Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Whale of a Storm: DIY Whale Stuffed Animal

An oldie from May 2014
We love a good rainy day. We love the smell of rain. We love the feel of rain on our faces. We love splashing in puddles. We love the symphony of rain.

After weeks without a good rain, it poured today. Poured and poured and poured. The grass grew inches in the last few hours (or at least they're standing tall and proud instead of sad and wilty so they seem taller). A good day to pull out the soft cotton flannel and make a stuffed animal - a whale today. Great gift for a baby shower, toddler birthday, Christmas, or just because! Happy sewing!

matching cotton flannel

drew a whale on two pieces of paper taped together for a pattern

Trace whale pattern onto both pieces of fabric, right sides together and cut. Pin right sides together and sew, leaving a 3 inch gap along the bottom for flipping right side out and for stuffing. Add a felt water spout on top. 

front side, flipped right side out, pre-stuffing

back side, flipped right side out, pre-stuffing

Stuffed. Use invisible ladder stitch to sew opening closed.

Added an eye on front side using scrap from the back fabric and black felt.
peek-a-boo whale in tall summer storm grass

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tag Me Sunshine

Babies love tags. I remember Little Miss E used to chew on the tags of all her toys, even the tags that weren't meant to be part of the toy. Here's a super cute way to use up scrap fabric and lots of ribbons! It's a quick stocking stuff for baby's first Christmas. Make a bunch for a baby shower gift in different shapes, sizes, colors! Now, as a toddler, she likes sticking her fingers in the loops and swinging her little "pillow" around. 

For little ones who will chew and suck on the tags, probably best to avoid ribbons with painted on designs in case the paint comes off....

pin down ribbon loops, leaving a gap for flipping right side out and the last ribbon

sew in the last ribbon on the bottom edge after flipping the fabric right side out

the tricky sewn in last ribbon pre-stuffing

finished cuteness

Inspired Chez Beeper Bebe's Tutorial and Pattern for Rainbow Sunshine Plushie.

My Little Sunshine

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Blueberry Plum Frozen Yogurt Stars

This summer we've been getting creative with our ice pops in flavors and shapes! At our grocery store, we found some silicone mold ice cup trays that work wonderfully as mini ice pops (without the stick). Great finger food for toddlers in easy to store portions!

Once frozen, pop them out into an airtight container or resealable plastic bag for storage in the freezer!


So excited!


These particular ones I used a food processor to mix up blueberries, whole milk plain yogurt, and a cut up plum. Previous ones I've added chia seeds and/or shredded unsweetened coconut as well! Get creative!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sweet Eyelet Lace Teal Chevron Toddler Tunic

Sweet & Chic

Love the crisp white with bold turquoise and bright apple green. Perfect length for capri leggings!

  • width of fabric (2 pieces) = 15"
  • length of fabric (2 pieces) = 13"
  • top lace length (2 pieces) = 6.5" (after binding removed - cannot find eyelet lace that isn't pre-gathered and/or bound with bias tape!)
  • strap lace length (2 pieces) = 6.5" (after binding removed)
My Little Garden Helper (flashback to my little garden helper back in March 2013)


  • Inspired by It's Always Autumn's Tutorial for "super sweet girl’s white lace blouse tutorial." Changed measurements to better fit my petite toddler since the first trial ended up with a dress that was too big!
  • Accidentally made arm holes closer to 2" up from each side instead of 1.5" for the curved in part of each top corner, oops. That's why I shortened the straps and brought in the top part by half an inch. 
  • Future color combos:
    • bold blue chevron, white eyelet lace, yellow bias tape
    • plum purple floral, white eyelet lace, hot pink bias tape

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sweet Eyelet Lace Chartreuse Pink Floral Toddler Dress

DIY pink ribbon bow

After one, it's hard not to make several more! I loved this print so much, I bought several yards of it. It's floral without being too much. It's pink without being "baby-pink." The bright green bias tape around the armholes give a modern edging to the sweet vintage eyelet lace. Love!

Latest Favorite Snack: Roasted Edamame
  • width of fabric (2 pieces) = 15"
  • length of fabric (2 pieces) = 15"
  • top lace length (2 pieces) = 7" (after binding removed - cannot find eyelet lace that isn't pre-gathered and/or bound with bias tape!)
  • strap lace length (2 pieces) = 6" (after binding removed)