Sew an easy ruffled dust ruffle - just use pre-ruffled fabric!
DIY Sewing

Sew an Easy Ruffled Crib Dust Ruffle

Okay, the title of this post sounds horribly redundant (a ruffled dust ruffle), but there are some dust ruffles that aren’t ruffly at all. Right? Right. Today, I want to share with you how I made the simplest, cutest dust ruffle featuring rows of mini ruffles for Baby B’s crib. I think it looks so cute and detailed, but it was a really easy project – one that’s completely doable with a new baby in the house!Continue reading

Soft Boho Baby Nursery by The DIY Mommy
DIY Home Decor

Less Is More: What I’ve Learned About Nursery Nesting After 3 Babies #SearsMom

Baby B is *kind of * sleeping through the night now. It feels wonderful. Sure, I love those soft and quiet moments with only her as I nurse her in the stillness of 2 am, but I also love sleeping. I love the feeling of a clear head that I have after a good night’s sleep. I feel like I have more patience with all three children when I have a good sleep. It’s a welcome change after so much newborn-induced sleeplessness! Now that Baby B is 7 weeks old, I’m reflecting on how quickly the newborn stage goes and has gone with all three of my children. It’s gone in a blink, and all of the sudden they’re toddlers. Then, they’re on their way to kindergarten like my oldest is this fall!Continue reading

Sew a 3-in-1 Nursing Cover, Stroller Shade and Carseat Canopy
DIY Sewing

Sew a 3-in-1 Nursing Cover, Carseat Canopy and Stroller Shade

The more babies I have, the more I realize that less is more when it comes to baby gear. If I can use one item for a number of uses, I’m all over it. That’s why I invented this 3-in-1 “super blankie” (as I used to call it when I sold it through Golly Gee Baby) a few years ago. It’s a simple blanket with a clip-on, adjustable strap, but I use it for everything – especially when I have a newborn. Using it again now that I have Baby B, I’m realizing how much I love this thing and I thought I’d share with you how to make one too!
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How to sew super absorbent DIY nursing pads that actually work! There's a special fabric inner layer.
DIY Pregnancy, DIY Sewing, Health & Beauty, Life

Sew Super Absorbent Nursing Pads

With Baby Three coming in three weeks (or less?!), I’m in full prep mode. I still have a relatively long list of things I’d love to make for her, but I’m at least trying to get the essentials finished before she arrives. One of those essentials? Handmade, reusable nursing pads that are SUPER absorbent! I’ve used many kinds of nursing pads in the past from disposable to purchased cotton flannel ones, but I wanted to make some that were the best combination of the ones I’ve tried. I think these will definitely fit the bill!Continue reading

DIY Crafts, DIY Kids Activities, Free Printables

A “Busy Bag” Swap Party (with tons of great links to toddler busy bag ideas!)

Last Friday, I packed up my kidlets and headed off to our local McDonald’s to meet up with a group of moms & toddlers for a Toddler “Busy Bag” Swap party! The party was the brain child of my friend Jenni who got the initial idea from this blog post. It was an absolute blast and we came home with a bag full of fun little handmade activities that both my girls (aged 4 and 1) loved!

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Here’s the idea: a group of moms (we had 11 and I wouldn’t go with any more than that) each picked a different type of busy bag to make (from ideas on the web) and made 11 of the same one. A busy bag is a self-contained activity for a toddler or pre-schooler that’s easy to transport, inexpensive to make, and re-usable. Jenni set our cost limit at $20 for the 11 bags (so it was completely affordable for everyone) and we chatted over Facebook to make sure we didn’t make the same ones.

We met for coffee and a playdate at McDonald’s (who graciously supplied us with free beverages and reserved tables in their newly renovated and cleaned Playplace area – thank you!), laid the bags out on tables, and then we each grabbed one of each of the different busy bags. I was amazed at all of the hard work and creativity that went into these activities – they were all just fantastic.

Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

The result? A super-fun playdate and a whole bunch of unique, new games to play that were made with such thought and attention to detail.

I’d definitely recommend organizing this with a group of your own crafty friends. What a cool idea!

Here are the busy bags we were so happy to come home with (and the links to their tutorials so that you can make them yourself):

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Tamara and Heather made these amazing Eye Spy Fish (they partnered on this one since it was more complex).

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Candace made this adorable animal matching puzzle with foam sheets, foam stickers and velcro.

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Naphtali made these cute Popsicle Stick Puzzles.

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Jenni made these fun Lacing Cards.

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Robin made this great Mr. Potato Head  velcro activity.

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Tara made an educational Object Match with Outline game.

Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Jen made a Pushing Puffballs activity.

Colour Matching Felt Board - Toddler Busy Bag Swap Party - The DIY Mommy

Lynn made a wonderful colour matching game from felt.

Road Map Busy Bag by The DIY Mommy - Free Printable!

I made some mini road maps.

Aren’t these all so fun? My girls have already spent several hours playing with these over the weekend, and the best part was that there were activities that were suitable for both of them.

I encourage you to host your own Busy Bag Swap with your crafty mommy friends and see how much fun you (and your kids) will have! Thanks again to my friend Jenni and to McDonald’s in Spruce Grove for making this such a great success!

DIY Sewing

Sew A Simple Change Mat Cover

Sew a Simple Change Mat Cover by The DIY Mommy

Sometimes I like to spend a lot of time on DIY projects, and sometimes I just want to make them as simple as possible and get them done.

This easy minky change mat cover was one of the latter kinds of projects. I made it before Baby A was born, and I completely forgot to share it until now (almost a year and a half later)! I still use this DIY change pad cover daily. It’s washable, it’s comfortable, and it didn’t take me long at all to sew. It’s basically a small fitted sheet – without mitered corners. Here’s how I did it:



  1. Measure your change pad from side to side, making sure to add the height of the outside and inside edges. Add 2″. This will be the width of the piece of fabric you’ll need to cut.
  2. Repeat with the length of the changepad, using this measurement as the length of fabric that needs to be cut.
  3. Cut a piece of minkee to this measurement, and then round the corners (I use an ice cream pail lid).
  4. Fold the edges from right side to wrong side about 1/2″ and pin. You can pleat the corners a little to make this work. Sew the edges down, ensuring that there’s at least a 1/4″ casing for the elastic. Leave a 1″ hole.
  5. Cut a piece of elastic that’s appoximately 2/3 the circumference of your changemat. Thread it through the casing, sew its ends together, and then sew the casing hole shut.
  6. Your done! It’s a simple cover, but it’s quick and it’s easy to remove when it needs to be washed. You can make a couple so that you’ll always have one on hand.

Sew a Simple Change Mat Cover by The DIY Mommy

Sidenote: Here’s darling Baby A at only two days old. How small is she?! Is is just me, or does the second baby seem to grow up at lightening speed?

Sew a Simple Change Mat Cover by The DIY Mommy

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