Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Link Party Favorites

Thank you to those who shared their projects with the link party!! I loved them all, but here are a few that stood out to me:I LOVE quiet books, and Ashley's at Me and My Boys was no exception. She's added more pages since, so go check them out!Brooke @ Wayward Girls Crafts created a carseat canopy/nursing cover. Genius!!
Teresa @ Creative Cowgirl made month by month onesies. So cute for photos!!
Camie @ Beneath My Dreaming Tree has made a bunch of carseat canopies. Go check them out, they're adoreable!
Jen @ My Own Road made these awesome bibs during her Button Down Rehab series. Love them!!Jordan @ Wayward Girls Crafts refashioned some overalls into a patriotic ruffly dress.
Mandi @ The Hott Spot made some appliqued tie tees. Always been one of my favorites.
And check out this adoreable outfit from Brittany @ Blessed Are The Meek's!

Also, go check out the slideshow of the gorgeous quilt by Diana @ Wayward Girls Crafts!!

Go leave some love for these talented women!! Thanks for sharing ladies!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Baby tutorial wrap up

Thank you so much to the guest bloggers from the last 2 weeks!!

And thank you everyone for helping me celebrate the arrival of my bundle of joy, and all the sweet comments!!

Here's a little round up of the tutorials we had:

Tomorrow I'll share some of the goodness from the link party!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Guest Post: My Own Road!!

Today we have my new friend, Jen from My Own Road visiting!!

Jen is SUPER creative and is the queen of repurposing. Like with her Button Down Rehab Series with projects all using old button down shirts.


Plus she makes all kinds of fun things for her CUTE little kids.

Here are some of my favorites from her blog:

{Snack Can to Storage Containers, Rockin' Necklace Tee, Bow Cuff, Hospital Survival Kit, The Haley Dress, Quilted Burp Cloths}

So, let's see what Jen has in store for us today! Take it away Jen!!


Hi, I'm Jen, and you can usually find me over at My Own Road
when I'm not snuggling this guy right here or chasing after my 2-year-old daughter.

I'm so happy to be here celebrating the arrival of Nikki's little one! When she asked me to guest post, I knew exactly what I wanted to share.

When my own daughter was a few months old, a family member sent her 2 silky lovies as a gift. We gave them to her at naps and bedtime, and 2 years later she won't go to sleep without at least one of her favorite blankies. When my son was born, I knew I wanted him to have a couple of his own too.

These snuggle squares are made of flannel on one side and soft satin material on the other, so they're the perfect little lovies for cuddling and comforting little ones. Best of all, they're super easy to make.

Supplies for 1 Snuggle Square:

  • 1/2 yard flannel

  • 1/2 yard coordinating satin fabric

  • Sewable interfacing

  • Scissors

  • Disappearing ink marker

  • Printer and paper

  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread

  • Rotary cutter and mat

Step 1: Cut out your fabrics.

1. Wash your fabrics before use to make sure they don't shrink later.

2. Cut out a 19"x19" square from both your flannel and your satin material using your rotary cutter and mat.

Step 2: Make your monogram.

1. From your leftover flannel, cut out a piece of fabric 1 inch larger than you want your letter to be. Iron a slightly smaller piece of sewable interfacing to the back (the wrong side) of the fabric according to the interfacing directions. Remove paper backing.

2. In Microsoft Word, type up and print out your monogram letter, then carefully cut out with scissors. My letter was roughly 3"x3". Place it on the back of your fabric, making sure the letter is facing backwards when you trace.

3. Trace around your letter using a disappearing ink marker.

4. Cut out your letter.

Step 3: Attach your monogram.

1. With your iron on a low setting, iron your monogram onto a corner of your satin fabric on the top (or right side) of the fabric. If you're having a hard time ironing your monogram on, try placing a cloth on top of the fabric and ironing on a higher heat setting.

2. Set your sewing machine to a zig-zag stitch. Stitch around the entire perimeter of your letter, making sure to backstitch some at the beginning and end to secure.

3. This is how your finished monogram should look.

Step 4: Join your two fabrics.

1. With the right sides together, place your satin fabric on top of your flannel and match up the edges.

2. Pin and stitch around the perimeter of your fabric about 1/4 inch from the edge, leaving a space about 4 inches long unsewn for turning. (Make sure you use lots of pins when you pin the fabric because the satin is slippery and you don't want it to slide around as you sew.)

3. Clip your corners close to the stitching (but not too close!) Turn your blanket inside out and press with a hot iron on the flannel side. Make sure you press the edges of your opening inside so it matches up with the rest of your blanket.

4. Top stitch around the perimeter of your blanket 1/4 inch from the edge.


Let the snuggling begin!

Thanks for having me Nikki! And congrats again on your little one.
I hope your little ones enjoy their snuggle squares as much as mine do. I also hope you'll drop by sometime and visit me sometime over at my blog, My Own Road!


I'll definitely be making one of these for my new little one!!

Thanks so much for visiting Jen!! It was a pleasure!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pack-n-play Pad Tutorial

I have another tutorial for you today!

A pack-n-play pad!!
Pack-n-plays are so handy, and we use ours a lot. Particularly for vacations.However, I've tried store bought pack-n-play sheets, and they don't seem to stay on. And it's irritating. Without a sheet, your pad gets dirty real quick and gets stained from drool, bottles, and of coarse, leaky diapers. GROSS. And it's not like you can just throw it in the wash.
But not only that, they don't seem all that comfortable. The pad seems to be made out of card board or something. I want my baby to have a little padding.
So when I had Gavin, I made a pack-n-play pad. And it has been WELL USED, so it was time for an update. And I thought I'd share it with you!

Materials Needed:

-1 yard flannel

-1 yard coordinating flannel (do another pattern if you want to make this reversible)

-cotton badding

-4 squares of velcro (both sides)

-sewing basics

First, measure the pad in your pack-n-play. Mine was 37 1/2" x 25 1/2".

Next, cut both of your flannel fabric 1" larger each way. So I cut mine 38 1/2" x 26 1/2".

Now, cut your badding the same size.

Lay your fabric right sides together, and then the badding underneath or on top of them (as shown in the picture above). Pin with the badding facing up.

Now, cut 16 pieces total of fleece, 8 in the main flannel fabric, 8 in the coordinating flannel,

2" x 5" each. Put main and coordinating pieces together, right sides together, as shown in picture above.

Now, sew a 1/4" seem arond the edges, leaving one of the 2" ends open for turning.

Turn right sides out and press.

Top stitch 1/8" around the outside. (you don't need to stitch closed the opening. It will be done later)

Now you'll have 8 straps.
Sew the same sides of 4 halves of velcro on the main fabric side of the straps.

Sew the opposite 4 squares of velcro on the coordinating sides of fabric.

Stick the straps together with the velcro to make a 90 degree angle.

Sandwiched in between the two pieces of fleece, lay the straps like shown above, with the raw edges facing out. Mine hit about 3" in.


Make sure the straps are "straped" together, so they won't get in the way when you're sewing everything together.

With the badding facing up, sew 1/2" around the edges of the pad, leaving a 4 inch opening for turning.
Turn right sides out, press, and do a 1/4" top stitch around the entire thing, also closing off the opening for turning.

And you're done!!

It's the perfect size for the top of your pad...

and the straps don't interfere with the velcro on the underside to keep your pad in place.

Hopefully this all made sense!!

Feel free to ask me any questions you may have if it didn't!!

If you make one, add it to my flickr group! I'd love to see it!! And you may get featured!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Guest Post: Paws & Re-thread!!

Today I'm excited to have the GORGEOUS Lindsey of Paws & Re-thread here!Her style is so fresh and fun, and her creations are SO beautifully done!

Her blog is so refreshing to read and you'll definitely be inspired while following her crafty adventures.
Here are a few of my favorites from her blog:{ Baby Bouquet, Ruffled Singlet, Baby Bunting, Mini Coin Purse, Zing the Polite Cat, Pleated Wristlet Purse}

Now I'll let Lindsey show you what she has for us today!!


First of all a big thank you to Nikki for inviting me to do a guest post on her gorgeous blog. It's my first one so I'm very excited! As Nikki will soon be welcoming a beautiful baby into the world, she asked me to share my tutorial for making a travel wipes and diaper pouch.

After sewing these cute bibs for a friend of mine who is a new mum-to-be I thought it would be nice to make a coordinating travel wipes and diaper pouch. Since I don't have a baby myself it's hard to work out what would be a practical present (that's also cute and gender neutral!), but I figured making a little pouch with enough room for a set of travel baby wipes, some powder or lotion and a few diapers would probably come in handy.
Here's a picture of the final result:

It matches this bib I made and I'm giving it to my friend as a little set as part of her gifts for her baby shower.

I don't have a detailed tutorial for this one, but here are some instructions and a few pics to help you on your way if you'd like to have a go too.

  • fabric for outside flap and strap (focus fabric)

  • fabric for lining and flap

  • interfacing

  • hook and loop tape

  • Here is a picture of all the parts you will be cutting and sewing: outside body, lining, flap, strap and pocket.

Step One: Cut out your fabric pieces

Cut out two rectangles about 11 inches x 14 inches (27.5cm x 35cm) for the body of the pouch in the focus fabric, lining and interfacing.

Fuse the interfacing to the main fabric pieces to give it some body.

I made a little pocket for the lining piece by folding a rectangle about 8" x 5" (20cm x 12cm) in half wrong sides together. Stitch around all 3 sides leaving a gap to turn it the right way. Press and stitch onto the right side of the lining piece near the top.

make a pocket and stitch to lining piece

For the flap, I just used the same width (11 inches) and added the height based on what I thought would look ok (about 6inches/15cm) Next time, I'll make the width slightly narrower (maybe 10 inches) as the flap piece was a little wide in the end and bunched up a bit while sewing. (The trial and error nature in which I operate has its pitfalls sometimes!)

Cut a focus fabric piece, interfacing and lining piece of the flap. I curved one edge tracing around a jar and fused the interfacing to the focus fabric piece.

Step two: Stitch the flap and make a strap

On the right side of the lining piece of the flap, stitch a strip of hook and loop tape 1.5 inches from the curved bottom in the middle. (stitch the rough side of the hook and loop tape to this piece)

With right sides facing, stitch the focus fabric piece and lining piece together around the curved edge leaving the top open.

After turning it the right way and pressing, top stitch around the curved edge for some extra detail.

flap front

flap back

At this point I thought it would be a good idea to include a strap for easy carrying.

To make a strap, cut a piece of focus fabric 2.5 (about 6.5 cms) inches wide x 12 inches (30cm).

Fold the strip in half with the long edges together. Press.

Un-fold the strip and fold each long edge to meet in the middle (on the line you have just pressed) Press again.

Fold the strip in half long ways again and press. You can now top stitch along each long end to secure your strap. Done! (Use this technique on purses to turn them into wristlets)

make a strap

Step three: Sew your body and lining pieces together

Place one focus fabric piece right side up on the table in front of you. Fold your strap piece in half and pin to one side of your fabric about an inch and a half (3.5cm) from the top.

Pin strap to focus fabric piece

Place the other focus fabric right side down on top of the first piece. Pin around two long edges and one short edge and sew, trapping the strap in between. (You can see it poking out of the left side on the picture below)

 pin focus fabric pieces right sides together and sew around three edges

Turn right side out and press.

Put your lining pieces right sides together and pin around two long sides and one short side, leaving a gap in the middle of the short piece to turn the whole thing out the right way. Sew around all three sides leaving the gap you created. turn and press nicely. (no pic for this step, sorry!)

Step four: Assemble and stitch together!

Work out which side of the focus fabric will be the front and back.

Take your flap piece and pin it to the top of the back of your focus fabric piece, right sides together. (keep your pins low so they don't get in the way of you sewing the top.

 pin flap to focus piece right sides together

Here is the interesting part.

Turn your lining piece inside out.

Place the focus fabric piece (right side out) inside the lining piece. make sure you match up the back of the focus fabric piece with the lining piece with the pocket on it, so the pocket ends up sitting at the back of the pouch.

put the focus piece inside the lining piece which is inside out

Line up the seams and the top edge. Pin around the top of the pouch. (but don't pin it together or you will seal the bag!)

Stitch around the top of the pouch carefully. I did this twice to make it stronger.

Using the gap in the lining you created, pull the focus fabric piece through the gap until you have turned it the right side out.
Remove the pins, slip stitch the gap closed and give the whole thing a nice press.
fold your flap down and mark the place for the other piece of hook and loop tape. Stitch the tape into place to close.


To illustrate its usefulness, you could fill the pouch with a set of travel wipes, diapers and some powder or lotion and give it to your special mum-to-be as a gift at a baby shower.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, feel free to stop by my blog Paws & Re-thread if you would like to say hello.
Thanks for having me Nikki, and all the best with your new bub.

Lindsey. xx


Isn't her choice of fabric to die for?! And I LOVE the strap to make it easier to carry!

Thank you for visiting Lindsey!! It was a pleasure to have you!!