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A Handmade Christmas: DIY Toddler Gifts

Are you joining me in committing to a handmade Christmas this year? I’ve found the absolute sweetest and most creative DIY ideas for toddler gifts! From easy homemade play dough to a super hero fort kit, these gifts would be exciting for any little one to receive.

A Handmade Christmas: DIY Toddler Gift Ideas by The DIY Mommy

  1. Baby Doll Accessories by Craftaholics Anonymous
  2. Homemade Playdough by Art Nest
  3. DIY Wipe-Down Aprons by Ruffles and Stuff
  4. Chalk cloth Table Topper by Noodlehead
  5. DIY Felt Board by The Busy Budgeting Mama
  6. Super Hero Fort Kit by Meg + Andy
  7. Old MacDonald Puppets by Just Another Day in Paradise
  8. Mini Colouring Tote by LBG Studio
  9. Magnetic Fishing Game by Blissfully Domestic

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

Commit to A Handmade Christmas This Year with The DIY MommyThis post is part of The DIY Mommy’s “A Handmade Christmas” series. Would you like to commit to giving handmade gifts (made by you or someone else) for Christmas this year? Join me by entering here!

DIY Crafts, DIY Parties & Holidays, DIY Sewing

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!

Commit to A Handmade Christmas This Year with The DIY MommyThis post is part of The DIY Mommy’s “A Handmade Christmas” series. Would you like to commit to giving handmade gifts (made by you or someone else) for Christmas this year? Join me by entering here!

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!

DIY Kids Activities, DIY Sewing

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape

by Christina Dennis

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

Dressing up is SUPER fun… especially when you can be a SUPER hero! We just had Thanksgiving this weekend (Canadian Thanksgiving!) and on holiday Monday, I made this simple and quick little monogrammed cape for my little girl. Afterwards, she took it for a spin by flying around our little acreage! I monogrammed the cape with her first initial to make it extra special.

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

The cape is reversible, and the monogram is optional. The neck fastens with velcro, so it’s easy for little fingers to put on and off. This is an excellent beginner’s sewing project and a fun dress-up box costume essential for any little boy or girl!

Materials:

  • 1 yard quilting cotton in pattern A
  • 1 1/4 yard quilting cotton in pattern B
  • 1″ velcro
  • applique adhesive paper

Directions:

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

Cut 1/4 yard of the 1 1/4 yard piece of fabric off and save for the monogram.

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

With each yard of fabric folded in half lengthwise, lay one on top of the other with the folds on the same side. Place an ice cream pail lid over the corner of the fabrics closest to the fold, with about 1/4 of the lid over the corner. Trace the curve and cut (for the neckline of the cape).

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

On the opposite side, cut a gentle curve going up from the center fold so that it ends about 4″ above the centre fold on the opposite side (see picture above). You could also use the bottom of a skirt or dress pattern as a guide for this curve if you don’t want to free-hand it. Then, draw a straight line from the end of this curve on a diagonally up to about 4″ from the neck hole (as shown above) and cut.

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

If you want to add a monogrammed initial to the cape, print out a large letter on paper from your computer, and use it as a pattern to cut the letter out of the remaining fabric and the adhesive paper.

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

Following the instructions on the adhesive paper’s label, iron the paper onto the letter, and then the letter onto the center back cape piece of the opposite pattern of fabric. I put my letter a little closer to the top of the cape. Satin stitch around the entire edge of the letter by machine, as shown above.

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

Pin the front and back cape pieces together, right sides facing one another. Sew all the way around (I used a serger, but you could use a regular machine with a 1/2″ seam allowance) leaving a 2″ opening for turning.

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

Turn the cape right side out, making sure the corners are pushed out fully, and topstitch the bottom curve to sew the opening shut (you can also topstitch the entire cape, but I thought just doing the bottom edge worked fine).

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

Cut the velcro into two 1″ squares, and sew onto the tops of the neckline “straps”. Sew on opposite sides, as shown above.

Sew a Monogrammed Superhero Cape by The DIY Mommy

Now, gift this special cape to your little superhero and teach them to fly!

Linked to: Sundae Scoop Link Party by I Heart Naptime

DIY Sewing

Sew Stroller & Carseat Strap Covers

by Christina Dennis

DIY Stroller & Carseat Strap Covers by The DIY Mommy

My little girlie is 9 months old now and she loves to ride in our stroller. She’s still a little slouchy though, and the straps that hold her in can dig into the side of her little neck – ouch! These sewn strap covers are very soft and super easy to sew. You can use scraps to make them and they can prevent carseat or stroller straps from rubbing baby’s neck.

Materials:

  • minkee/minky scraps (at least a 10′”x 10″ piece)
  • quilt batting or fleece scraps (at least a 5″ x 10″ piece)
  • 1″ wide velcro

Instructions:

DIY Stoller / Carseat Strap Covers by The DIY Mommy

Cut four 5″ x 5″ squares out of the minkee, two 5″ x 5″ squares out of the quilt batting or fleece and four 1″ x 1″ squares from the velcro.

DIY Stoller / Carseat Strap Covers by The DIY Mommy

Put one minkee piece on top of the other, right sides together. Place one batting/fleece piece on top of that. Pin all together. Sew 1/4″ from the edge all of the way around leaving a 2″ opening.

DIY Stoller / Carseat Strap Covers by The DIY Mommy

Turn the square right-side-out (with the minkee on each side) and stitch 1/4″ along the edge, closing the hole as you go. Stitch one velcro square (the “hook” side) to the upper right corner and one to the lower right corner. Flip the square over and repeat using “loop” sides of the velcro.

DIY Stoller / Carseat Strap Covers by The DIY Mommy

That’s all! You’re already finished your strap covers. To use them, simply wrap them around a carset or stroller strap, fastening the velcro at the back. The nice thing about using velcro is that you can adjust the width of the covers easily depending on the width of the straps you need them to cover. You now have nice, soft strap covers for your little one!

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 Home Decor, DIY Kids Activities, DIY Sewing

9 Favourite Back-To-School DIY Tutorials

by Christina Dennis

Well, August is just around the corner… then September… then back-to-school! I’ve rounded up 9 of my most favourite back-to-school DIY free tutorials on the web to start working on this month:

9 Favourite Back-to-School Tutorials by The DIY Mommy

  1. KID PANTS: The Basic Pant from by made What a great, free basic pant tutorial! Imagine these on your little guy or girl in a autumn-inspired plaid or houndstooth?
  2. Back To School Homework Caddy Tutorial by Sandy Toes & Popsicles This handy, bright DIY caddy would be perfect on a homework desk to store pencils and other school supplies.
  3. Vera Wang Inspired Tulle Trim Cardigan by Distractions How cute is this upcycled cardigan? The tulle and hearts are sweet for girls, or forget the tulle and add simple circle patches in faux leather for boys!
  4. Lunch Bag by The Long Thread A reusable lunch bag is the perfect back-to-school DIY project. There are so many sweet oil cloth fabrics available to make this in!
  5. Sail Away School Dress by At Second Street This adorable nautical-inspired two-piece dress would make a little girl so happy to wear back to school.
  6. DIY Nap Mat / Bedroll by Prudent Baby This is such a fantastic idea – an all-in-one pillow and mat for nap time at pre-school!
  7. Back to School Art Smock Tutorial by Sew Mama, Sew! What a cute and practical DIY tutorial for school – a washable art smock that’s perfect for any art project.
  8. Owl Tag Along Toddler Backpack by Cut to Pieces This adorable and thorough backpack tutorial is so sweet with the little owl details!
  9. Magnetic Back To School Magnetic Memo Chalkboard Tutorial with Bunting by The Gunny Sack A memo board like this would be handy by a front door or mudroom. I love the bunting detail!

Have fun with back-to-school DIY’s this year! (Have I missed any fabulous free back-to-school tutorials for kids? Please link to them in the comments below.)

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.

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