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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!

Thrifty Baby Celebration | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

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 | www.sewthrifty.org}

 

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

 

3. Update baby clothes

BabyBodysuitUpdateG

 

4. Baby headband

 

BabyLapDressTutorial-16

5. FREE Baby shoe pattern

Upcycled Baby Shoes {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

 

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!

Thrifty Handmade Wedding: The Boy

I know, I know, my brother’s wedding was months ago, and you’ve probably forgotten that I even posted about my dress and my daughter’s outfit.  But we’re gearing up for another wedding this weekend, so I figured I had better get to posting about my son’s outfit before that wedding passes us by!

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

My brother’s wedding was this past summer and I knew for several months that I wanted to sew all the outfits for my family for the event. And, why not upcycle and use free patterns for everything too, right? Well, I was able to accomplish most of that. The pattern for my dress was free, the fabric for River’s dress and headband were free. Plus I found a dress that worked perfectly for Lioness, so I didn’t have to sew anything for her. But today, I’m focusing on Carpenter. We don’t get dressed up much at all, so this wedding was the perfect excuse for me to go crazy sewing something fancy for him. My son’s outfit turned out to be the best use of free patterns and upcycled materials.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew ThriftyThe original shirt was my husband’s favorite shirt, but the collar was coming apart and just wasn’t ok for him to wear to work anymore. He hated to give it up, so I snuck it away years ago in hopes of using it for a refashion one day. And today is the day! For the vest, I thrifted a pair of dress pants. The original intent was to find a jacket, but the pattern I used didn’t fit the jackets I found, so I decided on pants. And, I found these for 50% off – only $2! I tried to keep the original welted pockets, but they were slightly too big, so I had to sew my own. You can see here how the cuffs from the original shirt were used for my son’s shirt. I loved that I didn’t have to sew all that. And the buttons were reused as well! I did have to improvise on the collar, since I couldn’t re-use that section and I was running out of fabric. Luckily I had some spare white cotton that I used to line the inside of the collar, since that section wouldn’t really get seen anyway and the outside of the collar came from the back of the original shirt.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

The vest came together nicely, even though I wasn’t able to use any of the original pockets from the pants. I lined it with a khaki cotton someone had given me from their stash. Then I accented it with orange buttons. Yes, I went with orange.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

The tie was made from a free pattern as well, along with scraps of fabric that was given to me. And his pants and shoes were given to me by a friend. His whole outfit came to a whopping $7, since I include the price of thread, buttons, and the clasp for the tie. Not too bad for a fancy wedding outfit. I might be able to afford to dress him up more often.Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty{so, how do you get a girl to like you?}

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

{ok, Mama, enough with all this wedding stuff, where’s the cake?!}

Here’s the breakdown:

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

Dress Shirt:
Pattern: Fishsticks Designs’ Everyday Camp Shirt (with length added)
Fabric: Upcycled men’s dress shirt + scrap of white cotton

Vest:
Pattern: MellySews’ free Holiday Vest (FREE)
Fabric: Upcycled pants and gifted khaki cotton for lining

Tie:
Pattern: Delia Creates’ Lil Mister Bow Tie (FREE)
Fabric: Blue and Green cotton from JoAnns (name unknown)
Light green cotton gifted from a friend

The other wedding looks:

Thrifty Handmade Wedding: The Mama
Thrifty Handmade Wedding: The Girl

Madeit Fashion Show Week

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Carpenter is taking kid’s fashion by storm this week. Literally. He’s lightning from head to toe. It all started with his recent love of lightning bolts, a challenge, and some rockin’ creative time.  (I do my best work jamming out to David Crowder or needtobreathe; anyone else a Christian rock fan?)

Let’s start with the challenge. Just a few months ago, I wrote that you should invest in patterns that stand the test of time.  So when Olu challenged  asked me to participate in Madeit Fashion Week featuring their new pattern collection FOLD|2 inspired by origami, I was excited, but really didn’t think my mind could be changed about trendy patterns. Are they really worth the cost?  Let me tell you ….. they are! And I can honestly say that this outfit (mainly the pants) is one of which I am most proud. I will make these patterns again (reason #5 of when to purchase a pattern), plus the patterns cover a wide range of sizes (reason #2), they are unisex (reason #1), they provide excellent photos and instructions (#4), it’s definitely something I couldn’t figure out on my own (#7), and if you purchase this week, they will be on sale (#8)!

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

{Say wha? My mom actually likes trendy patterns now?}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

{You better believe it!}

The look all started with the shirt. I selected Madeit Pattern’s Kite Fold Tee because it was relaxed and fun. Carpenter and I went up to my sewing room, and I let him rummage through my stash.  (I had originally bought the lightning bolt fabric with the intention of making something for him, but he quickly dismissed it. So I had resigned myself to using it for me.) But, he saw it and immediately thought of Lightning McQueen (we had just let him watch Cars for the first time) and begged me to make him a “Lightning McQueen shirt.” All right dude, you can have your fabric back, I guess.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

After selecting the lightning fabric (purchased from Girl Charlee), I paired up some navy scraps that I had lying around and added the yellow. The yellow knit was given to me by a friend, the gray from a Target sheet, and the other pieces were scraps, so the whole shirt cost less than $2!

This is such a fun shirt, and you really can use up some scraps, or cut up some old t-shirts and piece them together. The pattern gives recommendations for piecing four different fabrics together, but you could use different fabrics for each pattern piece or use fewer than the recommended amount for a totally different look.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Now, onto the pants, and my rockin’ creative time. I started with the Book Fold Trousers because, how cool is that fly?! Carpenter wanted red lightning pants, so I had to make sure these pants lived up to his expectations. First, I had to find the right fabric. I don’t typically have a lot of woven fabric lying around, and I definitely didn’t have any red pants that could be upcycled. So, I had to (gasp) buy new fabric. Luckily it was on sale. For the pocket linings, I was able to upcycle an old dress shirt, and included some star fabric for the hem (because…stars!).

Originally, I had thought to make a big lightning bolt on the back pocket of the pants, until I went back and looked and saw that the pockets were hidden! So, the challenge was on (again). Then I started sewing and brainstorming. Everything ended up happening while I was piecing and sewing the pants together. I threw in a lightning bolt on one of the front pockets, hid one on the inside of the back pockets, top stitched in white (even when it didn’t call for top stitching), and widened the belt loops so I could sew on some more lightning bolts.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}
Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}
Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The end result….a pair of pants unique for Carpenter and just what he wanted! He got excited as I showed him all the bolts, especially the hidden one.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

AND, these pants mark the first time I’ve ever: successfully installed snaps, sewn on belt loops, used button hole elastic and altered a pattern the first time I sewed it. So, yea, I am PUMPED about these pants. Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

There’s the real Carpenter! He’s not a high fashion kid at all, but he plays it really well. Thanks dude for being so awesomely inspiring and loving what I make for you!

Kite Fold Tee by Madeit Patterns, sewn by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Book Fold Trousers by Madeit Patterns, sewn by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

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Love these patterns as much as I do?

Check out how you can win your own Madeit pattern this week:

Correctly answer a question related to the Fashion Show that will be posted on Facebook or Instagram at random times of the day. The first person who correctly answers the question will win a pattern of their choice from the FOLD Collection. 

Or maybe you would like some free fabric?

Here’s how you can win €50 NOSH voucher:

All you have to do is leave a comment on Needle and Ted on Sunday September 6 about what the highlights of the Fashion Shows were for you.  A random winner will be selected from the comments.

And there will be another giveaway on Instagram to win the other €50 NOSH voucher. 

And let me know how I did on the origami challenge! Ok, ok, I use the term origami loosely, but it was fun to throw in a few props to the photoshoot.

20% OFF Madeit patterns

Even if you don’t win, you can still get 20% off any of the patterns in the Fold collection by using the code MFW20.

Check out the rest of the fashion here:

 Monday 31 August

Kid Approved | Girl Like the Sea | Huisje Boompje Boefjes | Our Chez Nous

Tuesday 1 September

Kimme Sew Crazy | Pienkel | East and EdenChi Chi Romeo and Me

Wednesday 2 September

Neil and Nikki | In a manner of Sewing | Glitter + Wit | Creative Needles and Threads As it Seams

Thursday 3 September

Climbing the Willow | Fliegfederfrei | Fairies and Bubbles Co | Sew Thrifty

Friday 4 September

Just Add Fabric So-Cal Sewing Mom | Sansahash | Miss Castelinhos | Sewing Sober

Saturday 5 September

Made by Toya | My Cosy Co Paisley Roots | Diorella | Fruits de Mère

Sunday 6 September

Round Up and Reviews:
Needle and Ted | Climbing the Willow | Swoodson says

Upcycled: Girl’s Capris

Today’s project was one of those that came together (finally) – not by intention, but it worked. And worked well!

Upcycled Girls Capris {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I was originally going to cut up these baby corduroy capris into bermuda shorts for River. Since I couldn’t find a free pattern that I liked, I referenced back to a self-drafted pattern I made last year for her (hope to make it available soon for everyone!). However, my end result was not bermuda shorts, (as you have already seen) but capris!

Pattern

Any shorts or pants pattern. I used a self-drafted bermuda shorts pattern and lengthened the inseam by 2 inches. If you use a pants pattern, decrease the inseam accordingly. The inseam on my 3T pair of capris was 6 inches.

Instructions

The details I was aiming to keep in this upcycle were the front pockets and the waistband. I wanted these shorts to have an elastic waistband for my 3-year old to easily dress herself (so I wasn’t concerned with keeping the zipper or button closure).

First, if the pattern you are using is a four-piece shorts or pants pattern, tape the front and back panel pieces together, as shown in this photo (you may want to overlap the pieces by the seam allowance so that the capris/shorts aren’t too baggy. I chose not to do that, so River’s capris did end up on the baggier side):

Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Next, cut down the middle of the pants, right on the seam, not worrying about the zipper or button(s). Remember, I’m making these shorts with an elastic waist! Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Take your first pant leg and open it up. You’ll notice parts of these capris have already been cut out…you’ll have to wait until Friday to find out what they made. Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Place your pattern piece on top of your pants/capris, lining up the seam line of the original pants to the middle of the pattern piece. Shift the pattern piece up about 1.5 inches to account for the waistband. Since you don’t have to add a waistband, you will need to make the shorts 1.5 inches shorter (save a little fabric and tons of time!).Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I cut along the pattern piece and added several inches to the bottom to make sure the capris would be long enough for River.Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Then I took that first panel and used it as my pattern piece to cut my second piece. Just make sure you line these up right side to right side or else you’ll be cutting two of the same shorts leg and that wouldn’t work out too well. Again, line up the seam lines here.
Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Now you can begin constructing the shorts. I ended up cutting off part of the back pocket, which was fine, but I did need to sew it back together before stitching the inseams together. Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

This next step was the trickiest. I needed to make sure the elastic would slide through the waistband casing, so I couldn’t just close these shorts shut with a simple stitch. I placed the right sides together and stitched just the outside of the short’s back waistband together. You can see where I pinned; I just sewed that 1.5 inches closed. Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

After sewing the waistband back section together, I repeated that step for the front of the shorts.  Then, I sewed down the front and back seams starting from just under the waistband.

Then I measured River’s waist (20 inches) and cut elastic of 20 inches. I was going to use some upcycled elastic, but didn’t have the time to seam rip it, so I just grabbed some olive green. Not River’s color, but it will be hidden, so it doesn’t matter!

Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I threaded the elastic through the capris’ original waistband.Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Now the elastic is all the way through the shorts and I just have to sew these two sections together, overlapping them by about an inch.Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

All sewn together – you can still see the elastic through the front and back sections that are not sewn shut. I sewed these carefully with my sewing machine, taking care not to sew the elastic to the front or back of the pants. You could also sew these shut by hand. These sections will be on the inside of the shorts, so they won’t get seen.Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Then I finished the capris by sewing and serging the inseam. At this point I tried the shorts on River and measured how much I needed to hem to make them the perfect length. I love the way they turned out, plus since they are a bit baggy, they will make great bermuda shorts next year for her!

Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}{I love my new capris, Mom!}

Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}
Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Upcycled Capris Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}
Upcycled Capris {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}{ok, Mama, I’m done}

Here’s the breakdown:

Upcycled Girl's Capris Time and Cost {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Head on over to Feather’s Flights today for some cute baby shorts and bloomers plus a FREE pattern too!

Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid's Wardrobe. A Series by Feather's Flights (feathersflights.com) and Sew Thrifty (sewthrifty.org)

Upcycled: Boy’s Baggies (Shorts)

Welcome back to week two of Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid’s Wardrobe. Today I’m going to share with you my new go-to shorts for boys. And you can make your own from a shirt, sweatshirt, or pants.  Are you ready?!
Upcycled Boy's Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

This is the third time I’ve made these shorts, and I love the results every time. My first edition ran a bit large since the pattern indicated 2/3 T, and Carpenter wears a 4/5. I enlarged the pattern, and the shorts were way too big on him. So, the next time, I kept the pattern just the way it was, and they helped complete my Project Run and Play look back in February.

Today’s version is slightly different since I upcycled them from 95% from this polo shirt and 5% from the lime green shirt I used for Carpenter’s raglan.  So, grab yourself a polo shirt and the pattern and make some awesome shorts!

Pattern
Boy’s Baggies by Designs by Sessa

{Disclosure: These are not our patterns, and we don’t claim any rights to them. They are kindly offered for free by the pattern designers. The patterns and tutorials must be obtained at the pattern designers’ sites.}

Instructions

I started with this short-sleeve men’s XL polo:

Upcycled Baggie Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Cut down the sides of the shirt:Upcycled Baggie Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}Since this shirt was striped, I wanted to make sure the stripes would line up perfectly on my “new” shorts. It was pretty funny that the original stripes on the shirt didn’t even line up perfectly! Just another reason to give yourself some credit when sewing – not even mass-produced clothes are perfect.

I wanted to make sure I used the original hem of these shorts, so I started lining up the stripes beginning with the bottom and worked my way up from there.

Upcycled Baggie Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Here are the short’s front panels. You can see there’s a little bit of white stripe at the top of the right piece, but it will get hidden once I place the waistband over it. Upcycled Baggie Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Also, since I was using the same stripe fabric for the inside of the pocket, I wanted to make sure the front pattern piece’s stripes matched up with the inner pocket piece’s stripes. I simply placed the original shirt down first, then the pocket pattern piece, and then lined up the short’s front piece on top as you can see here:

Upcycled Baggie Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I maneuvered the pieces…and made the stripes line up!

Next, I cut off the collar of this shirt to use as the waistband. I love how Vanessa from Designs by Sessa also uses an old shirt for her baggies too – and here she uses the bottom of the terry pullover for the waistband.Upcycled Baggie Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

And remember my son’s raglan made from this shirt:Upcycled Raglan for Boys {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org}

I cut off the lime neckband to use as the ribbing/bias binding for the pockets. Other than that, I followed Designs by Sessa’s tutorial and finished my shorts.

Upcycled Lime Raglan and Baggies {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Upcycled Boy's Baggy Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} Upcycled Boy's Baggy Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Here’s the breakdown:Upcycled Striped Baggies Time and Cost {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Feather’s Flights has some awesome shorts and pants today as well! Go check out her denim shorts and cargo pants for some inspiration.
Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid's Wardrobe. A Series by Feather's Flights (feathersflights.com) and Sew Thrifty (sewthrifty.org)Are you enjoying our upcycled series? Have you made any clothes for your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, friends’ kids out of thrifted or used clothing? We would love to see them! Tag #upcycledkid on Instagram and see what others are creating too.

A Giraffe Dress {Kid’s Clothes Week Day 4}

And the last of all my WILD things: the giraffe.  River picked out a giraffe for her animal, and I knew I wanted to make her a dress. She actually fed a giraffe when she was 18 months old. (She also recently stuck her whole arm down a snake hole) This girl has no fear. But, back to the dress.

I’ve been slowly making her handmade wardrobe using tried-and-true (TNT) patterns. My favorite is the Bimaa sweater, but it’s a sweater. And it’s spring here in Mississippi, which means it’s really summer. So, I took the pattern and omitted the sleeves and fun neckline options. Instead, I used ribbing around the neckline and sleeves. To make it a dress, I extended the length by about 10 inches and flared it out a bit.

GiraffeDress-4

My favorite part was the addition of the pockets. Not 1, but 3! Am I the only one whose kid loves pockets?

GiraffeDress-2

Three mismatched pockets to replicate a giraffe’s spots. Just enough to mimic a giraffe, but not too much.

GiraffeDress-1

GiraffeDress-3

{You want me to stand by that tree? No, I’ll get my dress muddy!}
I guess she does have her fear limits.

GiraffeDress-5

{What?! Three pockets?!!! Thanks Mama!}

Here’s the breakdown:GiraffeDressTimeCost.jpg

Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my creations from Kid’s Clothes Week! I’ll still be sewing these last few days, but won’t be able to show you what I’m making until later. Stay tuned!

My Deerest Baby {Kid’s Clothes Week Day 1}

DeerCircleSkirt-2

I always like to have something quick on the first day of Kid’s Clothes Week –  enter the baby circle skirt. Top it off with deer fabric from Girl Charlee* and Lioness has a fun outfit to fit the WILD things theme. Boom.

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I used MADE’s tutorial for the circle skirt. Since I used to make these for my Etsy shop, I’ve come up with an average for all the sizes, ranging from newborn to 8.  I’ve listed them here for your reference. Be sure to click over to the tutorial here to understand these measurements.

CircleSkirtMeasurements

These are averages based on a knee length skirt. Keep in mind your girl might differ from these measurements or you may want a shorter or longer skirt. (You can even make one for yourself; I have!)

DeerCircleSkirt-1

 Hello deer baby!

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Toes!

DeerCircleSkirt-4

 She looks like a baby doll to me in this photo for some reason. She’s definitely her big sister’s baby doll, so it’s fitting.  🙂

Here’s the breakdown:

DeerSkirtTimeCost

Have you sewn anything for Kid’s Clothes Week yet? Share a link in the comments to your projects (blog, Instagram, whatever); I’d love to see what you are working on!

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.

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

FaceWash2

Directions
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.

Done!

STFaceWash

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:

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

Shopkins Pillow

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

ZappyMicrowave

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)

ZappyClose1

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. 🙂

ZappyClose2

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.

ZappyClose3

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. 🙂

ZappyClose

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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