Friday, July 17, 2009

Towel Baby bib

I have recently found the value of a long, absorbent bib. I made these when my son was born, but haven't had a chance to use them until recently. He is now 9 months and loves to discover everything about his food while eating.

The length of this bib is perfect for covering his lap as he sits in his clip on counter chair Seen here . The wider neck straps help protect his shirt when he turns his head with a messy face. And of course the towel is absorbent allowing food to stick and not fall off onto the floor as quickly.

I had part of a towel left over from another project so I made a 2 bibs. (FYI - Target will sometimes have towels on clearance for super cheap! I've been able to find some towels for $.75 before.) I made some cute bias tape from fabric I liked. The tutorial was found here . I then sewed the bias tape around the edge of the bibs.

You can either use Velcro, buttons, or snaps to clasp the bib in the back. I've found that snaps are a little more durable compared to Velcro when little arms are trying to yank them off. . .

I wanted to take these pictures before we started putting these bibs to good use!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Juice Lid Toys

When my sisters kids were young, she made them this toy. They loved playing with the lids and hearing them make noises when they hit into one another. My son, "B", also loves to play with the lids.

I was recently at a church party where there was mass quantities of orange juice to be made. I instantly thought of this toy! What a great way to get lids rather than save them up until we've consumed enough juice to amount to anything. I washed off the lids and took them home with me!!

Next I needed some sort of container for them to be stored in and a place for them to be shook around in! I grabbed the Yogurt container that we just finished!

I then cut a slit into the top so he will be able to put them inside (that is when he gets a little older).

A fun idea that "B" really enjoys is the stickers I put on the lids. He's at the age now where he picks at them wondering what they are. Soon enough he'll start to know what colors and numbers are.

He also enjoys the pictures of animals!!

They sure get scattered around our home!

Rice pack (Heat Pack)

I can't take any credit for making this. I just wanted to share!

- - Rice Pack - -

Have you ever had a sore back and needed some relief? Perhaps your shoulders and neck are in need of some comfort? Just put the pack in the microwave for a few minutes (checking often to see when it's ready - microwave power varies) and place on body. The soft towel and loose rice provides a nice contouring fit.

My older sister made this for me for Christmas. It's been a great gift that keeps on giving!

The rice (you can also use beans or corn) is sewn inside a liner - kind of like a big bean bag. The towel is kind of like a pillow case on top of the bean bag. One edge of the towel has a big hidden baste stitch. This allows you to take the cover off and wash it. Once clean, you can put the cover back on ans baste stitch it back up!

I currently have an injured muscle/tendon that needs heat before I work it. I place the heat on my body for a few minutes and then I'm able to do the stretches and foam rolling I need. I am unable to run to warm these muscles up and so the rice pack is perfect! Once I'm finished I'm sure to ICE :)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Fabric Coasters

Pick your Fabric:

I chose a cotton broadcloth for the outside and a white knit for the inside (lining). Quilt batting will also work. Be sure to have scissors and a seam gauge (measuring tape) handy for measuring the squares.

Because I chose a cotton broadcloth, I was able to rip the fabric to create perfect 5"X5" squares. The knit fabric wasn't as easy. I had to measure the fabric and cut each one. Whatever size you decide to do cut out 2 squares for each coaster. Depending on your lining you may want one or two squares of fabric. I did 2 squares of knit for each coaster.

Once the squares are cut you are ready to sew. Make sure the right sides are together. Then place your lining on top.

Stitch around the edge of the squares leaving a 1.5" opening.

When all the coasters are ready turn the squares inside out. Hint: It helps to trim the corners before you turn them inside out. Be careful not to cut too close to your seam. This will help create a crisper point to your finished square.

Once the squares are turned right side out, sew the opening closed by turning the raw edges inside. Continue your stitch all the way around the coaters creating a top stitch.

(continued top stitch around the square)

Coasters are complete.

Add top stitching to coaster to keep fabric together. Any design will work. I chose to make a simple square inside mine.

Coasters are ready to be placed in a convenient spot for protecting furniture and counters from wet messes.


I got the idea for this project Here.
Mine are much more plain and simple.

Mending a hole in a pair of Jeans.

My husband has had a pair of jeans on his shelf for almost 2 years. Why has he not worn them? They had a small hole in the right knee. I decided today I would patch the hole.

1 - Assess: Small hole created by the wearing of the fabric.

2 - Begin: I found a pair of denim to use as a patch. I cut the denim larger than the hole so I would have some fabric to work with. Once the denim was pinned on the wrong side of the pant leg, I went around the hole with a small stitch to hole the patch in place. After the patch was sewn onto the pant leg, I went over the edge of the hole and on top of the whole with a zig zag stitch.

3 - Finished: The stitching goes slightly beyond the border of the hole to help prevent any further wear in the near future.


Completing a project is very satisfying to me. I love seeing something from start to finish and knowing I worked hard to get there.

This blog is a way for me to document some of the projects I've been working on and perhaps give me some motivation to continue creating.

Some of the things I would like to focus on this site will be: sewing, crafts, cooking, photography, sketching, etc. (by etc. I mean - anything goes!).

Creating has no rules. There is no right or wrong. The product is only to be judged by the eye of the beholder. Everyone is free to have their own opinion.

I would love to hear your comments along my journey.