Daughter’s First Birthday Outfit!

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Has it really been 3 months since my last post?  CRAZY!  A lot has happened in 3 months!  I won’t bore you with all the details however, one very special event for our family was my daughter’s first birthday.  I had a lot of fun sewing up a few outfits and decorations for a little photoshoot and for her small party with family.  I also made a coordinating outfit for her bunny!  Since having our baby girl, sewing has been such a great way to relax after she goes to bed…or after she’s awake from 2am to 3am and I’m wide awake and need something to do.

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For the bunting, I used a FREE bunting pattern here.  I wanted to make it as quick as possible so I just cut out the triangles (for the pink one I used the 6″ triangle and for the purple I used the 4″ triangle) and kept the edges raw.  On the back of each triangle I put a 1/2″ strip of fusible interfacing along the top edge to decrease any puckering in the fabric.  After that, I wedged the triangles in-between a long piece of bias tape and sewed a straight line all the way across the tape.  Done.  Super easy!

For the diaper cover I used an awesome free pattern from MADE Everyday.  You can find the video tutorial here.

I purchased the plain white bib from Carter’s (it came in a pack of 5) and then I appliquéd it!  I applied “heat n’ bond” to the wrong side of the fabric and cut out my desired shapes.  After fusing the shapes to the bib, I sewed around the edges of the fabric to secure them in place.  You can find a tutorial that explains this process in detail here.

For the skirt I used another fabulous MADE Everyday tutorial which you can find here.  I did a rolled hem on each layer of the skirt with my serger.

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The plain white onesies were purchased at Wal-Mart (they came in packages of 2).  I used Premie Size for the bunny and size 3-6 months for my teeny tiny daughter!  I appliquéd the cupcakes to the onesies.

I used a simple yet cute headband tutorial from Create Kids Couture.  You can find it here.

I LOVED how it all turned out however, the appliqué only lasted for the day!  The edges of the fabric frayed!  Luckily, I only really needed the outfit for one day so it didn’t really matter.  Next time, I’ll need to use a zig zag/satin stitch instead of a straight stitch to secure the appliquéd pieces to the bib and onesies.

Until next time,

-AFriendLikeBen-

 

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Easter Bunny Hat and Diaper Cover

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Happy to report that I’m moving right along with my March/April baby gifts!  One of my closest friends is having a baby girl just in time for Easter and I’m so thrilled with how this turned out.

I originally saw this pattern on Pinterest – it’s a FREE pattern from “Repeat Crafter Me”- Thankyou!  You can find the link to the free pattern here.

For the fluffy bunny tail, I stitched on a small piece of “Flying Trapeze Candy Pink Feather Boa” from Hobby Lobby.

The polka dot heart buttons on the diaper cover are “JHB” brand, style #53604.  I purchased them at Hancock Fabrics.

For the photo backdrop, I used “David Tutera Chiffon Ribbon Rose” fabric from Joanne Fabrics that I bought on sale MONTHS AGO!  I love it so much but have yet to decide what to make with it!  Any ideas?

Happy Crafting,

-AFriendLikeBen-

Printing on Fabric for this “Toronto Blue Jays” Hat and Diaper Cover!

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Even though I currently live in the USA with my husband, we’re both Canadians and love our Toronto Blue Jays!  My amazing and dear friend is having a baby boy at the end of March and like us, her and her husband are big Jays fans!  For baby shower gifts lately, I’ve been trying to purchase something off the registry and also make a little something from the heart.  I really enjoyed making this project and my friend loved it!

Below is my tutorial on how I printed on fabric to create the logo.  If you’d like to try this technique you’ll need the following materials:

  • Printer (I have the Brother ink-jet printer)
  • Printer paper
  • White cotton fabric
  • Freezer paper
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Unfortunately the interfacing, paper, fabric and freezer paper are all white so it’s difficult to see the different layers in my photos.  Feel free to message me if you have any questions.

***As with most crafty experiments, there’s a risk factor!  I tried this out and it worked well with my printer but I cannot guarantee it will work on all printers.*** 

Step 1: Choose the image you’d like to print.  Print it out to test that it’s the right size.  (I printed in black and white for the test.)

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Step 2: Cut out white fabric large enough to print on.  (You can see the white fabric behind the black and white test sheet shown above.  I was ensuring that it was the right size.)

Step 3: Cut and iron on the interfacing to the white fabric.  (This prevents the fabric from fraying once you cut out your logo.)  Always use a cheesecloth or scrap fabric overtop of the interfacing while ironing.

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Step 4:  Cut and iron on Freezer Paper on top of the interfacing you just applied.  (This adds stiffness to the fabric so it can move through the printer.)

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Step 5: Tape the fused fabric/interfacing/freezer paper sheet to your test sheet of printing paper. (Freezer paper side down, fabric facing up so you can print on it.)

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Step 6: Place it into the printer accordingly.

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Step 7:  Print in colour.

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Step 8: Peel off the Freezer paper and cut out your logo.

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Step 9:  Attach logo onto your project.  (I used a needle and thread.)

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I also made this adorable Boston Red Sox hat for another friend having a boy in April!

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To make the hat and diaper cover I followed a crochet pattern I purchased on Esty from AvaGirlDesigns.  I usually make Amigurumi items, not clothing, so the pattern was a bit tricky to follow at first.  After googling some new stitches and experimenting a little, I got the hang of it!  I used a larger hook than the pattern recommended (I used size 5.  the pattern recommended 4) and I still feel the hat is a little small.  Luckily the yarn stretches so I’m hopeful it will still fit for newborn photos.

For a link to the baseball buttons I used on the diaper cover click here.

To learn how to make the “Self Binding Baby Blanket” shown in the background, see a previous blog post here.

I really enjoyed making this project – let me know if you try it too or have any feedback!

-AFriendLikeBen-