Crafty Baby Shower

I had been planning a "baby shower" in honor of three of my friends and myself who are all due about the same time. The plan was to get all of our friends together and craft the night away for the cute babies that are coming. There has been a complication and the plans are put on hold, but I wanted to show you all the fun tutorials I have put together in preparation for this event. I had planned on printing some of these and displaying them in frames for the party.

I was lucky enough to find some already nicely put together:

"How to Line an Alligator Clip" from

 Baby Bows from

Burnt Edge Flower from


Circle Template from

Felt Fringe Flower from

And a similar Fringe Felt Flower from 

Rolled Flower by

Folded Flower by

Peony Template for Felt from

Folded Flower From

Fork Bow from

Spiral Felt Flower from

The tutorials that follow are ones that I put together, but still used other bloggers pics and some of their words.

Hairbow Tutorial from

 Burnt Edge Layered Flower 
Source Unknown

 Ruffle Flower from

Petaled Felt Flower from

Attaching a Flower to a Headband from

Created by Me

I search google for applique ideas, clip art and silhouettes and put together some printables that can be traces, things like elephants, flowers, owls, etc.

 These onesies were  found through google and

I hope you find these useful! Let me know if you do a similar craft night and how it went!

Feather Headband Tutorial

A feather headband is a whole lot easier than you think!

Here's what you'll need:
metal headband
ribbon or fabric to line the headband
feather pad (I got this one on I've also seen some at Hobby Lobby)
an embellishment of your choice: large button or gem, or fabric flower (I used my Oh Sew Easy fabric flower)

All you do is glue the ribbon on the headband with hot glue or wrap and glue some fabric on. Then hot glue the feather pad and embellishment on the headband and then cut a piece of felt to glue behind to help it be more secure.

You're done!
Happy crafting!

Rosette Headband

I made this headband yesterday and had to share.
I think it's almost as sweet as my little Claire Bear.

After making a rosette out of three different mediums (satin, lace and tulle),
I hot glued them on some felt, cut out around them and then made a second felt shape just smaller than the first and glued the headband between the two layers of felt
so it was nice and secure.

Oh Sew Easy Flower Tutorial

This is my newest way to make a fabric flower, and it's super easy!

Cut a strip of satin, or other "melt-able" fabric, about 1"-2" by 20"-30" (or wider and longer)
The bigger the width and length, the fluffier and bigger the flower.

Burn both edges of the strip with a candle or lighter.

To make gathering "Oh Sew Easy", set your stitch length to about 5 stitched per inch and adjust the tension really high. (Play with it by sewing on a scrap until you get it right.)

Fold the fabric in half with the shiny side out and sew right along the folded edge. Back stitch both at the start and the end. The stitch will gather it for you as you sew!

Once you have sewn the whole length it should be all curly,
all you have to do is twist, straighten and tighten it.

Make sure the front is looking good as you go along too.

Cut a small circle out of felt, or the same fabric with burnt edges to prevent fraying.
Put plenty of hot glue onto the bottom of the flower,
tuck the end piece in and press it onto the circle.

Ta Da! It's that easy.
Now all you have to do is use them, for a clip, headband,
or any other creative concoction you can muster.

Solution: Headband Storage

Since I cut my hair short, I have started wearing and making headbands and flowers of all kinds. I am really enjoying it, but I had a problem, they were all over my bathroom counter!

So I came up with a solution! I took an oatmeal container and modge podged fabric on it!

There is even a place to put my spray bottle and hair brush.

It was pretty simple. First, I measure the canister's length and circumference. I added about 1/2 inch to both lengths so I could over lap the width and fold under the bottom. I sewed ribbon on the fabric, about 1 inch apart across the width. (Mine ended up a little tight, you may want to leave a little extra length of ribbon between each stitching.) Then I put a layer of modge podge on the canister (with the paper wrapper taken off), placed the fabric on and put another layer of modge podge on top, avoiding the ribbon. That's it!
Here's the finished product:
A lot better than a mess on the counter.

Here are a couple of my favorite far. =)

Baby Leg Warmers

When I first heard of leg warmers for babies I thought it was just a silly, stylish fad, but when I was dressing my little girl for church on Sunday I was frustrated at all the layers!
Ruffle pants, tights and a onesie, all would have to be taken off/undone, just to change her diaper. Then I understood: warm legs, but one less layer to worry about.

I used Sew Much Ado's Tutorial to make her some leggings. I used girl sized socks instead of woman sized because her legs are so skinny. I found them at Target for $4.99 for two pairs. The leg warmers they were selling there were $9.99 each! It only took me 5 minutes to make them. I think I'll make some for my 5 year old too.
Thank you Sew Much Ado!

Ruffle-butt Onesie Dress and Reversible Bonnet Tutorial

If I have a girl, I will definitely be making some more of these.

I made this dress and bonnet for a friend of mine. I kind of made them up as I went along. I thought I'd share.

First, I sewed lace around the neckline and on the bum of the onesie, drawing and following lines just less than the width of the lace, above and below the top of the leg holes. This was thin lace so I did 5 rows.

Then I cut fabric to the length I wanted the skirt to be and 1 1/2 times the width of the onesie slightly stretched.
I used a large plate to round the edges to that the ruffles would show when I was finished.
Next I hemmed and trimmed the edge with lace and gathered the top edge.

Then I cut the onesie at the place I wanted the waist, sandwiched the fabric between the two onesie layers, making sure the right sides were together, and pinned all the way around, stretching the onesie slightly and loosening/tightening the gathers to be lined up.
I sewed the three layers together and added more lace to the waist.
It was very fun and simple to make.

For the bonnet:

You need:
~two fabrics, lined with interfacing measuring the width of the baby's head from jaw line to jaw line and from hairline to mid-back of head, plus 1 inch for seam allowances. I made mine 16" by 6" for a smaller baby (3-6 months?) 17.5 x 7 is a good size for 6-12 months. Add any trims you wish now.
~fabric for the Brim - two pieces, lined with interfacing, 3" by just shorter than the width of your bonnet. I made mine 3" by 15" (I think I even ended up cutting some width off so the brim didn't stick out as much). Round the corners using a plate or cup as a guide. Sew them right sides together, leaving the straight bottom open. Flip and press. Top stitch about 1/4" from sewn edge, just for a finished look.
~fabric for a Ruffle- 44" by 3" - fold in half, wrong sides together (the strip will then be 44" by 1 1/2"). Fold in and top stitch the small edges to enclose the raw edges (don't worry about the long part, it will be sewn into the bonnet). Sew a gathering stitch along the length of it and gather to just shorter than the length of the bonnet.
~60 inches of coordinating 3/8" grosgrain ribbon.

Layer the pieces together, brim/ruffle centered between the to rectangles.
Now only sew the top and bottom for the bonnet together, not the shorter edges.

You will end up with a tube that you flip right side out and press. Now fold and press in the sides about 1/4" making sure they line up really well with each other.
Now make a casing for the ribbon on the opposite side of the brim/ruffle, by sewing a line about 1/2" from the edge. You will thread 21" of the ribbon through this casing, pin a safety pin to the end of the ribbon and work it through. I like to sewn a few stitches right in the center of the bonnet so it won't slip out. It might look a little short right now, but it will be drawn up and you will have plenty to tie it in a bow.

Place 19" of ribbon on either side of the bonnet, just to the sides of the brim/ruffle, pin in place. Sew a top stitch down the two sides to secure the ribbons and finish the bonnet edge, do not sew onto the casing, the ribbon needs freedom to be gathered.
Burn the edges of the ribbon to prevent fraying, a quick swipe over a lighter is all it takes.
You will also want to top stitch along the brim/ruffle side for a finished look.

You are done! Just pull the back ribbon to gather it into a nice round head shape. Have fun playing with the brim folded back or left out and the reversibility!

(Example of one with a ruffle brim.)