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Helping your child make a baby blanket

02
Jul

baby blanket crochet kit, Wondering how to keep your kids busy enough this summer for them to not wreak havoc on the neighborhood?  One of the best ways to do this is to get them interested in a craft that they will enjoy spending time on.  A few such crafts include the arts of knitting or crocheting.  If you can get your kids hooked on one of these hobbies, they will want to spend a little bit of time each day perfecting their latest projects.

Here’s how you can get your child to start crocheting:

Step 1 – The materials

The first thing you are going to want to get in order to jump start your child’s interest in crocheting is a baby blanket crochet kit.  A baby blanket is a relatively easy crochet project, yet challenging enough to keep a kid interested.   They may, of course, need some help from you at times, and this is a great way for you to spend some quality time with your child as you work on a project together.

Step 2 – Get fabric ready

Iron your fabric and make sure it’s nice and neat before you begin your work.

Step 3 – Sewing

Take your fabrics and place them so that they face one another and then sew them together with a thread that matches their color.

Step 4 – Completing your baby blanket

Now that you have sewed the fabrics together, pull the baby blanket inside out so that the outside is facing out.  You will see that you are left with some openings along the edges, sew those shut.

By completing just a few simple steps, your child can complete his or her first baby blanket this summer – an accomplishment indeed and a great way to keep your child busy.  Set the blanket up on a baby crib and garnish it with a few plush blanket buddies and you are done!

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How to make crib bedding

04
Jun

crib bedding

Whether it is truck crib bedding for a boy or princess crib bedding for a girl, how you decide to decorate your child’s cri bedding could have a marked influence on their lives. So instead of sticking to the more traditional crib beddings you find in your local stores, think outside the box and create your very own customized crib bedding.

Materials and Tools:

-          Any fabric of your choice

-          Scissors

-          Sewing machine

-          Quilt batting

Steps:

1. Cut two pieces of the chosen fabric to be 38×56 inches and one piece of quilt batting of the same size.

2. Place the three pieces on top of each other with the quilt batting in the middle.

3. Next, fold the one side in half, ensuring that your cover the quilt batting.

4. Sew the edges with your sewing machine and cut off any loose material with the scissors.

Now that you are done, just add some extra plush stuffed baby toys in the crib and now you’ve created the perfect place for your baby to sleep! Comfort is key when creating a cozy atmosphere for your child, so make you the crib is full of extra pillows and padding to prevent an possibility of your child feeling uncomfortable.

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Beginner’s sewing kit

03
May

sewing baskets, cotton thread

Being a beginner is fun, isn’t it?  Regardless of what it is that you are beginning, it is a time when you are excited by all the interesting things that you have to learn and discover.

This is no different for someone who is just starting to learn how to sew.  It is the beginning of a long, patterned, colorful, and creative journey that never quite ends.  And, why would you want it to?  After all, every time you sew, you learn something new about the craft.

Before you get started, you want to have all the tools you’ll need in your sewing kit.  Here’s a pretty solid list of exactly what those are:

Sewing basket

Sewing baskets come in various shapes and sizes and are great for holding everything else mentioned on this list and keeping them organized.

Thread

Cotton thread is perhaps the most essential material needed by anyone who sews.

Fabric

If thread is the most important material for a beginning sewer, then fabric is certainly the runner up.

Scissors

It is best to have scissors that are made specifically to cut fabric and to try not to use them on anything else.

Pins

Glass head pins will almost certainly come in handy on any project that you may find yourself working on.

Tape Measurer

With most of your projects, you will find that you have to be precise and eyeballing it will just not do.  A clear ruler is also a good tool to have for this purpose.

Seam Ripper

This is an excellent tool to help fix things when you make a mistake, which you inevitably will – not because you are a beginner, but because everyone messes up at some point or another.

The more advanced you get, the more your horizons will broaden, allowing room for more techniques and tools in your sewing basket.  For now, this list ought to serve you right.

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DIY decorative pillow cases

19
Apr

decorative embroidered pillow

If you love working on fabric projects and want to create custom pieces to accent your home, you can make a decorative sequin pillow. Here are the supplies you will need for this project:

  • Pillow forms
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Beads, sequins, trimming, or embellishments of your choice
  • Beading thread
  • Scissors
  • Head Pins
  • Sewing machine

Once you have everything together, follow these 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Cut fabric

Measure and cut your fabric according to the size of your pillow form. Cut a piece to cover the front of your pillow form, and one for the back. If you want to make a case that can be removed later for washing, remember to cut your back piece into 2 pieces which will allow for an opening. If you do so, also remember to make each of your back pieces 2 inches wider so you can hem down the middle on each side so your pillow won’t have any open threads sticking out.

Step 2: Decorate

While you can use any thread you wish, beading thread is more study for adding beads, sequins, or any other embellishments. You can create your own designs by beading your decorations together and sewing them on the fabric. After they are sewed down, use a your scissors, to cut your thread neatly. In order to achieve a cleaner cut, you may want to use a Gingher scissor thread nipper as it is made to cut beading thread.

Step 3: Prep and sew

Once you are done decorating your pillow, it’s time to sew it together. If you are making a removeable pillow case, place the pieces inside-out over your pillow form, and use your head pins to pin the fabric together on one of the edges. You can then remove your pillow form and sew that side of your pillow case using your sewing machine, removing the pins as you go along and continuing around the rest of the edges, sealing the sides together.

If you are not making a removable cover, place your fabric pieces decorative side up over your pillow form. Pin them together on each side with head pins, and sew them together, removing the pins as you go along. If you want to hide any rogue threads and create neat edges, you can also attach trimming to add a more decorative touch.

You now have a beautiful decorative pillow that you can use to liven up that bare sofa, or boring bedspread! Let us know how you use your decorative pillows in the comments section below.

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DIY crib sheet

11
Apr

baby bedding and dog pillowHave a baby on the way?  What theme are you going to go with for the nursery?  If you really want to make that room something special, the sooner you get started on it the better – particularly if you are interested in using some DIY decoration.

That’s right, a great place to exercise your crafting skills is your soon-to-be child’s nursery.  For example, if you want your kid to grow up on a farm, make some him or her farm themed nursery bedding for the crib.  Making your own nursery bedding is not too difficult for an experienced crafter.  The first thing you have to make is the fitted crib sheet.  Here’s how to do that:

Materials needed-

  • Fabric
  • Elastic
  • Sewing machine

1.  Fabric

Are you still on board with the farm theme?  Or do you want to go with the monkey themed baby bedding that I made using these steps?  Either way, choose a 70” x 45” piece that looks nice and pre-wash it in order to avoid any future complications.

2.  Corners

Cut a nine-inch by nine-inch square out of a corner.  You now have two corners where there used to be only one – sew those two together.  Repeat this process with each corner.

3.  Edges

Fold the edges up and sew a zigzag stitch around the entire sheet.  Don’t worry too much if this doesn’t look perfect because it will be under the mattress.

4.  Elastic

Place the center of the elastic on the center of the corner seam and sew it there.  Stretch the elastic along the edge, sewing as you go.

It’s as simple as that.  You have now made a fitted crib sheet for your baby’s bed.  Get some blankets and pillows in there along with a mobile and the entire crib will be waiting patiently to keep your baby cozy when he or she arrives.

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Create costumes with your current wardrobe

09
Apr

Sequin drape back mini dress

Ladies, if you’ve been invited to a costume party and have no idea what to wear, or do not want to spend a lot of money on a costume you will only wear once,  here are some clever ways to put together pieces you already have in your wardrobe.

Jessica Rabbit

If you have a red sequin skirt or dress, you can be Jessica Rabbit from the Roger Rabbit movies. But before you start to plan to dye your hair red, you can get colored hair spray by B-Wild!!! from the drugstore which comes off when you wash it. You can choose orange or red depending on your preference, and complete your red sequined Jessica Rabbit look! Don’t forget to pack on the red lipstick and eyeliner to give you the sultry and sexy look she is famous for.

Mobster

If you have a sequin drape back mini dress or any little black dress for the matter, you can easily put together a mobster outfit by adding a black fedora. Cheap costume fedora hats for women come in sequined, pinstriped, or plain black which you can also use later when going out clubbing. If you think you need to go to a costume store to get a fake gun, or steal your brother’s Nerf Gun hoping he won’t notice, you have a better option! You can make a cutout of cardboard and paint it black with silver detailing. This way, everyone will get the idea and you won’t have to spend extra on an unnecessary prop.

Just remember – you don’t have to run to the costume store every time you need a costume. You can put together an outfit with clothes you already have, and make your own props.

Share some ideas you have put together in the past from your own wardrobe!

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