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Scrapbook Paper Picture Frame Tutorial

April is generally the craft month for our MOPS group. We wanted to come up with something that every mom could use… picture frames! At the March meeting we set up a photo booth with two background choices: an aqua sheet thumbtacked to the divider with THIS pink and yellow bunting or a navy sheet thumbtacked to the divider with some yellow stars that are part of our “Starry Eyed” meeting decor. They were simple,…

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Upcycled Sweater Heart Hand Warmers Tutorial

Sometimes I get these overly ambitious ideas and that is as far as they go. Just big ideas. Sometimes, a year or so later, I actually act on them. And, more often than not, it was a lot easier than I anticipated. This particular big idea: I wanted to make hand warmers from sweater scraps. I made some sweater pillows (some are still not finished, so I will blog about them eventually) and I have…

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Elastic Sleeve Peasant Dress Tutorial

We have made hundreds of peasant style dresses over the years. It can get a little boring to make the exact same style of dress over and over. However, there are many different variations of this dress style! I am going to try to make some peasant dress variations and share tutorials for them on the blog from time to time. You can find my pattern and cutting tutorial for peasant dresses HERE. I also…

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Easy Ribbon Wands

I thought ribbon wands would be a fun craft project for the girls and a nice addition to the little “photo shoot” we do with their new mama-made dresses each year. The girls had fun playing with them and even got to choose ribbon from my stash to coordinate with their dresses. These took just a few minutes to make! Here is how we made them: Cut dowels into three pieces- each 12″ long. Sand…

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Men’s Dress Shirt to Girls’ Vintage Style Dress

Ever since THESE dresses, I just can’t seem to get over that whole retro, vintage style. I love the 1940s/1950s era of fashion! I wanted to do a “shirt dress” style, but decided to upcycle/refashion one out of a men’s dress shirt. (There are also a few aqua polka dot details just for fun!) It even has a built in pettiskirt to make the full skirt pouf out. I don’t have a full tutorial for you, but…

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Baby Clothes Memory Bear Pattern and Tutorial

I really can’t take credit for this idea. A friend asked me to make a stuffed bear from the outfit her baby wore home from the hospital. She got the idea from Pinterest and it was a bad link so I can’t source it.   So, I had to come up with my own bear pattern. I used as few pieces as possible, but some extra stitching gives it more shape and allows it to…

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Doll Ruffle Apron Pattern

Since I still had some fabric left from my daughter’s ruffle apron I decided to make a doll version, too. Everything was made the same way, but with smaller pieces: Apron Front- Cut 1 (pattern HERE)Apron Back- Cut 1 (same as front)Neck Ties- (Cut 2) 2″ x 15″Waist Ties- (Cut 2) 3 1/2″ x 15″Bottom Ruffle- (Cut 1) 3″ x 44″ Use 1/4″ seam allowances.  You can find all of the directions for constructing this…

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Girls Ruffle Apron Pattern and Tutorial

My 4yo has been not so patiently waiting for her new apron. Previously, she used a hand me down one from her sister, but it was getting pretty small. She wanted to match my cupcake apron, but I let her choose the fabric for the back, ruffle, and ties. She LOVES to bake with me. Especially cookies or anything with sprinkles. And now we can match. I took pictures as I was making this apron,…

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Chunky Newborn Beanie Pattern

I love making a little something special for baby shower gifts. My family usually pools together and does a “welcome wagon” for the baby by filling a wagon with assorted baby gifts. I will have to blog about that sometime… pretty sure Mom has some pictures. Anyway, I have done rag edge flannel blankets, but the selection of gender neutral flannel is lacking. So, the surprise gender babies get a hat. I made THIS cute…

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Lace Top Box Dress Tutorial

If you “like” my facebook page, you would have seen that I did, in fact, make my girls Easter dresses this year. Yes, I know that was soooo 4 months ago. I am not so patiently waiting on some photo prints to arrive in the mail so that I can finish and show you my current project, so I thought I would do a little backtracking for now. These pictures are more recent than Easter.…

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