super adorable and versatile. They have lots of irresistible prints.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate how stinking cute her sneakers are! Of course they come from Target’s awesome Cat & Jack line!  Check them out here!

If you’re not already a Target REDcard member, what are you waiting for? If you don’t like credit cards, that’s totally okay! They also have a card that links right to your debit card. You get 5% off EVERY purchase you make. It’s totally worth it if you shop there a lot, like me!

 

                                                                                                    

Back to the dress…this is seriously an easy sew! I may have mentioned this in my cuff T-Shirt post but you can make these without a serger using a zig zag stitch, but it will be way easier with one! I highly recommend purchasing a serger if you plan to sew with knits a lot. It just makes it so much easier, and will be more professional. You may even find one in the Amazon warehouse deals. Many times the products on sale from the warehouse deals are brand new with opened or damaged packages. It’s worth a look for a deep discount.

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I couldn’t make just one of these adorable t-shirt dresses. I had just enough of this precious winged jersey knit pattern by Art Gallery which can be purchased on fabric.com -> my favorite fabric site! They have EVERYTHING….not an exaggeration! Check them out!   

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I would love to see what you make with this pattern! Feel free to come back and post in the comments, and make sure to pin those awesome images to save for later!!

If you’re thinking about opening an Etsy shop I highly recommend you read my blog post here for some food for thought. This post will help you figure out what products to sell, and there are more posts to come soon, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter.

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FREE Baby and Toddler T-Shirt Sewing Pattern

Summer is by far my favorite season (sandals, beach days, iced coffee, camping are just a few of my favorite things), but I’m actually looking forward to fall! I think I feel like this every year, because at some point, the hot, humid days are just unbearable, and the tease of cool summer nights in August just make me crave that perfectly crisp ‘just cool enough’ fall air. I hate winter though, so lets not go there yet.

Okay, I’ll admit that one of my favorite parts of changing seasons is changing up the wardrobe. This year I’m excited about making Riley some fall clothes. I’ll still end up buying her some clothes (ok, ok, by some I mean way too many) because I can not resist the cute styles from Target especially with 5% offevery time when I use my Target debit REDcard but I’m looking forward to mixing in pieces I made just for her! How exciting!

I may have gone a little overboard making these adorable ringer t-shirts for her, but I had some irresistibly cute fabric, and they are so easy to make once you get the hang of it. You can find the pattern for the free baby and toddler t-shirt here at Brindille & Twig’s website. She has tons of adorable, well designed patterns, but you can find this t-shirt in the free pattern section! How awesome of her to offer it for free.Sew Jersey Mama | Free Sewing Pattern | Kids T-Shirt Pattern | Sewing Pattern | Easy Sewing Pattern

This school bus print is my absolute favorite. This is perfect for preschoolers or toddlers who happen to love the ‘wheels on the bus song’. Riley loves pointing to the buses on her shirt. It’s a Cloud 9 Organics fabric which means its a lovely interlock knit, and organic! It’s only about $12 a yard which is very reasonable, but keep in mind it’s not quite as stretchy as a jersey knit. I used a jersey knit on the cuffs to make it easier to get on and off. (Click on the photo to find the fabric!)

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Another favorite of mine is this cute floral print. This was  a steal from fabric.com! It’s a double-brushed poly (think buttery soft leggings…). It’s a little bit thinner than the interlock, but very stretchy and comfy! This fabric is only $7 but it sells out fast! I have the photo linked to a similar print, because this one sold out, but there are lots available.  Can we take a moment now to talk about her hair??? It’s so flowy and wavy. I’m just a bit jealous.


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You can make these without a serger, but it will be way easier with one! I highly recommend purchasing a serger if you plan to sew with knits a lot. It just makes it so much easier, and will be more professional. You may even find one in the Amazon warehouse deals. Many times the products on sale from the warehouse deals are brand new with opened or damaged packages. It’s worth a look for a deep discount.

I made a bunch as you can see, and would keep going, but I think I will move on to the t-shirt dress pattern they have next. The other adorable prints – the mushrooms and frogs, are from the Netherlands. I wish I could refer you to the source, but alas, they are not online. I always do manage to find some cute jersey knits on fabric.com though! I would love to see what you make! Share your photos in the comments!

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FREE Bandana Bib Pattern and Tutorial with BONUS instructions for Embroidered Customization

 

 

If you have not heard about the amazing-ness of baby bandana bibs, now is your time to learn about them! They are wonderful little bibs for drool-y, teething babies and toddlers. I loved using bandana bibs with Riley even before teething because she would spit up a lot! It would help catch the spit up and keep it off her adorable little clothes. The best part was that it didn’t cover her whole outfit. These also come in handy beyond the drooling and teething days when your little one might have a runny nose.  I’d like to think I’ve perfected the bandana bib, and I stand behind my product 100%, which is why I’m so excited to share my tips and tricks with you! There’s a few modifications I will be talking about to, so don’t worry about having all the right tools or equipment.

The bandana bibs I will be showing today are customized with embroidery. I never thought I’d own an embroidery machine, but my investment has definitely paid off. Customized items are very popular as gifts. Many Etsy sellers customize with vinyl, but it just won’t hold up to the wear and tear for a baby item like this. I have found that my items with embroidered text or designs have completely held up in the wash. I purchased my machine on Amazon through their warehouse deals. If you haven’t heard about Amazon’s warehouse deals, I’m here to tell you it is always worth checking out when making a larger purchase. I found my Brother PE770 5×7 Embroidery Machine as a warehouse deal for over $100 off. The only reason it was at the warehouse was because the box had been opened. The machine and all the parts were still sealed in all of the original packaging. It varies, but each specific item available to purchase lists the reason it is in the warehouse, so it is very transparent, and you can make the best decision. The Brother PE770 is an awesome machine, but if you are just looking to embroider for personal use, they have cheaper models as well. The biggest difference will be the hoop size, or space available for your text or design.

Let’s get started!

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What You’ll need:

1 Fat quarter of quilter’s cotton -> My fave source is fabric.com!

1 Fat quarter of your backing material of choice. (My favorite is this waffle terry. It is very soft, and the loops are inside which makes it safety compliant)

Snaps or Velcro  (If you have snaps and snap pliers-awesome, if not you can use velcro, but I prefer snaps)

Printable Pattern – DOWNLOAD HERE:Bandana Bib PDF (make sure to print at 100% scale. Check box is 1 inch. There are two pages, line them up and trim border)

*If you are embroidering you will need the following: 

My two choices for stabilizer are Fusible No-Show PolyMesh which you can iron right to your fabric, or regular No-Show Polymesh which you will use an adhesive spray to temporarily stick it to your fabric. I find it quicker to use the spray, and it’s easier to peel off the extra you will be trimming afterwards, but both options work fine.

Embroidery thread color of your choice

Equipment and Tools: 

Sewing Machine

*Embroidery Machine (optional)

*Embroidery software (optional)

Scissors, Pins, Iron

**Side note** I love these floral prints these bandanas are made of, and the grey one in particular is from one of my favorite brands, Dear Stella. They have some other adorable florals, along with cute dinosaur prints and some irresistible woodland creature prints. Check it out on fabric.com!
Dear Stella Fresh Dew Blooming Bouquet White Fabric

 

Step One, Cut out our materials. Fold the fabric in half, line the pattern up to the fold, pin and cut. (Two bibs pictured, not backing material)

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If you are not embroidering, skip ahead! Roll out the stabilizer, and cut a piece that is longer than your hoop frame. Then iron or spray and stick it to your fabric.

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Next we will line it up in the frame. *TIP* Iron your bandana in half both ways to create creases to help you center it. My text needed the 7 inch length of my hoop, so I had to turn my fabric on its side. I used the ruler grid to line up the center with my creases. Keep in mind, the text might not be centered height wise depending on how long your design is. You want to make sure your stitching does not get too close to the edge, so it may need to be closer to the top.

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Hook your hoop to your machine, and get started. Machines will work differently, but load your design into the machine, adjust your layout, and begin. For mine, I make sure there is a tail of thread, but I do not hold it, or it will jam. After it has done a few stitches, pause it, and trim any excess so it does not get tangled. Do the same as you continue, pause after the first few stitches to trim the tail from the last letter.

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Take your finished piece out of the hoop, and carefully trim the excess stabilizer.

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Pin your front and back pieces together, right sides facing in. Leave about a 2-3 inch gap on one side of the point to turn the bandana bib inside out. Sew around the bib, making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the opening. Trim with pinking sheers.

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Turn the bandana bib inside out and use a dull pencil tip or stick to push out the corners and ends. Iron it flat, making sure to fold in the opening flap.

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Now we will top stitch to close the opening and to give it a professional, crisp look. Change your stitch length to 3 for topstitching.

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We will be adding the snaps now. If you are using velcro, pin down 1 inch strips of velcro on the ends. Make sure to sew to opposite sides so it matches when you overlap the back to close it.
For the snaps you will need your snap pliers, and this sharp point stick to make your hole. I also made a template from cardboard, so my snaps are evenly placed on both ends. If you plan to put two snaps on both ends to make the size adjustable, I highly advise making a template. Make your holes on both ends of the bandana bib.

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Insert the cap into the remade hole on the outer side of the fabric. Insert the other half on the other side. It doesn’t matter if you use a socket or stud, as long as you keep it consistent if you will be using more than one snap on each end of the bandana bib. I like to put sockets on this side. Take your pliers, with the cap at the bottom, flat side down, and squeeze. Repeat for the other hold on this side (if adding snaps for adjusting).

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Repeat on the other side, but make sure to insert your cap from the inside, and use the opposite (stud or socket) from your other side.

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Check that your snaps click and open easily, and use the pliers again on any that need fixing. Then you are done!

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Have you seen my tutorial for adorable baby girl skirts  and how to make a matching head wrap style headband for babies ?

If you’re looking for another baby gift idea, check out my elephant stuffie pattern.

And don’t forget to check out my toddler survival kit list so you know what to register for beyond the 1st year!

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Toddler Survival Kit Must Haves!


Hi!

So many of us register for adorable baby items when we’re expecting and don’t think past the first year. My daughter’s second birthday is coming up and it made me think about what has been a must have this past year and what new things we will need in the next year to make our lives easier! There are so many helpful and clever products out there for toddlers, so I curated a list of some must haves. If you’re expecting a new little one, it would be smart to add some toddler items to your registry! Might as well get these now because, believe it or not, that first year flies by so fast and our little babies must grow up ( I know, it’s hard to face the truth!!)

If you’re an expecting new mama, I highly recommend starting an Amazon baby registry. There are just so many great products and deals on amazon, it’s a no-brainer. It’s easy to share with your friends and family, it will keep track of who the gifts are from which is perfect for thank you cards, you can add items from other websites, and it’s easy and discreet to make returns just in case. I think the best part is that Amazon Prime members get a 15% completion discount! They have new deals all the time (especially for Prime members, so check your email!)

Baby Registry – $100 credit towards diapers and wipes

 

Before I start the list let’s talk about Amazon Prime for a moment. Are you a member already? That’s awesome…then you know what all the hype is about. If you’re not, what are you waiting for?? First of all, there’s a free trial, try it. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial You need to get the trial now and get started with Amazon Prime now because….Amazon Prime Day starts on July 10th and you will not want to miss out on the deals!! There will be deals posted for 30 hours and things sell out fast! It’s fun and exciting, and it’s a great time to stock up on some really useful or fun items. If you missed Prime Day, don’t worry! Amazon has flash deals all of the time and you can check out Prime Day next year!

Let’s get into the list!

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1. Silicone Placemat
Toddlers eat…a  lot….and they are messy, and can be picky. This first survival item will make meal time fun and hopefully less stressful. This silicone placemat will suction to a clean surface like your table or counter (because toddlers want to be like the big kids and eat at the table). The placemat is colorful and fun and has sections for their food. These are also great for restaurants and they can be reused again and again – perfect for the eco-conscious mama. Available on Amazon, just click here or the picture.
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     These silicone sippy lids are super neat! They make basically any cup into a sippy cup. These are perfect to keep in your bag for when you’re out and stuck without a regular sippy cup. They       don’t leak either! They have some other varieties including tops for straws too!

Boon Snug Silicone Sippy Lids Blue/Orange/Green

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3. Munchkin Miracle 360 Cups

I could definitely talk about food and drink items for quite a bit (it seems like all Riley does is eat and drink all day), but this will be my last one. These 360 cups are pretty cool! Riley learned how to use it at about 9 or 10 months (just keep offering), and we still use it now. They are great because not only do they NOT leak, but they are much better for oral development than regular sippy cups. It mimics drinking from a real cup (without the spills) so your toddler will learn to drink from a normal cup easier and quicker. Amazon has a few color choices and even some with characters available. Shop around here or click the picture.

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4. Skip Hop Zoo Safety Harness Backpack

I know these are a bit controversial (especially to new mommys and relatives, and strangers) but as a mama to a toddler who likes to bolt, this is a life saver. Ignore the glares and stares, because you know your little wild child will be safe with this harness backpack on! Riley has the ladybug version and it is adorable! She’s only worn it a few times so far, but I don’t know what I would have done without it. Most recently she wore it when I took her to the fabric warehouse with me during a sale when strollers weren’t allowed. When I’ve let her “stand near me” in the past, she wanders off, and with it being crowded, it’s not ideal. She happily wore her backpack, and mostly held the little leash herself, but it was there for me to grab when I could tell she was about to start wandering off again. I love that she wants to explore, but sometimes its just not safe (i.e big street festival, boardwalk, theme park…). Your toddler will love wearing their adorable backpack and you’ll have peace of mind. The leash part can unclip or tuck in when its not needed, so it can function just as a little backpack as well. This unicorn one is irresistibly cute, but it is a little pricier than some of the other animals. Pick your favorite, it’s such a good deal for a versatile item!

Skip Hop Zoo Safety Harness, Unicorn, Multi

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5. Melissa & Doug Water Wow!

These coloring notepads are AMAZING! Riley loves these and they are so easy and the perfect size to have in the bag for eating out or even just to have at home. Anything that doesn’t make a huge mess is a good activity- right moms? These ‘coloring books’ are colored or painted by water! The paint brush holds a little bit of water (easy to refill) and then your toddler paints the water onto the special page and color appears! Magic! The colored image will stay until it dries, and then, wait for it-this is the best part, the color goes away and you can use it again and again!! This is seriously a life saver at a restaurant and keeps Riley occupied for quite some time. Amazon has a few sets and some individual ones.
Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Farm/Safari/Under the Sea Reusable Colors with Pad (3 Pack)

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6. Umbrella Stroller

An umbrella stroller is an absolute must have for a toddler. Although they love to walk themselves, they get tired quick and sometimes it’s just not feasible. I loved our full-sized stroller I had for Riley when she was younger, and my husband has it in his car just in case, but around 18 months it was definitely time to switch to a lighter stroller. It’s much easier to push around and maneuver a lighter and smaller stroller, especially with a heavy toddler in the seat. I love this one because it still reclines to multiple positions, and the leg rest can be up for a younger baby or toddler, and all the way down for an older toddler. It folds up pretty compact and has a handle for carrying. I could not give up the basket for storage and I’m glad this one still has that unlike some other more basic styles. Chicco has a few colors and styles available, and they’re all reasonably priced!
Chicco Liteway Stroller, Jasmine

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7. Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

I have to preface this by saying, I don’t have one of these for Riley (yet??) but I think it looks pretty awesome. I’m not a fan of too much screen/tablet time, but there is a time and place for everything. There have been nights we are at a restaurant with some family or friend and Riley is just not having it, and a little screen time is all that will calm down the hysterics. The Fire 7 Kids Edition looks pretty awesome and something that she would be able to use for a few years. First off, it comes with 2 years of protection – it breaks, they replace it – no question. It has a special case for kids to help protect it, and has great content and parental controls. It looks super user friendly for a little one and makes it easy to find awesome videos and interactive games and apps for toddlers and kids. It’s definitely reasonably priced…starting at $99, but I have a feeling there might be a deal during Prime Day!
Shop Amazon Devices – Introducing the All-New Fire Tablets Starting at $49.99

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8. Little Tikes Water Table

Toddlers love water tables! These are great for summer to keep your little one cool without setting up a whole kiddie swimming pool. They can also be used year round with sand or another sensory texture item to fill it up. Riley loves this one but there’s a variety of water tables available on Amazon depending on what you’re looking to spend. This Little Tikes table is super reasonably priced around $30.

Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table
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9. Radio Flyer 4 – in – 1 Stroll ‘N Trike

I’m all about saving money, especially since kids grow out of their toys so fast.  This 4 in 1 trike by Radio Flyer will last your little one from early toddlerhood till kindergarten age. It changes as they grow, starting with safety straps, canopy, and push bar for parents, to a tricycle they can pedal themselves. Riley loves going for a ride in her trike with mama’s help. I’m sure she’ll love riding this on her own too!
Radio Flyer 811X 4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike

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10. Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat 

Your little one is going to grow out of their infant car seat before you know it! While they might still meet the weight limit, make sure you check the height limit. Once their head reaches a certain height in the seat, it’s time to give it up. I know it was convenient to snap the seat in and out, but honestly, they get too heavy to carry around in the seat, and they start to not like it anymore. I have heard really great things about the Graco Extend2Fit Convertible car seat. It rear faces and forward faces so it will last the rest of the time your kiddo needs to be in a seat. It has an awesome feature providing more leg room for your growing toddler. The straps and headrest adjust together, making it easy to make an adjustment when you notice it’s needed. I was gifted a different car seat, but this car seat would have been awesome because Riley is definitely running out of leg room but I am not ready to turn her around just yet.
Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat, Gotham

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I hope you got some ideas for items for your baby registry, or if your little one is growing up before your eyes, some items to purchase for their 2nd and 3rd year of life! Thanks for reading.

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Summer Headwrap Tutorial for Infants and Toddlers

Hi!

It’s almost 4th of July! My favorite time of year!! That might be because my birthday follows a few days later, but still. Summer is my favorite season! I love enjoying the fresh air and the warmth from the sun, and the fun summer activities.

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I thought I’d share how to make the headwrap style headband I show in my skirt tutorial. This is an easy project but you’ll need about at least a yard of fabric because it is quite long. It’s a little bit different than my other headbands you might see in my shop. I’m going to share how to do those soon!

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What you’ll need:

-Cotton fabric *46 inches by 7 inches* Measurements are variable which I will discuss later.

-As always…Pins, scissors, pinking shears, sewing machine and iron

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You could make this with a variety of fabrics, even a stretchy cotton knit or perhaps a gauzy fabric. I used woven cotton for mine. I love shopping for fabric at fabric.com. They carry all of my favorite designers and brands, and they have such a wide variety of type of fabric. You can even get free shipping for orders over $49. They always have great sales! Currently select summer prints are on sale! Great time to snatch some up.



First, I’d like to go over the sizing. 46 inch long fabric will give you a finished piece about 42 inches long. This fits an average-sized toddler head once around with a bow. It should wrap around a younger baby twice. If you’re considering cutting a different length, use a tape measure to wrap around their head the desired way (once or twice) and  then add about 26 inches for tying the bow and to account for the angle of the end and seam allowance.
To cut the fabric, fold it over lengthwise so you are measuring 23 inches (half of the total) long from the fold and 7 inches width. Use pins or a marking pencil to mark your measurements for cutting. Cut it out.

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Next, unfold the fabric so you have the entire length open. Fold right sides together and pin the whole length of the headwrap. Make sure to mark a gap of about two inches you will leave open to turn the headband right side out.

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Now use a ruler or straight edge to mark a line for the angle at either end. Mark and cut one end. Then flip it so the other end is the opposite angle and use the edge to guide your marking and cutting of the other end.Sew Jersey Mama | DIY Baby Headband | Sewing Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial Headband | Baby Headwrap |
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Once the angles are cut for both ends it’s time to stitch it up. Start at one end. Be sure to back stitch. Follow your angled cut at the end, make a nice sharp turn and stitch along the entire length of the headwrap except for the opening. Be sure to use your back stitch at the start and stop of the opening.

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Trim your edges. I prefer to trim with pinking shears so the fabric isn’t fraying inside. Use a chopstick or pencil carefully to help turn and push out the corners.

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Iron the head wrap. I do not bother to stitch the opening but you can stitch it or ladder stitch it closed if you prefer.

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There are a few ways these head wraps can be tied. My daughter does not sit still, so I quickly wrap it around her head and make the first knot to establish the size. I slip it over my leg and find a spot at that size to finish tieing the bow. Also note here that I fold the headwrap in half so it is less wide, but it can be used fully open as well. I open the fabric to its full width in the bow and position the ends so they match.

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If you are going around the head twice, the initial knot will be at the back bottom of the head.
Another way to wear it is as a flat band across the front and just two knots in the back with the ties hanging down. I have also put one knot in the center and used that as the “decoration” in the front and tied it in the back with the ties hanging down.

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These head wraps are so adorable and versatile. Check out what Target has available on sale right now in clothes to complete your little one’s look. 20% off clothing, shoes & accessories with promo code JULY4. Valid 7/2-7/4 Just click here!

Happy 4th of July!!!

 

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Elephant Stuffie Sewing Pattern

I am so excited to release my first sewing pattern and tutorial for my original Elephant stuffie. These little elephants are so adorable, and make a perfect gift for a new baby or even a growing toddler. I love this project because it can be customized a million ways with fabric combinations. If you’re advanced, you can perhaps embroider a name on the ear, or hand stitch a face on. Another way to take this project up a notch is to make the elephant with minky for an even cuddlier toy. Sewing with minky is definitely a challenge, so if you’re not ready for that, I highly recommend quilter’s cotton. Just wanted to note that I do not add a tail to these any more so they are super safe for our littles under 3 years old.

I made Riley this adorable creamy white minky elephant before she was born. It’s so cute, and she loves it.

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The minky is similar to this Shannon Minky sold on fabric.com
Shannon Minky Luxe Cuddle Hide Natural Fabric

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This super fun mermaid print elephant is going to be sent to one of my brand reps, Ciara, for her little girl, Rory. She doesn’t actually know that yet, so surprise! I think her little will just love it!! This print is all sold out, but here’s a super cute similar one!
Timeless Treasures ABC's Under The Sea Mermaids Sky Fabric
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Also, I can’t get over Riley’s adorable watermelon top. It’s from Target’s Cat and Jack line, and it is too stinkin cute!!! I love their clothes, and have a hard time resisting checking out the toddler clothes section any time I’m in the store. Target has free shipping on orders over $35 right now!

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I have three more slated to make. Two regular size and a mini for my other brand reps 🙂 I can’t wait and will update with more pictures.

As always I recommend fabric.com to get fabrics for your project! They have everything in any style, prints or colors your could possibly need. Take a look!

    

My sewing pattern for both the regular size and the mini with instructions is available for only $2.99 in my shop: here. It’s an instant download PDF. All you need to do is print it (making sure not to scale it), and cut out the pattern pieces and get going! Click the photo to go right to the pattern!

 

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A little update! I added my second pattern for an adorable Penguin plushie. Perfect for winter time!

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Turn Her Winter Pants into Summer Shorts in 5 Minutes

Hi!
I have a super quick and easy tutorial for all my mamas out there. I did this last year and I thought I’d share with you this easy method to change your little one’s winter pants into summer shorts, and the best part is it should only take about 5 minutes. Since the kiddos grow at alarming rates, there’s a good chance her leggings from the winter or spring won’t fit by the coming fall. Instead of packing them away, why not make them into shorts that are perfect for play time or under dresses or skirts. I did this last night with these adorable lemon print pants. It’s such a cute outfit, but once it hits 90 degrees F, I know we’re not going to be wearing pants much more for the rest of the summer. I thought these would work much better as shorts.

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Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:
– Leggings you want to turn into shorts
– Pair of shorts for size reference
– The usual (scissors, ruler, thread, marking pencil, sewing machine)

First, lay out the leggings nice and flat, and then lay the shorts over them, just like this.

Use a ruler (or even eyeball it if you’re not picky) to measure about 1 inch past the shorts for the hem. Mark the line across the legs.

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Take your scissors and cut across the line.

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Now turn the leggings inside out, and fold up the hem, making sure it’s even all around. It really doesn’t matter how much you fold it over, but I’d say about 1/2 inch. You can pin or even iron this if you’d like, but I found that it wasn’t really worth it.
Slide the short leg over your machine (you’ll need to take the storage compartment thing off….I’m sure there’s a technical name for this). Switch your machine to the zig zag stitch.

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I like to start stitching at or near the seam. Make sure you reverse stitch, and then continue forward all the way around the leg. You will want to make sure your zig zag stitch overlaps the edge just a little bit to keep the fabric down. When you get all the way around, go past where you started and then reverse again.

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Repeat on the other leg. Check to make sure the hem matches the side you just did.

And that’s it! Turn the shorts over and iron. Trim your threads! Now, go ahead and cut through all those leggings, and you’ve got your little one plenty of shorts for summer.

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How adorable these shoes by Carter’s would look with this outfit.

 

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Easy Plastic Bag Holder Sewing Project

Hi everyone! I’m back after taking a long break to move and get settled. One of the things I wanted to get a handle on right away at the new place was those reproducing (I swear the reproduce) plastic bags! I actually prefer using reusable bags but seeing as they were packed away in an unknown box up until recently, I managed to accrue quite a few of those plastic bags. Not to mention, there are always those times you’re out and you forget the reusable bags at home (hint – best place to leave them is in the car). I still manage to forget them sometimes! I decided to make myself a plastic bag holder.

 

Anyway, here’s a super quick and easy beginner sewing project for a plastic bag holder that will help you keep all of those plastic bags organized.

You will need:
– The usual (scissors, ruler, pins, thread, sewing machine)
– A fat quarter (will be using 22×18 inches) of a heavyweight cotton such as a canvas print from the decorator fabric section.
– An 8-inch piece of 1″ twill tape, or rope, or any sort of strong trim you can use to hang the finished holder.
– An 8-inch piece of elastic at least 1/2″ wide and probably no wider than 1″
– That’s all you need!

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The first step will be to cut your fabric. It will be 18 inches across and 22 inches long. I really need to get a cutting mat, but for this I used a long ruler, a marking pencil, and scissors. If it’s not exactly perfect, it won’t make much of a difference for this project.

Once it’s cut, we will iron down from the top (one of the 18″ sides) about 1/2 inch, and then fold over itself another 1/2 inch to make a nice edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also fold over the bottom, but this time make sure the amount is enough that your elastic will fit through, as well as room for the seam allowance. So My elastic was 3/4″, so I folded over about 1″ and then again, folded that over itself an inch. Then ironed it nice and crisp.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we’ll stitch along the folds to hold them in place. I usually use a small seam allowance about 3/8th, 1/2″ also works. Be mindful when stitching the bottom that your elastic will still fit through the “pocket” after stitching.

 

 

 

 

 

After that, we will pin a safety pin to one end of the elastic so we can pull it through the pocket we made at the bottom of the fabric. Pull the elastic through until the end reaches the end of the pocket. Carefully stitch this down with a few straight stitches back and forth, as well as a zigzag stitch for extra security.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue to pull the elastic through to the other end as it starts to bunch up. When you reach the other end, stitch this end down the same way as before.

You’re almost done! Now we will fold the fabric in half with right sides facing in, and pin the edges so it can be stitched up. Then you will stitch up the side, making sure to do about an inch reverse stitch at the beginning and end. For this project, I used a straight stitch, but if you have a serger you can also use that. If you are doing a straight stitch, use pinking shears to trim the seam to help avoid fraying. If you don’t have those, you can do a zig zag stitch near the edge to help.

Now you will take your twill tape, ribbon, rope, or any other strong trimming piece, and fold over it in half, pin it to the top, and stitch it down. I used a straight stitch in two places for extra strength.

You’re finished! See, I told you that was quick. Turn your bag holder right side in, and hang on the wall. You’re ready to fill it with plastic bags 🙂

 

If you were looking to buy one, I’m hoping to have these available soon, but in the meantime, please check out my store with adorable baby and toddler items here -> SHOP

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Personalized Bibs

I’m super excited to announce that most of my new bibs can now be personalized! I’m offering 10 font/monogram options to start for the new personalized bibs. A name or text can be embroidered on your favorite print making a really special gift for a new little one. The bibs are still fully machine washable, so no need to worry about getting it dirty! Click here to check them out! Customizable bibs have info in the listing text and checkout options. I also have some fun prints with cute sayings available as well.