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Crafting with Kids: A Freezer Paper Tutorial

Freezer Paper Tutorial // Sew Thrifty {}

It’s summer time here and I love having more time to craft with my kiddos. Plus, as they age, they can do more every year. This was a craft I did with my son last year and am just now sharing it with you. (So, yea, his hair is a lot longer and he looks so young!) Perhaps we need to make a new shirt this year and let his sister join in the fun too. But, enough about that, let’s get going to a fun tutorial you can do with your kids – freezer paper graphics!

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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 (


Homemade Face Wash

This blog will be dedicated mostly to sewing, but here lately I’ve been dabbling in making other homemade goodies as well: frappuccinos, loaf bread, coffee creamer, yogurt, granola, and most recently… homemade face wash!

The motivation behind making my own is that I have a better idea about how the product is made with the hopes of reducing my slavery footprint. Lately, I have been doing a lot of research on where and how products are made, and the results are not something that I can live with comfortably. So, while I am extremely overwhelmed with what to do, I am slowly making more things at home. Making my own clothes comes naturally for me, but homemade food and household products are a whole other beast.

Well, the other day I was running out of face wash. So, instead of rushing to the store and buy another $8 bottle, I researched and found several recipes online.  This is the one I ended up with since I wanted to use oatmeal and didn’t want to use more than 2-3 ingredients. I’m lazy.

Want to give it a try? It’s super simple.

~1/2 cup of oats
1 package powdered (dry) milk


Step 1: Grind up oats to a fine consistency

Step 2: Mix 1/2 c of the ground oats with 1 package of powdered milk. You can add more oats if you’d like depending on how much scrub you want. Since this will be my main cleanser, I wanted it to be more milky and less scrub-y.



My kids wanted to watch me the first time I washed my face with it, so that was amusing. And it felt great! I just put some water in my hands and mixed in about 2 tablespoons of the powder. Washed and dried. Afterwards my face felt amazingly soft and very clean.  {I tend to have dry skin, so what works for me may not work for you}.

Here’s the breakdown:


Have you ever made face wash or another household product? I’m excited to try something else next!

Tutorial: Update Baby Clothes for the Warm Season


One of the best ways to be thrifty is to refashion old clothes into new ones. And this tutorial will show you just about the easiest way possible to do that! Follow along to see how you can change baby bodysuits from winter (long sleeve) into spring/summer (short sleeve) attire.

BabyBodySuitUpdate{Throughout this tutorial, I am updating 6-9 month bodysuits}

Materials necessary

Long sleeve bodysuits (search your previous baby’s stash, hit up your friends, go thrifting, or check out a local garage sale! Be sure to wash the garment first if it hasn’t been previously washed just in case there might be some shrinkage)
Scissors or rotary cutter
Thread (coordinating or contrasting, depending on what look you like)
Twin needle (optional)


Step 1: Cut sleeves
Step 2: Iron sleeves
Step 3: Sew sleeves

This is really so simple, so let’s get started:

First step: Cut off the sleeves. I measured another bodysuit of the same size that already had short sleeves. If you don’t have that, just give a guess (and add a little); you can always cut off more later if necessary.


  I ended up cutting off 4.5″ on this one and a little less on the others, since their sleeves were a bit shorter in the original bodysuit.

Step 2: Fold sleeve under 3/8″ and press. You don’t have to do anything to the edges of these sleeves since they are knit. You could serge or zig-zag the edges if you’d prefer though.


Step 3: Finish/sew the hems. I wanted to try several methods for finishing the sleeves.

First up: single needle! This method is for those of you out there who haven’t invested in a twin needle. I highly recommend a twin needle and they aren’t much of an investment, but just in case you don’t have one, here’s another way to hem your knit edges.

As I usually do with knits, I chose a zig-zag stitch with the shortest width possible (.5 on my machine).  This stitch looks straight, but gives a bit of a stretch and is the best stitch to use when working with knits. Then I added a second stitch to mimic the look of a professionally finished garment. It’s nearly impossible to get the two lines to match up, but I did my best.


As you can see, this finish isn’t perfect. I think I might go back and use the tissue paper method (see below) while using a single needle.  But, I wanted to show those of you without a double needle how you can finish the hem of your bodysuit.

Next up: the double needle.

Double Needle


This one turned out fine, but I definitely had to iron the hem to make it a bit straighter.

 Finally, I decided to try the tissue paper method I recently read about. I was a bit skeptical at first. I mean, I like to get things done quickly and really didn’t want to add time to hemming. BUT, for the sake of showing different methods, I tried it. And can I tell you, I am a TOTAL convert! I will never sew a knit hem again without tissue paper. Once you finish sewing the hem, simply rip apart the attached tissue paper like so:

Tissue Paper Method

And be amazed at your incredibly professionally looking hem:

Baby Clothes Update Hearts Sleeve2

So. Much. Better!!

There you have it. Four “new” bodysuits all ready for your lovely baby to enjoy this spring or summer!



Then let your baby enjoy his/her new clothes!


Here’s the breakdown:


So, what are you waiting for?! Go look through your kids’ baby clothes, bug your friends for some hand-me-downs or hit up the next garage sale and find some bodysuits for updating!


Your baby will thank you!

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