Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dolly Diaper Bag + Tutorial

Every time my daughter goes through the American Girl Catalog, the Bitty Baby Diaper Bag is always at the top of her wishlist. At $36 I can hardly justify buying it, so I decided to recreate it for her. I made 2 (one for each of my girls) for far less than the price of one Bitty Baby Diaper Bag. These don't come with all the goodies the real one does, but I am hoping they will still be a hit for Christmas this year. :)

Supplies needed to make this bag:
--1/2 to 3/4 yard main fabric
--1/2 yard coordinating fabric for the liner
--1/2 to 3/4 yard fusible fleece
--small piece of cardboard
*** Updated 2013: Use a piece of fusible Peltex instead of the cardboard.***

(I kinda guessed with the yardage because I just used supplies I had on hand, but if you are buying fabric specifically for this project- get a little extra just to be on the safe side! Sorry it is not more precise!)

To start, get all of the cutting done...

This bag measures 10 in(l)x 8 in(h) x 5 in (w)
If you wanted your bag smaller or bigger you can just calculate the difference when cutting your fabric

8x11= 2 pieces {front and back of bag}
8x6= 2 pieces {side of bag}
6x11= 1 piece {bottom of bag}
5x11= 2 pieces {flaps for bag}
4x20= 2 pieces {straps for bag}

8x11= 2 pieces {LINER: front and back of bag}
8x6=2 pieces {LINER: side of bag}
6x11= 1 piece {LINER: bottom of bag}
5x11= 2 pieces{LINER: flaps for bag}

8x11= 2 pieces
8x6= 2 pieces
5x11= 2 pieces

***Updated 2013-  Fusible Peltex: 
5 1/4 x 10 1/4 inch piece of fusible peltex for the base of the bag- apply this (it will be slightly smaller than the base of the bag to allow for the seam allowance to reduce bulk) to the base piece instead of the fusible fleece as I mention in the tutorial. This will work a lot better than the cardboard since the cardboard just moves around once the bag is sewn.***

Step 1: Take all of the main pieces of fabric and iron the fusible fleece to each piece (the only ones that shouldn't have fleece are the 2 4x20 inch pieces of fabric for the straps.)
Step 2: Take the 2 8x6 inch (side panels) of fabric and line them up with one of the 8x11 inch (front panel) of fabric and sew them to the sides (right side together). Then take the other 8x11 inch (back panel) and sew. When you are done, it should look like this. 
Step 3: Then pin and sew the 6x11 inch piece to the bottom of the bag. Turn right side out. (I ironed the seams once turned right side out so that the bag had more of a rectangle shape.)
Step 4: (forgot to take a picture of this step) Fold and press the top edge of the bag in towards the inside of the bag 1/2 inch all the way around.
Step 5: Take the 5 pieces of the coordinating fabric for the liner and put them together the same way you did in step 2-3 except don't turn right side out when you are done. 
Step 6: Measure the bottom of the bag and cut a piece of cardboard to fit exactly in the base of the bag. This will help the bag keep it's shape when there are things in it. Once the cardboard is in, place the liner bag inside the main bag.

*** EDITED 2013: if you add the fusible Peltex in here to the bottom panel- it would work better than the cardboard since the cardboard can move around!***
Step 7: Take the 4 pieces of fabric that are 5x11 inches and use a cup to trace and cut the top edges of each piece of fabric so they are rounded.
Step 8: Take one liner and one main piece of fabric and place them right sides together and sew along all but the bottom edge of the fabric. 
Step 9: Turn right side out and top stitch along the edge. Do steps 8-9 to the other flap.
Step 10: Take the two 4x20 inch pieces of fabric for the straps and fold and iron each strap in half wrong side together (hot dog style). After it is pressed nicely so you can see the line, open up so that the wrong side of the fabric is facing up. Fold each of the edges toward the center and press. After you are done pressing the edges to the center, fold back in half. (All the raw edges should be on the very inside of the strap now) Press one more time really well.
Step 11: Sew along each side of each strap to secure.

Step 11: Tuck the flaps and straps in between the outside and liner of the bag and pin. 
Step 12: Sew all the way around the top of the bag to secure the flaps and straps to the bag. (take the pins out as you go so you don't have puckers in the liner underneath.
Step 13: Sew a couple pieces of velcro to the flaps.
And you are done! 
I can't wait to see the looks on my girls faces Christmas morning when they open these dolly diaper bags up! :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party #15

Hey everyone!! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend! Anyone shop till they dropped on Black friday??? I sure did- 6 hours in the middle of the night and 2 hours that morning! LOVED IT! :)
Well.... it's that time again! Ready to say Ta-Da!! Show me what ya did last week!

Here are the most viewed links from last weeks party:

Great job guys!!! Grab a featured button! :)

 So here is to another awesome party!!!

I would love for you to:
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2. Link back to my blog, or put the Ta-Da Tuesday Button anywhere on your blog to share the link party love!

Please remember to link to a specific post, and no links to giveaways or etsy shops. Thanks!!!

P.S. Don't forget to enter the awesome giveaways we have going right now! Click on the links on the sidebar!!!!

Review & Giveaway: Baby Blvd

A couple weeks ago I got asked if I wanted to do a review on a pattern to make a case for my scriptures. I was super excited because I have been wanting to make something to protect my scriptures for a while now so this worked out perfectly! 

I chose to make the Quad Scripture Cover...It was SOO easy! I was really impressed with the directions and diagrams that were included in the pattern. Anyone could make this!

I added a little flower to the top of the strap to give it a little flair...

Baby Blvd is going to be giving away 3 patterns to their shop! So 3 people will win one pattern of their choice each!

All you have to do to enter is head over to Baby Blvd and pick out your favorite pattern and then come back and leave a comment with which one you would choose with your email!

These would be perfect to make for Christmas! So easy and so quick!

{Not So Mini} Mini Skirt + Tutorial

 When I found this corduroy fabric at Joann's, I immediately pictured a little mini skit! I love the pattern and the colors! And of course I couldn't resist adding some pom-poms!

Ok... so here is how you make it.

You will need:
elastic for back waistband

To create your ratio, measure waist.
Front piece of skirt= 1/2 width of waist measurement by length desired (don't forget to include seam allowances)
Back Piece of skirt= 3/4 waist measurement by length desired (don't forget to include seam allowances)
Just so you can visualize it more, I will show my daughters ratios...
Waist=19 inches
Front piece= 10.5 inches x length (I added one inch to the width for seam allowances- that is why it is 10.5 instead of 9.5)
Back Piece= 15.25 inches x length (added one inch for seam allowances)
 Step 1: Take the back piece of fabric and create a casing for the elastic. ( I was using 1 inch elastic so I folded over 1/4 inch and pressed and then folded over again 1 1/4 inch and pressed.)
 Step 2: Sew along the top and bottom of the casing.
 Step 3: Cut your elastic- divide waist measurement in half and then subtract 1-2 inches and that will be the length for your elastic. 
Step 4: Thread your elastic through that casing.
 Step 5: Once you get it all the way through, pin it on each side so you can sew it to the edge of the fabric.

Step 6: After your elastic is sewn into the waist, line up the front and back pieces of the skirt right sides together and sew down the sides of the skirt. Then hem the skirt to desired length.

Step 7: Sew on the pom poms.

That's it! Easy peasy!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Giveaway: Patty Trends

Happy Black Friday!!!
We are kicking things off here with a fun giveaway!!!
My friend Patty over @ Patty Trends is giving away 10 lucky winners a pattern of your choice from her new shop she just opened up and is also doing a great Black Friday sale too!!
If anyone is going to be getting the Silhouette Cameo for Christmas, Patty just came up with a new pattern for a cover for the cameo! How great is that?!? She also has lots of other really cute patterns and will be making new patterns in the future as well!


There are 3 ways to enter the giveaway:
{Leave a comment for each one with your email}

Winners will be chosen Friday December 2nd!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Ta-Da Tuesday #14

Hello everyone!! Ta-Da!!! It's time for another Par-Tay! 

Last week was out biggest Ta-Da Tuesday yet!! 137 links! You guys are creating some pretty amazing things!! :) 

Here are the top 6 most viewed links from last week:

Great job guys!!! Grab a featured button! :)

 So here is to another awesome party!!!

I would love for you to:
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Please remember to link to a specific post, and no links to giveaways or etsy shops. Thanks!!!

Giveaway: All Through the Night CD


Growing up I can remember my mom putting music on for my brothers and sisters and I to help us go to sleep at night. Now that I have my kids, I like to do the same thing. I found another great cd to add to our lullaby collection. It's called All Through the Night. I loved the cover when I saw it and it totally drew me in. Then after I heard the music I was hooked. It is so calm and gentle and perfect to lull my two little ones to sleep at night. 

I am so excited to share this with you. Whether you have kids or not, this CD is great. It features beautiful classic lullabies on the harp and flute. The Opus 2 harp and flute duo is comprised of Julie Gaisford Keyes and Steven Luera Alder. All of the arrangements are by Emmy award winning composer Kurt Bestor and the CD cover photography and digital artwork is by Mark Mabry. All Through the Night is now available at Deseret Book, Seagull Book, iTunes, and at

Opus 2 is giving one lucky Mommy by day... Crafter by night reader a copy of All Through the Night!
You can enter multiple ways and leave your email address on at least one of your comments:

Mandatory Entry:
 Visit Listen to the sound clips, and "Like" the site.
"Like" them on Facebook and leave a comment with your favorite sound clip.

Extra Entries:
-- Follow Opus2music on twitter.
--Facebook, tweet, or blog about this giveaway! Each one is a separate entry.

Winner will be chosen Monday Nov. 28th.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Free Printable: Dear Santa Letterform

It's getting to be that time for making wish lists and writing Santa letters so I came up with some fun printables to share with your little kiddos to aid in their list making and letter writing:)


I am happy to share! All I ask is that you become a follower first:)
To print, right click on the one that you would like and save it to your computer. You can print from there. (They are both sized to print out 8.5x11 inches)

Live Chat @ The Motherhood

Hey everyone! I am going to be co-hosting a live chat at The Motherhood on Monday and will be chatting about DIY holiday decor. I would love for your to come join me! I will be co-hosting with four other talented DIY craft bloggers: 

Grace, Grace Hester Designs -
Jen, Tatertots and Jello -
Jess, Craftiness is Not Optional -
Joy, Creative Mamma -

What: A live, text-based chat in The Motherhood.  With Thanksgiving and other special holidays on the horizon, we will focus on tips for creating fun, crafty and kid-friendly holiday decorations, making show-stopping holiday tablescapes and other fabulous projects to wow your holiday guests!  Come to share your own ideas (and photos and videos!) and get inspiration from other creative minds!

When: Monday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. ET.  We will chat for 30 minutes!

Where: The Motherhood, here -

Hope to see ya there!! :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree {ON A BUDGET}

Christmas is by far my favorite holiday of the year. For many, many reasons... Just one of them being that I get to put of my Christmas tree!!


There is just something about having a christmas tree in the room that just makes ya wanna burst into song... "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire... Jack Frost nipping at your nose"- Ok... ok... maybe I am the only one that feels that way, but you have to admit that a Christmas tree makes ya feel good! Right? I put my Christmas tree up over a week ago and I have been enjoying every second of it!

Today I am going to share my tips of decorating your Christmas Tree on a budget!

To start, let me tell you the story of my Christmas tree... I got it 5 years ago at Walmart. At the time, I didn't have a lot of money and I didn't have much space. It cost me a total of $29.99 and came pre-lit. 5 years later {still have no money, and limited space} and it works great. It's pretty sparse, but it does the job and I try to make up for the sparseness with decorations! So with that said, let me tell you my tips for decorating your tree on a budget.

Tip #1: Don't spend a ton of money on the actual tree. Like I said, mine cost $29.99 and it does the job! Of course down the road I would love to upgrade, but since I need to decorate on a budget, this tree works great! :) Whatever money you save on the tree you can put into ornaments and all the fun stuff:)

Tip #2: Shop the after Christmas sales and clearance racks. Probably 85% of the decorations on my tree are things that I got 50-75% off at the after Christmas sales and saved to use for the next year. If you are like me, it's hard to do this because I want my tree to look perfect NOW! ;) But when you are trying to save money, this is a great thing to do. And just think- it will be so fun next year when you get to pull out all the new things you were able to get the year before on sale! It's like Christmas- Literally;)

Tip#3: Buy a little bit at a time. My tree has taken me 4 years to get it to the point it is now. It gets better every year and it is so fun to compare pictures from the previous years to see just how far my little tree has come!:) When you see something on sale throughout the year, snatch it up, add it to the Christmas pile. If you wait until Christmas time when all the stores have things full price, it can be pretty pricey to decorate your tree/house.

Tip #4: Buy things that aren't necessarily "Christmas decor" to decorate your tree. I love to use garlands and silk flowers in my tree to fill the sparse branches. These things can be found on sale throughout the year! This year I added 2 small berries wreaths to my tree to fill in the sparse areas- You can't even tell they are wreaths since I wiggled them into the tree branches.

Tip #5: Watch for Christmas Sales (during the Christmas season) and use coupons... Hobby Lobby, Roberts, and Joann are great places to buy things because they almost always have a 40-50% off coupon that you can use on one item. This year, I bought the things to make my 20 Min Christmas Wreath for 50% off at Joann and Hobby Lobby- and I didn't even have to use a coupon since they were having a sale!

Tip #6: Buy big things to decorate with on your tree. Now my husband might fight me on this tip;) You should have been in the room when I pulled out my "new" treasures to put on my tree this year {the 2 BIG vintage looking bottle cap signs that say Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas}... Needless to say, my husband was a little worried about how big they are- But as I always say "Go big or go home!" Once I got the tree all done, he loved them! ;) I love decorating with big things! It fills up your tree super fast and I just love putting chunky things into my tree that aren't really supposed to be put on a Christmas tree. Now- I know some of you are thinking that I broke the cardinal rule of decorating with odd numbers since I only have 2 signs in my tree- I know that I TOTALLY broke that rule, but I don't think my tree could have handled another one and I am happy with the way it looks- rule breaking and all:)

Tip #7: Break all the rules. (This tip doesn't necessarily have anything to do with saving money) Decorate your Christmas tree how YOU think looks good. Put things on it that YOU like. Don't worry about what is in style or what this years colors are. Christmas trends come and go, so just buy things that you love- whether or not it is in style. If you love mauve- then decorate your tree in mauve- gosh darn it;) In the long run, you will be so glad that you went with your style instead of doing what everyone else is doing.

So now here is how I decorate my tree!

Step #1: Have the hubby put up the tree (see how sparse it is to start??)
Step #2: Put ribbons and garland on. Then add your biggest decorations next so you can make sure they are evenly placed. Here is where I added my 2 bottle cap signs (which I got last week at Hobby Lobby for 50% off- they were $5 each!! LOVE!)
Step #3: I added my 2 berry wreaths.
Can you see the red berries on the left side of this picture- it is one of the wreaths.
Step #4: Add all of your biggest ornaments first so you can space things out well. Add the smallest ornaments last to fill in the gaps.
Voila! You are done- Now you are ready to cuddle up with a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy your masterpiece! :)
Notice- I don't have a tree skirt! I have looked and looked over the years and haven't found the perfect one yet {in my price range}... might just have to make one myself:) For now I just prop up this snowman picture at the base of the tree to cover the stand until I have present there.

Hope you are all having a great holiday season! :)