Breast is best? 

I’m sure you’ve all seen, heard, and been drilled that breast is best. Breast is best. Breast is best. 
So what about moms who can’t or choose not to breastfeed? What type of message does this send?  


This letters for the new mom, the mom struggling to breastfeed, the mom who chooses not to, or is unable to breastfeed, and to the moms who are strictly breastfeeding. 
Dear Mom or mom to be, 

Congrats! You will soon or have a little cutie pie! You may have noticed the ads, commercials, and educational information that says breast is best and tells you how fabulous your baby will grow up to be if they are breastfed. Or maybe you heard you will lose weight and still have big boobs?  
Or maybe you have hit reality. To the mom struggling with breastfeeding, I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to feel the intense pressure To breastfeed and are unable to produce enough milk damnit. stop looking at all the forums giving advice or the moms asking what to do with their abundant amount of breastmilk overflowing from the their faucets, it will only make you feel worse. 

Yes you can try supplements, you can pump before and after and all night and day and still not be able to make enough milk, but there’s no shame in giving formula, that’s what it’s made for, feeding a baby! Maybe you work and can’t pump, or have a sick baby, or whatever reason or not you are having difficulty, stop feeling like a failure.
I’ve been there, twice! Two preemies with poor underdeveloped latching skills in the nicu. Or maybe you were sick  or developed mastitis or one of the many fun side effects of breastfeeeding you weren’t told about. I’ve been there. 
Maybe it’s gotten to the point you’ve developed anxiety or depression and are no longer enjoying the precious moments with your beautiful baby. You just don’t understand why none of the supplements medications gallons of water pumping and all the other tricks aren’t working. They said it would be easy? All my friends are having no problems, why can’t I just do it? There must be something wrong with me.
Maybe you see all these photos of moms breastfeeding or posts about milk overproduction and you feel like strangling someone. I’ve been there. 
 Maybe you’re afraid of the looks you get in public feeding your baby a bottle. Maybe you change the topic when someone talks about feeding your baby. 
On the other hand, maybe breastfeeding came easy. Maybe you don’t understand why everyone complains about breastfeeding? Maybe you scoff at formula feeding moms and just don’t get it. Maybe you enjoy every moment of breastfeeding and having the freedom to whip them out wherever and whenever you want.  

To mom who feels like a breastfeeding failure and cry over not being able to feed your baby, YOU ARE FEEDING your baby. A happy mom makes  a happy baby. Whatever you feed your baby, breastmilk, formula or both, you should be proud. Proud you are a mom, proud you are doing your best, proud you are making the best choice for you and your baby, proud to be you!
When you look back at this short period in your life you want to be proud and happy, not miserable. Do what’s best for you there is no shame in any choice.
To the mom to be, don’t be afraid do your best with whatever choice you choose and if it doesn’t work there’s always help or another choice, don’t feel stuck in a corner. You’ll do great and be proud. 

To the happy breastfeeding moms, I hope this article helps you understand it’s not easy for everyone and be understanding.
Finally, to the struggling moms who feel like failures, you are amazing, stop killing your self and be happy. Looking back after my first I can’t believe I put myself in such a tail spin over breastfeeding, I wasted time worrying instead of enjoying. The public and healthcare puts far too much pressure on a new mom and sends the wrong message. Enjoy the free time your using for pumping googling and crying instead for snuggling with baby and reading books

You are an awesome! 

Mom no matter how you feed your baby, formula or breast, keep Up the good work and smile!  Your baby will grow up to be smart and happy because you are happy and you spend time with your little one. 

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Summer Bee Dress

Cecelia’s Summer Bee Dress

This lovely summer spaghetti strap dress was suppose to be made in time for my sister in laws baby shower in June.  However, I was unable to finish it due to my water breaking early and being hospitalized.  I finally finished it and love how it turned out!  I free handed the design and sizing.  I meant for it to end up as a 2t size, but as you can see it’s a bit big!  This works out great since its winter and not summertime!  She can wear it this upcoming summer.  I can’t wait for the warm spring and summer to come!  Bulbs and flowers emerging and gardening time, but let’s get back on track.

As always there is a youtube tutorial and this written one.  I do not have a pattern as a freehanded it and designed the pattern myself as I went.  I used one of my Cece’s dresses to size it and make part of the pattern to guess the sizing.

Unfortunately, a lot of the video tutorial was accidentally videotaped over with my baby boys arrival home (sorry more important anyways!).  So I videotaped again trying to explain the best I could.  If you have questions please let me know!  More great videos to come soon!

What you need:

  • Chose of fabric colors and types (I chose three colors
  • 1/4 inch elastic (for gathering of the top of back of the dress)
  • Bias tape (or you can make your own like I did)
  1.  First you want to cut out your fabric pieces.  I looked at another dress I have for my little one and based the main front and back piece by measuring and estimating the sizing.  Then I cut the bottom piece I needed which ended up being about 40inches long and 4 inches wide (for the ruffle on the bottom). I ended up added another color (black) on the two sides of the dress.  Then I also cut out fabric to make bias tape (here is a good tutorial on making bias tape if you’ve never made it before..BIAS TAPE TUTORIAL. )
  2. Take your strap (black piece) and sew it to the top piece and bottom piece.  Pattern piece to pattern piece (facing each other) sew the bottom to the strap
    then the top.
  3. I made my own bias tape by cutting and ironing the fabric.  Then you proceed to use it to line the top of the dress (sew it on!). Then sew up the armholes and long to tie…estimate how long you want the straps to be to tie behind the neck (longer the better!)
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  5. Take the back side and sew two black (or whatever color you choose) by sewing
    facing pattern sides together
  6. I decided to add a small piece of fabric above the black strap to make it higher .  If you want, sew and connect.  Then place from and back piece facing each other and sew to connect from and back.
  7. Add elastic to back piece if you want it ruched and tighter.
  8. The last part is the bottom ruffled part.
  9. Hem the bottom first about 1/8inch
  10. To gather your fabric put your machine on the longest thread setting make two
    straight lines (Do not reverse!). Roughly 1/4 and 1/8 inch away from the top.
    Leave long threads on the ends.
  11. Next you knot the bottom of the back side of the threads so you can gather, just the two in the back (not the front).
  12. Pull the bottom threads from the other end and slide the cloth along the threads toward your knot making small folds. When your cloth has been
    gathered the way you want it, knot the ends securely with each other.
  13. Sew pattern side to pattern side all the way around.  Then you can zig zag around (or you can zig zag before attaching (this prevents fraying).
  14. Then you are finished! Great Job!  Have fun! Post your pics!
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Homemade Paint!

Looking for an easy homemade nontoxic paint for your little one to be creative?  Well, look no further!  We experimented with several types of homemade paint and below are our favorite recipes!


Kids of all ages love painting!  You can have your little one finger paint, use brushes, sponges, or even potatoes!

So we started off making completely edible finger paint with only a couple ingredients!

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Here is what you will need: (this makes enough for about 4-5 different colors depending on how much you want for each)…

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  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • extra water to thin out
  • food coloring, watercolors, or natural colors such as beet, carrot, tumeric

Instructions:

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  1. Place pot over medium heat and pour flour and water into pot and continuously stir the ingredients until it becomes a thick paste.
  2. Take the pot away from the heat when it no longer sticks to the sides
  3. Add cold water to the blob until it reaches the consistency you like and place the amount you desire into separate bowls to color.
  4. Add food coloring, watercolors, natural colorants such as beet or carrot juice, turmeric spice
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  6. These can be enjoyed right away or stored in the fridge!!

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This paint works well for fingerpainting or sponge painting.  You can also use brushes but as you see in the photo, the colors come out thinner and lighter than traditional paint.  The color dries on without fading. We used the paint several days in a row.

 

And who doesn’t love watercolors?  The problem with watercolors is that the colors can mix and you only get very small amounts of each color.  However, this can all change with homemade watercolor paints!

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tbsp. baking soda
2 tsp. white vinegar
1/2 tsp. light corn syrup
2 tsp. corn starch
food colors*
containers for storing paints*
something to stir with (toothpicks)

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photo from happyhooligans

You can use a muffin pain, disposable cups, egg cartons, or any other container that you aren’t going to use for a couple days.

Instructions:

1)Mix baking soda & vinegar in a cup with a spout.  I used my Pyrex measuring glass.  Let the kids watch as it fizzes

2) Add in light corn syrup and stir.

3) Stir in the corn starch until well combined.  (If it gets too thick, add a little more vinegar.)

4)Pour into your paint containers- not too full, you need room for the food colors.

5)Add the food colors and stir until you reached your desired color!

6) Now if you want them to harden into hockey pucks you have to let them sit almost two days!  If you plan on using it right away that’s fine too!

 

Sponges and potatoes!! 


You can cut out designs in potatoes or out of sponges and dip into paint and press just like a stamp! I remember doing this as a child! 


You can also use cookie cutters and paint the potato. This picture was taken from Fun stuff
Dollar store sponges are great to cut out designs for painting! 

Enjoy! 

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10 DIY Baby Costumes under 10 dollars! 

Since you generally don’t take a baby trick or treating, you don’t want an expensive costume. You also want a costume they won’t immediately pull off or scream because it’s uncomfortable. 

So here are 10 costumes you can make for under 10 dollars! 

1. For your newborn! Prisoner. Make yourself with a sharpie or sticker. Use a black hat. 


You can also use a striped outfit if you have it and a black hat.

2. Biker baby! 


3. Harry Potter!! 

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Just use felt and draw ears on! 

4.Popcorn baby holder- how cute! Just buy some felt and glue or sew it together! 

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5. Here’s and idea- Charlie Brown!!! Although I don’t think I’d draw on my baby’s head, still a cute idea. You can use a hat to draw on

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6. I had to include this one since I love Dwightschrute from the office 

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7. Animals! Animals! Animals! 

You only need a white onesie, some disposable nipples and felt! Moooo! 

From really awesome costumes. Again, you need felt and some glue or sewing 

You can also take advantage of any winter animal outfit you were given! Such as the bear….

Again, green outfit and some felt. You need a green hat and either fake eyes or make your own! 

8. Garden nome

Costume-works

9. Farmer! Overalls and a straw hat! I had a toy hat I used! 


10. Gum ball machine! All you need is a hat and glue or hot glue on colored cotton balls! You need the red shirt and black pants. 

This one is cute too so I put it in…ghost! You need a white nightgown and felt 

Whats you little one going to be?

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My PPROM experience..and crocheting

You may be thinking, “Did she spell prom wrong?”  No, not that type of fun prom.  I’m talking about the preterm premature rupture of the membranes type (PPROM).  The not fun, not good, and potentially fatal for your baby type.

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What is PPROM? Essentially, pprom occurs when your water breaks before 37 weeks gestation.  Generally, your water breaks and you will go into labor within 48hours.  If your water breaks before 37 weeks you will have gushes of clear or light yellow fluid with a sweet or no scent.  You need to immediately call your ob doctor and/or go to the emergency/labor delivery room.  Your fluid will be tested to see if it is in fact amniotic fluid.  If so, you most likely will be admitted to your perinatal floor until delivery.

What are the complications of your water breaking early?  Besides premature labor and delivery, there is a very high risk for infection for baby and mom.  Prolapse or compression of the umbilical cord and placenta abruption are also possible complications.

Why does PROM or PPROM occur?

In most cases, the cause of PROM is unknown. Some causes or risk factors may be:  Infections of the uterus, cervix, or vagina, Too much stretching of the amniotic sac (this may happen if there is too much fluid, or more than one baby putting pressure on the membranes), Smoking, if you have had surgery or biopsies of the cervix, if you were pregnant before and had a PROM or PPROM

Or, like me, there is no known cause.

What happens next?  It is essential that you receive a set of two steriod shots to mature your baby’s lungs.  These take at least 24 hours to take full affect.  However, most women give birth before then.  Anywhere from 75-90% of women give birth within one week of their water breaking.  You will also be on bedrest and be given antibiotics intravenously and pills.  Ultrasounds will be done weekly to measure fluid which can vary greatly from day to day. If you start having contractions your doctors may give you magnesium sulfate through your IV to try and stop them.

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My Story:

So I wake up around 2am and noticed a puddle in my bed.  Very unusual since I have had no leaking problems.  Then I proceeded to get up and go to the toilet.  Of course I was concerned; however, I thought maybe I just peed my pants for some reason.  I heard that happens with pregnant women.  Nope.  I walked around and each time I stood up a gush of fluid came out.  I had no cramping or pain anywhere and ended up going back to sleep after my husband sleepily mumbled to call the Dr in the morning.  I was tired, so I agreed.

 

Having a medical background, I figured this could be my water that broke so in the morning I packed a small backpack of basic supplies and clothes as well as a bag for my 22 month old daughter who I was going to hand off to my parents at the hospital entrance.  My ob doctor of course informed me to go to the triage department in the hospital for labor/delivery.  Luckily, my husband was able to meet me there and I had support.  The Dr tested the fluid and informed me I would have to stay until delivery which was likely within 48 hours.  I received an IV, fluids, ultrasound (my fluid level was 4 at admission) and a steroid shot.  At first, this was all very overwhelming.

 

So, I expected my baby boy to be born within 48 hours at the gestational age of 30 weeks.  However, days past, then a week, then two weeks.  The antibiotics were finished, the iv was removed, and I was informed if I make it to 34 weeks I will be induced.

 

The first few days I was mostly in bed except using the bathroom.  The baby’s heart rate was listened to four times a day with a nonstress test every morning. I had weekly ultrasounds for just fluid measurement.  After a couple days, I was allowed to take wheelchair rides outside to get some sunshine!  I am lucky to have great family and friends who kept me entertained, took me on rides, brought food and entertainment for me.  I sorely missed my daughter, but luckily she was able to visit daily and got into the routine.

IMG_4764Today I am 33 weeks and 2 days.  I am set to be induced at 34 weeks since after then the risk of infection is very high and would cause the baby and mom to possibly be very sick.

 

So the biggest help was keeping busy.  I crocheted away, hot air balloons for a mobile, baby hats, gifts, butterflies, blankets, hearts, and other creations.  If you have little to no experience, well use YOUTUBE!  That is what I did!  I have crocheted in the past; however, I decided to try many other new projects and simply watched videos on youtube to make the creations! Also, make your room friendly, put up pictures, wear your own pjs and clothes, and get comfy.

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Another activity is adult coloring! I was given several books and colored pencils.  Word puzzels, reading, tv, computer games, whatever you need to do to keep busy!  The staff was very friendly and answered any questions.

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So far that is my experience with PPROM (no, not the fancy get a nice dress and dance type), but I thought I would share in case anyone else is going through it!  There are also support groups out there on facebook, babycenter, and many other places if you need to reach out and join.  Word of caution: googling it too much will cause anxiety and you may find all negative things instead of positive!

IMG_0006I was induced at 11pm August 31st and gave birth at 924am to our son Kodiak!  So glad I went with a vbac!

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P.S. this is why I haven’t posted any new projects lately!  It may be a little while yet!  But keep tuned!

Disclamer: This is not medical advice and is only an experience by one person that is shared on this blog and is not meant to be used in any medical way.

 

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DIY Child Bean Bag!

I don’t know about your little one, but mine sure does love to read!  Well at this age, it is more like browse through the pages and pictures!  She sits by the book shelf and pulls out book by book looking at each page.

At first I thought maybe I should purchase her a bean bag chair, and then I thought, well lets just make one! This can also be a great gift for anyone!  I actually sometimes sit in it too (shhhh!)

So of course I have the video tutorial on youtube below and then the written and picture tutorial below that.  Let me know if you have any questions!

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What you need:

  1. Fabric (you can use two or one color) 2 yards total of each color (or 4 yards of one color)
  2. A 24 inch zipper (or you can use velcro or buttons)
  3. 4 yards of muslin or cheap fabric
  4. Bean bag filling (100L) (I couldn’t find a large bag at my local craft store so I bought mine on amazon with free shipping)
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  6. Make panels of 40×16 inches. You should do 6 outside (3 of one color and 3 of the other color) and 6 inner panels.
  7. Take one of your panels and fold once long way and once width. Have your fold on top and side when measuring to cut. Measure bottom to 6 inches (the long side) and start a curve and cut right up to the right corner. See picture below.
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  10. Line up two inside pieces and sew up and down one side.  I did this twice for more strength.  For the outside you will have the patterns facing inside towards each other and sew.
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  12. Once sewn open the panel up. Then place another panel on the original piece and sew the opposite side (you will end up with three pieces sewn together)
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  14. Then sew the other 3 inside pieces together and you will have two sets of three.
  15. Take the two sewn together pieces and face pattern side in (doesn’t matter with the inside bean bag layer) and sew all the way around the outside leaving a couple inches hole.
  16. Turn right side out.  Then you will put the bean bag filling it!  Ah what a challenge!
    Note: I did not completely fill and sew this until I was sure the outside would fit over properly.  I waited to finish this until the end of the project.
  17. Take one of your outside panels and face the zipper down on the pattern.  Line it up on your machine and sew the zipper on.Take one of your outside panels and face the zipper down on the pattern.  Line up the right outside part of the zipper to the outside of the panel (as shown) and sew the zipper on.
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  19. See the video for more of a demonstration on how to attach a zipper
  20. Sew pattern and right side of the next panel to zipper right sides facing each other (inside) and sew together.
  21. Line up the part below and above the zipper with patterns facing each other and sew
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  23. Then sew your 3rd panel on…complete another 3 panels together as done with the inside pieces.
  24.  **Open your zipper all the way.  Take each 3 piece panel set and place them facing each other (inside) and sew all the way around the edges.  Do not leave a hole this time, you will pull it out through the zipper opening!
  25. Next you will place your inside bean bag that is partially full inside.  If its full then you are done!  However, if you partially filled…continue to fill all the way and sew the inside bag shut.
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  27. Congrats you are done! Enjoy!  Post your pics below!

 

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Easy Sock Snowmen!

What’s an easy gift that can be personalized and made in 15mins?  A sock snowman of course!

IMG_3866A what?  A Sock Snowman? What is that????

Well, let me tell you.  A sock snowman is a snowman made with rubber bands, rice, men’s socks, a hot glue gun, and personalized items.  It is easy, fast, and I love that you can personalize it any way you want for any time of the year!  I made 10 of them for Christmas gifts.  You can see the harry potter and eagles one above.  I also made a hunter, patriots, and princess snowman.  Then I made the usual Christmas snowman for decorations as well.  I even got most of my supplies at the dollar store!

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As usual, there is a youtube video tutorial and the written instructions below.  These make great gifts for any occasion and are quick and easy! Enjoy!

 

What you need:

-Hot glue gun
-Crew socks or longer
-Any type of rice
-Rubber bands
-Decorations such as eyes, stick ons, felt, buttons, bows, pins

  1. Take your crew sock and cut below the ribbed area (the bigger the snowman the lower you want to cut (the bottom part will be the hat of the snowman).
  2. Turn the top ribbed part inside out and place a rubber band tightly on one end
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  4. Turn it right side out and pack with rice. Make sure you continuously pack it down with your hands to give the snowman a fuller shape.  Leave a small area on the top and then close it with another rubber band.
  5. Put a rubber band on the top then 1/3 of the way down place another rubber band as tight as you can and adjust the rice to form the body and head of the snowman.
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  7. Now time for the fun part- decorating!
  8. The scarf can be made out of felt, scrap fabric, or even a crocheted or knitted scarf!  I did this with camo yarn for a hunter snowman.
  9. I used the hot glue gun to make sure everything stayed in place including the scarf and hat!
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  11. Take the bottom part of the sock and fold top of it and place on top of the snowman’s head for the hat!  Feel free to decorate the hat as well.
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  13. I made my sister a harry potter snowman.  I also made a hunter camo snowman, princess snowman, patriots snowman, soccer player, and Christmas themed
    snowmen.
  14. Congrats you are done!  Good job!  Post your pics!
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Truck Pillow Tutorial

I have a nephew who absolutely loves trucks, cars, and any other type of vehicle.  As Christmas approached I was unsure of what to get my nephew.  I searched the internet for ideas of sewing projects with trucks, but it was only to my dismay. None of the projects peaked my interest.  I found a car tutorial but that was it.  So I decided to make my own pattern and tutorial on a truck pillow.  I also decided that putting his name on with iron on letters would be fantastic!IMG_3727

As usual, there is a video tutorial on my youtube site, and written instructions with pictures below.

What you will need:
*Your choice of fabric colors
*poly-fil or any type of stuffing
*Choice of thread colors
*Optional: Iron on letters

Pattern: Use one whole piece of printer paper 8x10inches as the trailer part.  Make a circle for the wheels.  And make a from cab as you like.  The pattern I made is so easy I’m not even going to try and retrace it and scan it and turn it into a pdf because it takes much longer…if you are really having issues please let me know and I will take the time do that for you.

  1. Cut out your fabric pieces
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  3. Iron on letters or if you want to sew on letters that works as well!
  4. Sew on your hubcaps, windows and any other details you want to add
  5. Sew each side together.  The front cab to the trailer and the wheelsSnapshot 1 (1-4-2016 9-28 PM)
  6. Time to sew the middle strip part! I made mine 2 inches thick but you can make it as big as you like!
  7. You can switch colors to match or just use one color.
  8. If you do not want to do the middle section then you can just take the two truck sides facing each other (inside) and sew around leaving a 3 inch opening.  Turn right side out, stuff, and hand-sew shut.
  9. To do the middle strip, line it up with the truck where you want to start and back-stitch and go forward all the way around switch colors as needed.  Curve the middle strip around the corners.
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  11. Now take the other side of the truck and have the sides facing inwards towards
    each other, and sew the second side to the strips on the first side.
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  13. Turn right side out and make sure there are no holes in the outside, if there are turn inside out and fix them.
  14. Fill with your choice of stuffing and hand-sew shut.
  15. Congrats you are done!
  16. If you have any questions or concerns please leave them below.  If you have trouble with the middle strip please watch the youtube tutorial.
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DIY Felt Christmas Tree!

Cece bear loves to pull toys out of baskets and put them back in.  She also likes to build blocks and figure out other puzzles.  So I thought to myself, what can I make for Christmas that she can play with?  And a mini Christmas tree came to mind.  Eventually, I figured out a felt Christmas tree with all sorts of sensory stimulation and Velcro ornaments would work!  So I decided to get to work.

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I decided to make three trees, one for each of Cece’s friends.  It also made a great birthday gift for her friend Kyle’s first birthday!  This is a great activity to do with older children as well.  They can make their own ornaments and decorate the tree!  There are a variety of ways to put the tree, ribbons, buttons, and ornaments together.  The two I used were sewing and hot glue gun, but you can do one or the other as well.  Just make sure if you have a baby, infant, or toddler, to make sure everything is very secure so they can’t pull it off!

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As always, there is a youtube video and written steps and pictures.  Feel free to add your own creativity and pizzazz!!!

If you have an older child, instead of using velcro to stick the ornaments on, you can use string or twine looped on the ornament and they can put them around buttons on the tree!

 

 

What you need:
*Green felt fabric (I used 1.5
yards for three trees)
*velcro
*Brown felt fabric (stump)
*Felt fabrics of various colors for
ornaments of your choice and design
*optional: buttons, ribbons,
and other accessories

IMG_35381) Fold your green felt and make a tree outline on the fold (so half of it traced on).  Then cut your tree out!

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2) Next, if you want a stump, use brown fabric to cut one out!  Once again you can trace it out.  You can either sew it on the bottom or hot glue gun.

Snapshot 1 (12-8-2015 1-58 PM)3) I wanted to make something to hold the ornaments besides just having them stick to the tree.  So I decided a present with the child’s name on it would be perfect!  So next I chose a color of felt I had and cut about 11x 7 inches.

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4) Next, for one of the presents I made I wanted the bow long ways down so I sewed a piece of ribbon straight down the piece. (the other two I made have it across the box which you can sew on now or later)

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5) The next step would be to turn it right sides facing inwards and sew to the length you want so you have the top of the present flap long enough.  Check out the picture to see what I mean. Then turn right side out.

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6) As you can see, I decided to iron on letters for the name of the child.  These two presents are different sizes.  Also, if you want to put a piece of iron on or sew on or glue gun on Velcro to the top of the present to have it stick now is the time.

7)  Then decorate the present at will.  I added some adhesive Rudolph stickers.  I did hot glue them so they would be more secure.

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8) Follow that, I sewed the present onto the tree.  This is optional, you can have it separate or not have a present at all.  I opened the top flap and sewed right along the fold to the tree.  You can also hot glue gun it.

 

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8) Now, back to the tree.  Now is the time to get even more creative!  Use ribbons, garland, buttons, or whatever you want on the tree!  You can sew or hot glue gun them on.  If you have an older child and want to have hanging ornaments on buttons then align your buttons!

9) Next, it is time to make ornaments.  If your child is older they can help decorate and make ornaments.  I chose actually Christmas items and one ornament and one light bulb.  I used whatever felt scraps I had to make them.  I also made a star at the end.  Remember to Velcro your ornaments on the back using the hard side of the Velcro.  You want to iron them on before you decorate the front!  Otherwise you might melt or damage your decorations.

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To hang the tree, I used 3m adhesive strips, but I have heard that the blue paint tape works well on walls.  You can also use suction cups if its on the window or door.  Ok enjoy!  Feel free to post your tree below!

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Hooded Dress (Christmas Theme)

So I didn’t want the same old fancy dresses for Christmas that take FOREVER to make and are uncomfortable.  Therefore, I strolled around the fabric store looking for inspiration.  A tan plaid red and green pattern caught my eye.  For some time I have wanted to make a plaid dress for my little one, but haven’t found the right fit.  However, today, I thought to myself, “How about a comfy hooded dress in plaid?”  And so, the Christmas Plaid dress was born!!!

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I designed the dress myself, so be patient with the video since sometimes I change my mind after completing part of the dress.  Oh, you’ll see what I mean when you watch it!  As always, there is a youtube video tutorial and a written and picture form.  The dress pattern is listed below and is a sketch I made of it.  There are several sizes on there, but you can always adjust it by measuring your little one or making it bigger or smaller by moving the lines.

 

What you will need:

  1. The pattern found here–> dress.jpg
  2. Fabric (around 1 yard)
  3. Thread
  4. Sewing machine and scissors
  5. Optional: ribbon, bias tape, buttons, felt, any other decorations, Velcro for hood

 

Lets get started!

  1. Print the pattern and cut out the right size (note: make sure it is the right size for your little one by measuring)
  2. Cut your fabric patterns out as instructed (decide if you want a hood and if you want it detachable.  Also decide if you want long sleeves or no sleeves)
  3. You can serge or zigzag stitch around all the pieces of fabric to prevent fraying. IMG_3287
  4. After zigzaging or serging, sew the top part of the pocket on the main pocket
    parts
  5. If you want a button on your pocket sew them on now before you attach it
  6. Next, make sure you align your pockets on the dress front by measuring in from the sides and from the top and bottom to get them as even as possible.
  7. You can either fold your pocket edges and sew either a straight or zigzag stitch around the pocket leaving the top open, or you can just stitch around it as I have done since I liked the look for the plaid dress.
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  9. For the hood, have the pattern facing each other on the inside and sew the rounded edge!
  10. Snapshot 1 (11-17-2015 10-01 AM)
  11. Flip right side out and hem or add bias tape to outside
  12. You can sew your hood on fabric pattern facing fabric pattern and sew across and flip right side out, or you can use buttons or velco. You will need to either make button holes or put velcro on the back of the dress to hold the hood.  I used iron on velco.  Note**If you are sewing it on wait until after you sew the front to back**
  13. The front collar of the dress needs to be hemmed or sew bias tape on it
  14. Snapshot 2 (11-17-2015 12-39 PM)
  15. Next, is to sew the front to back of the dress.  If you want the top of the dress to be velcro as well, you can have a jumper (but you wouldn’t have sleeves so skip the sleeve part).
  16. To sew it together, turn patterns facing each other and sew . Also line up sides and pin and sew down underneath the sleeve opening. Then turn right side out.
  17. Snapshot 3 (11-17-2015 1-23 PM)
  18. If you are not doing sleeves, you want to hem or use bias tape on the sleeve holes after sewing down the side. If you are not doing sleeves then hem or use bias tape around the bottom and you are all done!
  19. If you are doing sleeves, turn pattern facing pattern and sew.  Then turn right side out.
  20. Sew the sleeve sides together by facing pattern side to pattern inside. Do not sew the curved part as pointed to in the picture below. Then turn right side out
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  22. Turn your body of the dress inside out. Have your sleeve right side out.  Place your sleeve inside the body with the curved open part lining up with the
    armhole.  Sew around.
  23. Snapshot 5 (11-17-2015 7-57 PM)
  24. This picture shows that you want the sleeve facing downward inside the body of the dress.  the larger end to the hole and the smaller end (where the hand comes out) facing downwards.
  25. You can hem or use bias tape on cuffs of sleeves and bottom of dress.  Then add any embellishments you want and wah-la you are done!IMG_3446
  26. Congrats! Feel free to post your pics below!
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