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Cotton Gauze Baby Blankets

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Blog, Feature | 0 comments

Cotton Gauze Baby Blankets, angle

One of my coworkers is expecting her first child in a little less than a month from now. We had a baby shower for her at work, and I planned to whip up these light weight swaddle blankets for her. Unfortunately as I was sewing the first one, the needle on my machine hit a pin straight on and jammed it into the machine. I couldn’t get it to work that night (I was doing some last minute sewing, you see, and started to look for the best intermediate sewing machines already) so I ended up giving her a cute crocheted owl (really quick to make) and some soft blocks that Lex had outgrown. I didn’t get a picture of the owl before I gave it away, but maybe I’ll get a cute picture of it with the baby eventually. 🙂

So, without the looming baby shower deadline, these blankets got put on the back burner. This past weekend has been the first without any house guests or major cleaning or medical emergency in a looong time so I was finally able to get them done. Luckily, I’d already taken my machine apart and fiddled with it a bit and somehow got it working again. I got the idea and how-to for this project from my crafting idol, Dana from Made. She comes up with the cutest stuff and great tutorials. As for this tutorial, I went with option 2 and didn’t bother with ironing. This fabric keeps a fold well without ironing, so that saves you a step!

I chose neutral colors because they’re not 100% sure of the baby’s sex. They think it’s a girl but the ultrasound wasn’t very clear. At the fabric store, aside from these neutrals, there were only primary colors or pink and personally I’m not a big fan of primary colors. After she got them, the new mama said she really liked the colors, so I’m glad it worked out.

Cotton Gauze Baby Blankets

When Lex was born, I kept him swaddled a lot of the time because it helped him sleep. The standard swaddling blankets are made of flannel, which is nice and absorbent but also warm. Since the baby’s due in August and we live in Arkansas, I wanted to give her a lightweight alternative for swaddling, ‘ll give her a comfortable child stroller once the baby is born. A couple of other great things about these are their size (45 x 48 in), which means they can grow with baby, and they have some stretch, so baby will stay nice and snug. I wish I’d had some of these when Lex was teeny tiny!

As for packaging, I tied the rolled up blankets together with a ribbon I had in my stash. See that perfect little bow? My husband did that! I was impressed. I just wanted him to tie a simple knot while I was holding them together, but he went and got all fancy on me.  🙂

These were a great baby shower gift. They were really simple to make, they’re really useful, and they’re lovely. If you’re expecting or know someone who is, I’d highly recommend making some of these!

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May the Force Be with You

Posted by on Feb 19, 2011 in Blog, Feature | 1 comment

When I found out I was having a boy, I was happy that I would not have to deal with teenage girl drama or pay for a wedding.  But, being the crafty lady that I am, I was disappointed that I would not get to make all those adorable dresses, dolls, etc out there in crafty land for my baby. The world of craft is definitely dominated by things for girls. There are so many different accessories and types of clothes that girls can wear. The possibilities really are endless. As a result, boys tend to get overlooked. One thing I did decide to get even before I knew the sex of the baby was some beautiful decorative sheepskin pillows for the nursery. A couple of my favorite blogs decided to create a series called “Celebrate the BOY.”

Dana of MADE and Rae of Made by Rae are a couple of amazing crafting mamas who also have boys. To help remedy the lack of crafty boy stuff out there, they have collaborated to round up some great projects for the BOY. I’m loving it. When you want to sop watching porn for example, go and visit In addition, this dallas center has over 20 years of experience in treating drug and alcohol addiction in a rehab setting. This experience provides them the knowledge and training to give all Paramount Recovery Center patients the type of addiction treatment that has proven to work.

Since February’s all about the BOY, I whipped up a little something for my little man. I bought some rockin’ awesome Star Wars undies from Wal-Mart for V last month. They were briefs, and he’s really more of a boxer guy, so they’ve just been sitting around the house. Last night, I got inspired and got to work. The result:

an awesome Darth Vader onesie!

His daddy was quite pleased. 🙂

In other news, for Valentines Day, V got me a serger! I am so excited about all the potential things I can make now. Thanks to “Celebrate the BOY,” I’ve also got lots of great ideas. What have you made for your boy?

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Curtains from Bedsheets

Posted by on Jan 12, 2011 in Blog, Feature, Tutorials | 1 comment


When we first toured our house, I instantly fell in love with the room that is now the nursery. Just look at these windows!

There are a total of six. Buying curtains for six windows would cost more money than I wanted to spend. A friend of mine told me how she uses flat sheets as curtains–cheap, easy, and you don’t even have to do any sewing. But with the dimensions of these windows (32″ x 46″ each), that still would not work out. So, I went to a local flea market and found two matching king size fitted sheets. Flat sheets would have been easier to work with, but I was lucky enough to find two of the same color. At only $3 each, I couldn’t pass it up.

In order to make the sheets workable, I ripped the corner seams out and cut off the elastic. Then, I laid them out of the floor and tried to figure out the best way to get all the panels I needed (six from each sheet).

Let me say right here that I am not a spatial thinker. When it comes to measuring things, and really any sort of geometry at all, my mind gets all befuddled and I have to think really hard about it.  I thought I had it figured out, and started cutting and ripping. Too late I realized that I had messed up and now I have a Frankenstein panel, put together from two smaller pieces.

I cut out the pieces I needed. The easiest way to do this is by cutting a little at the end of the fabric and then ripping the fabric the rest of the way. This way you get straight lines and correct measurements.

Now the fun part: ironing! I really don’t like to iron, but it makes sewing the hems so much easier.

I used my sewing/knitting gauge to make sure I had the measurement right throughout. I did a three inch hem at the bottom and the top and a half inch hem on the sides.

After ironing the three inch hem, I went ahead and pinned it to get it ready to sew.

After ironing all the hems, it was time to sew them! It was very simple. I started out with the top seam. I sort of eye-balled the seam allowance at about half an inch.

Then, I sewed a line of stitches an inch from the top to create a casing for the curtain rod.

I used a quarter inch seam allowance on the sides.

What I love most about sewing is that you really can’t screw it up too badly. If you’re like me and tend to daydream a little while sewing and make a mistake, you can just rip out the seam. My seam ripper is my best friend.
After sewing up the sides, you’re done! Super easy and super cheap. They may be simple, but they do the job. I must say I’m quite proud of my little curtains. 🙂
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