So far, I’ve made these two dresses from old shirts I had. They are definitely not perfect, but Abs likes them, so I guess that’s what matters.
This was a super simple project. Can’t believe I didn’t make one sooner. Here’s a tutorial for you:
- Lay a dress or shirt of your toddler’s on top of the shirt you’re going to cut. Make sure the necklines match up and fold the sleeves in on the toddler shirt.
- Draw around the top item with disappearing ink pen, and then, cut around the lines.
- Cut around the neckline.
- Then cut the back side of the dress to be closer to the neckline
- Sew up the sides with a straight stitch and then a zigzag stitch.
- Then sew around the arm holes and stitch the back part, too.
- Then, cut the neckline in the middle on the back part (where the tag used to be), and sew the ends onto the back of the dress, to make spaghetti straps.
You’re done, unless you want to embellish more. The first one, I decided to make some flowers with the left over fabric. (I was a little worried that the flowers wouldn’t hold up in the wash, but they stayed perfectly intact!)
For the second dress, I made ruffles. I’ve cut out 4 other shirts, but I haven’t gotten around to sewing them into dresses, yet. Any ideas for other ways to dress up the dresses??
Oh, I learned from making the first one that I should’ve make the bottom part of the dress more like an A-line.
I also made these bows to match the dress themes:
Let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any questions.
Several women have commented on Lyds’s car seat tent, so I’m finally getting around to doing the tutorial. It’s SUPER easy!
I remember going out with Abs and getting frustrated, trying to keep the sun completely out of her eyes with the car seat sunshade. And don’t even get me started about when it would rain. Also, the wind, oh the wind where I live is killer and blankets would always blow off, and it was a hassle to hold her car seat, while trying to keep a blanket over her. So, thank goodness I discovered an awesome way to cover up your newborn with a car seat tent. Here’s what you need to have on hand to make one yourself . . .
- about 2 yards total of fabric (if you want it to be reversible, you can use 1 yd of one color and 1 yd of another color, or you can simply use two yards of the same fabric)
- velcro (not the adhesive kind; buy the kind for sewing)
Okay, so I started typing up a tutorial for this but erased it all, but I don’t have the patience to remember what all I did, since it’s been about 4 months since I made this. So, I’ll just leave you some links to some car seat tent tutorials that will be helpful. Also, here are some of my measurements that might help you (keep in mind that this won’t make sense to you until you look at the tutorial links):
- I cut 2 inches off the bottom; it left my fabrics to be 36 L x 42 W (35 long when sewed)
- For my velcro straps: soft side up, facing back (velro down, facing front) 7-8 inches long
- When I measured the cloth front to back, I sewed the straps directly in the middle lengthwise (21 inches) and measured side to side; 12.5 from outside (7 ¼ in b/t each other).
Here’s the tutorial for how to make a crinkle square mini blanket with taggies like the one below for a baby. It’s super easy, quick, and doesn’t cost much. If you don’t have ribbon on hand, that might be your biggest expense.
- 2 squares of flannel (I used 9×9 inches)
- ribbons cut to about 4 inches long and folded in half (I used 4 big pieces, 4 medium pieces, and 4 skinny pieces)
- crinkly sheet/package, the same size as your flannel (I used a wrapper from a sample diaper I got in the mail). Some other options: wipes package, microwave popcorn wrappers, chips bag, clear gift wrap . . . Just make sure that you cut your flannel pieces to whatever size your crinkle sheet ends up being
- Put one piece of flannel right side up and pin ribbons along the edges with the cut sides off of the flannel. between the two pieces of material (wrong sides together).
- Put the second flannel sheet on top of the ribbons right side down.
- Put the crinkle sheet on top of the flannel and pin all layers together.
- Sew along all the edges– except, make sure to leave a big enough section not sewn so that you can turn the blanket right side out. Take the pins out.
- After sewing, turn the blanket right side out.
- Then, sew all the way around the square, and you’re done!
Back in November, we decided to grow my daughters hair out, but her hair kept getting in her eyes. Bows come in and out easily, so I decided I’d try to make her some headbands. You could make some for yourself, too, and your daughter might be extra excited about wearing headbands, just like Mommy.
- an elastic hair band/ponytail holder without the metal
- coordinating thread
- Measure around your toddler’s head to the nape of her neck.
- Cut your material to the appropriate size and iron flat. [Cut a rectangle that is double the width of what you want your headband to end up, plus about 1/2 in for seam allowance and 3 inches less than measurement you got from step 1. I think I cut mine 3.5 x 15.5inches. If you want it to be reversible with two different patterns, cut accordingly.]
- Measure in on the bottom ends in about 1/2 “ on each side and mark, draw a line up to the top corners and you will have a tapered rectangle.
- Fold right sides together “hot dog style” and iron flat.
- Then pin together and sew around, but leave a “U shape” opening in the bottom, as if you were sewing a pillow.
- Turn tube of fabric inside out and iron flat. Also, fold a 1/4 inch or so on each end and iron down.
- Put elastic pony tail on one end inside the flap created in step 6. Fold the 1/4 over the pony tail, and sew straight down.
- Do the same with the other side.
- And you’re all done.
I made the headband in the pictures and a pink one. I also made a reversible one: one side black and one side red. Abs loves them. Let me know if you have any questions.
Just a little note to say that I have done a few crafty projects that I thought I’d share with you . . . sometime. I just need to write up some tutorials. So, you can look forward to learning how to make:
- Baby Legwarmers (I’m still working on these, so I haven’t uploaded the pictures, yet.
If you have a baby like Abs, you can never have too many burp cloths. Abs had GERD, so spitting up was a very regular event. We literally kept two burp cloths in every room and constantly had cloths over our shoulders.
A lot of the burp cloths that you’ll find in stores are so thin and ineffective for a baby like Abs. So, what I found worked best were cloth diapers. But they’re kinda plain, so here’s how you can dress them up.
And I am definitely a novice sewer, so know that these are so easy to make!
- Sewing machine
- Cloth Diapers. Make sure they’re pre folded and 3-ply
- Matching Thread and White Thread
- Wash the cloth diapers and iron them before you begin sewing, so that sewing the ribbon won’t cause shrinkage.
- Measure your ribbon for the an inch or so wider than the width of the cloth bottom and cut.
- Then, fold the ends of the ribbon and iron so you can sew more easily.
- Sew the ends of the ribbon.
- Sew the edges of the ribbon onto the bottom of the cloth.
- Fold the burp rag like this, and you’re all done.