Let’s Make Memories

Baby clothes, if you have had a child before then you know how clothes just seem to magically add up.  However, they don’t wear them for very long, but you still have your favorite outfits! Photo shoots, birthdays, hitting milestones, you have those outfits that you remember everything that happens in them. What happens with the child out grows them? Well if you don’t give them away, you might save them for if you have another child, or save them to give to your child for when they have children of their own. Well I saved several pieces from newborn to 24 months and I didn’t want to keep them in a box anymore. I had some pieces I had to keep ( like his frog suit) in one piece, I just could not cut up. Some of his others I was painful to cut up but I did it. I MADE A QUILT OUT OF HIS BABY CLOTHES! This was my 1st real quilt.

My husband has a quilt that his mamaw made for him when he was little. Well that quilt is sitting right next to me. We use this thing constantly. I wanted Jackson to have something that he could take with him and have for always. Now my husbands quilt is probably a queen size, I wanted Jackson’s to be large just not that large. I was hoping for a twin size. It turned out to be in between a twin and a toddler size. Which is ok because Jack and I can both curl up with it on the couch.

 

Supplies:

  • At least 50 articles of clothing ( remember the smaller the size of clothes the smaller the quilt it will be)
  • Fabric for your backing
  • Fabric for your border
  • Embroidery Thread or Yarn
  • Batting
  • Iron
  • Heavy Duty Starch or Interfacing
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Cardboard or plastic forms (I did 2 plastic forms, 5×5 and 6×2)

I am not putting how much fabric you need for your front and back because it really all depends on the size of your quilt.  This is what I went with for colors though.

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Make sure all of your clothes are washed before you start.

Step 1:

Take a mental picture of your clothes and what size forms you have to cut them with. My newborn clothes I had use the 6×2 form on most of them just because they were so small.  It is easier when you cut just to lay the clothing on the mat and cut 2 pieces instead of one, just incase you need a few scraps for a fill in.

 

Step 2:

Stat laying out all of your scraps. You can kind of get an estimate on how big the quilt will be or if you need more clothes.

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I had some clothes that had badges or little feet on them that I cut off and would sew on top to get it some dimension.

Step 3:

Now that you have everything where you want them, you need add your starch and iron your fabric. Then go back to your rotary cutter and make sure there aren’t any odd edges and everything matches up.

Step 4:

Start sewing one row at a time. 1/4 inseam at best. Do all your rows just like this. Then once each row is sewing you can start sewing the rows together.

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Step 5:

I needed to work with a border on mine just to get it additional size.

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Step 6:

Cut your back fabric to fit to size.

 

Step 7:

    Lay your interfacing between your clothes and backing and pin so that it doesn’t move while sewing on your border.

 

Step 7:

Slip on your border. I started by sewing the sides and then the top and bottom.

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Step 8:

Start using your thread or yarn and tying your batting to your top and bottom fabric.  I did ties every 5 inches across and every 2 inches down in a staggering pattern.

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You are done.

I love how this quilt turned out. Jackson even cuddled up with it the 1st time. He knows it is his quilt. It is very japanese, but since that is where we lived the 1st year of his life I love it!

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Let’s be a Prince (or a Princess)

A few weeks ago we took Jack to see Disney on Ice and it was all Princesses. Well I knew the place would be filled with all these little girls dressed as their favorite princess (BOY! WAS I RIGHT!) Well I didn’t want Jack to feel left out, so I made him a crown so he could be a prince for the evening. I  wanted to find a crown that was just right and and could be used more than once. So felt was automatically perfect for the occasion.

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Our family ❤

I didn’t take pictures of the making of this crown, but as luck would have it, a close friend of mine is having a baby boy in June so I made him a newborn sized crown with pictures!!

I will be showing 3 different crowns (1 boy and 2 girls)

For all of these you will need:

2 pieces for felt (same or contrasting colors)

thread

sewing machine

pattern

sharp scissors

The pattern I used for the newborns and Jackson’s crown I found at Hellobee . For this crown you will need some embroidery thread and needle.

Step 1: 

Lay out your crown pattern (remember this was for a newborn for newborns use once, for toddler cut the felt horizontally and use the pattern twice)

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(for newborns use once, for toddler cut the felt horizontally and use the pattern twice)

Step 2:

Cut out your felt pieces and line them up. (using pins help while sewing)

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Step 3: 

Sew the 2 pieces together along all the edges. In the back where the pieces overlap cut down one triangle so that it will not be thicker than the others. Once you are done sewing go around with scissors and trim up your crown so that all edges meet perfectly. Use the embroidery thread at your back seam for added decoration.

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Congratulations you now have your own Prince Crown! Customize it as much as you want or leave it be.

Now for those Princesses! These crowns were made for the same little boy’s bigger sisters. Why not have a fairy tale family!

These patterns came from Cutesy Crafts . They are the exact same steps as the above crown so I will just show with pictures!

Step 1:

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(You can see on the light pink where the main section of the crown I placed in the middle and along the top is the band for the back of the child’s head. I wanted the seams to be along the sides instead of the middle like the pattern showed.)

Step 2:

Cut it out!

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Step 3: SEW!!!

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I hope you princesses and prince enjoy a little dress up time this week!

Super Hero Cuffs

This post will go along with Holy Moly Batman! Let’s Mae Capes.

What cape isn’t complete with some cuffs? Well it took me long enough to make some.

We are going to Disney soon and I found a perfect shirt on clearance at Target for $2!

Only problem was that it is long sleeved.

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This is our 1st trip to Disney and since we are in Miami I know that it will be warm up there if it has stayed warm there.

So the long sleeves had to go!

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HELLO SHORT SLEEVES!

So after I cut off the sleeves I saved them for Super Hero Cuffs.

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What you need:

  • Cut of sleeves or some fabric, jersey or knit.
  • Clear elastic
  • A shape for the cuff in coordinating fabric.
  • Coordinating thread

Step 1:

Open your fabric flat, if you an old sleeve.

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Step 2:

Cut out your shape in the coordinating fabric.

I had my awesome husband draw out a lightning bolt. (One shape I am awful at drawing)

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I traced it onto some freezer paper and ironed it onto the fabric and cut.

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Step 3:

Sew the shape onto your cuff using coordinating thread. I always use a zig-zag stitch when sewing on appliques.

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Step 4:

On the top edge of the cuff sew in clear elastic. Fold over the fabric so the elastic isn’t right up against the child’s skin.

Pull the elastic as you are sewing it in so that it will have a tighter fit and stretch.

Step 5: 

Sew up the sides (inside out) to make an actual cuff.

And you are all done!

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Now your super hero has one more accessory!

*** Update** Few Quick pics of how the shirt actually came out at Disney!****

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