Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Backpack Diaper Bag

Some of my sorority sisters came into town this past weekend for an event called Greek Fest. The event was outside and I knew I would be on my feet (with baby Jonathan in tow) for at least 2 hours. So... you know me, I have to be as comfortable as possible.

Problem: I am not trying to lug around a bulky diaper bag on one arm. As a matter of fact whenever I am wearing Jonathan in a wrap I do not like to have my hands occupied at all.

Solution: The morning of the event I whipped up a backpack diaper bag using my sorority's colors and our unofficial mascot- an elephant! I did not use a pattern for this project I simply whipped it up on my own guess-timating the size and other measurements. This technique usually works out great for me.

The fabric I used is a Red Snuggle flannel that I purchased at Joann's fabrics a few years ago.... gotta love stash buster projects! I quilted the fabric using a cream colored thread on my longarm machine and used white drawstring for the drawstring closure at the top. I used gray felt for the elephant.

I loved how it came out! The straps are especially comfortable (made of the same fabric as the bag itself) and it is nice and big inside.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Baby Bib Tutorial- FREE!

My latest video tutorial is on how to make a simple double-sided baby bib. They are so simple and quick to whip up, making this a great beginner sewing project!

I hope you enjoy! Please comment below and let me know what you think!

To download FREE printable bib pattern click ----> FREE BIB PATTERN

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Make your own fabric labels for FREE! (Video Tutorial)

I have been wanting to post this video tutorial for a few months now and have finally come around to doing it! You all should be very happy! If you quilt you know that it is VERY important to include a label on the backside of all your quilts. We need this not only to track who made the quilt for future years to come but also so your family members can have the information on the quilt itself years after you're gone. If you have young children you may want to learn this technique to add your own customized labels to your kids' clothes, bags, backpacks, blankies, etc.

All you need is some printer paper, freezer paper, a glue stick, and an inkjet printer! Feel free to share the link to my video to anyone you know who will benefit from learning how to make their own fabric labels, for FREE!

It has come to my attention that different inks in the inkjet printers may or may not allow these labels to be printed permanently on your fabric without it having to be treated with a special solution.  I suggest you try this method out on a scrap piece of fabric first.  Heat set it with a dry, hot iron for about 15-20 seconds and then try washing it by hand under the sink with soap and agitating it to see if your ink is one of the ones that won't set permanently.
Please comment and let me know if you have tried it yourself! I love to hear from you.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Arm & Leg warmers for babies- Video Tutorial

I saw some cute pastel colored crew socks at the dollar store last night so I bought them with the specific intention of turning them into some leg warmers for our 5 month old baby boy. They were super easy and quick to make! Baby J loves them and is soooo comfy in them. Not to mention how great they are for quick and easy diaper changes! :o)

I hope you like the tutorial and take a few minutes out to make a pair for your baby or someone else's....

Thursday, February 11, 2010

FREE Video Tutorial- Envelope Pillow Cover

Been working on more video tutorials for all of you! Here is the latest one on how to make your own envelop pillow cover! It's super easy and a great beginner project. Youcan also use the techniques I show you in this tutorial to spruce up and embellish the hek out of some funky pillow covers for your couch, futon, or even your bed!

I hope you enjoy! Comment and let me know if you've made one yourself or let me know what kinds of other tutorials you would like to see!

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