Category Archives: Unisex Crafts

Crafts for boys and girls!

Lovey Blankets w/ a Twist

Remember the Patchwork Lovey Blankets that I posted about a few weeks ago?  Well I figured out a cute way to add some functionality to them.  Not only does Everett always drop his paci everywhere (see post here) he also likes to throw/drop his blanket- especially if we are at a not so clean establishment.  While I was making the latest Lovey Blanket I thought that I would probably be able to add a ribbon or piece of fabric to it that was longer and could snap to the blanket..  so easy! Here’s how to do it:

These cute little lovey blankets are available in my Etsy store!

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Quick and Easy Paci Clip

Item: Paci Clip
Why I wanted to make this:  All of Everett’s paci clips were.. umm.. orange.  It’s not that I don’t like the color orange but they were all that color and I figured that I could probably whip something up that would be much cuter!  Also, Everett has figured out how to grab on to things and 9 times 10 times out of 10, the paci hits the floor if it’s not on a “leash.”  Gross!  The nice thing about these paci clips is that you can adjust the width and length of them to a size that is good for your child (i.e. if you have a toddler you may want something a little longer than 6-8″ or if you have an infant, you might want something a little shorter.)  Please note: paci clips should only be used while child is supervised!!
Items you will need:
– Strip of fabric (1-3″ wide x 7-10″ long)
– Snaps, paci rings, or small hair elastic bands
– Paci clips or suspender/mitten clips
– Sewing machine with thread

How to do it:

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Patchwork “Lovey” Blankets

Item: Patchwork “Lovey” Blankets
Why I wanted to make this:  My son likes to hold on to things and especially loves to hold onto a blanket when he falls asleep.  If you read all of the parenting books and ask your pediatrician they will likely tell you not to let your baby sleep with a blanket just yet, so after thinking about it in my head I decided that a little “lovey” blanket may do the trick.  I had a few pieces of fabric left over from Everett’s Sprocket Pillow and Patchwork Pillows to make a few of these cute little blankets.
Items you will need: 
– 9: 4″x4″ squares of fabric
– 1: 11″x11″ square of flannel or cotton
– Various colors of ribbon
– Sewing machine with thread
How to do it:

After I made one for Everett, I came up with an idea to make it even better!  More on that soon!

Enjoy!

Receiving Blankets turned Swaddle Blanket

Item: Receiving Blankets turned Swaddle Blanket
Why I wanted to make this:  My sweet sweet boy is quite a squirmy one while he is sleeping and truly needs to be swaddled in order to get a good nights rest however my little big boy can no longer fit into his swaddle.  The swaddle blanket we have been using is The Miracle Blanket and it is amazing! I am quite sad that he has outgrown it but you know I LOVE a good project, so I grabbed my husband and a few receiving blankets and we got started.
Items you will need:
– 2 receiving blankets
– Sewing machine with thread
How to do it:

Here’s the final product!  I want so say THANK YOU to my wonderful husband for helping me with this!  It turned out pretty well and I am sure I would have had to redo it at least three or four times if he wasn’t helping me along the way!  (Check out his blog, here!)

Let me know how you guys like this one! 🙂

DIY Cloth Wipes

Item: DIY Cloth Wipes
Why I wanted to make this:  You know those pink and blue receiving blankets that you stole.. err I mean brought home from the hospital after your bundle of joy was born?  (Seriously, you’re paying for it- you might as well take a few parting gifts, right?) Well since I was done using my receiving blankets and I couldn’t bear the thought of just throwing them away, I figured I could upcycle them.  A friend and I (hi, Gina!) were chatting about cloth wipes (we both use cloth diapers) and how easy it might be to make them so I remembered the left over receiving blankets and thought they would be perfect!  I wanted the wipes to be able to fit into my wipe warmer and/or a disposable baby wipe container so mine measure around 6″ x 4.5″ (the same size as a folded disposable wipe.)  You can easily add more to the length/width on the pattern to make them bigger.
Items you will need:
– 1 receiving blanket (or flannel)
Pattern
– Sewing machine with thread
How to do it:

Even if you don’t cloth diaper, these little wipes can still come in handy for wiping spit bubbles, countertops, getting the fog off of the inside of your windshield.. etc. 

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Enjoy!

 

Baby Mobile

Item: Baby Mobile
As seen onLittle Pink Monster
You can find the tutorial here!
Why I wanted to make this:  Tyler and I decided that we didn’t want to know what the sex of the baby was going to be (yes, we’re old school) so we decorated our baby’s nursery in brown and teal.  I couldn’t find a mobile that I was really in love with anywhere so I took to the internet (or inner-webs as some folks call it) and set out to find a DIY mobile.  While browsing one of my FAVORITE blogs Little Pink Monster (formally Samster Mommy) I came across this beautiful mobile she made and thought I might be able to tweak it to fit my little one’s room.

Image from LittlePinkMonster.com

Deviations from the tutorial: Instead of using butterflies (cute as they are) I decided to go with flowers.  I had a lot of other more “masculine” elements in the room so I wanted to add in a few “feminine” touches.  I looked all over for a craft punch that I liked but couldn’t find one.  I came across these flowers at Michael’s Craft Store and figured I would be able to finagle a way to make them work.  I also grabbed some pearls to use as weights rather than using the penny technique that Natasha used.

Just a few of the materials.

As  I began to add the flowers to the string I realized that I was very meticulous with the placement of the flowers.  I tried to alternate brown and teal as well as patterns and place them sporadically to create visual interest.  It probably took me longer than it should have however I was pregnant and it turned out really cute!

I used the pearls to “tie-off” each flower so they wouldn’t fall down.  Let me try to explain.. I put the string through the hole in the center of the flower and then I slid on a pearl and would wrap the string around and back through the pearl.

Please excuse my "paint" skills..

After I had made all the strands of flowers/pearls I  spray painted the wreath base and patiently let it dry.. (okay not really but you can’t see the fingerprints when it’s hanging up!)  I added the strands of flowers to the wreath as well as added a little bit of pre-made flower strands to the top.

Ta-da!

Overall I am very pleased with the mobile!  Everett loves to lay under it and watch it- which makes me very happy seeing as I made it and all! 🙂

This is what Everett sees!

Hope y’all get inspired and make something cool! 🙂

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Reversible Baby Pants

Item: Reversible Baby Pants
Why I wanted to make this:  Baby pants are just so darn cute that I couldn’t resist another project! Also, I had several types of fabric that “go together” and wanted to get some good use out of them!
Items you’ll need:
– You are going to need to cut out two patterns of baby pants (four pieces of fabric).  I used a pair of Everett’s 0-6 month sized pants to make the pattern.
– 2″ of ribbon
– Elastic- measure around your baby’s waist to determine the length you need.  I used 17″ of  1/2″ elastic.
– Sewing machine with thread
How to do it:

If you are interested in purchasing a pair of Reversible Baby Pants, please see the pricing page!

Newborn Pants

Item: Newborn Pants
As seen on: Made by Rae
You can find the tutorial/pattern here!
Why I wanted to make this: Everett seemed to have plenty of cute sleeper outfits and onsies but not enough pants and shorts, and seriously who can resist a cute pair of baby pants!?
First try: The first pair I made was very cute however I mixed up the legs of the pants and the crotch. Ooopsies! Needless to say, those pants were only worn once!
Deviations from the tutorial/pattern: The only thing that I did different from the tutorial was add a trim piece at the waist band to add a pop of color- this can also be done to the bottom of the pant legs!
A few things I found that came in handy:  Marking with a pin which end of the pants was the legs vs. the crotch so that I wouldn’t get them mixed up.  Also, zig-zagging around the perimeter of the two pieces of fabric prior to sewing them together proved to make it much easier than zig-zagging in the tiny leg holes.
Look how cute these jeans are!!
Here’s a few pairs of the shorts I’ve made for him!

I <3 My State Onsie

LivingwithPunksItem: I ❤ My State Onsie
As seen on: Living with Punks
You can find the tutorial/pattern here!
Why I wanted to make this: I thought this was a cute idea and I wanted to make a few to show off all of the states that we love!
First try: This was my first time to use freezer paper and it went very well!
Deviations from the tutorial/pattern: I really didn’t do anything different except instead of using rhinestones for the heart I just painted it on. I would suggest really making sure that you iron the freezer paper down really well to prevent any of the paint from leaking out.  Also, make sure that you proportion the size of the state to the onsie/baby and you don’t end up with a huge state across your baby’s chest!

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This is such an easy way craft to do, get creative people!!

Diaper Cover

Item: Diaper Cover
As seen on: Dana Made It (Made)
You can find the tutorial/pattern here!
Why I wanted to make this: I figured that throughout the summer, Everett would probably be in just a diaper a lot and I wanted to be able to make sure that he is able to still look cute! I also really love diaper covers for little girls so I will probably be making a bunch of these for my friends who have daughters!
First try: My first attempt at this went very well, especially because my grandmother was in town and she helped me to learn the basics that I needed to complete the project. When we made the first diaper cover it came out a lot smaller than I thought it would be.
Deviations from the tutorial/pattern: One thing that I found came in handy was to zig-zag around the perimeter of the two pieces of fabric prior to sewing them together.  Also, I wanted to add a trim of color to the top however I didn’t have any bias tape. Since I was too impatient to wait until the fabric store was open to go and by some I decided to use a piece of fabric as trim. Here’s what I did: first I created the diaper cover as the directions stated and stopped before creating the casing for the elastic in the waste.  Second, I cut a piece of fabric that was 2 ¼” wide and as long as the the waste of the diaper cover plus ¼.” You will need to hem one of the short ends of the fabric and zig-zag around the remaining edges to prevent fraying. Next, I attached the fabric to the waste of the diaper cover using a quarter of an inch inseam ensuring that when the piece overlaps the hemmed edge is out. Finally, I finished the rest of the diaper cover as explained in the tutorial.

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