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DIY Home Decor, DIY Sewing

Sew an Easy Herringbone Baby Quilt

I am by no means a quilter, but I think that every baby needs a special quilt that was made just for them. They’re so lovely to snuggle in and they make a wonderful heirloom for Baby to keep as they grow. I’m a huge fan of quilts that are a little bit modern, a little bit whimsical, and one’s that are simple to make. Because I don’t have any “pro quilter” equipment, an easy pattern is essentialĀ  – and the small size of a baby quilt really helps too!
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DIY Sewing, Life

Video Tutorial: Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf

One of the most popular tutorials on The DIY Mommy (and one of my most favourite DIY gifts to make!) is the 15 minute infinity scarf. It’s a really simple project to sew, and such a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe. I’ve been asked a couple of times to post a video to clarify some of the steps in this tutorial, so during naptime today I did! I hope you find this video helpful when you make your own infinity scarves. These are really fantastic for Christmas gifts!Continue reading

DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

Make Chevron & Sticker Quote Wall Art

If you can paint between two lines and wield a small paint roller, you can make this easy & inexpensive chevron + sticker quote wall art!

All you require is a canvas (any size you prefer), acrylic paints (I picked mine up at our local crafts store for $1 each) a craft paint brush, some letter stickers and a small foam paint roller and you’re ready to make some DIY unique art for your home. This would look adorable in a nursery or even over a mantel!Continue reading

DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

Make Decoupage Fabric Coasters

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

DIY drink coasters have been popping up all over Pinterest and the web lately and I think they’re great! What a fun way to incorporate your decor scheme into your table/coffee settings.

I picked up some inexpensive coasters at a dollar store and used up some scraps of extra fabric I had in my stash to make a few coasters to match my living room’s colour scheme. These lovely, simple coasters in yellow chevron and a turquoise graphic print turned out great and they were so easy to make. My 4 year old helped me with most of it!

Supplies:

  • ceramic coasters that you want to cover (or, you could use ceramic tiles and glue felt squares on the back)
  • scraps of fabric (cotton decor fabric was used in this tutorial)
  • Mod Podge
  • foam brush
  • white paper or fabric (if your covering fabric is a little see-through)

Directions:

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

Using the coasters as a pattern, cut out square pieces of fabric (with sharp scissors or a rotary cutter). If the fabric is see-through, cut out some more squares out of white paper or white fabric.

Apply a thin layer of decoupage onto your coaster’s top (this is an fun project for children)!

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

My white & yellow chevron fabric was a little see-through and my original coasters were dark, so I had to apply a piece of white paper first. My daughter did this part, and then she even did the next step – applying another thin layer of Mod Podge over the paper (let it dry before moving on to the next step).

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

Apply a square of fabric in the same manner, smoothing it out well. Let it dry completely.

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

Apply a thin layer of decoupage over the fabric. Let it dry, and then apply one final coat.

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

The Mod Podge will appear milky before it dries, but will dry to a smooth, clear finish.

After the coasters are completely dry, trim off any uneven edges of the fabric square if necessary.

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

All done! Enjoy a Chai Tea Latte on your new coasters (or gift them to a friend for their housewarming)!

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 usingĀ  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 Home Decor

Make a Mail Holder Bulletin Board

By Christina Dennis

I’m not a very good housekeeper and when it comes to organizing bits of paper and mail around the home, I’m terrible at it! I’m slowly trying to put together a little corner in my house to collect random things like mail, pens, phones etc. I installed a small corner shelf in a spot by my back door and then made this easy bulletin board that doubles as a mail holder to hang above it. It’s a simple project that requires no sewing and very few supplies!

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Supplies:

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Directions:

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Cut the top 2″ off of an ice cream bucket. This will help keep the pocket on your mail holder nice and stiff and you’re repurposing something!

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Lay the plastic strip across your bulletin board’s width and determine where you’ll need to cut it to make the top of the pocket. I cut mine so that there was approximately a 2″ rise in the center (from the board to the plastic strip). Also make sure the ends of the strip curve over the sides of the bulletin board and are flush with the back. Cut the strip.

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Lay your bulletin board right-side-down on your fabric, and cut your fabric to size. Make sure you have enough fabric on all sides to pull over the side and back edge of the board (leaving extra fabric is always better than cutting it too small)!

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Using a glue gun, pull the fabric taut around the front of the board to the back and glue it down on the back edge. To glue the corners down, fold them as pictured above, and then fold them again along the second angle before continuing on.

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

The covered bulletin board will look like this, above – how cute! You could use it as-is, but adding this little pocket takes this board to the next level…

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Cut a piece of fabric that is as long as your plastic piece + enough to wrap around the sides of your bulletin board and as high as you want the pocket to be (I made mine about half the height of the board) + enough to wrap around the bottom of your bulletin board + 2 1/2″ to wrap around the plastic strip. Glue about 1/2″ of the fabric, with the right side of it down, to one edge of the strip. When the glue is dry, fold the fabric down so that the right side is showing (as pictured above). Leave an equal amount of fabric on each side of the strip; this is what you’ll use to fold over and glue to your board later.

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Turn the fabric over the strip and pull it up over it. Glue it down on the other edge.

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Glue the pocket onto the bulletin board by gluing the edges around the board as you did with the original fabric piece. Make sure to pull the plastic strip and fabric taut so that the pocket will be smooth.

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

You’re all done! Now you have a functional catch-all board that matches your decor!

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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