Category Baby

a ‘French’ bebe shower

This past weekend, I got to throw one of my good friends a baby shower for her second little girl (see what we did for her first little girl here) and it was so much fun to plan. I don’t even know how we used to plan parties without the help of pinterest! We ran with a French theme (and I use that word loosely) mainly because we had it at La Madeleine’s (FYI – it’s practically free to use their private space!) and her sweet girl’s name is Colette. That’s reason enough, right?

My co-host Lindsey had this great window that we used as a prop to put her presents in front of and I whipped up a little banner with blue damask that says ‘Bebe Colette’.


Lindsey made this sweet ribbon banner to serve as a backdrop for all the yummy food. So easy and so much impact!

Ribbon Banner

She also made this yarn wrapped letter to sit on our greeting table,

Yarn Wrapped 'C'

that also had our wishing tree for the mom and baby,

Wishing Tree with Wishes

and party favors (ferrero rochers were enclosed in each little packet).

Party Favors

This shower (and little girl) is where my scallop quilt finally found it’s home! Congratulations again Ellie, and I can’t wait to meet sweet Colette!


airplane themed baby shower

This past weekend, I helped throw a baby shower for a friend from church. She has an airplane theme in her nursery, so we decided to run with it and do an airplane themed shower with a bit of a vintage feel. Of course that meant creating a pinterest board to brainstorm! I loved the invitations I found so I redrew them in illustrator and used it in the online invitation. So cute!

BabyEarth was one of the places the mom-to-be was registered and they were kind enough to let us use a room off to the side of their store. We decided to play off of the bright green wall. Here’s the overall shot:


These pom poms seem to be all the rage right now – I keep seeing them in different party scenarios. Instead of spending exorbitant money for the premade versions, we bought some tissue paper in corresponding colors and made them ourselves! Martha had an easy to follow tutorial. We also used a cricut to cut out tons of those little dots and I sewed them together. Looks a bit like rain clouds and rain drops – a literal shower! We also folded some paper airplanes out of vintage atlas paper and strung those through the pom poms and dots.


Here’s an overall view of the food tables. Don’t you love those vintage suitcases? One of the hostesses just happened to have them.


Also made on the cricut – this sweet ‘up up & away’ banner! I believe it is going in the nursery now. So cute!

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Since the shower started right after lunch, we just had some light snacks. Parmesan popcorn and kettle corn in these cute little paper tubes. . .


Happy skewers of fruit. . .


Cake pops (do you see the awesome airplane cake pop? amazing) . . . honey roasted and regular peanuts (remember back in the day when they used to served honey roasted peanuts on planes?) . . .


Some cucumber water and cherry limeade (made with real cherries – more on those later). . . And let me tell you, I am officially obsessed with mason jars and these straws. They have been showing up all over the blog world and I just adore them!


And of course, we had to have some cake! We bought a simple cake from costco and just added the paper airplane garland right before the shower.

And if you know me – you know I’m not much for games at showers – especially ones that involve candy bars and disposable diapers. So we played a simple game of guess the celebrity baby photo. It was quick and I think everyone had fun with it!


We are so excited for the mom-to-be and really loved throwing her this sweet airplane shower!

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

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Alright, this has been a long time coming! You may remember the diaper shower that I helped throw and the cloth diapers that I whipped up for the mama to be! I promised you guys a tutorial, and a tutorial you will have. There are many reasons to make your own diapers – cute fabrics, custom fits and we averaged our cost per diaper to be about $7 a diaper – much cheaper than what pocket diapers typically sell for!

Here are the materials you need:

  • ~25″ of 1/4″ wide swimsuit elastic cut into two 6″ pieces and two 4.5″ pieces
  • 18″ x 20″ butter suede cloth (we found this at Hancocks for $5.99 a yard), there are option options that you could use, but we found that this was the cheapest and most widely available
  • 18″ x 20″ PUL Fabric
  • 1.5″ wide Aplix Hook and Loop Tape (Velcro is not a good option – it won’t stand up to the wear and tear like aplix): 14″ Loop tape and 4″ of hook tape, if you will be making lots of diapers, you could invest in plastic snaps and a snap setter, but it is a tad pricey.
  • Coordinating Polyester Thread
  • Printable Pattern (pdf) – this pattern is approximately a small/medium size diaper so I think it would fit a 6 month old up to a thin 2 year old – Jude still fits in his!

I modified the pattern because the rise seems too long and the front tab didn’t seem wide enough to me. . . Our diaper cuts ended up being a little narrow, so I modified the tabs to be a bit shorter as well. Ideally, I would have left the width on the tabs. You could also trace a cloth diaper you already have.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Using the modified pattern on the fold, trace and cut the pattern on the PUL and the butter suede.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Center 7.5″ of the loop side of the Aplix (the soft side) on the front of the PUL. Edge stitch in place.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

The pattern has marks showing where to tack the elastic, I moved the elastic up just a bit on the front of the diaper. The 6″ pieces are for the legs and the 4.5″ is for the pocket opening on the back. Using a satin stitch or a tight zig zag stitch, tack the elastic onto the wrong side of the suede cloth as shown on the pattern and this photo:

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

On the PUL, tack one 4.5″ piece of elastic on the back (if you are making a pocket diaper – if you are making a diaper cover, there is no need to double up the elastic or have the extra flap on the PUL).

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

I used quilting clips to clip the PUL and the butter suede right sides together.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Make sure to sew with the butter suede on top otherwise the PUL will stretch (you could use a teflon or walking foot if you want to sew with PUL side up). You want to start the stitching at the edge of the pocket opening – stitching around the whole diaper  leaving the pocket open. So, with the suede facing up, starting at the right side of the pocket, stitch as close to the edge as possible – making sure that you are going through both layers of fabric. Be careful not to catch the elastic in your stitching.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Here’s what the diaper will look like:

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Trim any excess fabric, especially around the curves.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Now you have to create the tubing that the elastic will sit in around the pocket. I started with the elastic around the pocket on the PUL side. Fold over the PUL using the existing stitching to guide the depth of the fold.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

With the needle in the down position, stitch down the short side to the corner and turn. Often, I would make sure to stitch over the elastic once more to secure it even further.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Carefully stitch the long side, making sure not to catch the elastic in your stitching.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

It helps to pull the fabric tight as you stitch, allowing the fabric behind the foot to bunch.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

This is what it will look like once you have encased the elastic.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Do the same for the butter suede!

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Turn right side out – it’s starting to look like a diaper now, isn’t it!

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Now it’s time to edge stitch the diaper and encase the elastic around the leg holes. With the butter suede on top, starting at the right side of the pocket, edge stitch.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

You should be able to see the tack you make to secure the leg elastic, so edge stitch until you get to the tack. Make sure the needle is in the down position. Turn and stitch about 3/8″  away from the edge. You want it to be far enough away for the elastic to have plenty of room in the casing.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Turn again to stitch parallel about 3/8″ from the edge for the length of the elastic. You will stop once you get to the second elastic tack mark. Turn and stitch the 3/8″ back to the edge.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

The stitching around the elastic casing will look like this:

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Complete the edge stitching, creating another casing around the other leg hole. Here is what the completed edge stitched diaper will look like.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Now it’s time to add the remaining aplix to the tabs. I included ‘washing’ tabs to fold the hook side down during washing to prevent snagging. These pieces around about 1.5″ wide. I rounded the corners of the pieces that will be on the ends of the tabs for aesthetics. It’s not necessary if you don’t want to create the curve.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Edge stitch the hook portion on the interior tabs of the diaper. Follow with the loop part of the aplix. Repeat on the other side.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

I included a loop piece of the aplix on the exterior of one side of the diaper to allow for crossover securing of the diaper. This isn’t necessary, but I find it nice to have.

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

Here is the completed front of the diaper:

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

And here is the back!

Pocket Diaper Tutorial

There is definitely a learning curve in making these diapers, but after you complete one, you’ll find a rhythm! I could make about four in two hours.

As far as what to insert in the diapers for absorbency,  you can use 4-6 layers of flannel or hemp sewn together with a zigzag stitch. Really any absorbant material will work – layers of old towels, cotton . . . Or you can just buy inserts!

Lots of Diapers!

Have fun making diapers with this tutorial! And let me know if you have any questions!

“Why yes, he is a busy child.”

I get the same comment from the nurse at my pediatricians office each time we go for our well visit. She always seems a little astounded by Jude’s activity level. “If I haven’t told you before, you certainly have a busy child.”

Oh yes. Believe me. I know. I sleep well at night.

Can you believe that this sweet face could ever cause me trouble?

"I'm a big boy now."

Turns out, he is quite a bit of trouble if he isn’t sufficiently occupied. Because he’s BUSY. All the time. Even if the busy is climbing all over me.

So I set about trying to occupy him with some fun, new, creative activities. A friend of mine recommended The Toddler Busy Book as a source for a lot of creative activities. I added to that First Art and decided if those two books don’t have enough ideas to occupy my little man, I would need to invest in a toddler size hamster wheel.

Now this isn’t really an activity, but to begin this shift in thinking of occupying a toddler, we took all of his toys and sorted them into five different boxes and put them in our coat closet. Instead of leaving all of the toys out all of the time, we rotate through – a different box each day. He is now playing with toys that he never used to when all of his toys were out! Success!

The first real activity is a fairly simple one, but it was a good learning experience. We have a silver piggybank in Jude’s room and we sometimes throw change in it from time to time. Turns out Jude likes to put change in it too! (And yes, those are monkey pjs – how great are those?) Once he figured it out, he always wants to put money in the bank!

Our second activity involved edible playdough. Peanut butter playdough to be specific. Although Jude may be the only child that doesn’t like peanut butter (very odd), so although edible, he didn’t eat it. One of the things I’ve decided is that I’m going to stick with activities that I already have all of the materials for. No special purchases until I’ve exhausted everything that I can do without spending money. Now, what is peanut butter playdough? Peanut butter mixed with one or a combination of powdered sugar, non-fat dry milk or cocoa powder until a cookie dough consistency is reached. The peanut butter I had was honey peanut butter, so I added cocoa powder and non-fat dry milk. It was sweet enough. That + mini cookie cutters = Jude occupied for 30 minutes.

Peanut Butter Playdough

Next cheap as free toddler activity? Hardly any prep work needed. Pencils and a clean milk jug. Insert into milk jug, shake, admire the fun sound, dump out and repeat. I am pretty sure this occupied him for over an hour. He would put the pencils in the jug and then walk over to another part of the room and do it all over again.

Keeping Him Busy

It’s been a fun experiment in what occupies a toddler and for how long. I’ll keep sharing success stories here for those of you in need of more ideas!

What activities keep your little people busy?

Friendly Monsters Changing Pad Cover

It feels good to sew something for my own little one. Although, this might be more for me than for him since it keeps me from having to clean poop out of the crevices of our diaper changing pad. I mean, really, who thought it was a good idea to put a relief pattern in that thing? Anyways, I feel like I’m starting to really enjoy some of the boyish fabrics that are out there. Lots of robots and monsters and rock guitar related fabrics these days.

I mean, look at these guys, green horned, orange monster?


The seven eyed friendly monster?


Happy cyclops?


Smiling fanged three eyed blob?


I love them all! And I also love that I used that fabric to make Jude a new changing pad cover. I actually completed a task for my own home! Who knew? I loved using fleece for this project – it’s so soft and you don’t have to worry about any of the cuts fraying, which means no pinking the interior edges and I didn’t have to double roll the elastic casing!

Friendly Monster's Changing Pad Cover

And again, I used this tutorial as a guideline for the project.

It’s raining babies!

In my little corner of the world, at least! I have been busy making many a baby item lately. Especially slings!

For my friend Heather, expecting her second little boy:
Heather's Sling

For my friend Kim, expecting her second child, a boy this time!
Kim's Sling

And for a good friend from college, expecting her first little girl!
AJ's Sling

AJ's Nursing Cover

AJ's Bibs

AJ's Burp Cloths

Can I just say how much I adore Patricia Bravo’s new collection of fabric! The purple is from the collection, Paradise and is Pond in Twilight. The green is from the collection, Oval Elements and is called Oval Elements in Green Apple.

I’m pretty sure that you guys are going to get tired of all this baby sewing that’s going on around here! Eventually I’ll sew other items . . . I promise!

This just in . . .

the shop, I mean! A deluxe New Mama Survival Kit for mama’s of little boys (or girl I guess, but I was thinking boy when I was making it)! And I am so tempted to just keep the quilt from this collection. I love the way the back turned out. Those grey polkadots are my favorite.

Fabrics are Michael Miller:: Giraffe Garden, Zoology Lagoon and Citron & Lagoon Blue Surf.

How To: Wool Diaper Covers

To follow up my cloth diaper 101 post and my how to: prefolds, I thought I would share more about wool diaper covers.

Happy Wool Diaper Baby

We use Little Beetle wool covers. Curious how wool covers work? Wool is naturally water repellant but not water proof. The microscopic structure of the wool, along with the naturally produced lanolin contribute to this. This article explains it much nicer than I ever could. And then, listen to this. Lanoline is amazing. When urine and lanoline come into contact with one another, a chemical reaction occurs and the result is soap and water. These covers, when regularly lanolized, are self cleaning. As soon as you can smell urine on the wool cover, you know it’s time to re-lanolize the cover.

The downside? Wool covers need to be handwashed when washing time comes. And spot cleaned if any poop gets on them. Here is what we use with our wool covers:

Wool Diaper Care

We use ImseVimse Shampoo and Wool Cure (lanoline). Lanolizing is as simple as adding a small amount of the wool cure to warm water, allowing it to fully melt and then soaking the cover overnight. Easy enough to do when baby is asleep. Then just line dry in the morning! AND if you have any lanoline ointment from breastfeeding, that can be used to lanolize the covers too!

One of the beauties of using prefolds and wool covers is how cheap you can do them for. If you are crafty, you can knit or use shrunken, thrifted wool sweaters to create your own wool covers. There are lots of free patterns out there for knitting for cloth diaper making – just do a google search! My favorite free cloth diaper pattern is located here and easily adapted into a wool diaper cover.

Any questions?

How-To: Prefolds

To follow up my cloth diaper 101 post, I thought I would share what is currently working for us in the world of cloth diapering. Since Jude has a bit of a polyester sensitivity, most pocket diapers are not an option for us since microfiber and PUL = polyester. This means cotton prefolds and wool covers. Surprisingly, prefolds are not near as difficult as I had anticipated them to be even though most people cringe when they hear the word ‘prefold’. Yes, they are what most people think of when you say “I cloth diaper my child” but they are a bit easier to use then you would imagine. We use diaper rite unbleached prefolds along with a snappi. How do they work? Well let me show you!

Here is the prefold as it comes out of the dryer. Nice and quilted. Quilted = absorbant = good.

Prefold Diapering 101

We start by folding the prefold into thirds. Side one,

Prefold Diapering 101

and side two.

Prefold Diapering 101

Now to create ‘tabs’ to go around the babies waist. This is called a ‘butterfly’ fold. Fold back one corner:

Prefold Diapering 101

and the other. Now we’re ready for the baby.

Prefold Diapering 101

Leaving the folds where they are, place the babys bottom on the prefold. You want the top back of the prefold (with the butterfly) to be just above any butt crack. Then you just wrap the prefold up. Now we’re ready for the snappi.

Prefold Diapering 101

The snappi works by digging the plastic teeth into the cloth, so pull that tab you created in the back around to the front and put a snappi there. Don’t worry, even though the snappi teeth are sharp, they aren’t long enough to go through the entire thickness of the prefold.

Prefold Diapering 101

Snappi the other side tab and once both sides are secure, pull the middle snappi down and secure.

Prefold Diapering 101

Then just cover up the prefold with a cover! Make sure to tuck any extra prefold into the cover around the legs and waist area.

Prefold Diapering 101

All done! That’s not too bad, right? The cotton fabric may not be as poop repellant as microfiber, but the quilting does a pretty good job. Often, you can just shake off the poo into the toliet, no handheld sprayer needed. And to make things easier, you can use a flushable liner when out and about. That simplifies things a lot!

And prefolds are only a couple dollars each. I honestly never saw myself this knee deep in cloth diapering, but when it comes down to it, I actually LIKE using prefolds!  I especially feel good about myself when I do a load of diaper laundry and see all the diapers that I didn’t have to throw away (both money and trash)!

Any questions?

sheets and sheet-like baby items

There are some things that are so simple to sew up for a nursery that even a brand new seamstress could take these projects on. I have sewn quite a few crib sheets but never take a picture of them, since, well, I’m too lazy to put them on Jude’s crib to take a picture! Most recently, Ellie and I tagged teamed and sewed up some nursery items for a friend of ours. Really, I just did the sheets. Ellie did the rest! I used the sheet tutorial that you can find here. It really only takes about 30 minutes to cut out and sew. Easy peasy.

crib sheet

Well, I hadn’t really made the connection previously, even after sewing about 5 sheets for cribs, that sewing a changing pad cover is just as easy. I found this little tutorial and whipped my friend up a changing pad cover to match her sheet. And yes, Jude is modeling it because she hasn’t received it from me yet. Oops.

changing pad cover

I’ve gotta make a couple of these suckers for Jude’s room myself. Maybe with the panel/solid the way the tutorial shows it. Turns out one changing pad cover is not enough for a baby’s room. Those things get DIRTY! Make sure you have a couple of these guys on hand if you’re planning for a baby. Just saying.

changing pad cover

And I FINALLY made something for my own child’s room. . . a fun little space man robot sheet. It has taken me FOR. EV. ER. to take pictures of this sheet because his little room is so tiny and our lens on our camera doesn’t encompasses enough to get the whole crib in a shot. Not to mention, every picture I took was almost unrepairably warm because the sheet is so orange. Yes. I know. Whine. Complain. I’m showing it to you now, aren’t I? (*cough* I had to make Jason take these pictures because I just couldn’t figure out how to make them look decent.)

crib sheet

Love the little robots and spacemen. If you look closely, you can even see a robot walking a robot dog. Too fun.

crib sheet

Gotta sew some more of these!