Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The easiest DIY pacifier clips

Hi everyone! I'm still in NJ and will be through the weekend. Josh is joining us on Saturday morning (yay!). We haven't seen him in over a week, so we're all looking forward to Saturday! I have my friend Amanda's bridal shower on Saturday too, so I'll just get to say hi before heading out the door!

I'm a bit busy for the rest of this week getting ready for her shower, but in the meantime, I thought I'd leave you with a really easy tutorial for pacifier clips. You might remember me sharing this tutorial for pacifier clips a while back, but this new one is even easier than that!

You'll need:

  • Suspender clips. I bought these.
  • Ribbon. 3/8" works best.
  • Needle and thread

First, cut your ribbon to about 20" long.

Slip one end of your ribbon through the clip. Make sure the right side of the ribbon is facing out with the front of your clip. Fold the end of the ribbon over the clip and hold it there.

Take the other end of your ribbon and line it up with the end of the ribbon that's already through the clip. Fold it over onto itself, and hold down.

Where the ribbons join will sort of make an "M" shape. (Sorry for the terrible pic!)

Now, just sew your ribbon together as close to the clip as possible. At first, I used my machine, but I found it was easier to do this by hand. After sewing, trim the excess ribbon.

That's it!

Really easy, and so cute...especially to give as a gift to a new baby!

Well, Audrey just woke up from her nap! I'll see you all soon!

Monday, June 25, 2012

They did it!

Congrats to my friends Andrea and Bryan for putting together an amazingly successful show this past weekend! It was their very first Spring Showcase and it was beyond fantastic! So many of the performances had me in tears. They have some truly talented artists at their school. It was a pleasure to be there to see all of their hard work come together, and to see their performers put on such a great show!

Audrey was so fascinated by the dancers and singers. She sat through the entire 2 hour show without making a peep. I couldn't believe it! I thought for sure I would miss most of the show trying to keep her happy or having to walk her around outside of the auditorium. But nope! This girl loved every minute of it!

Congrats again! I love you both so much, and I'm beyond proud of everything you have accomplished in your first year of BCPA!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Burlap table runner

Hi everyone and happy weekend! We made it safely to New Jersey yesterday afternoon. Audrey is taking her morning nap right now, so I thought I'd put this post together for you! I've been dying to share this tutorial!

This is a project I did a few weeks ago for my mom. She has been redecorating her house with my help, and we thought this burlap runner would be a great addition to her dining room table. All of these pictures are from my house of course (for staging purposes) but, I like the runner so much that I'm going to make one of my own pretty soon!

Here's what you'll need to create your own:

  • Burlap
  • Cotton fabric in the color or print of your choice
  • Thread 
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

Before you get started, you should know that burlap is messy to work with! I learned that quickly. It sheds like crazy and kind of smells bad. Well, at least mine did, but maybe that's because it came from a brand new bolt that was wrapped in plastic. Although, the finished product doesn't smell, so that's a good thing!

1. Cut your burlap to 16" wide. As for the length, it really depends on your table. I cut mine the length of the table, plus about an extra 8" (about 3" to hang off each end, after seam allowances). 

2. Once you have it cut, pin the raw edges down, and sew (no ironing needed!).

Now, set your burlap aside.

3. Cut your cotton fabric 26" wide by  7" long. Iron and pin one of the long sides, then sew.

4. Now, flip the fabric right side up. We're going to work with the other long end of the fabric with the raw edge. Adjust your straight stitch to its longest length, and without doing a backstitch, sew a straight line with your fabric facing right side up. Leave some extra thread at the end of your fabric. Again, do not back stitch when you come to the end.

5. Grab one of the threads (it shouldn't matter which one), while holding the edge of the fabric and gently pulling the thread. Your fabric will begin to gather.

Keep going until the entire piece of fabric is ruffled.

6. Grab your burlap and attach the ruffle to one of the ends. Right sides should be facing each other. Just pin the raw edge that you just ruffled to the raw edge of your burlap. Then just sew!

Trim any excess fabric at this point.

7. Now fold over the ends, pin and sew.

Trim the excess fabric.

8. Repeat steps 3-7 for the other end of the runner. Then, you're done!

Sit back and admire your pretty new runner!

I'm hoping to share some before and after pictures of my mom's house all redecorated. It's so cute, and this runner fits right in! In fact, I'm headed to her place this afternoon, so maybe I'll snap a quick picture for you to show you how the runner looks on her table!

*Update* We just got back from my mom's house! Here's the runner on her table! Isn't it adorable?

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Don't forget, if you're looking for a fun night out, and you're local to the PA/NJ area, go see the Bucks County School of the Performing Arts Spring Showcase! Audrey and I will be there tomorrow afternoon. I have yet to see one of their shows, but I've heard they have some amazing talent and I have no doubt the show will be fantastic. We can't wait!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Organza flower baby headband

I made this over a month ago to match one of Audrey's dresses for an engagement party we went to with her.

I'm always on the lookout for fabrics that I think will melt well for making flowers. I'm sure you've seen a bunch just like this floating around the internet too!

This is so easy, you probably don't need a tutorial for it, but I'll give a quick one, anyway!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Organza fabric
  • Scissors
  • Braided elastic
  • Needle and thread
  • Beads 
  • Lighter and candle (not pictured)

First, cut the organza into flower shapes. Make your largest one first, and make each one after just a little bit smaller than the last. You can make this flower as large or as small as you'd like.

I used 6 flower cut outs for this flower. Once you have them all cut, hold one piece at a time over the flame of your candle until the edges just begin to melt. Repeat for each flower cut out.

Some of my edges got a little over-melted. I later cut these off and re-melted!

Now, measure your headband to fit baby's head. I cut Audrey's to about 16". Sew the elastic closed, and set aside.

Choose a few beads for your center and sew those on. This will also serve to sew all of the layers of the flower together.

To finish it off, just stitch the flower onto the elastic right at its seam.

Of course, you don't have to limit this flower to just baby headbands! You could make it into a hair clip, a pin, or a I did for this flower belt to wear for my maternity pictures. 

Audrey and I are headed to NJ on Friday to see Buck's County School of the Performing Arts Spring Showcase this weekend! I'm sure it's going to be amazing, so if you're in the area, you should definitely come! You can buy tickets at the door for just $18!

That being said, blogging might be a little slow for the next week since I'll be staying in NJ until the following weekend for my friend Amanda's bridal shower! But, I do have so many tutorials that I've just been waiting to have the time to share with you, so hang in there, and I'll try to get a few posted while I'm away!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Car seat strap covers

I started off with store-bought strap covers for Audrey's car seat, and while they did the job just fine, they weren't especially cute. Each time I threw them in the wash, I would make a mental note to buy another set as backup. Then, I realized it would be so easy to just make my of course, that's exactly what I did!

*5/7/13 After an anonymous reader left an informative comment regarding these straps, I felt it was important to address a couple of things:
1. Although these were made as exact replicas of the originals in terms of size, it is always best and safest to use the strap covers that came with your car seat.
2. If made incorrectly or too large, strap covers can cause the chest clip to sit too low, which is unsafe for baby. The correct position for the chest clip is at armpit level.
3. I had Audrey's chest clip sitting just a little lower in these pictures for purposes of the tutorial only, so you could see more of the strap cover. We did not travel like this in her seat. My apologies for any confusion.

Here's what you'll need if you'd like to do the same:

  • Velcro (I used the fabric fusion type, but I also sewed it on for extra strength)
  • Fleece in the color of your choice
  • Flannel in the color/print of your choice
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Scissors

1. Cut 2 pieces of flannel, and 2 pieces of fleece that are each about 8"wide by 6" long. *It is really best and safest to replicate the exact size of the original strap covers that came with your car seat.*

2. Pin one piece of flannel to one piece of fleece, right sides facing each other.

3. Sew together, leaving a small opening to turn the fabric right side out.

4. Before turning it right side out, trim the corners and edges of excess fabric.

5. Once you have it right side out, tuck the fabric in at the opening and sew it shut.

6. Sew a zig-zag stitch around the perimeter.

7. Cut your velcro so that it fits just inside of your zig-zag stitches. One side of the velcro should be on the fleece, and the other, on the felt, as shown. Stitch velcro on by sewing around its perimeter.

8. Repeat steps to create your second strap cover, then you're done!

Imagine all the cute straps you could make using your favorite fabrics! The possibilities are endless! I hope you all enjoyed this easy project!
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