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Baby Gifts August 16, 2012

Filed under: baby stuff — faithandfamily @ 1:47 am

I’ve spent a bit of time making baby gifts lately. First, I made some girly things for my friend Ashli and her baby girl:

I used Dana’s tutorial for making a crib sheet.

Next, I made a set of boy gift for my cousin Ashley, who is having a boy. I made a hooded towel, a set of two burp cloths, a crinkly taggy toy, and a bib. I loved this Robert Kaufman whale fabric.

I hope the gifts are enjoyed!


Boy’s Shirt into Baby Dress December 26, 2010

Filed under: baby stuff,kids' stuff,Recycle/Repurpose — faithandfamily @ 3:26 pm

When I first ran across this tutorial on turning a man’s shirt into a girl’s dress, I knew it was something I was going to want to try sometime. (Isn’t her example so cute?) Well, I was going through my 5-y-o son’s clothes, and I came across this hand-me-down shirt. I knew there was no way he would ever wear it. In fact, when I asked him to put it on, he howled “No way! That’s a girl’s shirt!” I thought the pattern on the fabric was really nice though, and I decided this might be a great shirt to try to turn into a dress. I was a bit afraid that it wasn’t going to work, since I was using a much smaller shirt than the tutorial calls for; however, I was also planning on making it for a 18-month-old, so I figured it would probably work out ok.

Here’s the boy’s shirt. It’s a size 6, and I had to have my daughter pose with it on, because, like I said, my son wouldn’t go near it.

And here’s the front of the refashioned dress:

And here’s the back:

It looks adorable on my baby girl, but you’ll have to take my word for it, because she’s not into dressing up for pictures. The only thing that didn’t work quite as well, using a boy’s shirt instead of a man’s shirt, is that the sleeves were too small to have any extra room for gathering. These sleeves aren’t gathered, but I think they’re still pretty cute.

I’m really happy with the finished product. Son’s happy. Mama’s happy, and Baby Girl is happy too.


Belle and Bee Hats December 23, 2010

Filed under: a handmade Christmas,baby stuff,kids' stuff — faithandfamily @ 9:19 pm

I received my prize today from the SewMamaSew giveaway! Belle and Bee offered to make a custom hat for me, but I couldn’t decide which of my kids should get one, so I told her to just surprise me. I wanted to make it easy on her, because she had to make my hat in just a few days in order to ship it out according to SewMamaSew’s giveaway requirements. Well…..she surprised me indeed. She made a hat for EACH of my kids!!!!!! I’m just stunned that she whipped these off in just a few days. The kiddos love them, and I love them too! Thank you, Becky!


Hooded Bath Towels for Babies and Kids September 3, 2010

Filed under: around the home,baby stuff,kids' stuff — faithandfamily @ 7:18 pm

A hooded bath towel is so easy to make and can be a nice shower gift or a fun thing to make for your own kids. A personalized bath towel is great for babies (much better than those teeny, thin things they sell in the store), and your child will continue to love it when he gets bigger too.

Here’s how to make one:

You will need:

One bath towel
half a hand towel (Hint: Buy two bath towels and one hand towel, and you will be able to make two hooded towels.)
a coordinating color of thread


Here is a picture of the directions I wrote out for myself. (Sorry–I’m not blog-savvy enough to know how to use drawing tools to illustrate my directions. Please bear with me as I update my technology abilities at a geriatric rate.):

Fold your hand towel in half using a “hamburger fold.” Cut the hand towel in half along that fold line. You now have 2 hoods.

The ragged edge of the hand towel will form the top seam of the hood. Take the side that is opposite the ragged side and pin it to the bath towel. You will center it on one of the long sides of the bath towel. I prefer to sew the bath towel directly on top of the hood piece.

Next, you will fold the hood top in half (right sides together, of course!) and sew the top seam of the hood, leaving the ragged edges in the inside. (I’ve found that I needed to sew this seam a couple of times to keep it from unraveling or from leaving a hole in the hood.)

The two towels I’ve pictured came from Target, but I usually¬† like to buy towels at a store like T.J. Maxx or Ross. I often find high-quality towels there that have beautiful designs on them. If you end up buying more plain-looking towels, you can add embellishments. Though you probably can’t tell from the pictures, the pink towel pictured with the older girl above has a decorative strip sewn on that I made using a piece of fabric that had red and pink hearts on it.


Diaper Bag July 5, 2010

Filed under: baby stuff,bags — faithandfamily @ 9:04 pm

This is the diaper bag I made for my Baby Girl (Ok, so it was actually for ME. I admit it…). I used Amy Butler fabric (definitely one of my fav designers) and the pattern was McCall’s 4403. This pattern was really easy to follow and I enjoyed the entire process. It’s very roomy with inside pockets and both a shoulder strap and handles. I’d be willing to make more of these, so if I like you a real-whole-lot, and you’re having a baby, and you want a handmade diaper bag for your shower gift, lemme know…