Announcing Sew Jersey Mama becoming Busy Bee Fabric Co

Hello all!

I started Sew Jersey Mama as a place to share sewing patterns I had perfected and developed over time. I wanted to share these patterns and sewing tips, and anything to do with that. I was also running a handmade Etsy shop selling baby and toddler clothes and more recently started my fabric shop on Etsy. After thinking about which of these ventures to focus more of my time on, I decided to combine the fabric shop and blog as they are most related to each other. So that is why Sew Jersey Mama (the blog) is becoming Busy Bee Fabric Co (the fabric store and blog).

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I am so so excited for this new adventure!! I will be continuing to share sewing tips, patterns, and more as well as offering the perfect fabrics to complete the projects I share in my blog.

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Happy Sewing!

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Free Baby Bib Sewing Tutorial

I thought I would share a special tutorial for the best handmade baby bibs out there (just sayin’). These bibs are a top seller in my handmade Etsy shop and make a great new baby gift. For one, they’re a great size – not too big or too small. They have snaps which babies can’t yank off, and gives you a few neck size options. Finally, they’re made with cotton and a thick terry cloth backing which makes them soft and soaks up mess. Find these cute prints here in my fabric shop tab right here and the super awesome waffled cotton terry cloth here.

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Of course you can use different materials, and even add a layer in the middle of waterproof PUL for extra protection. Instead of terry cloth backing you can use two layers of flannel for a thinner but more flexible bib or minky for a super soft bib. Although, I would definitely recommend to stick with 100% cotton materials at least for the front which is best for baby’s skin and will soak up spills the best.

What You’ll need:

1 Fat quarter of quilter’s cotton, which you can find here.

1 Fat quarter of your backing material of choice. (My favorite is this waffle terry available here. 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 Baby Bib Pattern (make sure to print at 100% scale. Check box is 1 inch. There are two pages, line them up and tape together)

 

Equipment and Tools: 

Sewing Machine

Scissors, Pins, Iron, Pinking shears

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Step One, Cut out our materials. Fold the fabric in half, line the pattern up to the fold, pin and cut. (The fabric is here is pictured folded in half)

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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 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 where you turned it around.

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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. (Pliers kit and snaps)

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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! Congratulations!!

 

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One thing I do want to note. If you plan to sell these, you can not use flannel or a loop cotton terry (facing out) because it will not be CPSC compliant.

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Three Easy Sewing Projects for You and Your Home

If you’re relatively new to sewing and looking for some easy projects, I have a few great ideas. Below is a list of pretty easy projects, that are great items to add to your house or for yourself. The fun part about making these things yourself is that you can pick the perfect fabrics to go with your house or style.

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A great place to find fabric online is fabric.com . They have everything and ship quickly. Another place to shop for fabric is my very own fabric shop here on the website .

  1. The Car Trash Bag
    This is a great easy pattern and something you probably didn’t realize you need. This little trash bag for your car is great to have, keeps the car cleaner, and gives your car a little style.
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  2. Easy Plastic Bag Holder
    Another project for keeping spaces neat and clean is the trash bag holder. This one is even easier!
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  3. Yoga Mat Bag
    This one is fun, and the perfect project to pick a great fabric that shows off your style. Nice little tote to make carrying your yoga bag easier from class to home.
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    If you’re looking to do some sewing for a little one in your family check out my tutorials for kids and babies.

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Free Pattern for Easy Baby Bummies

If you’ve never heard of baby bummies and you have a little one, you need to make these. They are the perfect little shorts for summer. Keeping them cool and keeping diapers in place. The pattern goes up to size 3, so they’re also good for under dresses of your little girls. This pattern runs big (compared to ready-to-wear) so my 4 year old fits comfortably in the size 3t when she’s normally wearing 5/6 in store clothes.

There are a few adaptions you can make with this pattern to, so you can make it exactly how you like it best. The best part, the pattern is free. It can be found here under the free section or bottoms section. Find some cute fabrics for these at my fabric shop tab here at Busy Bee Fabric Co.

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For the bummies I made, I used a ‘hack’ to do just a band instead of elastic. If you want to do this follow these directions:

To do this, I folded down from the top of both the front and back of the pattern about 3/4 inch. You will do this to have less height because this would’ve made the casing part for elastic.. Then I made a pattern for the band. To do this, I measured across the pattern (remember it is ‘half’ the actual pattern because the fabric is folded when you cut.) So I measured the half, and multiplied it by 4. (to get the measurement all the way around front and back). Then I took that number and found 80% of it. That is the length my band needs to be. For the height, I did about 3 inches so when folded over to be sewn, it’s about 1.5 inches high. This is your preference. I cut out paper in these measurements to make it easier to cut the fabric but you can also use a cutting board.

When sewing the bummies, you will sew the band in to the top just like the leg cuffs in the directions.

Find adorable fabrics to make these in my fabric shop tab here at Busy Bee Fabric Co

If you don’t want to sew your own, I have many different prints and sizes available in my etsy.

If you have any questions, please ask!!!

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Adorable Pajamas!

Hi all!

I know it’s been awhile, but I just had to share these pajamas I found for Riley. Riley has been loving her dolls the past couple months, and she enjoys dressing them (read: makes me change their clothes for her). Anyway, I found these cute pajamas from Leveret that come with a matching pajama in doll size!!

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Who knew something so simple could be so exciting? But I guess when you’re almost 3, little things like that are pretty surprising. I love getting her dressed and then showing her that her little dolly (who my husband named “Baby Hank”) is already dressed in matching pajamas. She just lovesss it.  The best part is that they’re 100% cotton. I never liked the flame-treated pajamas because of the stiff feel or the polyester ones. Riley has a tendency to sweat at night, so these are perfect. They’re breathable so she doesn’t overheat, and they’re just really soft.

She loved the ballerina nightgown too.

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With so many cute prints to choose from, your kiddo will definitely find something they love. Oh, and matching for baby and mom and dad. Seems like they have a sale going on so check it out!

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Baby Crib Shoes Sewing Pattern

I’ve been so busy working on new products for my Etsy shop that it took me awhile to get this finished, but I am so excited it’s finally done. The baby shoe pattern is here!

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I always got a lot of custom requests for these adorable baby shoes, but as Riley got too old for them, I stopped making them for my shop. So instead, I present to you the sewing pattern to make your own baby shoes.

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I have perfected this pattern and the sizes over time, and many people who have bought pairs from me swear by them being the only shoes that will stay on their baby’s feet. I loved putting these on Riley when she was crawling and starting to walk. They weren’t bulky, perfect for foot development, but kept her feet warm and protected. I barely had to worry about her shoes falling off either.

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This project does require to gather up a variety of materials, so I’d suggest planning to make a few pairs at once, either in one size, or the next sizes up so you’re ready when they grow out of them.

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There are so many possibilities with the style of these shoes. Go for a nice basic soft denim or solid for something that will match a lot of outfits, or make them in a fun seasonal print.

You can purchase the pattern here for just $4.99. It includes sizes from 0-24 months, supplies list, pictures, step by step instructions, and the pattern pieces.

Check out my fabric shop tab here at Busy Bee Fabric Co (formerly Sew Jersey Mama) for a great selection of cotton woven fabrics which are perfect for the top of these shoes.

Happy sewing! Would love to see what you make!

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Have You Thought About Starting an Etsy?

Do you like making your own things or making unique gifts for others?

Are you stuck at an unfulfilling day job, just itching to use your creative side as your source of income?

Lastly, have you thought about opening up an Etsy shop but don’t know where to begin?

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I opened my Etsy shop years ago, basically on a whim, because I had the time (this was pre-child). I made a cute little elephant after following a sewing pattern I found on Pinterest. Once I shared it on Facebook, people were suggesting I open an Etsy shop. I definitely had doubt. “Who would buy this? It’s so far from perfect. Not sure this is worth my time.” But, I took the plunge anyway, and opened shop. It’s a distant memory now, but I’m sure I made a few tweaks to the elephant pattern, came up with another item to sell, took some photos, and opened my Etsy.

Of course, I did some of the tedious tasks first. I was actually living in Germany through the U.S military, so I had a few hoops to jump through to register my ‘at home business’ through post. Came up with a name and put together a logo and I had to use German shipping, so I figured that out. But that’s about it.

And now I know there is so much more that needs to be considered before opening an Etsy shop if you want to have success from the beginning. There’s actually so much to prepare ahead of time, I’m developing an e-course that will help people like you set up an Etsy shop correctly from the beginning. It’s going to be a very in-depth, step by step guide with info that even Etsy glosses over. Not only is it important to figure out what to sell (I’ll go into detail later), but if you are serious about your Etsy shop being a business you need to consider things like taxes and registration. (I know it’s scary, that’s what the e-course is for!) If you’re interested in finding out more about this course click here to sign up for updates on the release.

 

So first things first, you need to figure out what you’re selling on Etsy. I’m going to tell you that this step could be a long process but I do think it’s the most important and should be heavily considered first, even before you come up with a name for your business and branding. This is not to say that it might change as you go later on, mine did, but it will definitely drive your focus.

For example, you don’t want to name your shop first and go with something like “Pretty Bows Boutique”, create all the branding for this, and then later decide to sell mostly dresses. Obviously that won’t work too well.

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So how do you figure out what to sell? Well for me, I was sewing and I started out by creating stuffies or little plush animals and monsters. So I looked on Etsy to see what was already available. To search on Etsy, I used many different keywords and searches to see the range of products that were out there. For example, for my stuffed elephant I would look up “stuffed animal elephant” “baby stuffed animal elephant” “elephant plushie” “elephant pillow” “elephant nursery decor”. etc. This gave me the widest range of what was already out there. My goal was to make something that seemed like there was a market for, but not identical to what was already available. So the fact that were a lot of results for these searches was actually a good thing. Yes, they were competition, but it also meant that enough people were selling it, which means people were buying it. Otherwise they would have stopped making them.

It was also important for me to make mine different or unique. Not only did I create my own original pattern for the stuffed animal, I used fabrics that I knew weren’t being seen already on Etsy because I was buying them in Germany and the Netherlands. Obviously we can’t all do that, and neither can I anymore, but you can strategize by using unique materials, fabrics, etc that are still appealing and on trend. I was determined to push my consumers to go for the more unique, original product, vs the 8millionth version of a grey chevron elephant. I still used appealing prints and fabrics, but they stood out due to their uniqueness.

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After you’ve determined your first product, it’s time to come up with a few other items. So to continue with the elephant example, I decided to make a few of these in different fabrics, but I also knew I needed something else. So I decided to stick with the plush category, and create monster stuffies to add to my shop. My overall focus at the time was plush creatures for babies and young children. I did the same kind of research for these that I did for the elephants.

This research also helps you set prices by the way!

 

Of course it’s fine to expand later, but I think setting yourself an umbrella category to stick to in the beginning is important. It keeps your shop focused while you master your first items. In the beginning you’ll probably still be refining your craft, and other things about your shop, so don’t bother expanding what you’re offering too much. Over time, my product line changed as I continued to research what others were selling, and what was selling well. In addition, what I enjoyed making changed, but overall I kept my original focus of my business geared towards babies, children, and a minor focus on dogs.

 

So along with researching on Etsy, it’s important to actually design and make your items (that is, if you’re making physical items). I had to figure out the logistics of making these items, including finding the best supplies, finishing them the best way possible, etc. It was important to me that the items I was selling were good quality. At the same time, your goal is to make money, so you have to be mindful of what you pay in supplies. If you’re setting a price point of $12 per stuffed animal, don’t make them with $24 a yard fabric. If you do want to buy the expensive materials, your price point will need to come up, and your product has to be made with great care. As a general rule of thumb I like it when one sale of one item covers the cost of materials, even though those same materials can be used to make 2 or 3 more of the item. If I buy a yard of fabric for $8, use a bit of poly-fil stuffing, thread, then if I sell one elephant for $15 I know for a fact I’ve made a profit, and will make even more if I make a second or third with the remaining materials.

 

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Some other things to consider when deciding what to make:

  • You actually enjoy making the item, because your goal is to sell many of them.
  • You can buy the materials again when you run out. Okay, so sometimes I do this, and actually working to do this more, but I also love hunting rare finds of fabric that I buy in small quantities. So you definitely want some items you can make over and over, but I do think it’s okay to make some in small quantities, especially if you’re not sure it will be popular. But overall the items I make can be remade, even if its with different fabrics.
  • Can you ship this easily? For example, a 20 lb rock sculpture is going to prove difficult to ship and might be best for in person sales ;)I hope I gave you some food for thought if you’re on the fence about opening an Etsy. If you think you’re ready to take the plunge, here are 40 free listings to get you started. There really is so much else to learn but some people like to just jump in! However, as a reminder, I’m working on an e-course that will walk you through all the steps to start off the right way. If you’d like an update about it’s release, please sign up here!

In the meantime, I will be writing more blog posts with Etsy hints and information, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter to be notified when new posts are added. Sign up here!.

If you’re wondering what stuffed elephant I am talking about, you can actually get the original pattern and make your own right over here. Thank you!

 

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My Top 5 Online Fabric Stores for Jersey Knits

I thought I would share a quick round up of some of my favorite places online to browse and shop for jersey knits! Jersey knits are perfect for baby and children’s clothing. They’re stretchy like a soft legging material, which make them perfect for active littles. I like to make sure I’m buying a good quality fabric, so look for a bit of weight, and designer brands. The jersey should be at least 95% cotton, and the rest spandex or lycra. Interlock knits work too but sometimes they don’t have as much bounce-back or stretch. Look for high quality brands.  Some of the things I make with jersey knits are the cuff t-shirt (free pattern) and this cute dress.

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  1. First and foremost, is fabric.com. I talk about them a lot, but really they are my go to source for fabric, including jersey knits. Shipping is quick and inexpensive. They have a large selection of jersey knits. I try to stick with the name brands as the quality is usually higher. Some of my favorite brands I find on fabric.com for knits are Cloud 9’s interlock knit, Kaufman, Cotton + Steel, Art Gallery and Michael Miller.
  2. Love Fabric Ireland Etsy shop. I chose this one because they have a good selection of one of my favorite jersey knit fabric brands, Little Darling, I used to buy in the Netherlands. Their shipping to the states is very reasonable as well. The Netherlands is, hands down, been the best place to find kids fabrics that I know of, and I miss being closer to the source!
  3. Lucky Shop 0028 Etsy Shop. Okay, so this is one I haven’t ordered from yet….but, I am really loving what they have in jersey knits. If I weren’t on a fabric buying freeze, I would be eating some of this up. I have so much of it saved in my favorites right now.  It has good reviews, and it has unique prints!

  4.  Wunderland Der Stoffe on DaWanda. Here’s another oddball! So I spent some time in Germany, and didn’t know about this website till I was in the states trying to hunt down that Dutch fabric I was talking about. That’s when I stumbled across DeWanda. It’s sort of like European Etsy. I found this fabric shop, and she has a huge assortment of some really fun kid prints jersey fabric. My customers and myself have always loved the prints and quality of the fabrics she carries. It is slightly difficult to checkout and pay with her. You’re best bet is to message her and say you’ll be ordering from the U.S and she will work it out with you through paypal. Of course there are other sellers on the platform as well, browse around! (pro tip: use google chrome to have the text automatically translated to English)
  5. Spoonflower. Here you can get any print you find in their database printed on a variety of different types of fabric, including jersey knit. The type of fabric I recommend is “cotton spandex jersey”. They do have organic cotton interlock, but it doesn’t have much stretch. It is a bit pricey but there are so many good designs to choose from.
  6. And last, I had to add my very own fabric shop section! It’s small and still growing, but I have lots of fun jersey knit prints to offer.

Happy fabric shopping!

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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 Yoga Mat Bag Tutorial

If you’re looking for a cute way to carry around your cumbersome yoga mat to your next class, or even to coffee afterwards, why not make your own carrying bag?  I have an easy and quick tutorial to make a bag that can be completely personalized to your taste.

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What you’ll need:

1 – Outer Fabric (canvas or something with a decent weight but flexible) : 28 (width) in by 20 (height) in (*Note, if your mat is wider than a basic mat, you may want to make the height taller) If you choose a fabric that is not too stiff, use interfacing to add weight and stiffness.

1 – Liner Fabric (Quilting cotton or similar weight which you can find here) : 28 (width) in by 20 (height) in (*Note, if your mat is wider than a basic mat, you may want to make the height taller)

1 – 32 x 4 inch piece of fabric for strap

1 – 6 in. diameter circle for bottom in outer fabric

Material for pocket – 2 piece 8×10 inches and 1 piece 8 x 6.5 inches

Snaps or velcro for pocket

1 – Piece of cord at least 32 inches long for drawstring.

I love getting fabric from fabric.com. They have lots of canvas and cotton prints to choose from. I debated making this bag in this awesome canvas by cotton and steel, but I’m saving it for a tote bag instead.

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I also have quilting cotton available for the lining and pocket pieces. Take a look here.

You will need a sewing machine, and if you have it, a serger will help as well! You can check out my recommendations here at my resources page.

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Once you have your pieces cut, we will start by making the pocket. First put the 2 larger pieces right sides together, stitch all the way around but leave a 2 inch opening. Trim the seam allowance, then turn the piece right side out. Also, pin the smaller piece in half lengthwise, right sides together. Stitch around but leave an opening to turn it around. Once turned around, top stitch it on the two short sides, and one long side. If you are using a velcro closure, stitch the velcro pieces to the pocket pieces before attaching to the main bag piece. 

 

Find the center of your large piece of outer fabric by folding it in half lengthwise wrong sides in. Keep it folded in half. Also fold the main pocket piece in half, and line it up with the fold of the main piece. Position the pocket about half way down the piece. Place one pin through the pocket and the one layer of the main piece, then open it up, and pin the rest of the pocket down.

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Top stitch around the three sides of the pocket, leaving the top open. Be sure to back stitch at the ends. Then position the flap piece so it overlaps the top. Stitch along the top.

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If you are using snaps, use the tool to poke the hole through both the pocket and the flap piece, then use the snap pliers to attach the snap.

Now sew the outer and liner fabric together. You will actually sew these wrong sides together. Pin them together, and stitch all the way around with a 3/8 seam allowance.

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Then we will prepare the strap. Fold the strap lengthwise in half and stitch all the way down with a 3/8 seam allowance, making sure to reverse stitch at each end. Use a pushing stick (chop stick) or knitting needle to turn it around. Press, and top stitch.

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On one of the shorter ends of the large fabric piece, we will zig-zag stitch or serge all the way across. Then, on either end, fold and tuck a flap a few inches long. Pin it down, and straight stitch it down. Do this on both ends. Then fold over the top hem about 1 inch to the wrong side, and top stitch it about 1/8 in, leaving an opening for your cord.

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We will now pin the strap to the bag. Find the long side of your large piece of fabric. Pin one end right below the opening we created with the flap, and the other end of the strap will be about 5-6 inches from the bottom. This can be adjusted depending on how you want to carry the bag. For more horizontal, put the straps closer to the center. For carrying it more vertical, spread it out. Use a small seam allowance, and stitch 2-3 times for durability.

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Almost done! Now fold the large piece of fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together and stitch up the long side. Now we will add the bottom. With the bag still inside out, you will carefully pin the circle, right side in, to the bottom of the bag. You will need many pins. Make sure it is evenly spread out, make adjustments. Now stitch around the circle. You may want to stitch twice for durability. Trim the seam.

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Turn the bag right side out! Almost done! Use a safety pin on one end of the cord to pull it through the opening we created. Once it’s through, tie the ends, and you are all done!

I love how this came out! My good friend is enjoying this bag out in California! Be sure to save this to Pinterest for later!!

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How to Tackle Meal Planning While Staying on Budget with the Dinner Daily

So, I want to share a little secret with you. I am barely a “Pinterest mom” when it comes to meals (and other things).   I’m more of a hot mess, busy all the time, scour the freezer for last minute dinner plans kind of mom. Or rather, I was, until I discovered a fix for this problem.


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My normal routine was to rush out of work a few minutes before the rest of the office, just to beat the crowd, to go pick up Riley, rush home, and then search the freezer for something I can heat up fast for the “hangry” toddler and myself to eat. This works terribly, by the way. Not only did dinner suck most nights, it took too long, and my grocery shopping trips were also a disaster.

I absolutely do not enjoy spending hours on Pinterest looking for recipes, trying to figure out if I had enough ingredients already to make it worth it, and then remember to make the list for what I needed ahead of time so I’m not trying to hunt down the recipe on my phone in the grocery store with an impatient toddler.

And that’s where The Dinner Daily comes along. I’ve tried meal delivery services where they send you the ingredients, and it just didn’t work out for me. It’s not ideal for me to have that box sitting on my front step all day since we’re gone long hours. The Dinner Daily has been the best solution for me to have great meals planned for the week. Also, those delivery box services are expensive, and this is not!

So here’s how it works. You sign up with The Dinner Daily for as little as $4 a month. You tell them your preferences like family size, food preferences (meats, allergies, gluten free, etc), and store preference. Then they will send you a meal plan for the week based on the deals at your preferred store (which can be changed as well as your other preferences). The menus are sent out based on a schedule depending on the store, and it also provides you a shopping list which you can edit if you already have some of the items.  You can also swap out meals if there’s something you don’t like.

I know this is not the prettiest food ever, but it was tasty!

This makes meal planning and grocery shopping so stupidly easy. I usually end up with a range of dishes with 30-60 minute prep times, and occasionally a crock pot dish or two. I add a few items to my shopping list like milk, or snacks, and then head off to the store. I was seriously shocked when I came out of the market with meat and other items for 5 full meals, extra items for my family like snacks and milk, and I was under $100. That is insane!

Usually I spend way too much, buy stuff I don’t end up using that goes bad, and have no plan for the week ahead of me.

I’m not kidding when I say this has been a game changer for me. It’s so affordable, it’s a no-brainer. I know I’ll be saving money so I don’t stress about the $1.50 a week or something it comes out too.

It only takes me about 10 minutes to go over the menu, swap anything out that I want and print the list. I have enjoyed cooking new dishes I would have never thought of before and my family has been enjoying.

If you’re skeptical but want to test this out, The Dinner Daily offers a two week free trial. You will be hooked, but who doesn’t like free things?!

Here’s to stress free meal planning and sticking to the budget! Enjoy!