DIY Zipper Back Tank

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It still feels like summertime here in San Diego so I thought I’d showcase this tank I converted. This was a plain gray tank before.  Bor-ring.  For the geek in me, I screen printed the front pocket graphic with my lovely Yudu machine.

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To make the back, I cut a slit down the middle and simply sewed the open zipper to each side. Yup, it’s that easy to add an exposed zipper to your tank top.

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This zipper IS functional but since I don’t intend to pull it much, I used my label as the zipper pull. It’s a fabric label and I just poked a hole in it so it can’t take much tugging but it’s the perfect place to showcase my label.

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This tank was inspired by one of my favorite blogs, Trash to Couture. She takes random thrift store finds and transforms them into some amazing pieces. Here’s a link to her tutorial on adding a zipper to a tank.

Next time you think about tossing that old plain tank, try adding an exposed zipper to the back to give it a completely new look. Happy sewing!!!

 

 

Nursery Ideas

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I remember gathering so much inspiration on Pinterest when we put the kids nurserys together I thought I’d pay it forward for anyone who’s expecting a little one of their own.

Here’s a break down of where you can find some of the featured items:

  • Crib. Purchased at Target.com but not sure they sell it anymore.
  • Eames molded plastic rocker
  • Bookshelf, bins, dresser (my hubby added the top part to turn it into a changing table), rug, pendant lights, wall shelving, futon, red moose are from Ikea
  • Red Rody inflatable hopping horse toy
  • Ornate wooden picture frame is from Michaels
  • Custom skateboards hand painted by my hubby
  • Parachute wall decals
  • 3D paper mache letters. These came unpainted.
  • 3D paper wall flower template. I hot glued a thumbtack to the back and stuck them to the wall.

If there’s anything I haven’t mentioned that you’d like to know about, just ask.

Hope this helps you create a fun space for your babies, too!

Tag Blankie Tutorial

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Who knew tags could be so fascinating? Zander loved tags as a baby. Whatever toy/blanket we gave him, he eventually found his way to the tag, especially the silky ones. With this new found knowledge and Zoey in my belly, I decided to make her her very own tag blankie she could carry with her everywhere. I used ultra soft minky material for both sides and looped the ribbon/tags so it could easily be attached to a car seat/exersaucer/etc. with a ring. It’s perfect for playing or just plain snuggling.

Here’s a look into how I made it:

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  • Cut front and back pieces of fabric 12×12
  • Cut 16 (15 if you’re using your label as a tag) pieces of ribbon, 4.5 inches long
  • Sandwich right sides of fabric together with ribbons folded in half in between the two pieces of fabric
  • Pin everything in place

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  • Sew around entire blankie and leave an opening at least 2-3 inches for turning

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  • Cut excess ribbon to minimize bulk

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  • Add a top stitch around entire blankie, including the opening left for turning.

There you have it. A fun little toy/snuggly blanket for your baby to go crazy with their fascination with tags.

If you make your own, I’d love to see/hear how it turned it!

 

DIY Big Kid Bibs

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Zander loves to eat soup. Soup is messy. Solution = big kid bib.  I made this little soup lover an assortment of reversible bibs so he could eat to his hearts content. It’s a win-win. He loves to wear them and I love NOT pretreating stained clothes.

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To make this, I followed this tutorial and modified it a bit by using velcro instead of snaps.

Hope this inspires you to make it for your own little messy eaters!

Ripped Jeans

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Finally, some custom made clothing for my baby girl.  I actually made these a couple years ago for Zander but his thighs were too chunky to squeeze into them.  Needless to say, I was thrilled that they fit my petit little Zoey so well.

I felt like a proud mama today seeing my little girl play and take her first few wobbly steps in the jeans I worked so hard on. This was one of the first pairs of pants I made so it was a huge accomplishment for me.

For those interested, I followed this tutorial from Dana Made It to make the pants. To achieve the ripped effect, I watched this you tube video.

Hope this inspires you to make something for your little one – or yourself!

Car Seat Canopy Convertible Baby Blanket

I’mmmm baaaaaack! After a long break, I’m finally spending some quality time on my blog. Baby girl, Zoey is nearly a year old and finally sleeping through the night (well, most nights) so I am getting more rest these days, which means, more time for ROO! I’ve made quite a few things during this time away but just haven’t had any time (or energy) to post. Excited to be back. Without further adieu…

I made this sweet car seat canopy that doubles as a blanket for a sweet baby girl.  As a mommy of two now, I always look for ways to tackle the overflowing diaper bag. Instead of stuffing an extra blanket in the bag, I decided to give this canopy removable straps so it could be used as a baby blanket on the fly. The pink minky material is super soft and perfect for cuddling, too.

Let me know what you think in the comments. Wanna see a tutorial?  If I get enough requests for one in the comments, I will definitely get my act together and post it.

Thrilled to be back!

Mary

 

 

DIY Romper

As with most of my projects, this one too, stemmed from a problem.  Zander’s birthday party this year was Hawaiian themed and of course, I had nothing to wear.

With the Fall and Winter months ahead, it was pretty hard to find anything “Summery”, much less Hawaiian – and so my mission began… I needed something that was:

1. Hawaiian themed
2. Breathable, since it was a hot day and the party was outside
3. Easy to maneuver in, since I’d be running around hosting, carrying Z and of course, jumping in the bounce house

I actually picked up this fabric months ago in an LA fabric store in the rummage pile. Coincidentally,  I bought it with full intention of making a romper – one day. Z’s birthday was  the kick-in-the-butt I needed to make it happen.

I gave myself 1 night to complete the outfit, start to finish. It took me 3hrs and costs $3 in materials – score!

The pattern is actually fairly simple. The top is 2 square pieces, front and back – elastic around the top. Bottom, I used my loose fitting pajama pants as a pattern. Top and bottom are sewn together and the seam is covered by the belt. And there you have it. A summer outfit that’s cute AND practical. Hope this inspires you to take on those projects you’ve been putting off, too!

 

Girls Summer Dress

I know what you’re thinking… finally, something for a girl!  Most of what I’ve made revolves around Zander, which means tees, jackets, pants and shoes. It was nice to finally make something cute for a little girl.

I followed this tutorial for the most part, but added a second layer underneath to match the material used around the neckline and straps. Made of light-weight cottons it’ll keep her feeling and looking cool all summer long.

Baby Gift Set Tutorial

After having 5 girls (in a row) my good friend from high school was recently blessed with a beautiful baby boy! In honor of this lucky baby # 6, I made 6 baby gifts especially for him. Check out these tutorials on how to make baby blankets, bibs, burp clothes, soft block toys, pacifier leashes and crib shoes.

The gift set included…

1. Baby Blanket. Made with super soft minky and light-weight cotton, this blankie is perfect to snuggle up with. Check out this easy tutorial for a baby blanket.

2. Bib. To catch all the dribble and preserve that cute outfit you just bought, this bib does the trick.  I roughly followed this tutorial, but used velcro instead of a snaps.

3. Burp Cloth. To preserve your clothes from babies mishaps, this burpie gets the job done. Here’s a simple tutorial for this..

4. Pacifier Leash. Never use the 5 second rule for the pacifier again. This tutorial is from one of my favorite blogs.

5. Soft Block Toy. I think it’s hilarious how babies love tags/ribbons so much, why not make a toy full of them?! I followed this tutorial and even added some crunchy plastic inside for added fun.

6. Crib Shoes. Perfect for new walkers! I made these from a pattern I purchased and added buttons extra flare.