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!




DIY Romper

As with most of my projects, this one too, stemmed from a problem.  Zander’s birthday party this year was Hawaiian themed and of course, I had nothing to wear.

With the Fall and Winter months ahead, it was pretty hard to find anything “Summery”, much less Hawaiian – and so my mission began… I needed something that was:

1. Hawaiian themed
2. Breathable, since it was a hot day and the party was outside
3. Easy to maneuver in, since I’d be running around hosting, carrying Z and of course, jumping in the bounce house

I actually picked up this fabric months ago in an LA fabric store in the rummage pile. Coincidentally,  I bought it with full intention of making a romper – one day. Z’s birthday was  the kick-in-the-butt I needed to make it happen.

I gave myself 1 night to complete the outfit, start to finish. It took me 3hrs and costs $3 in materials – score!

The pattern is actually fairly simple. The top is 2 square pieces, front and back – elastic around the top. Bottom, I used my loose fitting pajama pants as a pattern. Top and bottom are sewn together and the seam is covered by the belt. And there you have it. A summer outfit that’s cute AND practical. Hope this inspires you to take on those projects you’ve been putting off, too!


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.

Baby Gift Set Tutorial

After having 5 girls (in a row) my good friend from high school was recently blessed with a beautiful baby boy! In honor of this lucky baby # 6, I made 6 baby gifts especially for him. Check out these tutorials on how to make baby blankets, bibs, burp clothes, soft block toys, pacifier leashes and crib shoes.

The gift set included…

1. Baby Blanket. Made with super soft minky and light-weight cotton, this blankie is perfect to snuggle up with. Check out this easy tutorial for a baby blanket.

2. Bib. To catch all the dribble and preserve that cute outfit you just bought, this bib does the trick.  I roughly followed this tutorial, but used velcro instead of a snaps.

3. Burp Cloth. To preserve your clothes from babies mishaps, this burpie gets the job done. Here’s a simple tutorial for this..

4. Pacifier Leash. Never use the 5 second rule for the pacifier again. This tutorial is from one of my favorite blogs.

5. Soft Block Toy. I think it’s hilarious how babies love tags/ribbons so much, why not make a toy full of them?! I followed this tutorial and even added some crunchy plastic inside for added fun.

6. Crib Shoes. Perfect for new walkers! I made these from a pattern I purchased and added buttons extra flare.

4 Ways to Turn Pants into Shorts

If you’re anything like me, you have a surplus of pants and a shortage of shorts. Not ideal for summer at all.

In a few easy steps, you too, can turn pants you don’t wear much anymore into shorts you’ll love. It’s a win-win-win situation. You make the most of your current wardrobe, save the cash for something else, and they’ll fit perfectly because they were your pants to begin with.

1. Turn pants inside out
2. Mark desired length with a line
3. Cut 1 inch below ‘desired length line’
4. Serge both pant legs so they don’t fray (optional)
5. Fold and iron at ‘desired length line’
6. Sew all around both pant legs

Cut & Fold:
1. Mark desired length with a line
2. Cut 1 inch below ‘desired length line’
3. Fold (toward outside of pants so raw edge is showing) and iron at ‘desired length line’
4. Tack (sew a few stitches back and forth) so it won’t unfold. Tack along the sides and front and back (4 total) – Example below

1. Turn pants inside out
2. Mark desired length with a line
3. Cut 2 inches below ‘desired length line’
4. Turn pants right-side out
5. Fold 1 inch and iron
6. Fold 1 inch again and iron
7. Tack (sew a few stitches back and forth) so it won’t unfold. Tack along the sides and front and back (4 total) – Example below

1. All in the name… cut it and you’re done! Edges will fray naturally after wearing and washing.

 Example of tacking:

Baby Shoes with Reversible Insole

These shoes were made especially for Zander’s little friend in the neighborhood. He’s just learning to walk so I wanted to make him something cute and comfy. I purchased this pattern on Etsy and altered it to fit his narrow feet. I also added a foam insole for more cushion as he walks and soon enough, runs. For added fun, I made the insole reversible. Hope this inspires you to make your own version of these cute shoes for the kiddos in your life!

T-Shirt Turned Tank

Quick and simple tutorial on how to turn a t-shirt into a tank. Perfect for the warm summer months to come!

Video Tutorial:

Detailed Instructions:

Step 1:

Fold tee in half and cut arm holes and neckline. Tip: Use one of your tank tops as a guide to mark where to cut.

Step 2:

Hand sew along dotted line.

Step 3:

Pull on thread to gather material. Tie the thread at the end to secure the gathering in place.

Step 4:

Measure about 2 inches down from neckline.

Step 5:

Fold (accordion style) down to the 2 inches you measured. Hand sew in place.

Arm holes and neckline can be left unsewn – they won’t fray.

There you have it! Five simple steps to turn your tee into a tank. Enjoy!

Bicycle Basket Liner AND Cinch Bag

I’ll admit, I’m completely spoiled by the weather in Southern CA. Almost everyday is perfect for a bike ride. Don’t hate.  I’ve had this cruiser for about 3 years now and always just dealt with my phone, wallet, water bottle, etc. getting tossed around while I ride and trying not to lose control while fumbling with the contents.

And so the challenge began… Make a basket liner that could hold all my junk (phone, wallet, glasses, keys, water bottle) and usually Chris’ and Zander’s junk too (jackets, toys, etc.)

I searched the world wide web in hopes of finding a pattern/tutorial that would fit my basket, exactly. No such luck. I found this tutorial, but it wasn’t much help. I only used it for ideas on pockets. I had to face my fear and make my own pattern, eek.

Surprisingly, everything went smooth.  I made the pattern and sewed everything from scratch. I even made it into a muli-functional cinch bag… to carry all my junk when i”m not biking.  Serious, could not be more proud of myself. It turned out pretty awesome.

Hope this inspires you to face any fears you have about sewing, and just do it.

I like BIG BOOKS and I cannot lie

Zander loves books, there’s no denying it.  Every few weeks, we come home from the library with 20+ books he’s just itching to read. His current bag works great, except it doesn’t have a pocket for his library card.  And so the mission began…create a library bag for Z’s Stache of books, complete with a pocket for his library card so it’ll never get lost again.

I roughly followed this tutorial for the bag and this tutorial for the pocket. They worked out perfectly together.  Best of all, this bag is reversible, too! Might come in handy if we ever get tired of looking at Fu Manchu’s mustache.

Hope this inspires all you book worms to make a bag of your own.

Here’s a photo of the little munchkin and his big bag.

Reversible Bucket Hat

So… Zanderoo needed a new hat to fit that growing head of his. I found this tutorial which I followed almost to the tee.  The only part I skipped was the hand-sewn part at the end. I just used my sewing machine for that part, too.  If I can avoid hand-sewing something, I’m all for it. I used the pattern that fit’s a 3-5 year old and low and behold, it barely fits him! So either Z’s head is huge, or this pattern is off.  I’m gonna go with the pattern. If you use this pattern, I think it’s safe to assume the 3-5 year old size will fit a 12-15 month old.

Considering I started this project on a whim one night after finding the tutorial, I’m proud to say I completed it in one night! From start to finish, it took me 2.5 hours.  There’s no better project than one that offers immediate gratification.

That said, hope this inspires you to make a cool ‘lil hat to keep the your ‘lil ones stylish and protected from those pesky UV rays.