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Baby Drool Scarf Tutorial

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My own kids are past the drooling stage (3 and 5) but I’ve been seeing these adorable scarves in all the swanky baby catalogs and I knew that I must make some.  These are a super easy sew, ANYONE can make these. Perfect for a baby gift. The scarf has a button and elastic loop to secure it in the back and I also included a corner of terry cloth (optional) for some quick wipes to baby’s chin. How cute is my little model and the drool scarf above?  He looks effortlessly cool :). Here is the tutorial. Happy Sewing! Baby Drool Scarf Tutorial Materials Needed:

    • 14″ x 14″ square of fabric (any fabric works, cotton and flannel are great choices)
  • Sewing machine, thread etc.
  •  small button
  • small piece of elastic (skinnier the better)
  • piece of terry cloth (optional – can be cut from a face cloth)
  • iron

Step 1 : Finish edges of your scarf square by either using a serger or zigzag stitch close to the edge of cut fabric. If using the terry cloth in one corner of your scarf, cut out cloth to fit into one corner.  Serge or zigzag stitch along the long side of the triangle.  Sew the cloth in place on the two outside edges the fabric square (wrong side of fabric) 1/2″ from edge of fabric. This way the two ends will get encased in the fabric when we hem the scarf in the next step. Drool Scarf 2 Step 2: Press 1/4-1/2″ fold along all edges. If using the terry cloth, ensure that fabric fits nicely around cloth. Secure with pins before sewing to stop things from shifting while sewing.  Hem 1/4″ from edge.  droolscarf6 Step 3: Fold scarf in half on the diagonal to find the two corners that you will use to secure scarf behind baby’s neck.  One corner will have the button sewn on, the other corner will have the elastic loop sewn on.  You could do this all by hand or use the machine to secure the elastic like I did. When deciding how big of an elastic loop to make, I would try to make it tight enough that it won’t fall off the the button, but loose enough that it can easily be taken off.  Try it a few times to practice before finalizing the size of the loop. drool scarf 3 You are done! Wasn’t that easy?!  I know, it looks way more impressive than it is.  LOVE that! And best of all, it is a really functional and practical gift.  What could be better! :) drool scarf 4 Have you made one yet? Let me know how it went! Blog Signature 2

Fabric Necklace Tutorial

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Hi there! It seems like fabric necklaces are ALL over the place these days.  I’ve been wanting to make one for a while so I finally gave this a whirl and I really like how it came out!  You could do approximately 1 million variations to this but I think the ribbon tie is cute and adds some more frill to it.  Here is another photo of the necklace on my three year old.  She is also wearing an easy bubble skirt that will show up as a free tutorial soon! Fabric Necklace 1 Lets hop right to it and get to the tutorial!

Fabric Necklace Tutorial Materials Needed:

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    • Fabric strip 2-3″ x 30″
    • Ribbon – 1 piece 32″ long
    • beads, no bigger than 1/2″ in diameter
    • 6-8 small strips of fabric 1″ x 6″ (cut with pinking shears optional)
    • Sewing machine, thread, scissors etc.

Step 1:  Fold the long strip of fabric in half (lengthwise) and right sides together.  Insert the long piece of ribbon inside the fold, securing on one end with a pin.  Sew along the short edge with the ribbon pinned and the long cut edge 1/2-1/4″ from the edge.

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Turn the fabric right side out by pulling gently on the string and helping the fabric along the way.

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Step 2:  You now have a fabric tube secured on one end.  Insert a single bead into the tube, work the bead down to the very bottom.  Then tie a simple knot as close to the bead as possible. Continue with these two alternating steps until you reach the other end.  Leave at least 1/2″ on the end to secure the ribbon in the next step.

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Fold the end of the fabric inside the tube, insert the other end of the ribbon inside. Secure with a pin and top stitch shut.   The necklace will now be one big loop.  Find the middle of the ribbon and cut so you will have loose ends to fit around the child’s neck and tie in a bow.  You may want to sew the ends to keep from fraying or use Fray check etc.

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Step 3:  In order to make your flower detail, you will need the 6-8 strips of fabric 1″ x 6″. I cut mine with a pinking shears to keep the ends from fraying and for a fun look.

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Simply tie the strips around one spot on the necklace.  It looks cute to offset this flower to one side or have it in the very center of the necklace. Up to you! It may take some tweaking to get the strips to lay well and look nice.  I also tied some strips to the other strips instead of all around the necklace.  If you want it to be very secure, I would place some hot glue around the knots to keep them in place.

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There you have it! I hope you enjoy your new fabric necklace.  Let me know how it goes!

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Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial

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I can’t believe it, but I have a kid with a wiggly tooth!!  How did that happen?  It feels like just yesterday I spotted those first little teeth breaking through the gums when my son was 4 months old.  Here we are 5 years later and they are starting to wiggle out.  What on earth?!

My extremely inquisitive son (seriously, this kid never stops asking questions) is very curious about all of this tooth fairy business. You can imagine my thrill when I actually had an answer to one of his questions, “How will my tooth not get lost underneath my pillow before the tooth fairy takes it?”  Crafty mom to the rescue!

Ta da! And a neat little place for Miss Tooth Fairy to leave the cash :)

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Here is how you can make this very simple pillow that your kids will LOVE.  Its amazing how special my kids feel when I make them something like this.  Even if it only took me 15 minutes, the look on their little faces when they see it is priceless.

 Supplies:

  • Fabric – two 7″ x 7″ squares  (I really think any type of fabric will work.  Woven or Knit)
  • White flannel fabric or white felt.  Small square
  • Tooth template.  Find it here.
  • Black embroidery floss and embroidery needle.
  • fiberfill

Step 1

Print and cut out the Tooth Template (here).  Pin the template onto your flannel or felt and cut out Tooth shape.   Using the black embroidery floss and embroidery needle, create the eyes with a simple criss cross stitch and the mouth.  It doesn’t matter what the back looks like, no one will see this!

When the face is done, attach the tooth to one of the pieces of 7″ fabric.  I used a needle and thread (not embroidery but you could if you wanted to) and stitched the tooth onto the fabric. Do NOT stitch the top of the tooth though or you will not have a pocket!

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Step 2

Once your Tooth pocket is secured onto one of the 7″ squares, you are ready to make your pillow!  Place right sides together and sew around 4 edges being sure to leave 2 ” opening to flip the pillow right side out!

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Turn pillow right side out, stuff with fiber fill to desired fullness.  Use a needle and thread to whip stitch the 2″ opening closed.  You are done!

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