easiest “bow” for baby girl and other weekend happenings

baby bow

While I was pregnant I gathered ideas and pictures of big girly bows and flowers to put on pretty, stretchy headbands for my baby girl. But once she was here they weren’t quite right. Since I never do anything else big and girly the bows just didn’t fit. And not to mention, they never stayed where I put them. The few times she did wear them, she would pull them down over her eyes making my sweet mild-tempered baby very unhappy.

So I started looking for solutions to keep my beautiful baby girl looking just girly enough without going over the top. I came up with what I think is the perfect solution. I bought some of this beautiful lace at a vintage flea market last year (it’s coming up again!). I also came across this bow idea and decided to merge the two!

lace

Here is what you’ll need:

:: lace, fabric or anything thats small enough to stick to a baby’s head

:: scissors

:: corn syrup

:: q-tip

:: willing (or unsuspecting) child – preferably a girl

lace bow supplies

STEP ONE: cut lace or fabric into desired sections or shape – I keep a bunch of extras in my diaper bag along with a small bottle of corn syrup for bows on the go.

cut lace

STEP TWO: use q-tip to place a small amount of corn syrup onto “bow”. You want to make sure to use enough for it to stay in place but not too much that it oozes out and makes a mess in her hair.

place syrup

 STEP THREE: place bow in desired spot and hold for just a second

place lace on a sweet little head

Seriously, it’s that easy! If you used enough corn syrup it will stay until bath time. I just pour a little warm water over her head and it falls right off. So simple, so cute and no itchy headband attached!

I think she likes it! Look at those blue eyes!

i think she likes it

In other weekend news we had a Saturday breakfast surprise, measured the walls in the bathroom for a bathroom make-over and inherited this great piece of furniture from my parents! It works perfectly for a TV stand in our living room.

tv stand

I’m a little torn, the finish has definitely seen better days but I’m kind of into the natural wood look these days. What to do, what to do…

Hope you had a great weekend!

burp cloth tutorial

burp cloths

When I was pregnant I started seeing these burp cloths everywhere. People were selling them in stores and online but I could never find ones that quite fit my box of ‘girly without being obviously girly’. So I decided to make my own. They quickly became my favorite gift to give. So simple, so inexpensive and so easy to personalize the fabric choices for whoever you’re giving them to.

I would not recommend making these while wearing dark colors. Whether you’re using an old towel or this chenille, this is a very messy project.

supplies

Here’s what you’ll need:

:: scissors
:: sewing pins
:: thread & sewing machine
:: iron
:: fabric of your choice
:: chenille or an old towel

(The first time I did this project I used a towel and prefer the way they turn out with the chenille but it will work with either.) I would also recommend keeping a lint roller handy – the chenille gets everywhere when you cut it!

1. cut both your fabric and chenille to the same size – I use 10″ x 16″ but you can make them whatever size you like

2. pin the fabric and chenille right sides together indicate with two parallel pins where you will begin and end sewing, leaving about a 2 1/2″ opening

3. change your stitch length to the longest setting (the fabric shifts too much if you skip this part) and begin stitching, back stitch at both the beginning and end. after you have sewn the two sides together change the stitch length back to a medium length.

cut, pin, stitch

4. trim corners and edges to about 1/4″ (I often forget this part but it really does make the finished project look much better)

5. turn cloth right-side-out

trim and turn

6. iron cloth folding the opening in to match the rest

7. top stitch around entire cloth – this will stitch your opening closed – because its hard to make your initial stitch perfectly straight I line the foot of my sewing machine up to the outside of the cloth and follow it around the perimeter. (rather than trying to sew a perfectly straight line on a not perfectly straight cloth)

top stitch and top stitch again

8. top stitch one more line – I make this stitch in between my last stitch and the outside edge and use my first line as a guide (I find that if I have two crooked lines that match each other they appear much straighter than they are)

9. iron the final product and you’re done

A stack of three or four makes a wonderful gift for an expecting mother. But if you have a little one at home you might want to make extras, sometimes they are hard to part with!

finished burp cloth