DIY Parties & Holidays, DIY Sewing, Life

Sew a Ruffled Apron with a Heart Applique

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

One of my friends needed an apron for a costume this month. It had to be red gingham with a white ruffle and heart applique, so I set to designing it from scratch. I absolutely loved the result and I think this feminine little apron would make an adorable Christmas gift for a friend (or make a smaller version for a toddler’s dress-up collection)!

This is a simple project, and a great one for beginner seamstresses. It requires little fabric and can be whipped up in about an hour.


  • 2 yards gingham fabric (I used red & white gingham – you could order only a yard, but then you will have to cut the apron tie in two pieces and stitch them together making a visible seam)
  • 1/2 yard white eyelet fabric
  • applique adhesive paper

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DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Cut 3 strips from the white eyelet fabric that are 3 inches wide and 44″ long (or whatever the width of your fabric is – mine was 44″) for the ruffle. Cut a 5″ square out of the white eyelet fabric and the applique adhesive paper, fuse them together (according to the directions on the applique paper’s packaging), and then cut out a heart shape (I free-handed mine, but you could also print out a 5″ wide heart and use that as a pattern). Cut a piece of the gingham fabric that is 4″ wide by 70″ long (for the apron tie – use the full length of the 2 yards for this so that it is one continuous piece) and one that is 16″ long by 35″ wide (for the main apron piece).

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

The ruffle: Sew the three ruffle strips together, and then fold the entire strip in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together. Gather the raw edge (I use a serger and adjust the tension, but you could also use a regular machine basting stitch and pull the threads to gather).

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Round the two bottom corners of the main apron piece (I use an ice cream pail lid as a guide) and then pin the ruffle to the sides and bottom of the main apron piece, raw edges together. Stitch together, fold the ruffle down and then top-stitch about 1/4″ away from the seam as shown above. This helps the ruffle stay flat!

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Apply the heart applique to the lower right corner of the apron (about 3 or 4 inches from the edge) and satin stitch it to the apron.

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Gather the top of the apron so that it measures approximately 17″ wide.

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Find the center of the apron and the center of the apron tie piece (by folding each in half). Pin them together, right sides together and raw edges aligned, with the centers matching. Sew together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Fold the apron tie in half lengthwise, right sides together, and pin. Sew the ends together using a 1/2″ seam. Then, sew the strap together on either side of the main apron piece, ending the seam about 1/2″ from the apron (as shown above).

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Finally, fold the remaining raw edge of the tie under 1/2″, pin it to the apron, and sew it about 1/4″ from the folded edge to the apron.

DIY Ruffle and Heart Apron by The DIY Mommy

Your pretty little ruffled apron is done! Now, go bake some cinnamon buns or give the apron to your bestie as a cute Christmas gift.

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, Free Printables

This home runs on… – Free Printable Artwork

by Christina Dennis

Wow, it’s been one of “those” weeks. Er, couple of weeks. I have a baby that is an angel-girl by day and Frankenbaby by night. There have been some things that have happened to close friends and family recently that have been very heartbreaking to see.

Sometimes a mommy has to slip into “survival mode” and do the best she can amidst lack of sleep and difficult circumstances.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I rely on three things when I have days like these: God’s grace, love for my family, and coffee. Good, strong coffee. If you’re like me, you might enjoy this free printable artwork that I am going to hang in my kitchen.

"This home runs on the grace of God, love, and strong cups of coffee." - Free printable by The DIY Mommy

Download this free printable artwork PDF (for personal use): The DIY Mommy – “This Home Runs On…” Free Printable Artwork

What do you rely on when you’re going through a tough time in mommyhood?

DIY Sewing, Life

Sew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip

by Christina Dennis

Sew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY Mommy

This dress was beautiful, but it needed a lining badly! (Oh-so-see-through!) I whipped up a little vintage-inspired half slip for it the first time I wore it using a scrap of lining fabric and cotton lace. Here’s how I did it:


  • 1 yard lining fabric (or cotton woven, cotton jersey, silk)
  • 1 yard cotton lace trim (optional)
  • 1 yard 1″ elastic


Sew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY MommySew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY Mommy

Cut a piece of fabric that is approximately 1 1/2 times the width of your waist and the length you want your slip to be + 2″ (for the elastic casing and bottom hem). Fold it in half right sides together, and sew the center back seam. I used a serger, but you could use a regular machine and zigzag the raw edges.

Sew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY MommySew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY Mommy

Finish the top and bottom raw edges with either a serger or a zigzag. Hem the lower edge by folding it up 1/2″ and sewing. Fold the upper edge over 1 1/4″ and sew close to the finished edge to make a casing for the elastic. Leave a 1 1/2″ opening, thread elastic through, then sew the opening shut.

Sew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY MommySew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY Mommy

If desired, sew a strip of lace over the bottom hem as shown. It’s a pretty detail that could peek out from beneath a skirt! Finally, I like to sew a line in the middle of my elastic casing to ensure the elastic doesn’t roll and flip (as shown above). That’s it! It’s a pretty little slip for beneath those sheer skirts and dresses that’s easy to make and so sweet and feminine!

Sew a Vintage-Inspired Half Slip by The DIY Mommy

Fashion, Life

Wear a Summer Dress with Tights & Boots for Fall – Petite Curvy Mom Style

by Christina Dennis

Wear a Summer Dress with TIghts and Boots - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY Mommy

Summer has come to a close and as of yesterday I am now 30 years old. I’ve been considering doing posts on my style for a little while now, and with your email & comment encouragement and with my “I’m 30 now, so what do I need to feel self conscious for” attitude as of late, I present to you my very first one!

I am rather short at 5’3″ and I wear about a size 10 to 12 in clothing at the moment (that number has been anywhere from size 6 to size 16 since marriage and two pregnancies). I’m not euphorically happy with the shape of my body at present, but I remind myself that it has carried two babes and that my goal is to be healthy rather than some shape that is unrealistic in the near future.

Wear a Summer Dress with TIghts and Boots - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY Mommy

I really enjoy fashion and fashion blogs. I see a lot of images of tall, willowy and gorgeous women in the latest trends and I thought it would be fun (and hopefully helpful to some other women with a body shape like mine) to show you how I put together some of my favourite outfits and what I do to highlight my favourite and not-so-favourite features of my petite and curvy mommy self.

I also love to DIY (of course) and find things on a tight budget, so I’ll incorporate those things into my style posts which for now I’m going to commit to once monthly. It’s darn hard to take pictures of oneself while one’s baby is sitting on the lawn and there’s a toddler that may (or may not!) be napping in the house!

Wear a Summer Dress with TIghts and Boots - Petite Curvy Mom Style by The DIY Mommy

Here, I’m wearing a turquoise boho dress in a gorgeous silk/cotton with pretty lace detailing. I’ve cinched it at the waist with a belt to define one of my smaller parts, added chocolate brown tights for a more fall-ish look, and I’m wearing boots with a hidden 1″ heel to add a little lift to my short self. It’s a simple outfit, but I really love it and it’s comfy enough for doing errands with a baby and a toddler in tow. There actually is a DIY element to this outfit – underneath the dress is a simple slip that I made lat minute because of the sheerness of the dress. I’ll post a tutorial on that soon!

Dress: Anthropologie (the sale rack!) $40
Belt: Old $10
Tights: Joe Fresh $6
Boots: Leatherette strappy boot from GoJane.com $27.50

Thanks for sticking with me through my first style post and encouraging me to do it!

What is your favourite outfit to wear during the first part of fall?

DIY Family Food, DIY Recipes

9 Favourite DIY Make-at-Home Hot Drinks

by Christina Dennis

I love me my coffee. And my hot chocolate. And my apple cider. I enjoy pretty much any type of warm drink when the weather cools and the autumn leaves begin to fall! I’m one of those moms that needs my coffee (or tea, or hot chocolate) for my “get up and go” some days. When you live a little off of the beaten path like I do, it’s nice to have some DIY recipes on hand to make your own yummy, hot drinks if you can’t zip to the coffee shop. Here are my 9 most favourite DIY make-at-home hot drinks (I’d like one of each right now, actually!):

9 Favourite DIY Hot Drinks by The DIY Mommy - Mochas, Lattes, Hot Chocolates, Cider

  1. London Fog from Just Bella: This luxurious combo of Earl Grey tea and vanilla syrup is definitely a tasty treat.
  2. Homemade Gingerbread Latte from Mom Advice: What a festive, spicy drink (and you’ve got to love the little sprinkles)!
  3. Chai Latte from Fitness Chicks: Here’s another spicy drink that’s such a classic. FYI: the site’s in Dutch, so here are the English ingredients:
    1/2 tsp ginger
    1/2 tsp cardamom
    1 clove
    1 tsp cinnamon
    2 bags of black tea
    1 tbsp sugar
    500 ml water
    500 ml milk
    … and the pictures are easy to follow!
  4. Pumpkin Spice Latte from Pastry Affair: Who doesn’t like one of these at Thanksgiving? Pumpkin + spices + a latte? Nothing better.
  5. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Savory Sweet Life: This would be glorious at the end of a fall/winter day when coffee just won’t do.
  6. Copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Hot Cider from Favorite Family Recipes: Here’s another great drink for an evening curled up in front of a fire – and it’s so simple!
  7. Salted Caramel Mocha Latte from Mom Advice: Here’s the coffee version of a salted caramel hot chocolate – the savory + sweet combo is delish.
  8. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate by Une Deux Senses: What a unique idea! A rich combo of cream cheese, chocolate and whipped cream make this drink sound absolutely heavenly.
  9. Homemade Peppermint Mocha by Mom Advice: This just screams “holidays” to me. Chocolate and peppermint always go so well together.

Enjoy DIYing your own hot drinks!

DIY Mint Jeans by The DIY Mommy
DIY Crafts, Fashion, Life

Dye Your Own Mint Jeans

by Christina Dennis

One of the hottest trends for this year is coloured jeans – specifically mint-coloured ones! Jeans are a prefect mommy style essential, and finding the perfect shade of mint jeans can be tricky. Why not buy some inexpensive white ones and dye your own? My good friend Cheryl of Bella’s Boudoir of Jewelry and I did it this spring and it was surprisingly easy. (Those gorgeous legs pictured below are hers!)

DIY Mint Jeans by The DIY Mommy


  • white jeans (we bought ours for under $25 at Winners)
  • turquoise blue fabric dye
  • emerald green fabric dye
  • salt
  • rubber gloves!


DIY Mint Jeans by The DIY Mommy

Prepare your fabric dye according to the package directions. I bought two of each colour of fabric dye, but I only ended up using one of each for two pairs of pants since we wanted such a light mint colour! We followed the package directions for the dye, bringing some water to boil and adding the dye and a little bit of salt. We used a full package of turquoise and half a package of green to make a soft, warm mint green colour.

DIY Mint Jeans by The DIY Mommy

Mix the dye in a basin of warm water (again, following the directions according to the dye’s manufacturer), and dip your pants in. Make sure you’re wearing gloves for this (my poor friend ended up with nicely dyed green hands!) and that the jeans are submerged fully in the water as quickly as possible. I swirled the pants around in the dye with my gloved hand the entire time (mostly because I was nervous that the dye wasn’t evenly touching all parts of the pants). Our dyes said to submerge the clothing for up to 10 minutes, but I took my jeans out after only 3 minutes and Cheryl only had hers dipped in the dye for less than 15 seconds! We wanted a nice light minty colour, so if your dyes were darker like ours you’ll need to be quick too.

DIY Mint Jeans by The DIY Mommy

After dying the pants, rinse them really well with warm water. Let them dry completely before wearing them or machine washing them so that the dye will set. My jeans dyed a lot lighter than the shade they appeared in the picture above when wet, and Cheryl’s were lighter still because she didn’t dye them as long. We both washed ours later on the cool cycle in our machine washers and the dye did not fade.

There you have it – a fun project to do with a mommy friend that results in some trendy new jeans for you at a great price!

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 Business & Blogging

Interview: Melanie of Farmers Market Online

From handmade baby clothing to locally-produced food, www.canadasfarmersmarket.com boasts a long list of small Canadian companies with high-quality products and family values – like you would find at your local farmer’s market! We were so excited when Melanie, mom to Ruby and owner of the site, contacted us – what an inspirational DIY Mommy with a wonderful business that not only shows what a great DIY Mommy she is, but how many other amazing DIY Mommies and families there are across Canada! Melanie was kind enough to share with us a little bit about her business, and some tips on how to be your own successful DIY Mommy:

Melanie Breitkreutz

Blog URL:

Website URL:

Where do you live?
Kelowna, BC, Canada

How many children do you have and what are their ages?
1 little girl, Ruby. She is 21 months old. She is adorable, and fills each day with a lot of laughs. The challenge of being a working mom has been incredible, but totally rewarding and life changing for the better.

What kinds of things do you create/sell?

Prior to running Farmers Market Online, I sold freshly roasted coffee beans online. I sold that business in December, and currently do not sell any other products. I come from a very creative background and always have loved handmade, creating, and crafting. I think my first time selling something was when I was 8 for a fundraiser. I’ve been hooked ever since!

What inspires you?
People doing what they love. Life’s too short to not be passionate.

What makes your creations/products unique?

Farmers Market Online is web based market space where we connect online shoppers with great farmers market products from right across Canada. In itself it has proven to be a very unique service that Canadians are really excited about. FMO will always remain one of a kind because of its collection of handmade, farm-grown, artisan, organic, and specialty food products from British Colombia to PEI and because of the variety of small business owners that are in our community. Every day as new products come on to the online market FMO continues to re-shape and take on yet another fresh form. I love the excitement of an ever-evolving and growing line of great Canadian products. Shoppers- be excited!

If you had one piece of advice for other DIY mommies trying to market their creations/business online, what would it be?

Bring your creation to FMO! Lol… I say that partially as a joke, but of course we’d love to have you. On a more serious note I’d say my best piece of advice would be to market your product. Get the word out there! No matter how great your product is, if people don’t know you exist, then you don’t have a business. In a world with so much product at everyone’s fingers, it’s so important to stand apart and be seen.

Are you a DIY Mommy with an online crafty business? Would you like to be featured on The DIY Mommy? Contact us!