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Announcing: Golly Gee! Baby Downloadable Sewing Patterns (Win All 5!) – Giveaway (Ends 04/30)

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally doing it. My baby clothing & accessories brand, Golly Gee! Baby, is going DIY and I’ll be releasing sewing patterns for my popular designs!

Grow-With-Me Bubble Dress Sewing Pattern by Golly Gee Baby

Toasty Tundra Baby Boots Sewing Pattern by Golly Gee Baby

These sewing patterns are professionally drafted & size graded, print-at-home PDF’s with thorough instructions that include full colour step-by-step photos. The projects are far more involved than the tutorials you’d normally find on The DIY Mommy, so they are perfect for a PDF document format that you can print out and follow along.

Mod Mommy Bag Sewing Pattern by Golly Gee Baby

 

Fliptastic Changemat Sewing Pattern by Golly Gee BabyThey will be launching very soon and will be available for purchase on Etsy, the Golly Gee! Baby website and here, but before they’re released I want to give you a chance to win the entire initial set of Golly Gee! Baby sewing patterns!

Grow-With-Me Peasant Dress Sewing Pattern by Golly Gee Baby

To enter to win a PDF copy of ALL FIVE of these Golly Gee! Baby sewing patterns, all you need to do is comment below and tell me which pattern is your favourite and who you would sew it for.

If you’d like an extra entry, you can go “like” either The DIY Mommy or Golly Gee Baby page on Facebook and make an additional comment that you’ve done so (if you’re already a follower of either, that counts too)!

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering!

DIY Vintage Inspired Easter Dresses by The DIY Mommy
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 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

(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you decide to purchase products via these links, a small percentage of the sale will be given to me at no extra cost to you. It’s a win-win – thanks for helping support thediymommy.com!)

DIY Crafts, DIY Sewing

9 Favourite Tutorials of 2012 from The DIY Mommy

This year was awesome. It was the year that I settled into being a mommy of two, the year that I turned 30 and finally began to be confident in who I was as a woman and a mother, and it was the year that this little blog grew a little bit bigger.

I love to craft, I love to write and I love to be a mom and The DIY Mommy has been the perfect outlet for me to share these things with people just like me.

I want to thank you, my readers, for taking a slice of time from your lives this year to share with me. Every month, more and more of you “tuned in” to this site. I appreciate every one of you and I thank you for giving me the motivation to write, photograph and share.

Here are your favourite tutorials from 2012 that I’ve posted according to how many views they’ve received. Between you sharing them with your friends, the rise of Pinterest , and me spending more time to write, some of them have reached over 22,000 unique visits which I’m truly amazed and humbled by. Thank you!

9 Favourite Tutorials of 2012 from The DIY Mommy. Boutique blanket, baby necktie, I am Loved The Help Onesie, Infinity Scarf, Soother Clips, Glider Recover, Upcycled Baby Headband, DIY Photo backdrop and Princess Dress.

  1. Sew a Boutique Blanket
  2. Sew a Baby Necktie
  3. Make an “I Am Loved” Onesie
  4. Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf
  5. Sew Boutique Soother Clips
  6. Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair
  7. Sew an Upcycled Baby Headband
  8. Make DIY Photo Backdrops with Fabric or Paper
  9. Sew a Princess Dress

I wish you all the best in the coming year. May 2013 be full of wonder, baby cuddles, and craftiness!

Sew a Deluxe Dolly Diaper Bag & Accessories (Cloth Diapers, Wipes Case, Wipes, Bib, Changemat) by The DIY Mommy
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Sew a Deluxe Dolly Diaper Bag and Accessories (Dolly Diapers, Wipes Case, Changemat & Bib)

Sew a Deluxe Dolly Diaper Bag & Accessories (Cloth Diapers, Wipes Case, Wipes, Bib, Changemat) by The DIY Mommy

Some of my most sacred childhood possessions were the handmade doll accessories and clothing my mom (who’s taught me everything I know about sewing) made for me.

I wanted to make something hopefully as special for my little 3 year old (soon to be 4 on January 1st!) daughter. She has a little Baby Alive doll she’s named Ariel, and Ariel has no diapers. My Little C specifically requested them (along with some doll clothes, which I hope to tackle before Christmas too), and I thought they’d be so much fun to sew. I also found an adorable dolly diaper bag pattern that I thought my girl would love, and then I thought: “What the heck! I’ll sew up a wipes case, changemat and bib too and make it a sweet little set!”

Sew a Deluxe Dolly Diaper Bag & Accessories (Cloth Diapers, Wipes Case, Wipes, Bib, Changemat) by The DIY Mommy

This deluxe dolly diaper bag and accessories set would work for any doll that’s around 12-15″ tall (like Baby Alive, Melissa & Doug 12″ Dolls, Waldorf Dolls, American Girl Bitty Baby) and it’s a great way to use up scraps of fabric (from my ever-growing collection of fabric goodness from my favourite place to get it – Fabric.com). You could give the set as-is, or add more things to the bag like a doll’s bottle, pretend food jars, spoons… and really anything that you think the wee recipient would love!

Materials:

  • scraps of cotton fabric (you’ll need a yard for the bag and then just little bits for the rest)
  • scraps of minkee or fleece fabric (for the “wipes”, the bib lining, the diaper lining and the changemat lining)
  • three squares of crafter’s felt coordinating colours (for heart appliques and wipes case)
  • 1″ wide velcro

Directions:

Sew a Deluxe Dolly Diaper Bag & Accessories (Cloth Diapers, Wipes Case, Wipes, Bib, Changemat) by The DIY Mommy

Doll Diaper Bag with Heart Applique

I sewed the dolly diaper bag first. I basically followed this wonderful doll diaper bag tutorial by Mommy By Day Crafter By Night to a tee. The only changes I made were omitting the cardboard base (I wanted the bag to be washable) and I sewed a heart applique from two layers of felt on the front piece of fabric before sewing it to the rest of the pieces (I eyeballed the heart, but you could also print a heart out from an image on the computer and use that as a pattern). The tutorial was so easy to follow, and the size and shape of the bag will be perfect for my little Miss!

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Doll Cloth Diapers with Heart Appliques

Next, I sewed the little cloth diapers. They’re so teeny tiny and adorable! I was inspired by these dolly diapers from Craftaholics Anonymous and used this printable doll diaper pattern I found at Happy Together to cut out my fabric (I didn’t even add seam allowances since this pattern was a little bigger than I wanted anyhow).

I cut a piece each out of cotton fabric and minkee fabric, pinned them right sides together, sewed around leaving a 2″ hole, flipped them right side out, and then top stitched around the perimeter (closing the hole). I added a pink felt heart to the back of each diaper (I eyeballed the heart shape again and simply sewed it on).

Sew a Deluxe Dolly Diaper Bag & Accessories (Cloth Diapers, Wipes Case, Wipes, Bib, Changemat) by The DIY MommySew a Deluxe Dolly Diaper Bag & Accessories (Cloth Diapers, Wipes Case, Wipes, Bib, Changemat) by The DIY Mommy

Doll Felt Wipes Case with Wipes

The miniature wipes case and wipes were next. I also got this idea from Craftaholics Anonymous and thought it was so very cute and clever! I made the case out of squares of felt as per the tutorial, cut out an oval, sewed on a flap, and finished the flap with another heart applique. For the “wipes”, I cut out squares of white minkee fabric and stuffed them in. My daughter is going to go crazy over this!

Sew a Deluxe Dolly Diaper Bag & Accessories (Cloth Diapers, Wipes Case, Wipes, Bib, Changemat) by The DIY MommySew a Deluxe Dolly Diaper Bag & Accessories (Cloth Diapers, Wipes Case, Wipes, Bib, Changemat) by The DIY Mommy

Doll Folding Changemat

To make the changemat, I cut out a rectangle of cotton fabric and one of minkee fabric that were each 8″ wide by 15″ long. I rounded the top corners of the fabrics using a round cup as a guide. Then, I pinned them right sides together, sewed around the perimeter with a 1/4″ seam allowance and leaving a 2″ hole, turned it right side out, and top-stitched around the perimeter (and closed the hole this way). I finished with two lines of stitching that went horizontally across the pad to divide the mat in thirds vertically, a velcro piece at the inside top and the opposite side of the velcro in the middle of the bottom panel (as shown in the pictures above) and a heart applique.

Sew a Deluxe Dolly Diaper Bag & Accessories (Cloth Diapers, Wipes Case, Wipes, Bib, Changemat) by The DIY Mommy

Doll Bib

This wee DIY bib was the final piece to this dolly set. I couldn’t find a pattern online that I liked for a dolly bib, so I measured my girlie’s doll and made a printable doll bib pattern up – feel free to use it if you need it! Simply click the image below to make it full size before you print it out and use it as a pattern.

Sew a Deluxe Dolly Diaper Bag & Accessories (Cloth Diapers, Wipes Case, Wipes, Bib, Changemat) by The DIY Mommy

I cut out a piece of cotton fabric and a piece of minkee fabric using this pattern and then pinned them right sides together. I sewed them together leaving a 2″ opening, turned the bib right side out, top-stitched it, and then stitched on some tiny pieces of velcro to the neck openings.

Sew a Deluxe Dolly Diaper Bag & Accessories (Cloth Diapers, Wipes Case, Wipes, Bib, Changemat) by The DIY Mommy

I’m going to fill the dolly diaper bag with all of the tiny accessories, and then I’ll probably add some more things that a “little mommy” might need for her “baby” (spoons, “food”, bottles, a blanket). I may add a few handmade dolly clothes, but we’ll see how far I get before Christmas!

Sew a Deluxe Dolly Diaper Bag & Accessories (Cloth Diapers, Wipes Case, Wipes, Bib, Changemat) by The DIY Mommy

I truly hope my spunky little girl will love this handmade dolly diaper bag set as much as I think she will – it will make sewing these crazy-small little diapers all worthwhile!

Linked to these parties: Made by You Monday on Skip To My Lou, Sundae Scoop Link Party on I Heart Naptime

DIY Sewing

Sew Easy Pajama Pants for Baby (or Anyone Else in Your Family!)

Sew Easy Pajama Pants for Baby (or anyone else in your family!) by The DIY Mommy

PJ pants are such a classic handmade Christmas Eve present that I enjoy making and giving  to my hubby and kids each year. I “cheat” a little and don’t use a pattern – I simply sneak some of their favourite pants from their drawers and make a simple pattern directly from the pants they have!

If you’re looking for a beginner’s sewing project that would make a practical and heart-warming Christmas gift (or gift for any time of year), you might want to try this method to make some pajama pants for your baby, your toddler, your hubby or yourself. It’s easy and quick and I always have a blast searching for fun fabrics to make these pants with.

Materials:

  • 1 yard cotton flannel (for baby pants) or 1 1/2 yards cotton flannel (for child’s pants) or 2 1/2 yards cotton flannel (for adult pants) (for these seriously sweet pants for my one year old, I used
    Mother Nature Flannel Forest Friends Girl Blue/Orange from fabric.com
    )
  • 1 inch wide elastic
  • an pair of pants with an elastic waist that currently fits the person you’re sewing these for

Directions:

Sew Easy Pajama Pants for Baby (or anyone else in your family!) by The DIY MommySew Easy Pajama Pants for Baby (or anyone else in your family!) by The DIY Mommy

Making the Pajama Pants Pattern

Wash your fabric. Fold it in half lengthwise (if you’re making adult pants or larger child’s pants you won’t be folding it in half because you’ll only be able to fit one full leg on your fabric’s width).

Fold the pants you’re using as a template in half lengthwise at the crotch, placing them towards one side (as shown in the first picture above). Trace, adding approximately 1 1/2″ inches to the top (for the waistband – pull the elastic taught when tracing this part), a 1/2″ for the length (for the seam allowance) and 2″ at the bottom (for the hem). Mark where the outer edge of the leg is.

Flip the pants over to the other side, keeping the edge of the leg in line with your marking (as shown above) and keeping the pants folded in half. Trace the other side of the pants as you did the first side, adding the extra inches.

Sew Easy Pajama Pants for Baby (or anyone else in your family!) by The DIY Mommy

You should end up with a shape similar to the above shape. You can use a straight edge to straighten the legs if needed. One side should have a slightly deeper curve – this is the back of the pants that allows for extra bum room! Cut out another piece just like this (using the first as a guide) if you’re making larger pants and didn’t fold the fabric.

Sewing the Pajama Pants

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Sewing these little PJ pants is so easy!

Beginning with one piece, turn it in half lengthwise with the right sides together. Sew the inseam together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Using a serger makes this go super quickly, but if you don’t have one, you can finish the seams with a zigzag stitch. Repeat with the second leg.

Then, pin the two legs together at the crotch, matching up the inseams, and seam them together using a 1/2″ allowance.

Sew Easy Pajama Pants for Baby (or anyone else in your family!) by The DIY Mommy

Turn the pajama pants right side out, and press them. For the waistband, fold it over 1/2″ to the inside and press. Fold it over another 1 1/4″ and press. For the hem, fold each pant leg in 1″ and then another 1″ and press.

Stitch both about 1/4″ from the fold. Leave about a 1 1/2″ opening at the back of the waistband to thread the elastic through.

Sew Easy Pajama Pants for Baby (or anyone else in your family!) by The DIY Mommy

Cut your elastic to the same size as your template pants (add 1/2″ for the join). Thread it through the upper casing and stitch it securely together at the ends. Stitch the opening closed.

I like to add another line of stitching on the waistbands of my pants to keep the elastic from rolling and shifting. To do this, pull the elastic waistband taut and sew line in the middle of the casing (as above).

Sew Easy Pajama Pants for Baby (or anyone else in your family!) by The DIY Mommy

You’re already done your adorable little DIY pajama pants! Now wasn’t that easy?

Whip a few pairs up for your family and friends for a thoughtful Christmas gift (and please comment and share below if you’ve made your own PJ pants)!

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