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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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Crafting with Kids: A Freezer Paper Tutorial

Freezer Paper Tutorial // Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

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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Mystical and Marvelous Aprons {With a Giveaway!}

If you’ve been following the Sew Thrifty blog for a while, you now I love a good deal. But over the past year I’ve been more convicted on not just saving money and finding things as cheap as possible, but also making sure my money is going to a good cause and that what I’m buying is ethically made. While I can’t always know everything about a product, I strive to. And today, I’m so excited to share with you a new fabric line by Lewis &¬†Irene that donates to the Act for Wildlife. ¬†Since the fabric is Chinese-inspired, the proceeds go towards helping Giant and Red Pandas. And it just so happened we checked out a whole bunch of panda books at the library last week! Ok, enough rambling about how awesome this whole thing is and on to what I made!

Minshan Apron fabric from Phat Quarters {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

(I received 1 yard of fabric from Phat Quarters for this post. All opinions are my own.)

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I’ve been meaning to make my kiddos aprons for a while. **cough cough** maybe since last Valentine’s Day. Oh well, a year later and here we are. So, once I looked at all the gorgeous options in this fabric line, I knew I was going to make aprons for my little chefs. It couldn’t have¬†been more perfect – Carpenter LOVES dragons and River has a thing for pandas right now. I’m sure she’ll change, but hey, for now I’ll take it!

Minshan Apron fabric from Phat Quarters {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} Minshan Apron fabric from Phat Quarters {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I used Aesthetic Nest’s¬†tutorial and pattern, which uses 1 fat quarter for the front and 1 fat quarter for the back of the apron. (I used another fat quarter I had in my stash for the back). There is one tiny pattern piece that you cut out and then use for the pocket on the front. It really couldn’t be any easier. I did have to add a few inches to the panda fabric because I didn’t think about the direction of the print when deciding to do this project. But, I love the black band on the bottom.

Also, to make this more sew thrifty style, see those neck ribbons?! Yea, I used the ribbon that ties around Target sheets. I just so happened to have a pink one and a white one. It already had velcro attached to it, so I just did some moving around, attaching one velcro piece to the apron and viola! Free ribbon to use for the top part of the apron.

Minshan Apron fabric from Phat Quarters {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

To bring the two aprons together, I used the panda fabric as the pocket on the dragon apron and vice versa.

Minshan Apron fabric from Phat Quarters {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

And now, let’s get cookin’!

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And you have to go check out what everyone else made with this beautiful fabric!

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What’s great is that these aprons only took me 1 fat quarter each. And so now I have 1 fat quarter each to give away to YOU! Enter below for your chance to win 1 fat quarter of red dragons and 1 fat quarter of pandas.

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Giveaway recipient receives 1 unwashed fat quarter of Lucky Dragon on Red and 1 unwashed fat quarter of Panda Temple on Light Gray. Offer available only to U.S. residents. Giveaway ends February 14, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Another birthday…another pillow!

It’s starting to be a tradition for me to make my nieces pillows for their birthday. Ok, not really. I’ve only made one other pillow, but indulge me for a minute while I show off my latest creation. This one for my 4-year-old, My Little Pony-loving niece.

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It’s…..Sparkle! Not to be confused with Twilight Sparkle (who has wings and is really my niece’s favorite pony. Oops!) ¬†It’s a little late to add the wings now. ¬†She’s already received her gift. Maybe next time I’ll pay better attention to her favorite character’s¬†exact name.My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

I had so much fun conjuring this one up. I didn’t use a pattern (because who has a pattern for a My Little Pony pillow?!), just enlarged the image I found online and printed it on four pieces of paper. Then outlined and cut out the pony shape. I decided to connect the piece between the front and back legs to make it more of a pillow and less of a plush toy (hence the white fabric on the front to separate the legs).

My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Since I used a Target jersey sheet for the body, I had to reinforce it with stabilizer. Well…I didn’t have regular stabilizer, so I appliqued the whole thing to¬†an old white t-shirt using this¬†iron-on adhesive*. It might not have been the cheapest¬†decision, but it was¬†thriftier than going out and buying something else at that moment.
My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}For the eye, I appliqued a scrap of white t-shirt and painted on the black, purple, and pink features. I also painted the black eyelashes with fabric paint*.

My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

The star was painted on too. I simply mixed red and white to make pink. And my kids got a lesson in color mixing at the same time. ūüėČMy Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

One of my favorite parts of Sparkle is her HAIR! I was planning on using yarn, but I didn’t have any in the colors of her hair. So, I got to use my old faithful – t-shirts. A friend gave me bags of old t-shirts in every color, so¬†I found the perfect shade of pink and already had the navy and purple cotton/spandex fabric from Girl Charlee*. In retrospect, I could have used t-shirts for all of her hair, but I do like the extra bit of spandex to make the hair curl up a bit more. All you have to do is pull the fabric, and it curls up and makes perfect pony hair. ¬†My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Here’s the breakdown: (Much cheaper than store-bought, and it was all-USA made! Of course, it took forever, but it’s what I love to do, so I’m fine with that.)My Little Pony Pillow Cost | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

And check out the Shopkins pillow I made earlier this year:

Zappy Microwave Shopkins Pillow | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

 

 

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 | www.sewthrifty.org}

Pattern

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).

Instructions

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 | www.sewthrifty.org}

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 | www.sewthrifty.org}

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

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

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 | www.sewthrifty.org}

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 | www.sewthrifty.org}

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

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

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 | www.sewthrifty.org}

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

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

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

Or mix and match…Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

 

Upcycled Turban Headband {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

This hair is just begging for more headbands.

Upcycled Turban Headband {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}{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 (feathersflights.com) and Sew Thrifty (sewthrifty.org)

 

Shopkins Pillow

Now that the big 6 year old has her birthday present, I can share what I made for her…are you ready!?

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Yep, that’s a Shopkins Pillow! ¬†Zappy Microwave! (I think…I’m learning all about these little guys from a 6 year old and her mom, so I really have no idea)

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I have been convicted to not buy any plastic-y toys or clothes lately (reasoning needs to be it’s own full post), so I resorted to Etsy and my own craftiness for my niece’s birthday. I was informed that she loved Shopkins, so I had to be creative on what to make her. As I was brainstorming a shirt design, her mom made a joke about a pillow! Well, she might have been joking, but I thought that was brilliant, so it stuck. I couldn’t even think about making her a t-shirt now with an awesome microwave pillow stuck in my head. ūüôā

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The¬†majority of the pillow was made from Target jersey sheets, the yellow being part of a pillowcase. The full pillow measured about 15″ wide by 9.5″ tall. Once I had the form of the pillow measured out, I appliqued on the pink and black sections. You can see in the photo above that I stitched in yellow accent stitching to make the keypad.

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I was a bit nervous about painting on the “12:00.” I just don’t have a skinny brush like I should, but a toothpick came to the rescue! I just dabbed a bit in the paint and gently (slowly, carefully…) wrote out the numbers. It helped that I had marked them in chalk prior to painting. ūüôā

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The eyes, mouth, nose, and legs were also free-hand painted on using toothpicks and brushes.

And here’s the breakdown:

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