Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fabric Shopping Cart

About the time that Bug discovered the fun of play kitchens I happened across a shopping cart tutorial on Project : Project.  I've been wanting to make Bug a shopping cart since seeing the tutorial. Bug turns two at the end of the month so it seemed like a great time to give it a try. 

I used a EKORRE Toddle wagon/walker that Bug was given as a hand-me-down for the frame and some denim that I doctored up for the fabric.   

I think Bug will love it. Not long ago he told me he was going to the store to buy a shopping cart. I plan to fill it with some play food. Does anybody have favorite tutorials that they would like to share?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Guest Posting at Boy, Oh, Boy, Oh Boy!

Hi! I'm guest posting over at Boy, Oh, Boy, Oh Boy! today. Do you remember my car blanket? I'm sharing a tutorial inspired by the blanket.

I'm excited to be guest posting at Boy, Oh, Boy, Oh Boy!. It is one of my favorite blogs to read. Stacey shares lots of really great projects.

I absolutely love her splatter paint t-shirt tutorial.

I love the way her Advent Gift Bags turned out.

Isn't this fire truck pillow the coolest?

Hope to see you over at Boy, Oh, Boy, Oh Boy! today. I bet you'll find lots of inspiration if you stay and look around.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Washcloth bib tutorial

I made some washcloth bibs this morning. They are one of my favorite projects to make for babies. I thought it would be nice to re-post the tutorial that I wrote for them last year.

Bibs may be necessary for babies in their constantly drooling stage, but that shouldn't mean that they have sacrifice style.  One of my favorite wear all day bibs is the washcloth bib. They are inexpensive, quick, and easy to make.

  • One washcloth - this will make two bibs 
  • A piece of bias tape about a foot long 
  • About an inch of velcro
  • Thread - I like it to match the bias tape 
  • General sewing supplies
I like to use washcloths without decorate borders.  When choosing a washcloth fold in half diagonally to  see if you like the way it looks.

Step 1 cut the washcloth in half diagonally

Step 2 fold washcloth in half so the finished edges are touching

Step 3 cut a slight curve - this helps improve the fit of the bib

Step 4 cut a piece of bias tape a bit longer than the cut edge of the washcloth

Step 5 pin the bias tape to the cut edge of the washcloth - taking care to fold under the bias tape at the beginning and end so there aren't any raw edges - if you have a preferred method of attaching bias tape use your preferred method.

Step 6 attach the bias tape - I use a wide zig zag stitch so I'm sure to catch the front and back at the same time

Step 7 Attach velcro  - I sew around the square of velcro and then sew an x to make sure it is really secure. Notice the placement of the velcro on square on the left top one on the right back

 Step 8 Round the edges of the velcro to get rid of any pointy edges

Enjoy the fact that your wee ones can be cute and dry! They're fun to make!  I'd love to see yours if you make any.  Please let me know if you run into any difficulties with this tutorial.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thinking about Advent

The cool and rainy weather lately has me thinking about my Advent and Christmas crafting.  I'd love it if I could get almost all of my Advent things pulled together by the first week of October. I'm planning on providing Advent gifts for Bug and Ladybug.  Last year I made an over the door shoe bag holder style Advent calendar.
I'd like to make another to work out a kink or two.  That would also allow me to put together a little tutorial for anybody interested in making one.  I'm contemplating whether or not I should make one specially for Ladybug.  It might be nice for them each to have one and having two would make it easier to ensure that the gifts really would fit in the pockets. 

So  far my plans are to include matching holiday themed hats, Christmas socks (picked up on clearance last year), onesie/shirt with a simple Christmas tree applique, Christmas board books, a Christmas tree felt board, ornament sets for the felt board, and fabric or knit ornaments. 

I'd love to hear any ideas that you have.