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!

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).

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

 

 

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.