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Sew A DIY Ruffled Kid’s Apron

For my Baby A’s 2nd birthday party later this month, I’m planning a “Bake Shoppe” themed party. I decided that I’d pick a theme this year because it would be my very last chance. Now I know that from age 3 onward, my little girl will want to choose her own theme… and it will probably be princesses. (Not that I dislike princesses, but one gets a little tired of them… know what I’m saying?)
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DIY Sewing

Sew Vintage Inspired Easter Dresses for Baby and Big Sister

DIY Vintage Inspired Easter Dresses by The DIY Mommy

Easter seems to be approaching really quickly this year (and it is coming quicker quite literally since it’s in March this year). I’m really not sure I’ll be able to sew my two girlies Easter dresses this year which makes me sad – it’s been a tradition so far in our little family! Plus, I have such wonderful memories of my mom sewing me Easter and Christmas dresses, and she has memories of her mom sewing her and her sisters dresses. It’s in the genes!

However, I did make a couple of frilly Easter dresses for both my girls last year, and I simply didn’t have the time to write about them (I think it had something to do with getting used to having two kids). I thought I’d share them with you today just in case you’re gearing up for some Easter sewing and are in need of some ideas (and maybe I’ll motivate myself here – who knows)!

DIY Vintage Inspired Easter Dress by The DIY Mommy

I made a dress for my then 3 year old and my then 3 month old. I wanted them to coordinate, but I didn’t want them to match exactly.


I used two patterns from the wonderful book Cute Clothes for Kids by Rob Merrett (I encourage you to buy it – it’s one of those great resource-type sewing pattern books that you can use as-is or you can use the patterns as a base for your own creations).

Little C’s dress (the older one) was based off of the “Teatime Treat” dress pattern in Cute Clothes for Kids, and the only things I changed were adding a ruffle to the hem and a double ruffle to the bottom of the apron piece.

The pattern was easy to follow and look how cute the tied sash is at the back!

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Baby A’s dress was based on the “Spring Orchard” dress pattern in Cute Clothes for Kids. I added a ruffle on the hem and used snaps instead of buttons at the shoulders (only because that’s what I had on hand at the time and I wanted to finish these!).

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I used the “Tweet” fabric line from Timeless Treasures for these dresses, purchased from Fabric.com – my favourite place to buy fabric online.

I was really happy with the two finished Easter dresses for my little girls. They had a vintage flare to them because of the fabric style and mix, and they coordinated but weren’t exact duplicates.

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Just for kicks, here’s my silly Little C in her dress from last year – it’s a wee bit snug, but she still looks like a princes don’t you think?

DIY Vintage Inspired Easter Dress by The DIY Mommy

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DIY Crafts, DIY Kids Activities, Free Printables

Make a Mini Road Map Busy Bag – Free Printable

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

One of my very creative mommy friends, Jenni (she was the one who created this gorgeous tree skirt this past Christmas), organized a “Busy Bag Swap” to take place later today. It’s such a neat idea: a group of us moms are making busy bags (inexpensive, creative little crafts or games that can fit into a bag  for our toddlers and preschoolers to play with) and then swapping them over a coffee & playdate so that we have 11 different bags! What a fun way to visit, get some interesting new activities for our kids, and craft.

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

I decided to put my graphic design skills to use, and I drew this mini road map that can easily fit into a bag for traveling with. I made a “city” and a “country” map, and I put those in a plastic bag with a little toy car.

Little C played with the mini car mats for a while today, so I think they were a success! I originally planned to have the city map on one side and the country map on the other (so there’s just one piece of paper), but my four year old convinced me it was better to have them separate so that the car could visit both places easily. It made sense to me!

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

I’m sharing these miniature road map printables with you today – they’re a free download just for you! All I ask is that in return, you share this blog post with your friends (use the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post if you wish).

You can print the map as one double sided sheet, or separate them – it’s up to you (and your discerning toddler/preschooler)!

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

Click on the following link to download a free PDF of this Road Map Busy Bag Printable: Road Map Busy Bag Printable by The DIY Mommy

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

Next week, I’ll share with you photos from our Busy Bag Swap and links to the creative busy bags all of the moms are making. I’m so excited to see what everyone is bringing!

DIY Home Decor, DIY Sewing

Sew a Scalloped Bunting Banner

DIY Scalloped Bunting Banner by The DIY Mommy

We’re in the midst of building our new home, and I’m attempting to work on the girls’ room decor now so that it will be ready to pop in their new rooms when our house is done. I’m slowly working on it, so depending on how quickly our house finishing goes (which, in my estimate, won’t be as quick as I’d like it to be), I should be successful!

For Baby A’s room, I’m basing her decor colour scheme and style around this quilt I made for her late last year. Her room will be full of retro woodland animals, soft hues of mint, turquoise, coral, pink and yellow, and I think I’ll top it all off with a sweet chandelier. I thought a cute addition to Baby A’s nursery decor would be a retro-styled bunting banner to hang above her crib (or over a reading corner – we’ll see) and I managed to sew one this week out of fabrics that match her quilt.

DIY Scalloped Bunting Banner by The DIY Mommy

This DIY scalloped bunting banner is very easy and inexpensive to make and it would be a great addition to any nursery decor. It would also be cute in a playroom, as a unique photo prop or as a party decoration.

Materials (for a banner approximately 60″ long):

  • 1/2 yard each of 4 different fabrics
  • a roll of bias tape (or make your own from 1/4 yard of fabric)
  • an ice cream pail lid

Directions:

DIY Scalloped Bunting Banner by The DIY Mommy

To cut out the flag pieces, fold a piece of fabric in half and lay the ice cream pail lid on it with just less than half of it off of the fabric (as pictured above). Trace around it to make your scallop shape.

DIY Scalloped Bunting Banner by The DIY Mommy

Cut this piece out and use it as a template to cut 14 more pieces out. You will cut out 4 pieces in each fabric.

DIY Scalloped Bunting Banner by The DIY Mommy

With two right sides together, sew around the curved edge of the pieces using a 1/4″ seam. I used a serger (because it’s fast), but a regular sewing machine would work just as well. Repeat with all of the pieces until you have 8 flags sewn. Turn them right side out and press them flat.

DIY Scalloped Bunting Banner by The DIY Mommy

Cut a 70″ piece of bias tape, and then sew its short end and about 6″ of its long end shut (sewing about 1/4″ from the open edges). Slip your first flag into the open edges of the bias tape, and sew the tape around the raw edge of the flag. Repeat with the rest of the flags, placing them right next to each other as you sew. You could pin them in place first if you prefer!

DIY Scalloped Bunting Banner by The DIY Mommy

Sew the rest of the bias tape closed along the long and short end, and you’re ready to hang your adorable scalloped bunting banner!

DIY Scalloped Bunting Banner by The DIY Mommy

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:

Materials:

Directions:

  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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DIY Parties & Holidays, DIY Sewing

Sew an Easy Valentine Dress with Ruffle Fabric

Sew an Easy Valentine Dress with Ruffle Fabric by The DIY Mommy

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and my girls (and hubby!) and I are really excited to celebrate it this year. I love my little family, and any chance I can get to show them how much I love them is worth spending some time on!

I recently ordered another big pile of fabric from my favourite online place to get it from (fabric.com), and when it arrived via the UPS man (or the “GPS man”, as Little C calls him) I instantly ripped it open and ogled over all of the lovely textiles. This pre-ruffled red fabric was among my treasure. I asked Little C which fabric she wanted a Valentine’s Day dress made out of, and without hesitation she pointed to the red ruffly one. Success!

Sew an Easy Valentine Dress with Ruffle Fabric by The DIY Mommy

I made this DIY dress in under a couple of hours. The pre-ruffled fabric made it really easy to get a boutique look with little time involved! The heart applique is optional, so you could save even more time there. The stretchy, ruffly fabric is comfy for a baby or young child to wear (it’s so soft!) and it looks so adorable!

Materials:

  • 1 yard ruffle knit fabric (I used Stretch Ruffle Knit Red)
  • 1/4 yard contrasting knit fabric for heart applique if desired
  • 1/4″ elastic

Directions:

Sew and Easy Valentine Dress with Ruffle Fabric by The DIY Mommy

Find a pattern for a slim-fitted peasant dress that is your child’s size (I drafted my own, but you could use this free one) and cut out two main dress pieces and two sleeves. Try to arrange the pattern on your ruffle fabric so that there is a full ruffle on the bottom of each piece (the hem of the dress and the bottom of the sleeve) – be careful not to cut that ruffle off!

Sew and Easy Valentine Dress with Ruffle Fabric by The DIY Mommy

Sew down the side seams of the dress, and the underarm seam of the sleeves (I used a serger, but you could also use a regular machine – this fabric doesn’t fray). Sew the sleeves to the dress.

Sew and Easy Valentine Dress with Ruffle Fabric by The DIY Mommy

Serge the raw edges of the neckline and sleeves (optional), and then turn each under about 1/2″ and sew to leave a 1/4″ casing. Leave an opening. Thread elastic through the casing (measure your child’s upper arm and where you want the neckline to fall to get the size of elastic you need) and then sew the holes shut.

Sew and Easy Valentine Dress with Ruffle Fabric by The DIY Mommy

If you want, you can add a heart applique to the chest of the dress by cutting out a heart shape from a contrasting fabric, pinning it like crazy to the dress, and zig-zagging it in place.

Sew and Easy Valentine Dress with Ruffle Fabric by The DIY Mommy

And, there you are! A simple little Valentine’s Day dress that looks much more complicated than it actually is to make. My little ruffle-lover has worn hers for two days straight.

Have you ever sewn with ruffle fabric? What are your tips?

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DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, DIY Parties & Holidays

Make a Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu – A Two-in-One Tutorial

DIY Easy Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu - A Two-in-one tutorial!

We had the most fun Strawberry Shortcake birthday party a little over a week ago that I made a simple scrap fabric banner for. It was so very easy to make, and I constructed it with an idea in mind. I wanted to re-use it as a fun dress-up tutu for my daughter!

This is a really simple, quick DIY project that requires no sewing and little material. You could use the banner as party decor, and then  upcycle it into a scrappy fabric tutu when the party’s over. It will be Little C’s Valentine’s tutu!

Materials:

  • scrap fabric – enough to make about 30 strips that are about 2″ wide and 30″ long
  • scraps of ribbon or lace (optional)
  • 60″ length of 1/4 elastic
  • rotary cutter or scissors

Directions:

Easy DIY Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu - A 2-in-1 tutorial!

Cut about 30 strips of fabric that measure 15″ – 30″ long. I liked the look of different lengths of strips, but you could also make them all the same length. You can also cut some lengths of ribbon or lace to add some texture to the banner / tutu. Cut a piece of 1/4″ elastic that’s about 60″ long.

Easy DIY Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu - A 2-in-1 tutorial!

Starting about 2″ from one end, tie the strips to the elastic piece as shown above. Fold them in half with wrong sides together, and then turn the folded end over the elastic. Pull the other end through the loop created.

Easy DIY Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu - A 2-in-1 tutorial!

Continue tying strips onto the elastic in this manner, leaving about 2″ between each strip as shown. Tie bits of lace or ribbon between the fabric strips if desired.

Your scrap fabric party banner is done and ready to hang! This would also make a fun decorative banner for a baby or child’s room.

Easy DIY Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu - A 2-in-1 tutorial!

To “upcycle” the banner into a tutu, push all of the strips together as much as needed to match the circumference of your child’s waist (my daughter’s measurement was 20″).

Easy DIY Scrap Fabric Banner to Tutu - A 2-in-1 tutorial!

Cut the elastic to size. If you have a sewing machine, you can sew the ends together. If not, tie the elastic tightly together.

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Now you have an adorable scrap fabric tutu that’s perfect to twirl in!

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