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Sew an Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy
DIY Home Decor, DIY Sewing

Sew an Easy Beginner’s Baby Quilt

Sew an Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy

Quilts are so beautiful. I’ve always admired people that can make gorgeous quilts with intricate piecing and meticulous machine-work.

For my handmade Christmas this year, I decided to make a quilt for my one year old daughter. I’m a super-newbie quilter, so I thought it would be wise to start with something very simple and beginner-ish for my first “real” quilt. I found an absolutely adorable fabric panel that I instantly fell in love with and new it would be the perfect thing to make my beginner’s baby quilt with. The colours are some of my favourites (turquoise, yellow, orange, green and pink) and they’re just the scheme I’m dreaming of using when our new house is built and my littlest has her very own room (we’re both really excited about the prospect, I’m sure)!

Here’s what I did and what you can do too if you’re just starting the journey into Quilting World like I am. I found this quilt mostly quite easy (with only a little seam ripping – I’ll explain) and the end product is beautiful. I hope my Baby A loves her Christmas gift!

Materials:

Directions:

Sew and Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy

Wash & dry all of your fabrics before beginning. Cut a piece of the reverse fabric to match the size of the front panel. Cut your binding fabric into 2 1/4″ wide strips that are as long as the fabric is wide (44″). You’ll need 3 of these strips if using the same panel I used. Otherwise, measure the perimeter of your fabric panel to see how many strips you need for the binding.

Sew an Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy

Someone on my Facebook page suggested that I use spray adhesive instead of pins to secure my quilt layers together and I thought that was a fabulous idea. Here’s how I did it…

I started with the reverse side. I laid my piece of quilt batting on the floor, and then laid my reverse piece of fabric over it (right side up) and smoothed it out. I folded the bottom half up (as shown in the picture above) and sprayed the fabric adhesive spray as per it’s directions on to the quilt batting. Then, I unfolded the half of the reverse fabric and smoothed it back over the batting, patting it gently down. I repeated this process with the other half.

Sew an Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy

When the adhesive is dry, flip the quilt over and repeat this method with the front panel side (spraying the adhesive onto the batting layer). When the glue is dry you’re ready to start quilting!

Sew an Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy

The awesome thing about making a quilt with a fabric panel is that you don’t have to piece anything together – the work is done for you! Simply stitch through all of the layers where you think makes the most sense. Another bonus about this quilt? A baby size is a great size to start with on a standard machine – less fabric bulk to move around.

With this panel, I stitched around the large circles and the middle diamond shapes, and then on both sides of the outer border.

I found it helped to go slowly and keep my stitches on the smaller side. I held the fabric taught with my hands, but didn’t pull it too hard so that it wouldn’t stretch.

Sew an Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy

The hardest part for me was quilting the vertical sides. By the time I’d get 2/3 of the way down, my fabric had pulled a little and the square was skewed (fabric stretches more along this grain line). I ended up having to seam rip the two bottom sides and stitch them both again, going very slowly and carefully. I even had to make very miniscule tucks to make the piece square again because the fabric had stretched. I don’t notice them now that the quilt is done, but if anyone has any tips on how to prevent this happening I’d love to hear them in the comments! My only thought is that next time I’ll make sure there is more glue on the sides and I stitch at a slower pace.

Sew an Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy

After you’re done quilting to your liking, Trim the sides of the quilt. I left a scant 1/8″ – 1/4″ of the orange border on this panel because I knew I wanted my pink binding to cover it completely.

Sew an Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy

To make the binding, sew all of the binding strips together (wrong sides together with a 1/4″ seam). Fold the binding in half lengthwise and press.

Sew an Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy

Start sewing the binding to the quilt in the middle of a side. Line up the raw edge of the binding with the raw edge of the quilt, leave a couple of inches (you’ll use this to join the binding together at the end) and stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Sew an Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy

When you approach a corner, sew until you are 1/4″ from the edge. Backstitch and remove the needle. Fold the binding as shown above (there will be a triangle of folded binding underneath this fold) and then begin stitching again on the new side (as shown above). iCandy Handmade explains how to bind a quilt in wonderful detail if you need more help.

Sew an Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy

When you get to the end, stop sewing about an inch from where you began. Trim the binding so that it overlaps a couple of inches. Fold on end inward about 1/2″, and tuck the other end inside. Pin and sew to the quilt.

Sew an Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy

Now you’re almost done – there’s just some relaxing hand-stitching to go! This was honestly my favourite part because I could relax and watch TV at night while I stitched with my feet up. Ahhhh!

Turn the binding around the edge of the quilt to the back, and hand stitch it as above (it should cover the machine stitches you’ve made). Miter the corners as you go to make them nice and crisp (I hand stitched the mitered corners shut and also stitched the join of the binding shut).

Sew an Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy

After you’re done, you can wash the entire quilt as I did to give it that gorgeous handmade, puckery, quilty look.

Isn’t it so very sweet? I just love the finished quilt!

Sew an Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy

It’s a simple little quilt, but it’s pretty and fresh and it only took me a day to sew.

Sew an Easy Beginner's Baby Quilt by The DIY Mommy

I’m going to wrap it up and put it under our Christmas tree for my precious Baby A. She can play on it and cuddle with it as we wait for her new nursery to be finished (along with our new home)! I think it will be a great starting piece to work off of for her nursery decor.

Do you have any excellent quilting tips? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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A Handmade Christmas: DIY Baby Gifts

Christmas is in 7 weeks; can you believe it? It’s week one of our “A Handmade Christmas” commitment, and I’ve put together some fun and simple ideas for DIY baby Christmas presents. All of these are practical (soft toys, blankets and clothing) and fairly straight forward to craft or sew.

A Handmade Christmas: 9 Favourite Christmas Gifts for Baby by The DIY Mommy

  1. Happy Cloud Baby Toy by ReFabulous
  2. No Sew Fleece Blanket by A Chelsea Morning
  3. “I Am Loved” Onesie by The DIY Mommy
  4. Baby Mittens by Speckled Owl Studio
  5. Bandana Bib by The Purl Bee
  6. Baby Owl Plushie by Homelife
  7. Ribbon Loop Blanket by The DIY Mommy
  8. Wooly Owl Hat by Slugs on the Refridgerator
  9. Baby Necktie by The DIY Mommy

Do you have a baby in your life that you’re planning to make something for this Christmas? Please comment below!

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DIY Crafts, DIY Parties & Holidays, DIY Sewing

9 Favourite DIY Baby & Kid’s Costumes

by Christina Dennis

One of my favourite things to DIY are costumes and dress-up clothes for my daughter. They’re so fun to dream up and I even find them fun to sew. You can use so much imagination when sewing and crafting children’s costumes – bright colours, fun trims, shine, glitz, dimension… you can use them all and it’s OK! With Halloween on it’s way, I’m sharing with you nine of my recent absolute favourite baby and kid’s DIY costumes. These are simply too adorable not to share, and most of them are fairly easy to make. Are you ready to get your cutie-pie craft on?

9 Favourite DIY Baby & Kid's Costumes from The DIY Mommy

  1. Carl from “Up” by Auburn Soul Photography
  2. DIY Peacock Tutu by The Train to Crazy
  3. Superman Costume by Kara’s Creative Place
  4. Mary Poppins Costumes from Make It And Love It
  5. Princess Dress by The DIY Mommy
  6. No Sew Cupcake Costume by Lemon Tree Creations
  7. Bird Wing Costume by Llevo el invierno
  8.  Toddler and Baby Football Costume by The Macs
  9. Red Riding Hood Costumes by Make It and Love It

I’ve included one of my costume tutorials in this list (the Princess Dress), but you can also find tutorials for a Tinkerbell Costume, a Superhero Cape and a Strawberry Shortcake Costume here on The DIY Mommy.

What is the most adorable baby or kid’s DIY costume that you’ve ever seen?

DIY Home Decor

Sew a Boutique Blanket – For Baby!

by Christina Dennis

Sew a Boutique Blanket for Baby by The DIY Mommy - Tips & tricks for choosing baby-friendly fabrics and sewing with minky

This post on how to sew a generously fluffy boutique blanket has been quite popular for the last few months, and I’ve also received a few questions via comments and emails on how this blanket would work for babies (as a great shower gift, perhaps).

When it comes to baby & toddler blankies, I think it’s important that they not only be soft but washable and sturdy as well. While the fabric I used in this tutorial is wonderful for a living room throw or a master bedroom accent blanket, I like to use quilting cotton instead of decor cotton for the primary side of a blanket like this. Here is my suggested method on how to slightly tweak the boutique blanket to make it a boutique blanket perfect for a baby!

Materials:

  • 1 yard 100% cotton quilting  fabric (pre-wash it so that it doesn’t shrink later!)
  • 1 yard polyester minkee (minky) fabric
  • thread
  • a rotary cutter, mat and large ruler are helpful but not necessary

I purchased my fabric for this project from fabric.com:

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I make all of my baby blankets to measure about 35 inches wide by 29 inches long (which uses up almost a yard of cotton quilting fabric nicely and then you can use one yard of minkee for two blankets because it’s 60″ wide).

Directions:

Follow all of the directions for the Boutique Blanket. Optional: Sew an extra line of stitching 2″ inside the topstitched line, as shown in the picture below.

Sew a Boutique Blanket for Baby from The DIY Mommy - Tips on choosing baby-friendly fabric and sewing with minky

These cuddly blankets make a beautiful gift for a new little baby bundle and they’re fun and easy to sew! If you’ve sewn a cotton + minkee blanket like the one in the original Boutique Blanket post or like one shown here, please comment and let me know how you found working with the fabrics together. I love to see all of your projects!

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy
DIY Kids Activities, DIY Sewing

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top

by Christina Dennis

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

My good friend asked me to help her make a Tinkerbell fairy costume for her little girl’s fourth birthday. We started with a gorgeous little green tutu made by Whimsical Elements, picked up some bright green satin from a local fabric shop, and she also snagged a $6 extra small women’s tank top in green. I ended up altering the top and making a little leaf apron skirt to tie over the tutu. I was happy with the results, and my little girlie was more than happy to model the outfit! Here’s how I did it and how you can too:

Materials:

  • 1 yard satin (for leaves on top and for leaf apron skirt)
  • tutu
  • child’s or women’s small tank top

Directions:

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

From the satin, cut out a front and back for 4 large petal shapes (mine were 8″ by 7″ and I eyeballed the shape) and 3 smaller petal shapes (mine were 8″ by 7″). Cut out a 6″ wide strip across the entire width of the fabric (your fabric will probably be 54″ to 60″ wide) for the sash.

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

Put the petal pieces right sides together, and sew around the two sides. Turn over & press.

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

Press the 6″ wide strip in half lengthwise wrong sides together, and then press the two raw, long edges in 1/2″.

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

Arrange the larger leaves side-by-side with the top raw edges aligned. Place the smaller leaves on top, over where the larger leaves meet, as pictured above. Pin in place and sew together about 1/4″ from the raw edge.

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

Measure your child’s waist to find out how long you want the waistband of the leaf apron to be, and then gather the tops of the leaves to fit. In this case, I wanted the skirt to measure 21″ long.

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

Tuck the leaves about 1/2″ into the waistband you’ve previously folded and pressed. Pin (a lot) because satin is slippery!

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

Press the short ends of the waistband inwards and press (so there are no raw edges showing on the ends of what will be the tie). Sew the layers together with a topstitch about 1/4″ from the open fold of the waistband, sew the tie ends shut at the same time (as shown below).

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

For a matching top, find a green tank top that’s your child’s size (if not, you can do what I did and alter a women’s small tank top by taking in the shoulders and sides). Make small leaves in the same manner as the large leaves made for the skirt (mine measured about 2″ by 3″). Pin them together side-by-side, gather them, and then turn the raw edges in, pin, and stitch to the neckline as pictured above.

Sew a Tinkerbell Skirt & Top by The DIY Mommy

To wear, simply have your girlie slip on the tank top and a tutu and tie the leaf apron over top. Cuteness!

DIY Home Decor

Make Embroidered Baby Mittens for $1

By Christina Dennis

Make Embroidered Baby Mittens for $1 by The DIY Mommy

I saw these little grey, stretchy baby mittens at Walmart for $0.60 cents and I had an idea:

Make Embroidered Baby Mittens for $1 by The DIY Mommy

They were little and sweet, but very plain and needed a little embellishment for my baby girl! I’ve never embroidered before, but I had some happy-coloured scraps of yarn that I thought would look so sweet as little flowers on these mitts.

Embroider Baby Mittens by The DIY Mommy

I found this great, simple video on how to embroider flowers and used a pink scrap of yarn and my big plastic yarn needle to make one in the centre of a mitt.

Embroider Baby Mittens for $1 by The DIY Mommy

I decided on a whim to add more petals in the spaces between the previous petals in a contrasting blue colour (instead of adding more individual flowers).

Embroider Baby Mittens for $1 by The DIY Mommy

A third layer of petals, now with green yarn, goes between the blue petals.

Embroider Baby Mittens for $1 by The DIY Mommy

Finally, I stitched a layer of white petals between the blue ones, as pictured above. The design is simple but pretty and I think it livens up these wee mittens so much!

Embroider Baby Mittens for $1 by The DIY Mommy

I think these mittens would make such a cute shower gift for a winter baby and the best thing is that they cost less than a dollar to make between the 60 cent mittens and the scraps of yarn! I think that they’ll keep my little one’s hands warm and toasty this winter in handmade style.

Embroider Baby Mittens for $1 by The DIY Mommy

DIY Sewing

Sew a One Yard Chevron Dress

by Christina Dennis

I’m loving all things chevron lately (the retro-inspired zig-zag pattern) and my 3 year old daughter has a big thing for dresses. I thought I’d combine our two current loves and make a simple little girl’s dress for the summer! I purchased one yard of fabric and used almost every bit with hardly any waste (only the few inches I chopped off the straps). One yard of fabric could make a dress for a young baby (there would be extra fabric, then) all the way up to a size 5T (the dress would be shorter, then). This is a very easy project with tied shoulder straps, an elastic waist and sweet ruffle detailing on the hem – perfect for a summer picnic!

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

Materials:

Directions:

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and then cut (I used a rotary cutter, ruler and mat since they’re all squares):

  • two 2 1/2 strips all the way down the lengthwise edge of your fabric for dress straps
  • using remaining width, cut four 5″ rectangles widthwise for ruffles (on folded edge)
  • the remaining rectangle will be for the main dress piece (I used it exactly as-is for my 3 year old, but you could cut it shorter if required for a younger child – just measure your child from her underarm to where you want the hem of the dress to fall and subtract 2.5 inches to account for the ruffle minus the seam allowances & elastic casing)

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

Cut the main dress ruffle in half lengthwise, along the fold, so that you have a front and a back. Gather the tops of two of your ruffle pieces (I adjust the tension on my serger and gather that way, but you can also use a long running stitch on a regular machine and then pull a thread to gather). Adjust the gather so that the ruffles are the same length as the bottom of each dress piece. Sew one ruffle to the bottom of one dress piece, right sides together. Repeat with second dress piece.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

With right sides together, sew the dress pieces together at the side seams from top of the dress to the bottom of the ruffle.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

To make a casing for your upper elastic, seam finish the upper edge of the dress with a serger or fold it over 1/4″ from right side to wrong side. Fold it over 1 1/4″, press and pin in place, and then stitch to form a casing. Leave a 1″ opening to thread your elastic through. To make a casing for the waist elastic, measure your child from their underarm to their waistline (my 3 year old was about 5″) and then mark the wrong side of your fabric with this measurement using  a straight edge. Sew a piece of ribbon or bias tape along this marking, stitching it at the top and bottom and leaving enough space to thread the 1/4″ elastic through. Leave a 1″ opening.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

Measure your child’s chest circumference and cut the 1″ elastic 1/2″ longer than this measurement. Thread the 1″ elastic through the upper casing. Stitch the ends together, and then stitch the opening closed. To keep the elastic from rolling, stitch another line about 1/4″ from the top of the casing, though the casing and elastic. Measure your child’s waist circumference and cut the 1/4″ elastic 1/2″ longer than this measurement.Thread the 1/4″ elastic through the waist casing. Stitch the ends together; stitch the opening closed.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

Finish the bottom edge of the ruffled hem by using a rolled hem on your serger as I did, or folding the hem over twice at 1/4″ and sewing with a regular sewing machine.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

Sew the remaining two ruffle pieces together, right sides together at the short ends to form a bit loop. Seam finish the long edges using a rolled hem on your serger, or folding over twice at 1/4″ and stitching. Using a long running stitch, sew a basting stitch about 1/2″ from one edge of the ruffle all around the loop. Slide the loop over the bottom of the dress and position it as pictured above (so that it overlaps the lower ruffle by about an inch). Gather the ruffle by pulling on a thread, ensuring that it is gathered to the same width as the dress. Pin in place and then sew over your gathered stitch line to attach to the dress.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

To make the tied straps, cut both strap pieces in half widthwise. You may want to trim the straps a few inches if you don’t want a long tie/big bow (I trimmed mine about 4″ each). Fold both short ends of each piece under about 1/4″ from right to wrong side and press. Fold each piece in half lengthwise and press. Open them up again, and fold each side in to meet the crease you made in the middle. Fold in half again and press, as pictured above. Sew around each strap about 1/4″ from the edge.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

Pin the straps to the upper elastic casing of the dress, about 1/2″ from the top (straps on the inside). I pinned mine about 4″ from the sideseam, as pictured above. Sew in place, sewing over the stitch line you made previously on the elastic casing (this hides the stitches). Tie the straps together at the shoulders.

One Yard Chevron Dress Tutorial by The DIY Mommy

You’re already finished! Have your little girl try it on and have a tea party on the lawn!

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Crafts, DIY Kids Activities

Make a No-Sew Splat Mat

By Christina Dennis

When babies begin eating solids, they’re SO messy! No matter how many bibs you put on them or how high their high chair, food will make it’s way to the ground. Also messy? A busy little toddler who loves to paint, to colour and to snack. I have one of each type of mess-maker and I’ve found the perfect, easy solution – a “splat mat” (or “messy mat”)!

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

I can place this wipeable, machine-washable mat underneath my baby’s high chair or on the floor for my toddler to snack or craft on. This is such a simple DIY project, and I’ve created a way to make an adorable, unique splat mat that requires NO SEWING!

Materials:

  • 1 yard laminated cotton fabric (I used  Anna Maria Horner LouLouthi Laminated Cotton Summer Totem Tart)
  • 4 yards double-folded bias tape (I accidentally bought single-fold, so I had to iron it again to make it folded on both sides – oops!)
  • permanent fabric glue (I found mine at Walmart)
  • a plastic lid and Q-tips

Directions:

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

You’ll need to cut a piece of your laminated cotton that is exactly a yard square (36″ x 36″). If your ends are cut straight, you can fold them up to the sides as pictured and cut the excess off the top. Use a ruler/square if you need to to get the square absolutely straight.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Align the sides of a round lid to the sides of your fabric’s corners. Trace the rounded edge and cut to create rounded corners on your mat.

You now have a square piece of fabric with rounded corners.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

The fabric glue I purchased stated that I could not apply it directly (check yours for instructions), so I put some in a lid and used q-tips to apply it to my fabric which worked really well. However the instructions on your fabric glue tell you, apply fabric glue to the underside edge of your bias tape – as close to the fold as you can (as pictured above). I applied the glue in about 6″ increments.

 

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Beginning in the center of one of the sides of your fabric square, gently slide the bias tape under the laminated cotton, lining up the center of the bias tape with the edge of the laminated cotton. Gently press the laminated cotton onto the bias tape and smooth it with your finger to eliminate any air bubbles.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Now, apply glue to the other side of your folded bias tape, close to the edge of the opposite fold (another 6 inches or so). Fold the tape over the edge of the laminated cotton and press & smooth with your finger.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Repeat this procedure in 6″ increments until you reach a corner. I found it easiest to apply glue to the bias tape that would reach around the entire corner. The trick to getting the corner bias tape nice and smooth is to pull the bias tape gently as you smooth it around the laminated cotton corner. This keeps the tape from puckering.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

When you are about 6″ away from the start of your bias taping, cut the remaining end of the tape to be about 2″ longer than where the tape ends should meet. Open the tape up completely, and then fold down about 1/2″ of the end of the tape to the wrong side and glue into place. Re-fold the tape as before.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Glue the remaining bias tape down as before. You’ll have a nice, neat finish with no raw edges showing.

That’s it – you’ll all done this simple project! Use your messy mat around the house for easy clean-up! You can wipe it or machine wash it when it gets extra messy.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Sewing

Sew Boutique Soother Clips

by Christina Dennis

If your baby’s anything like mine, soothers pop out of her mouth constantly and they are always hitting the floor. When I had my first baby, it was hard to find cute-looking soother clips to keep soothers from dropping, so I decided to make my own! Here’s my original fabric soother clip design and I’ve updated it with some adorable ruffles and/or a flower brooch embellishment. Here’s how to make one for your baby (they also make great baby shower gifts)!

Sew Boutique Soother Clips from The DIY Mommy

Materials:

  • a scrap of cotton quilting fabric (at least 4″ wide by 12″ long, with an extra 2″ wide by 24″ long strip if you want to make the ruffle or flower embellishment)
  • one 1″ wide metal suspender/pacifier clip (search Etsy for some in their “supplies” category!)
  • one pearl snap (search Etsy for some in their “supplies” category!)
  • a pair of snap pliers (to fasten the snap pieces to the soother clip strap)

Directions:

Sew Boutique Soother Clips from The DIY Mommy

Cut a piece of fabric that measures 4″ wide by 12″ long. I find a hard ruler and a rotary cutter works really well to get straight, square measurements. Turn the short ends over to the wrong side about 1/4″ and press.

Sew Boutique Soother Clips from The DIY Mommy

Fold the piece in half with the long sides meeting and press. Open the piece back up (this center crease will act as a mark), and then fold each long side to the center with the edge meeting the center crease. Press each side.

Sew Boutique Soother Clips from The DIY Mommy

Fold the piece in half the long way again. Press. You will have a 1″ wide by about 11 1/2″ long piece of folded fabric.

Sew around the entire perimeter of the fabric strap approximately 1/4″ from the edge. Attach the suspender/pacifier clip to one end by folding about 1/2″ of the fabric through the suspender clip base and sewing. (I like to sew back and forth a few times here for durability!)

Attach the pearl snap to the other end using snap pliers. I fold the snapped end about 2″ so that there’s lots of room for a pacifier to fit through. Here’s a helpful tutorial on how to attach pearl snaps.

If you want a plain soother clip, you’re done! Enjoy!

If you want to add a ruffle embellishment, here’s how:

Sew a Boutique Soother Clip from The DIY Mommy

Cut a piece of fabric that’s approximately 2″ wide by 24″ long. Turn it in half lengthwise, right sides together and sew together 1/4″ from the raw edge to form a tube.

Sew a Boutique Soother Clip from The DIY Mommy

Turn the tube right-side-out (I use a knitting needle!) and press with the seam placed on the center back. Sew a long, running stitch down the middle of the tube and pull the ends to gather the tube into a long ruffle that’s the 1″ more than the length of the soother clip (from the base of the suspender clip to the top of the pearl snap).

Turn the top and bottom ends of the tube about 1/2″ to the back and sew the ruffle to the soother clip, sewing down the center directly over the long running stitch.

If you want to add a flower embellishment, here’s how:

Use this tutorial to make a rolled flower out of a strip of fabric and then hand stitch it securely to the top of the fabric strap, covering the base of the metal suspender clip.

Sew Boutique Soother Clips from The DIY Mommy

I find making these clips assembly line style works really well if you want to make several at a time (cut them all out at once, press them all at once, sew them all at once). Make a few of these adorable, boutique soother clips for your baby and then a bunch more for baby gifts!

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Sewing

Sew a Baby Necktie

by Christina Dennis

Little neckties are so cute on babies and toddlers! They’re such a fun way to dress up a plain white tee or shirt with a pop of colour and whimsy. This tie design features a velcro neckpiece that can be adjusted as Baby grows from 6 months to 3 years and over. Here’s how to make one for your little guy:

Materials:

  • 1/4 yard of cotton quilting fabric
  • 1″ wide velcro

(My favourite place to buy cute fabric for projects like this is Fabric.com.)Continue reading

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