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Baby Shower Diaper Cakes & Sock Corsages!

My sister’s baby showers are officially over!  I can now share with you many of the projects I have been working on these past few weeks!  One of the projects were the Diaper Cakes my Mom and I worked on for both of her showers.  My Mom looked all over for the perfect accessories to add to the cakes.

If you have never heard of a diaper cake, there are lots of examples online to check out on Pinterest.  The basic gist is to take diapers, we chose size 1, and roll them up and stack them in layers, just like a cake!  We wrapped each diaper with a small hair rubberband, the kind you can find at Sally’s Beauty Supply, the color doesn’t matter because you will cover each layer with a ribbon around it.  Then you stack them, and the hardest part is done!  A great tip is to take a wrapping paper roll and stick it in the middle to line up the layers and make it more stable.

Girl Diaper Cake

The girl’s diaper cake

For the girl we found a pink rubber ducky, pink teether, headbands, pink sandals, baby wipes, sock roses, and travel size bath products.  We added a purple bunny to the top and it worked perfectly!  We used Basket Accent’s Cello Wrap Bag size 30″ x 22″ and it fit perfectly, I got it from JoAnn Fabrics, but I used the clear bag which is not online.

baby shower diaper cakes

boy and girl diaper cakes

Here’s the boy and girl diaper cakes. Next to it is a photo of my sister and I as babies!

Then I made a sock corsage for my sister to wear during the shower.  It was a little big, so I ended up making it a wrist corsage with 2 elastic bands.  I used 6″ of tulle and set it up accordion style as a backdrop, I used a piece of pink felt and taped or sewed everything to it, just worked my way layer by layer.  I didn’t use floral tape, but this tutorial shows photos with floral tape, this one gives great instructions for how to roll the socks.  I rolled and then taped up each sock, then added a leaf to each sock to make it look more like a flower, then taped each sock together, finally taping the whole thing around the pink felt.  Unfortunately I sewed the elastic bands last, so it was a bit more awkward to do, but still worked great!

sock corsage

Sock corsage, 4 roses.

sock corsage

white ribbon bow to try and hide all the tape

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The DIY Dreamer

Sorry I Haven’t Been Too Active Lately

Just want to say even though I want to be more active on the blog, the biggest reason I haven’t been is because I am getting ready for my sister’s baby shower(s) and its basically consuming all my time when I am not working, or trying to work on my jewelry.

2 weeks left then the baby showers will be over, and I can start focusing more heavily on the blog, some DIYs, and some refashions I’ve been dying to try:

Insert-vintage-lace-in-t-shirt

I already have the lace ready, just need to pick a shirt!
Lace Insert DIY by DIY & Craft Tutorials

peplum

This doesn’t look super hard, I could just try it!
Peplum Refashion by Merrick’s Art

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Zipped Up Sweater- Sounds fun!
Zipped Refashion by Cotton & Curls

I've already chosen the sweater, even have it measured!Sweater Skirt by Fashion Blog

I’ve already chosen the sweater, even have it measured!
Sweater Skirt by Fashion Blog

And then I will also be preparing for school to start on April 1st!  Lots on my plate this spring, but I am confident it will be very exciting and I will continue to share my handmade work and anything I DIY with you all!

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Birthday Gifts : DIY Infinity Scarves

For my Mom and sister’s birthday I made them scarves.  I wanted to do infinity scarves for them both, however I picked a silky fabric for my Mom and was unable to sew it by hand into a circle.  Instead hers became a silk scarf, but it still looks wonderful!  I was influenced by the lovely Infinity Scarf tutorials by The Crafty Novice, Fabric Mart, and Cotton & Curls.

I apologize for getting this DIY out so late, birthdays were mid-January!  This is the tutorial I hinted about here.  We have been very busy and I just took the finished photos of my sister’s scarf last week.  I always get so excited when I am finished and forget to take the final photo of the finished product!

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1. Gather your materials: pins, straight edge (I use a large non-ruled T-square), cutting mat, rotary cutter or scissors, coordinating thread
2.  Cut your scarf out, I bought 1/2 yard of this Simply Silky Print fabric, actually a little more because it was End of Bolt, I have leftovers, more than enough for a second scarf
3. Sew your scarf wrong sides together on the long edge, this way you can flip it out and the seams will be inside
4.  Now its tricky, I tried to sew it by hand as you see in the top right photo, but this fabric is too slippery for that
5.  I decided, after I was very unsuccessful, that instead I would fold the edges under (twice), and just sew it straight across with the machine instead
6.  and done!  This is not an infinity scarf, it is a long rectangle silk scarf.

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This fabric is so beautiful with colors of light pink, dark pink, black, maroon, a dark brown, and dark purple all together!  I am unsure what I will do with the leftover fabric, but I will decide at some point, or I will ask for advice!

On to the next one, a real Infinity Scarf!

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1.  This was made the exact same way, I eyeballed the width I wanted for the scarf.  I also bought 1 yard of this stretchy knit, though 1/2 yard would have been just fine!  (I have at least 1/2 left now) – Cannot find a link to this fabric, sorry!
2.  This fabric has ruffles and I chose to go the long way with them, it also hid any mistakes I may have made during the cutting/sewing part.
3.  I hand sewed the 2 short ends together, and because this is knit, I pulled a little too much and that’s why it is gather in that spot.
4.  This scarf lays very nicely and is so warm!

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I love the knit and the colors of magenta, light purple, and light grey on white look so good together!  I cannot decide what I will make with it next!!

I have another knit fabric, about 2 yards that I got from the Red Tag bin at JoAnn Fabrics, that I hope to make a Circle Shirt with.  You may have caught the Pinterest links I posted about Circle shirts here.

Disclaimer:  I am an employee of JoAnn Fabrics however I am not being compensated for this post or the mentioning of their fabrics.

I’ve linked this DIY up to these parties:

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Lil’ Mrs. Tori

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Refashion Fridays: Skirts

I love the idea of making anything into a skirt!  These tutorials make it look easy!

1 shirt and she made this skirt, plus a few more things!

1 shirt and she made this skirt, plus a few more things! by Come On, Ilene!

 

too long too big?  No problem, make it shorter and tighter! by Wobisobi

Too long and too big? No problem, make it shorter and tighter! by Wobisobi

 

A sweater refashion into a skirt by Fashion Blog

A sweater refashion into a skirt by Fashion Blog

 

 

Jeans to stylish skirt by Katie's Secret Blog

Jeans to stylish skirt by Katie’s Secret Blog

Thats it for today’s Refashion Fridays!  I hope I helped spread a little refashion for your weekend 🙂

New Series: Refashion Fridays

A new post series, Refashion Fridays, begins today.  I will search through my Pinterest and favorite blogs, and anywhere I can to find some awesome ideas to share.  And of course make you all crazy to try them yourself!  I know that’s how I get whenever I am on Pinterest or find a really awesome DIY blog!

To start today, we have Refashion Fridays: Jackets!

DIY Studded Jacket

Studded Jacket How-To by Anna Evers

Wool Coat Refashion by Melissa Esplin

Wool Coat Refashion by Melissa Esplin

Pea Coat Refashion by Sewing Our Life Together

Pea Coat Refashion by Sewing Our Life Together

Trench Refashion by MakeBakeSisters

Trench Refashion by MakeBakeSisters

That’s a wrap!  Now go visit these blogs and show some love!

Refashions + Pinterest = Hours of Pinning

I’ve been on a refashion kick for awhile, and by on it I mean searching Pinterest and all the cool blogs I find!  So I’m going to share with you guys some of the ones I hope to accomplish during my Year of Something New: April – Sewing!

I have 1 yard of a cream-yellowy knit with striped “lace” cutouts.  Its very pretty, but whatever I make I will always need to wear a tank underneath it.  I’ve found a few cool tutorials and I hope to make a decision before April!  I might even need to buy another yard to make more than 1 shirt with this fabric!  Here are a few ideas:

Circle Top by The Craft Patch

The Circle Top with 1 yard fabric!

Asymetrical Dress by Sew Petite Gal

Instead of making it a dress, maybe I’ll just make a top. Would be cool to add the coordinating fabric as the sleeve.

Dolman Top DIY by Make It Love It

I’ve been wanting a top like this for awhile. They look so comfy!

Knit Skirt with Yoga Waistband

ok probably not with this fabric, but it looks easy enough, eh?

So there’s a few ideas I am considering.  Mainly the circle top though!

Also, next week I will have a new tutorial for you guys!  I made some gifts this week for my sister and Mom and I have to wait until after I gift them, then I will share!  The gifts are sooo nice!

Burlap Giveaway!

Saved By Love Creations

 

Remember my Confession: I Don’t Like Burlap post?

Saved By Love Creations has teamed up with BurlapFabric.com to bring you a chance to win $25 in store credit. You can spend this however you want at BurlapFabric.com.”

To enter all you need to do is visit BurlapFabric.com and pick what item you would buy, then comment on this post!  (do not comment on MY blog, I am not part of the giveaway)

I won’t be entering, but since lots of people saw my burlap post, I thought I would pass this along.

And if you’ve never visited Saved By Love Creations I highly suggest you check out her tutorials and maybe sign up for her RSS feed or emails.  I get her emails and she always has tutorial round-ups or really fun (but not too hard) tutorials to try.