Category Archives: Baby

Thrifty Baby Celebration: Changing Bag {FREE Pattern}

We’re starting the third week of the Thrifty Baby Celebration and I am just about ready to start sewing again. Actually, I’m beyond ready, but my kiddos have different ideas. And that’s ok. Right now I am doing exactly what I need to be doing – investing in them. So while I do that, my friends are creating all the fun thrifty baby things. Today we have Vicky from Vicky Myer’s Creations sharing a great baby essential.

Thrifty Baby Celebration | Vicky Myers Creations

I love Vicky’s blog because she’s constantly finding new ways to upcycle all the things.¬†Today she’s got a FREE pattern for us to make a changing pad. After four kids, let me tell you, this is a great gift to receive and it’s an essential item if you want to go anywhere and feel like you can change your baby with some semblance of cleanliness. ūüôā

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Thrifty Baby Celebration: Baby Gifts

Have you seen all the great baby ideas so far? And today is another great one for you! Not everyone has a baby to sew for, but we can all pass along some great handmade items to friends who are having babies, right?!

Thrifty Baby Celebration | House of Estrela

Today’s guest,¬†Magda from House of Estrela¬†shares some ideas for gifts you can make for others. Go check them out!

(And yes, my baby GIRL is finally here! You can check out more pics of “Belle” over on Instagram).

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Thrifty Baby Celebration: 10 Things From a Flannel Sheet

Thrifty Baby Celebration | If Only They Would Nap

Would you believe me if I said I’m still pregnant?! Forty weeks today and baby is staying comfy. But now that gives me more time to finish up some small projects and maybe even sew a little bit for baby!

Today’s guest is Jess from If Only They Would Nap. I’m a huge fan of her blog and as I got to know her, a huge fan of her too! She’s got four (almost five) boys and she homeschools. If you didn’t know, boy sewing is my favorite, so I love seeing all her ideas. And today she’s got a great round-up¬†to save some money for baby using flannel sheets. Go check it out!

And don’t forget to check out how to make three teething necklaces for the price of one over at Feather’s Flights.

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Thrifty Baby Celebration: Teething Necklace

Thrifty Baby Celebration | Feather's Flights

The first guest for our baby celebration is Heather from Feather’s Flights. Heather and I have so many things in common, as you might remember from our Upcycled Kid series we did last year. And, this year we both gave birth to new babies (well, I’m about to… still preggo over here!). I am excited to share what she’s got for us today. So, hop on over to her blog and check out this great necklace tutorial.

And, if you’re looking for more thrifty baby ideas, I’ve got plenty.

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The Thrifty Baby Celebration

Well, I really thought I would have had a baby by now. I’m 39 weeks today and have never been this pregnant in all my pregnancies! Since this is my fourth baby, baby showers are pretty much non-existent at this point. And, let’s be real, most of my friends have four or more children too, so there’s no time for throwing parties. Instead, I decided to throw a virtual party here on my blog and everyone’s invited! It’s the Thrifty Baby Celebration!

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Over the next month there will be tons of great baby ideas that you can sew or DIY that cost next to nothing.


Since my last baby was a girl, I did quite a bit of baby girl sewing.  Here are some great (inexpensive) ideas to get you started:

  1. FREE baby dress pattern

Baby Lap Dress FREE Pattern 6-12 mos {Sew Thrifty |}


2. Upcycled maternity shirt to baby skirtUpcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty |}


3. Update baby clothes



4. Baby headband



5. FREE Baby shoe pattern

Upcycled Baby Shoes {Sew Thrifty |}


6. Get your baby Halloween ready!BabyCaptainAm-1

Over the next month I’ll have some great bloggers¬†featured here with their ideas for sewing for baby that won’t cost a ton of money. Be sure to follow along!

Upcycled: Baby Shoes (Free Pattern from Feather’s Flights)

Today is the last day of upcycling for your kids, and this project is such an easy one! Plus, Feather’s Flights has the free pattern over on her blog.

Upcycled Baby Shoes {Sew Thrifty |

Remember those khaki capris I cut up for my daughter? Well, I used the hems of those to make these darling baby shoes. That’s it! I love how¬†Feather’s Flights makes use of the space in the hem to make this just about the quickest sew you can imagine.


FREE baby shoe pattern¬†from Feather’s Flights.

I paired my baby shoes up with a Lap Dress (FREE pattern) and a turban headband to make a complete upcycled outfit for my Lioness.

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|}

Upcycled Baby Shoes {Sew Thrifty |} Upcycled Baby Shoes {Sew Thrifty |}

Here’s the breakdown:

Want the FREE pattern? Head over to Feather’s Flights today and snag it up!

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Upcycled: Baby Circle Skirt (From a maternity shirt!)

This upcycle¬†cracks me up…it’s a baby circle skirt made from a maternity shirt! So, when you’re done with the baby in your belly, turn that¬†shirt into a skirt for the baby in the bouncy.

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty |}


I used the tutorial from MADE here.

Additionally, here are my recommendations for sizing. These are based on averages and may not work for your baby or toddler. If you can measure them, do so, as that will give you the best fit.


Baby Circle Skirt Measurements {Sew THrifty |}


Grab a t-shirt. I used the bottom half of this maternity baby-doll-style shirt. It was a bit of a stretch (ha. ha. ha.) since the bottom half of this shirt was smaller than I would have liked, but it still worked!Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty |}

Cut down the side of the shirt to the sleeves (or in my case to the elastic).Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty |}

Then cut off that section of the shirt. I took my time with this to save as much fabric as I could. If you’re using a regular t-shirt or a larger shirt, you don’t have to be as careful, since you’ll have plenty of fabric here.¬†Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty |}

But now I’ve got two rectangles. Wait…I thought you were making a¬†circle skirt?! Don’t you need a large circle? Yes, ideally. However, since I’m upcycling, I’m going with the flow.¬†So, work with me here and follow along…two rectangles:Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty |}

Cut the hems off. You won’t need to save these.Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty |}

Take one of the rectangles and fold in half. You should have a square (or square-ish) shape. Then, using the measurements you have and MADE’s tutorial, construct your circle. Since you only have one fold, you’ll have a half circle when you’re done with this step.Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty |}

Take that half circle and place it on top of the other folded rectangle piece. Like so:

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity top to baby skirt {Sew Thrifty |}

Then cut out your second half-circle piece. Now you have two of these:

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty |}

Sew or serge them together to create a circle. Yay, it’s looking like a circle skirt!

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty |}

The next step is to add the elastic. I have tons of pretty (brand new) elastics. But, I wanted to make this skirt 100% upcycled. And well, my husband needed to trash his boxers…but the elastic was still good!Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty |}

I couldn’t help myself. I snagged those bad boys out of the trash pile and salvaged the elastic. (And yes, he knows I’m airing his dirty laundry on the internets ūüėČ )Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty |}

From there, I sewed my elastic onto my skirt and viola!Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty |}

I’ll be honest, the elastic was a bit stretched out. So, if you’re using upcycled elastic, you might want to decrease the length to compensate¬†the extra stretchiness.

But, it still looks cute! And now the skirt will fit longer.

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty |}{Something¬†isn’t right about my new outfit…}

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty |}{What?! I’m wearing Daddy’s dirty underwear?}

It was clean! Just old. She’ll be ok. I hope.¬†

If you’re looking for a little something different for your baby, check out Feather’s Flight’s baby leggings or toddler dress.

Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid's Wardrobe. A Series by Feather's Flights ( and Sew Thrifty ( you upcycled anything lately?! Tag #upcycledkid on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see your creations!


Upcycled: Turban Headband Tutorial

I’m really not that¬†mom who has her baby girl wear headbands with every outfit. Really, ask my friends. BUT, when you can make one to match her dress perfectly, and it doesn’t cost you anything, why not go for it!?

Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}


Based on averages, here is what I use to make turban-style headbands:

Infant/Newborn: 14″ by 3″
Baby: 16″ by 3″
Toddler: 18″ by 3″
Girl: 19.5″ by 3″
Adult: 21.5″ by 3″

These measurements are approximates. Depending on how stretchy your fabric is or how large your head is, you’ll need to make adjustments accordingly. I also personally don’t like tight headbands, so I make mine larger than any suggested pattern and use fabric that has some stretch – spandex, lycra, etc.

I have made countless turban headbands, and usually make the width about 6″ and then fold the piece in half and sew down the long side. However, when upcycling, you have to¬†go with the flow and make things work¬†with what you’ve got! All my measurements listed above assume you are working with a fabric (like t-shirt knit) that won’t fray and therefore the raw edges can be shown.

Also, check out this great tutorial on how to size specifically for you (or the girl in your life).


Cut the appropriate sized rectangles for the size you need. Since I was upcycling this small shirt, I only had enough to make a baby-sized headband. You can see that I cut off the leftovers from the hem (where I cut the sleeve for the Baby Lap Dress from) to create my first piece.Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}

My headband pieces – two rectangles measuring 15″ by 3″. I know I said 16″, but I could only squeeze 15″ out of this shirt and it’s pretty stretchy, so I’m hoping it will work fine.Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}

Place one piece on top of the other and form an “X”.Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}

Fold the bottom piece down over the top and match it back up with itself.
Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}

Do the same to the other piece (the piece originally on top). And match it back up with itself.Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}

Gently pull the headband pieces out and you’ll get this. See? It already looks like a turban headband!Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}

Make sure your¬†3″ sides are matched up to each other.Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}

Then take the headband and fold it in half, matching up all 4 ends.Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}

Then sew (or serge) connecting all four pieces. I then used this method to close off my loose serged ends. And done!Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}

The dress was already done, and now I have a matching headband!

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty |}

You can make another one….Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty |}

Or mix and match…Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty |}


Upcycled Turban Headband {Sew Thrifty |}

This hair is just begging for more headbands.

Upcycled Turban Headband {Sew Thrifty |}{Oh, hi there! I’m liking this whole headband thing.}

And don’t forget to see what Feather’s Flights has for your upcycled kid today: harem pants and shirt sleeve pants¬†from the same top! She is so amazing!

Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid's Wardrobe. A Series by Feather's Flights ( and Sew Thrifty (


Upcycled: Baby Lap Dress + FREE Pattern!

I’m so excited to wrap-up week one of¬†upcycling with a FREE pattern! Introducing the Baby Lap Dress…

Upcycled Baby Lap Dress FREE pattern {Sew Thrifty |}

I wanted something that could save the neck binding of the original shirt, but also be easy to sew with no snaps or buttons (I still feel like a newbie sewer, so I like to keep things simple). There are plenty of baby dress and bodysuit¬†patterns out there, but none quite fit what I was needing in order to save as much as I could from the original shirt. So, I created my own¬†pattern! (This is my first pattern. **Insert squeal here**. I’m offering it free and as such, it hasn’t been tested. Please be nice if you come across any issues with the pattern.)


1. Free pattern¬†(size 6-12 mos, approx.) {Print on US Letter paper with scaling set to “none”. This pattern has not been tested on A4 paper}
2. T-shirt (check your closet, thrift store, or garage sale)
3. Coordinating thread
4. Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine, pins, scissors, etc.


Step 1: Find a t-shirt to upcycle.¬†See Heather’s tips here for finding great items to upcycle. I chose this super soft tee that I bought while vacationing in San Diego (pre-kids, so it doesn’t fit, and no, it never will. I’m over it). This shirt is a Small, so it’s a great one to upcycle for babies. Most upcycling garments need to be L-XL in order to best fit your pattern for bigger kids, but you can still get some great material out of any size garment. This baby dress is a great pattern to use for those smaller tees that you have lying around!

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|}

Step 2:¬†Prepare your shirt.¬†Cut out the tag. Babies don’t need all that extra stuff rubbing up against them.

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|}

Cut the shirt down the sides. If your shirt has a side seem, just cut along that. If you chose a shirt with no seems, you might want to mark where to cut or just eye-ball it. I didn’t cut the sleeves off because I wasn’t able to use them to make the sleeves for the dress. However, you can cut the sleeves off at this point too, or wait until you’ve cut your front and back pattern pieces.

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|}

Step 3: Cut your dress front.¬†Fold the original shirt front in half while the back of the shirt is up and to the left of the shirt front. I lined up the sleeves and side seems here to be sure I folded the shirt in the middle. Or you can eye-ball the graphic on your shirt to be sure it will line up in the middle of your dress when you cut the pattern. (Note: I use a rotary cutter for everything, so I don’t pin. If you don’t have a rotary cutter or don’t want to use one, simple pin the pattern at this step and cut using your fabric scissors). Cut out your dress front.Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|}

You can see in this photo that I made sure the top of the pattern piece and the neckband of the original shirt lined up as best as possible. You don’t have to line these up perfectly, as your shirt may have a slightly different shape, but it should still work in the end.Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|}

Step 4: Cut your dress back. Line up the back pattern piece to the back of the original shirt on the fold and cut it out.

Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}

Step 5: Cut your sleeves. You can use the sleeves of your original shirt to make the sleeves of your baby dress! In my case, the original sleeves were a bit short, so I used the bottom of the shirt. But most sleeves will be long enough for you to use. Line up the hem and fold line with the pattern piece as indicated and cut 2 sleeve pieces.BabyLapDressTutorial-8

OK, now you’re ready to piece the dress together!

Step 6: Line up the dress front and back. Don’t do what I did and line them up wrong. Be sure to¬†place them WRONG side (dress back) to RIGHT side (dress front). It should look how you want the final garment to look.¬†Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}

I overlapped them by about 2 inches. Here’s a close-up:
Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}

Here’s a picture of how to do it the right way:

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty |}

Ahh…much better!

Step 7: Attach the sleeves to the dress. Place the RIGHT side of the sleeve to the RIGHT side of the dress arm hole. Line up the middle of the sleeve to the middle of the arm hole (the the middle of where the front and back dress pieces overlap). Working from the middle, pin the sleeve to the dress until you reach the end of the arm hole. Do the same for the other section of the sleeve. Now you have the sleeve all pinned to the dress pieces. Go ahead and pin the other sleeve at this point too. (I like to double check that I’ve pinned correctly by flipping the sleeve over to be sure I pinned the right side. Cause, you know, I’ve been known to make mistakes ūüôā ) Sew these seams. I use a serger, but you can also use a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine ( set at .5 width and approx. 2.5/3 length). And always use a ball point¬†needle when sewing with knits.

Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}

Step 8: Pin and sew side seams. Placing RIGHT sides together, line up the sleeve hem and pin down the side of your dress. Line up your sleeve seams as well and the rest of the side should line up to the bottom of the dress.Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}

Sew down both sides, flip the dress right side out, and you’re done!Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}

I chose not to hem the dress. Since it’s a knit, the ends won’t fray. I did tuck the ends of my thread back through the seams using the method I mention here.

If you wanted to go for a more polished look, you would hem the dress at this point. Simply fold under about 3/8″ (or 1 cm) and hem using your preferred hemming method.

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty |}

Add in a headband¬†(made with the same shirt; tutorial coming next week!) and some cute upcycled baby shoes (that I will share with you next week –¬†made from the hems of pants!) and you’ve got yourself a little stylish outfit for your babe.

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|}

Then whip up another one because they are so fast and easy!

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty |}

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty |}

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|}{What? The back of my shirt is wrong?!}

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|}{Oh well,¬†I’m cute. No one will even notice}

Baby Lap Dress FREE Pattern 6-12 mos {Sew Thrifty |}{Plus I’ll just grin and my mom will make me another one}

Here’s the breakdown:

Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |}


And for something a bit different for babies,¬†check out what Heather has for them today. Plus, she’s got an amazingly quick backpack¬†you can whip up from a used t-shirt as well!

Hope you’re enjoying this series. Keep tagging #upcycledkid on Instagram and be sure to come back Monday for another week of great upcycling tips and tutorials!

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Captainess America: The Third Baby-venger

The number¬†of times my husband and I go to the movies is inversely related to the number of kids we have (I told you I like math). ¬†For those non-mathematicians out there – we have three kids. We don’t go to the movies, like, ever. ¬†But today…today…

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out!

And, we will be going to see it. In a real movie theater. With no kids. I cannot wait!!

So to celebrate, I’ve dressed up my baby:


{Siblings, assemble!}


{I’m loyal to nothing, Mom… except Milk.}


{Give me milk now, or I will not be responsible for what comes next!}

Did you catch those Captain America quotes? ūüėČ

The headband was made with scraps of red felt, white knit, and blue knit and soft elastic. I wanted to use all felt, but didn’t want to buy anything extra and that’s what I had on hand. I simply hot glued the pieces to each other.


The skirt is¬†a simple circle skirt using MADE’s tutorial, but instead of a circle, I just left it as a square. Red stripe knit fabric is from Hancock Fabrics.


The bodysuit was purchased pre-made (40% off at Hobby Lobby) and I reversed appliqued a white knit star to the middle.


The total look cost $4.81 and took about an hour and 15 minutes.

Have a great weekend!