Turn Boys Shirts into Girls Shirts

My Star Wars obsessed little girl was given a couple boys shirts for her Star Wars birthday.  Here are some simple ways I turned them into girly shirts.

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I cut the sleeves off this one:

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And added some beautiful lace. For the sleeves, I sewed the lace on top to hide the portion I cut off. For the bottom hem, I sewed the lace to the inside of the shirt.

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For this shirt I simply added Rick Rack edging to the inside of the bottom hem.

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There you have it. Two super simple ways to make boys t-shirts into girls.

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Watch out. The force is strong with this one.

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Love how these shirts came out. My baby girl has never looked so cute. Hope this inspires you to make the most with what you have. Would love to hear from you if you get inspired to do this!

DIY Diaper Clutch

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I think diaper clutches are the perfect gift for new parents. Such a convenient, fun and practical way to hold all your essentials for diaper changing. This bag will hold a couple diapers, box of wipes and even diaper cream, keys or other small items.  I used this tutorial as a starting point and made the following additions:

  • A strap for easy carrying while juggling squirmy kids.
  • Rounded corners, double stitch, and label on flap for a more professional and finished look

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Sewing bags can be a bit tricky because it requires lots of sewing inside out and flipping so all the seams are hidden, but once you’ve made one the subsequent bags will be a piece of cake.

Hope this inspires you to try a project that’s outside of your comfort zone. Happy sewing!

Kid Shorts With Pockets

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Some go back-to-school shopping. Me?  I go back-to-school sewing. There’s nothing like my kids outgrowing their clothes to motivate me back on my sewing machine again. I found this pattern on one of my fave blogs of all time, Dana Made It. I started a few days ago and was able to finish both shorts today while my daughter napped an amazing 3 hours! I was beyond thrilled. These days, I love projects that take less than a week.

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If your kids are anything like mine, they love to collect – everything, especially rocks. These pockets are great for just that.

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Say “cheese” if you love pockets!

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Hope this inspires you to get back on your sewing machine to make something fun!

Roll-up Pants

My baby girl looks just as sweet as her big brother did in this outfit almost three years ago.

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I like to call these Zander’s “fancy pants” because I made them for a wedding we went to recently.

Knowing the wedding would be held outside in possibly 100 degree humid weather, I wanted to make something both comfy and fashionable for him. I followed this tutorial to make the flat front linen pant and added the buttons and tabs myself to convert them into shorts. Perfect for fancy weddings or for lounging barefoot around the house (or at the beach).

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!