Last weekend, my cousin got married. I had purchased a few items for them, but wanted to also give them something homemade. Well, it ended up being partially homemade. I found some hand towels at a dollar store that had an ugly picture of vegetables on them. I sewed some fabric over the bottom, and voila – beautiful hand towels! And thrifty – which makes them even better in my mind.
This fabric is so yummy.
I think I will make some of these for myself, as well!
Everywhere a sleep sack! I have recently seen two other bloggers do some fabulous sleep sacks. Love them! I especially love that neither one of these ladies used a pattern either. My kind of sewing!
Check out Trula’s sleep sack here.
I absolutely love this one, made by Lindsay at The Cottage Home (seen here on luvinthemommyhood) from a men’s dress shirt — such a cute idea, and NO zipper!! She has a full tutorial here, too.
Here in Wisconsin, it can go from winter to summer in about a day. When that happened this year, I suddenly realized that my six month old was in desperate need of a summer sleepsack. This realization came, of course, when he woke up covered in sweat because his fleece sleepsack had suddenly become an oven.
I knew it couldn’t be that hard to make one, and lo and behold, I had a long-forgotten zipper in my sewing supplies, along with a massive amount of jersey knit fabric. Oh how I love jersey knit fabrics (more of those to come… seriously, a lot more).
Since I didn’t have a pattern (and probably wouldn’t use it anyway), I used his fleece sleepsack as a model.
The finished product!
(fabric from JoAnn’s)
Here is my mini-tutorial (I say mini, because I made it so quickly, I didn’t take any pictures of the steps):
- Lay sleepsack on top of fabric – I chose jersey knit, because it was lightweight.
- Trace shape of sleepsack, but trace a little bigger to allow for the seams. Cut out the same piece twice, but for the front piece, cut the neckline a little lower. With jersey knit, you don’t have to worry about allowing for the zipper, since it is so forgiving and will stretch. (Plus, my little guy is not too chubby, so he definitely has a little wiggle room.) Just make sure that your arm holes match up.
- Cut up the center of the front piece for the zipper.
- Install the zipper, using a zipper foot, but do it upside down (so that it zips from top to bottom – ending at baby’s feet – this way, you don’t have to worry about the zipper bothering your baby). *I also sewed in an extra scrap of fabric that covered the zipper under baby’s neck, so that it wouldn’t rub against him (I copied this from the fleece sleepsack as well)
- Put the right sides together and sew up the shoulders, with a zig-zag stitch.
- Keeping the sleepsack with the right sides together (inside-out), pin the sides and bottom together. I also pinned an extra scrap of fabric over the opening that was created by my zipper (you can see that in the final picture)
- Turn right-side out. If using jersey knit, you can choose to finish the sleeves/neckline or just leave the edges raw. I finished the neckline and then didn’t have time to finish the sleeves… and have now moved on to other projects and just keep forgetting to get back to it.
When I was pregnant with my youngest, I realized that my current purse was no longer going to cut it. I hate carrying around a diaper bag and a purse, so with two kids in diapers (because potty training was definitely not happening before baby number two came along), I needed a solution. Rather than spend my time searching for the perfect purse, I decided to attempt to make my own.
It ended up much bigger than I had thought it would be. But since I tend to sew like I cook (no pattern, no recipe…), I can’t say I’m too surprised.
I used three coordinating fabrics from Joann’s (with my coupon, I only spent $25 and bought way too much fabric – I see a matching diaper changing pad in my future…)
Inside, I made four large pockets (they are large enough to hold a wipes container) and two elastic cup-holders, that are the perfect size for sippy cups. *Note to self: take pictures of purses before using and becoming incredibly disorganized!
Overall, I’m really happy with how it turned out – not too shabby for my first attempt at a diaper bag purse Mary Poppins bag that can literally hold everything you’ll need for the next three days.
I am a cloth diapering addict. I admit it. I love pretty much everything about it, including the sewing I can do to go along with it.
A few of the cloth wipes I made. Two squares of flannel sewn together with a zig-zag stitch. I could have finished them off nicely, by folding the edges under, but when I made them, I was more interested in doing it quickly.
I love Katrina’s pattern for making diaper covers. These are a couple I made from 100% wool sweaters I scored at a thrift store.