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This month, The DIY Mommy is FIVE YEARS OLD! I’m so extremely excited and proud of this blog and how it’s changed and grown since 2009. I want to take a couple of weeks this month to reflect and share some of my favourite posts over the last five years of blogging and also to celebrate this special anniversary with a HUGE giveaway! Read on to see how you can enter to win over $500 worth of some of my very favourite things.
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DIY Sewing

Sew Simple Leggings with Ruffle Fabric

Sew Simple Ruffled Leggings by The DIY Mommy. Use pre-ruffled fabric for adorable leggings in a flash!

I’ve only recently discovered ruffle fabric, and I’m starting to get quite addicted to it. I’ve been buying mine from Fabric.com – they have a great selection for a reasonable price (and it’s delivered to my door, which is awesome).


It makes such adorable things in such little time! I feel like I’m cheating a little when I sew with it, but I can’t deny the great results.

Last week, I made a birthday outfit for my very good friend‘s little girl who was turning five years old.

I drafted a very simple a-line dress for her (with ruffle and lace embellishments, of course!) and made this super-quick leggings to wear with it. They were so easy to make!

Want to make a pair for your little girl?

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DIY Crafts, DIY Kids Activities

Make an Easy, Tactile Baby Toy from a Wipes Container

Easy, Tactile Baby Toy from a Wipes Case by The DIY Mommy

Yesterday was a very, very cold day. It was -44 C with the windchill, Little C’s playschool was cancelled, and we were stuck inside (unless we wanted to lose all of our appendages outside)!

I had seen this wonderful idea on Pinterest (from Spotted Pony’s blog) to upcycle a large wipes container into a simple baby toy. I thought it was such a fantastic way to reuse an old container and to introduce some tactile play to my 14 month old. Babies have so much fun experiencing new colours and textures. It’s also a neat way to introduce problem solving (“how do I get this stuff in and out of this box”?).

Materials:

  • old, large wipes container
  • fabric scraps (look for lots of different textures and colours and, if you desire, find a fabric scrap large enough to decoupage to the sides of the container)
  • Mod Podge

Easy, Tactile Baby Toy from a Wipes Case by The DIY Mommy

Directions:

If you want to decoupage the container, cut out a strip of fabric that is as tall and about 2″ longer than the circumference of the wipes container.

Easy, Tactile Baby Toy from a Wipes Case by The DIY Mommy

Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the sides of the container, stick the fabric to it, and then add another thin layer on top of the fabric. Make sure all of the edges are pasted down and sealed.

Easy, Tactile Baby Toy from a Wipes Case by The DIY Mommy

Cut squares out of your different fabric scraps (I used pinking shears so that the edges wouldn’t fray as easily). I cut out different, random sizes.

Stuff the squares into the container. You could also put other sorts of baby-friendly items in the container for Baby to discover (like toys, teethers etc.).

Easy, Tactile Baby Toy from a Wipes Case by The DIY Mommy

Watch your baby play! Show her how to take the fabric pieces out of the box and how to put them back in. Rub her hands over the fabrics and introduce texture words to her like “shiny”, “soft” and “rough”.

Easy, Tactile Baby Toy from a Wipes Case by The DIY Mommy

Baby A loved playing with her little toy! It cost me no money to make, and it was a great way to spend some of our “inside time” today.

 Linked to: Sundae Scoop Link Party @ I Heart Nap Time, Strut Your Stuff Saturday Link Party @ Six Sisters’ Stuff & Made by You Monday @ Skip to my Lou

DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, DIY Sewing

Fabric Love: For the Birds (Favourite Bird Print Fabrics)

Fabric Love: Favourite Bird Fabrics by The DIY Mommy

It’s true: I’m obsessed with bird fabric. I’m not 100% sure what the psychology behind this obsession is, but there’s something about the adorable woodland-animal feel that fabric with birds on it brings. They’re just too cute!

Here are some of my favourite bird fabrics as of late:

  1. Duralee Birdcage Canary
  2. Moda Cuzco Sanctuary Porcelain Ivory
  3. Thomas Paul Aviary Robin
  4. Valori Wells Wrenly Mamma Birds Gypsy Multi
  5. Claridge Sweetheart Jacquard Sorbet
  6. Valori Wells Novella Finnelopy Gypsy

The decor weight fabrics would be perfect for nursery decor, and the cottons would be lovely sewn as little girl’s dresses or quilts!

You can purchase these fabrics from my favourite online fabric store, fabric.com. And, if you buy any of these before January 21st, 2013, use the coupon code “SNOW2013” to save an additional 20% off!

Happy fabric shopping! Which is your favourite bird print?

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Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy
DIY Sewing

Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair

by Christina Dennis

Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

You know the early-90’s-ish glider rocking chairs you can buy from big box stores for your nursery? The ones that are beige coloured and “blah”? We had to snap one up when our first baby was born. Do you know why? Because the thing was just so darn comfy!

With baby number two now here and with the fact that we had to move the glider to the living room due to space issues, I thought it was time to update the chair to make it more modern and fun looking.

Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

To be honest, I found this project quite challenging – a definite “labour of love”! I really like the results, though, and the hard work was well worth it.

Want to know how to update your dated glider with fabric and paint? Here’s how I did it:

Materials:

  • 2 1/2 yards of cotton decor fabric in main colour (I used Premier Prints Twill Suzani Corn Yellow – it’s that “Suzani” pattern that I loved and also used on this boutiqe blanket project!)
  • 1 yard of cotton decor fabric in contrasting colour/pattern (for sides of cushions and piping if desired)
  • piping cord
  • 2 cans paint + primer spray paint in white
  • reupholstery batting (it’s a heavy-weight, fluffy batting)
  • upholstery zippers (for back and for bottom cushions)

Directions:
Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY MommyUpdate a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy
Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY MommyUpdate a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

Remove all of the cushions from the chair and the ottoman if you have one. Paint evenly with spray paint outdoors, following the paint’s directions. I decided to distress the paint with sandpaper, sanding all of the edges of the chair as shown above for a shabby chic effect. This works well if you’re painting over a dark coloured stain.

Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY MommyUpdate a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

In my opinion, something that really dated the look of this glider was the rounded back cushion with the buttons. I covered the entire cushion with thick batting and squared the corners (I stuffed the corners with polyester batting to fill them out). I also cut strips for the edge of the cushion, making it have a “boxier” look. I hand-stitched the sides to the front and back loosely, just to hold it all in place over the old cushion. I repeated this process for the seat cushion.

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Next, make some piping if desired for the edges of the cushions (I definitely wanted some on mine to define the edges and give my cushions some interest). Measure the diameter of your cushions and multiply that number by two to determine the length of piping that you need. Cut 2″ wide strips of fabric and sew them together at an angle (like the first photo above). Fold them over some piping cord and sew to secure (like the second photo above).

Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY MommyUpdate a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy
Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

Measure both of your cushions carefully and cut out the front and back pieces for each cushion based on your measurements. If you’re using a largely patterned main fabric like I did, make sure you decide whether or not you want to center any motifs on the cushions and cut accordingly! Cut the side, front and back rectangular pieces from your contrasting fabric based on the measurements of your cushions and the thickness of your cushions. For the back of the seat cushion and bottom of the back cushion you will be sewing a zipper in, so cut this piece 1 inch deeper (higher) and then cut in half lengthwise (as pictured in photo one above). Sew the piping onto the edges of the tops and bottoms of the cushions, meeting the raw edges of the piping with the raw edges of the cushion (as shown in picture two). Where the piping meets, cut the cord so that the beginning and end just meet, and ensure the fabric wrapping it is slightly longer. Then, fold one side of the fabric from right to wrong side to create a finished seam and sew down (as pictured in photo three above).

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For the side pieces, start with the zipper side and sew the zipper in place – it joins the two narrower strips as shown in the first picture above. Topstitch, and then fold a scrap piece of fabric in half and sew on the wrong side against the short raw edge as shown in picture two above to create a zipper “stop” that will prevent the zipper from falling off. Now, sew these side pieces to the other front and back pieces of the cushion that you’ve cut out and have added piping to previously. I used a TON of pins for this part, and even then I found it quite difficult to get my seam at a nice location so that the stitch on the piping wouldn’t show. The corners were hard too! I did the best I could by machine, and then hand-stitched the corners and the little mistakes I had made earlier. It worked for me!

Update a Nursery Gilder Rocking Chair by The DIY MommyUpdate a Nursery Gilder Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy
Update a Nursery Gilder Rocking Chair by The DIY MommyUpdate a Nursery Gilder Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

If your glider has a rocking ottoman, it’s a cinch to recover! Flip the upholstered piece over, remove the staples around the edges of the bottom covering fabric. Cut a piece of main fabric and batting about 3″ larger than the ottoman on all sides. Lay the fabric right side down on the floor, then the batting, then the ottoman (centered). Pull the fabric around and staple it down to the underside of the ottoman on all four sides, tugging gently and smoothing as you go. For the corners, I gently pleated and pulled them to create as smooth a corner as possible (as shown in picture three above). Finally, replace the bottom cover piece with staples.

Update a Nursery Gilder Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

Stuff the cushions into the cushion covers you’ve just made, place them on your glider and sit back to admire your work! I was general happy with my glider update. It certainly was a tough project, but it gave my rocker such a different look and it will look so sweet when we are able to put it in a nursery for my little girlie!

Update a Nursery Gilder Rocking Chair by The DIY Mommy

Since I did not go into detail on some upholstery basics for this post, you may find the following links helpful for this project:

Don’t be afraid to give this project a try! In my opinion, it’s well worth the effort and much less expensive than buying something new. Plus, it’s totally custom and you could make it match so perfectly with any nursery decor!

Linked to these link parties: Made by You Mondays at Skip to My Lou, Sundae Scoop Link Party at I Heart Nap Time, Doin’ it Yourself at aka design, DIY Project Parade at DIY Show Off

DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, Upcycling Ideas

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.

DIY Sewing

Sew a Ruffled Tie Dress

By Christina Dennis

When it’s warm outside, nothing is more cute on a baby or toddler than a ruffly little dress! This dress design is based on the popular & very simple pillowcase dress idea, but I’ve added a unique ruffle embellishment. If you’re a beginner seamstress, this is a great starting project! The ruffle is completely optional – if you want to skip it, simply at a couple of inches to the dress length and machine-hem it instead. This sweet dress also makes a great gift!

Materials:

  • 1 yard main fabric 44-45″ wide
  • 1/2 yard coordinating fabric 44-45″ wide
  • sewing machine
  • serger (optional, but helpful!)
  • rotary cutter & mat (optional, but helpful!)
1. From the main fabric, cut a two squares that are 22″ wide each (should be able to cut both from the width of the fabric) and the following length depending on age:

  • 6 months: 15″
  • 12 months: 16″
  • 18 months: 17″
  • 24 months / 2 years: 19″
  • 3 years: 20″
  • 4 years: 21″
  • 5 years: 22″
  • 6 years: 24″

Fold the squares in half lengthwise, and cut a “J” shape from the outer corner that is approximately 2″ wide and 5″ long (see picture).

2. From the coordinating fabric, cut 2 strips that are the full width of the fabric and 4″ high (for tie) and 2 strips that are the full width of the fabric and 3″ high (for the ruffle).
3. Sew the ruffle strips together at the short ends to make one long strip. Ruffle the strip on one long end with your serger or using a long running stitch on your sewing machine and pulling one thread to gather.
4. Place the ruffled edge of the ruffle, right sides together, on one of the bottoms of the main dress piece. Sew/serge together. Cut off excess. Repeat with second dress piece with remaining ruffle strip. Cut off excess.
5. Place the dress pieces with ruffle right-sides together. Sew/serge along side seams.
6. To finish the armholes, turn the raw edges of the “J” cuts in 1/4″ all around the curve. Press. Turn in 1/4″ again. Press.
7. Sew this rolled hem in place on the sewing machine.
8. Turn the tie piece in half lengthwise, right sides together. Sew along short ends and long end, leaving a 2″ opening. Turn right side out. Sew opening closed with machine.
9. To make the casing for the tie, turn each upper edge of the dress sides over 1/2″, then again over 1.5″. Sew in place.

10. To finish the ruffle, use a serger to narrow-roll hem the edge OR fold over 1/4″ then 1/4″ again and stitch with a machine. Optional: stitch a stitchline 1/4″ above the ruffle, catching the seam allowance and helping the ruffle stay down (see photo).

11. Thread the tie piece into one casing using a safety pin attached to one end to make it easy to find and move through the casing. Turn, thread through the second casing on the second side.
12. Tie the strap piece on one side in a bow. You can gather and adjust the dress casing to fit your child.
13. All done!

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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