Super Stay At Home Mommy!

Adventures in the life of a stay at home wife and mom

Crib/Toddler Bed Sheets

Now that we are all moved into our new house, I was able to get the sewing machine out again! I’ve been wanting to make sheets for the baby’s crib, and finally got the opportunity to (and while I was at it I went ahead and made some for Linnaea’s bed too!) I used THIS awesome tutorial from MADE, and I am in love with them! I will definitely be making all of their sheets from here on out… It was super easy, and all you need is 2 yards of fabric, 1/4″ elastic, and your sewing machine! It took me just a couple hours to make 3 sheets. The trickiest part is the elastic, but once I got the first one figured out the other 2 came together really quick and easy.

Here’s what we ended up with!!!

These are actually for Linnaea's toddler bed. She LOVES fishies

These are actually for Linnaea’s toddler bed. She LOVES fishies

The picture doesn't do this fabric any justice- it's a really pretty yellow

The picture doesn’t do this fabric any justice- it’s a really pretty yellow

Pretty in pink!

Pretty in pink!

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Rag Quilt Tutorial

I have been dying to sew up lots of cute baby stuff, but we are currently in the middle of a move so my sewing has slowed down quite a bit. One thing I have accomplished is a rag quilt. It was so quick and easy! I was able to put it all together in just a few days during Linnaea’s nap time. I think it is just perfect for a baby blanket 🙂

I followed THIS tutorial– the only difference is that I used 5″ squares instead of 7″ squares.

 

Don't you just LOVE those bright colors!

Don’t you just LOVE those bright colors! (Please forgive my phone pic….)

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Burp Rag Tutorial

With less than 11 weeks left until the baby is due, I have really started sewing like crazy to get some things prepared for her arrival. I’ll be sure to share all my projects and the tutorials I used to make them. I’ve found that making things myself has been a HUGE money saver for us! I’m a big sale shopper (and you all know my addiction to thrift stores and up-cycling old things!), so I’ve managed to get all of my supplies at half price or less!

The first project I wanted to share was baby burp rags. A friend of mine shared this tutorial with me (from Cloud9 Fabrics) and I LOVE them! They are super quick and easy to throw together. I made 8 of them, and it only took me a little over an hour from cut to finish. And this is a great way to use up some of those spare fat quarters you have laying around! Each fat quarter will make 2 burp rags, and just 1 yard of flannel (for the back) is all you need for a set of 8. So, 4 fat quarters and a yard of flannel later….. This is what I ended up with–

There are 2 of each pattern. Just LOVE them!

There are 2 of each pattern. Just LOVE them!

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Kids Clothes Week Challenge Fall 2012

Did anybody else complete the challenge? I’d love to see what everyone made!

Here’s some pictures of what I managed to get done this week….

 

I think this is my favorite thing I made all week! I’m OBSESSED with pleats, and just love how this skirt turned out… Here’s the tutorial so you can try it out too: Pleated Pocket Skirt

I’m always going back to circle skirts because they’re just so quick and easy! This one is for my daughter’s birthday outfit 🙂 Circle Skirt Tutorial

Ok, so not clothes, but accessories count too right? I made this purse as a birthday present for my daughter. It didn’t take long, and I think it’s super cute! (The angle of the picture makes the top look a bit crooked, but it’s not really 🙂 )

Make it yourself: Buttercup Bag Sewing Pattern

Finally, I made this beautiful cape! I thought it would be so cute to have a 2 year old in some old-time fashion! So, I decided to make my own twist on Little Red Riding Hood’s cape… I actually used a Little Red Riding Hood costume pattern to create this

Here’s the back. Not the best picture, but just wanted to point out the hood

Here’s the pattern I used: Simplicity 2571

I did include a lining in mine. Basically, to do this, you’ll want to cut out and sew 2 capes (one lining and one with the outside fabric.) You’ll then line them up, right side together, and pin. Sew the 2 pieces together along the outside, leaving a small opening. Turn right side out, and sew the opening shut. It was the first time I’ve sewed a lining into something so large. I was intimidated at first, but it ended up being a lot easier than I originally thought it would be. I also sewed a button closure instead of the recommended ribbon/tie closure.

So, there you have it! Got a lot accomplished, and I still have a few things left on my list to work on! Maybe I’ll get a few things done this week too 🙂

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Kids Clothes Week Challenge!!

Earlier this year, I posted about Kids Clothes Week Challenge (KCWC)… Well, it’s that time again!! Fall Kids Clothes Week Challenge starts October 8 and goes through the 14th! I had a great time last year and accomplished so much. Check out elsie marley’s blog to learn more! I encourage you to join in 🙂 And stay tuned for pictures of everything I make!

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Activity Tote and Crayon Roll

These were the last things I needed to make before we go on our road trip to Missouri. I wanted Linnaea to have a few things to keep her entertained, and this activity tote and crayon roll were absolutely perfect! I made the activity tote from an old denim dress I got at Good Will for cheap, and used a fat quarter from my Tuesday Morning stash for the pockets and handles. For the crayon roll, I used 2 more fat quarters and some leftover flannel from the Quiet Books I made a while back. Now I’m excited to go out and buy a few more things to stock up her activity tote.

Nice little holder for all her crayons

All rolled up

Outside of the activity tote

Inside

Perfect!

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Toddler Sundress

I’m still working on making Linnaea a few things to take with us to Missouri and THIS toddler sundress is one of them. It took me about an hour to whip up yesterday during her nap time and I couldn’t be more in love with it. It’s simple and adorable! I used an old sheet I got at Good Will for $1 (although I only used about 1/8 of it), and a fat quarter from the goods I scored at Tuesday Morning. Another 25 cent outfit 🙂 Cute AND affordable, gotta love it!

 

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Romper!

We are heading to Missouri to visit my parents soon, so I wanted to make Linnaea something comfy and light to wear in the heat. I found this awesome pattern and tutorial for a romper at Fabric.com, and just HAD to make it! To make things even better, I made it out of an old sheet that I got at Good Will. The whole little outfit cost me about a quarter. You can’t beat that!

Just adorable, right? And it only took me an hour or so to make from cutting to finished product. I love it!

With the cute little sash around the waste.

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Great Deal!!

I just wanted to quickly share a great deal that I got today, that maybe you can snag too! A friend of mine, who lives in Texas, told me about a deal she got on quilting fabric bundles at a store called Tuesday Morning. Naturally, I had to go to our local store and see if they had some on clearance too, and they did!! I spent about $35, and got a ton of great stuff. Some of it will be used for quilting, but a lot of this can be used for clothing, so I am super excited!!

Here’s everything I got. Such a great deal!

fat quarters…. I love the polka dots in this one. I may have to find something to make for Linnaea out of fat quarters!

Fat quarters

8 fat quarters. This actually matches some quilting material I already had, so this will be turned into a quilt soon!

1 yard

1 yard of each fabric

1 yard of each fabric

Two jelly rolls…
These alone are worth $35.

So, if you have a Tuesday Morning near you, go take a look! Hard to pass up these deals!

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Kids Clothes Week Challenge

This past week I participated in the Kids Clothes Week Challenge (KCWC) via Elsie Marley. Basically, we were challenged to work for one hour a day, for seven days straight, on making children’s clothes. I got several things accomplished, and wanted to share with you!

Leggings made from old t-shirts. I got this tutorial from Rookie Moms.

A pair of long shorts. I've had terrible luck in the past with shorts patterns, so I actually spent one hour of my sewing time creating a pattern for these. Some day, I'll add more sizes to it and post if for everyone to download.

And of course, the poodle skirt I showed you earlier this week. You can find the tutorial here at SuperStayAtHomeMommy!

I got this pattern from the free downloadables at Fabric.com. I changed it up a little and added the tiers. This is my favorite thing I did this week 🙂

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