Friday, September 19, 2014

Baby Doll Diapers


Baby dolls an their diapers. DIY doll on left.
 
As a kid, I toted around a blue and gray plaid doctor bag. It was a zippered pouch filled with little glass viles of potions labeled with scribbles and different colored waters. I had bandages made with felt, ribbon, and puffy paint. Oh my dear brothers - they had so many "ailments" only curable by the perfect mix of colors and silly dances. Thankfully neither of them have turned into purple frogs or polka-dotted monkeys as a result of my treatments.
 
These memories surfaced as I sat on the floor of the playroom, stuffing cloth diapers with my daughter playing beside me. She brought over her doll, said "purple," and grabbed the purple diaper and tried to put it on her doll. The doll wasn't having it, clearly the diaper was too big. To remedy this predicament, we got out some felt and velcro and made baby some diapers!
 

This is a great use of leftover felt and Velcro. If you only have the sticky part and not the soft part of the Velcro, the sticky part will work just fine but the felt it adheres to may quickly become pilly and frizzy.


no measurements required, just cut, adjust, and sew



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Felt Crayon Roll-Ups

This felt crayon roll was such a treat for Little Miss E on our last airplane adventure. It is the perfect activity for the plane ride because not only can it be used for coloring, it's great for counting crayons, learning colors, and working on fine motor skills by putting the crayons into the pockets and taking them out. Also, there are only so many slots for the number of crayons so you know if you're missing one!


After making the first one, I have a slightly tweaked and better version now. I'm thinking of another version where the notepad is in the middle and the crayons are on the sides and they just fold in as flaps and are secured shut with elastic. A button or Velcro fastener would be cute but I don't think it'd last as long with all the pulling. I'll leave that to another day!

love this color combo!
 
Materials:
  • 6" x 23" piece of felt for exterior
  • 6" x 23" piece of felt for interior
  • 3" x 23" piece of felt for interior pocket
  • 11" piece of 1/4" elastic
  • pinking shears
  • 24 crayons
  • 3"x5" notepad
sewing together the exterior appliqué

it's ok if the edges don't line up exactly because they'll be trimmed with the pinking shears at the end

  1. Mark interior pocket piece. 1/4" inch in from the left then 3/4", leaving a 1/4" in from the right and then 4" for the notepad. Should end up with space for 24 crayons and a notepad. Note: I ended up cutting 21.5" pieces of felt somehow so we'll only be fitting 22 crayons and a notepad in this one...oops!
  2. Laying the interior pocket felt piece on top of the interior felt piece with the bottom edges lined up. Stitch on marked lines. Cut off loose threads (back ones don't matter much because they'll be in between layers and not visible).
  3. Sew on any applique as desired on outside felt piece.
  4. Pin pieces together, inserting the elastic folded in half on the left end (opposite end of the large pocket for the notepad) with the raw ends sandwiched about an 1/2" in. Straight stich around with 1/4" seam allowance.
  5. Using pinking shears, trim around the edges, be careful around the elastic loop.
  6. Insert crayons and notepad and surprise your creative toddler!






Love this for an easy and lightweight craft for the diaper bag. Great entertainment anywhere!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sweet Lavender Mary Janes and Sun Hat Set

Going to a baby shower? Have a friend expecting soon? This sweet lavender set is the perfect gift. Made with 100% cotton, it's easy to wash and dry (I prefer putting it in mesh delicate bags to wash so it doesn't catch onto things but you can also hand wash and lay out to dry).

 
 



Available on Etsy!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sleepy Owl Beanie: "Go Blue!"

2 weeks into September and we're finally getting cooler weather. It's a brisk autumn day and my toddler has fits over putting on clothes. It's going to be a rough transition into winter....

 



On another note, yay for friends having winter babies! Yay for adorable sleepy owl beanies!


This goes out to a friend who's a die hard Michigan fan. Go Blue!





Inspired by Repeat Crafter Me: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/04/crochet-owl-hat-pattern.html.

Available on Edible Thoughts Etsy {Sleepy Owl Beanie with Ear Flaps}!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Purple Floral Red Ruffle Pop POP Preppy Top

This top goes out to a little girl whom I've never met but feel like I know already. She's the mini me of a grad school roommate of mine and I cannot wait to meet her and have her meet my little mini me. With their parallel love for putting socks on their hands, spinning on salad spinners, and wearing goggles on their heads, these two have so much to catch up on (I mean, come on, a lot can happen in your first two years of life!). Happy birthday Little Miss Sweet & Silly!

 

cross over bodice
back view of red ruffle pop collar




 
Inspired by Sew Easy Being Green's Pop POP Preppy Top Tutorial

Notes:
  • Must've cut out pattern incorrectly or printed incorrectly because bodice didn't end up as wide as tutorial stated --> added more width to bottom part to have more gathering
  • Looking forward to making another one! So cute!
  • Finishing up this tunic late at night and mailing out in the morning so I apologize for the poor lighting!