Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spit Happens! DIY burb cloths

Spit happens.

As a mother of three, I can attest to this statement first hand. These easy burp cloths are absorbent, adorable and best of all, handmade. (I made 4 in less than an hour!!)

All you need is:
Scrap fabric
terry cloth material found here
sewing machine

1. Cut one rectangle of fabric and one rectangle of terry cloth 18 inches by 7 inches.

2. Pin the fabric right sides facing, and sew 1/4 inch seam, leaving 4 inches unsewn. Cut corners.

3. Turn piece inside out, so right side is out, and pin 4 inches closed.

4. Sew another 1/4 inch seam.
 This will close the hole and finish the piece.

5. Press with an iron, allow to cool.

6. DONE! What a great welcome baby present! One that will definitely be well used, and looks so adorable with the bandana bibs I made. Perfect pressie!


Friday, March 21, 2014

DIY Tote Bag

LOVE tote bags. I probably own too many, but these are just too cute to make and use...maybe I will have to make a bunch and spread the tote bag love!

Here are some toddler sized mini-totes I whipped up for the girls....the "Frozen" fabric was SO hard to find!

To make your own, you will need:

-1/2 yard of the fabric of your choice- for the mini version, a fat quarter will do
-sewing machine
-scissors or rotary cutter
-cotton webbing

1. Cut two 16x14 inch rectangles out of your fabric, ensuring that the fabric is facing the same way so they line up when sewn. For the toddler version, cut 12x10 inches.

2. Cut two 22" cotton webbing pieces for your straps. Mini version cut two 16" pieces.

3. Pin the webbing about 3-4 inches in on either side, and zig-zag stitch to secure.

4. Turn and pin 2 inches down, as shown, and sew to secure 1/4 inch on either end.


5. Repeat for the other side, then pin right sides together.

6. Sew 1/2 inch seam around bag, and cut off the two bottom corners. Then do a zig-zag stitch as close as you can to the edge. This will prevent fraying from wear and tear on the fabric.

7. Turn right side out, and press fabric flat.

The basic bag is now done! You could also make this out of leather, add a pocket, make a micro-mini version to hold a gift....the options are endless! Enjoy!

Thank you to The Purl Bee for the inspiration!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Easy DIY Doormat

I fell head over heels for this custom DIY doormat idea from the amazingly creative folks over at Kin Community.

Check out the video here, or read on for easier step by step instructions. I totally want to make 10 more! Want one?!

All you need is the following:
Coir mat (natural fibers)
Acrylic paint
natural sea sponge
painters tape
All you do is tape off the edging, then add in your Family's Initial.
Then, you can add a fun arrow design, x's, zig-zags, stripes....the list goes on and on!

Then pour your acrylic paint into a disposable bowl and sponge paint evenly over the entire mat.

Allow to dry overnight and remove the tape.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Macaron 101: Dana's Bakery

I had the great luck of scoring the gift of Macaron making at Dana's Bakery from my amazing co-workers this past holiday season.

On Saturday, my husband Ivan and I attended the class in Hawthorne, NJ, where all of Dana's Bakery Macarons are made and shipped to customers and clients like Williams Sonoma and more. She also plans to open a storefront in NYC this year.


Macarons are a tricky thing, take several steps and extra care. Dana (who attended ICE in NYC and started Dana's Bakery only two years ago) was patient, thorough and informative on de-mystifying the macaron.

Three hours later, my husband and I left with over 6 dozen macarons we made ourselves, delicious, and with a perfect shape! Mine were raspberry and cream cheese filled, Ivan's were dark chocolate ganache, in a tie dye shell. Pretty impressive, right?

I won't give away all the secrets here, you will have to take a class yourself and learn! However, Dana did mention next week launching a macaron kit on her website with everything in it but the wet ingredients. If you can't get to a class, get a kit and dedicate an afternoon to these French desserts.

Enjoy! My taste-testers sure did!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Screen Printing Class: Custom Tea Towels

Tonight I attended an awesome beginner's screen printing class at Kanibal Home. Nicole from Nightingale Projects taught the class how to screen print tea towels and made it as simple as 1,2,3!
Once you have decided where the print will go, you simply line up the tea towel in the press, and squeegee once or twice with the ink until the print has the desired effect. There really is no right or wrong, as imperfections in shading are what makes the project unique.
To take it up a notch, you can use fabric pens to color in the screen print- I love the way this can tie in colors of the stamping. Here, I used a peach marker to tie in the light peach arrows in the towel.

Once dry, heat set your towel for 5 minutes in the dryer so the dye is permanent and will not run in the washing machine. I love the results!
I may need to put a screen print press on my wish list this year...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Baby it's cold outside...AGAIN! DIY Hand Warmers

Ugh! It's cold outside again!

This super easy DIY is a great way to use up fabric scraps....and keep your hands warm while the temperatures take a dip tomorrow.

To make a set, you will need:
4- 4" squares of fabric
sewing machine
uncooked rice
small funnel
pinking shears
scissors to trim strings

1. Pin the fabric squares wrong side facing.

2. Sew a 1/2" seam, leaving 1" open to insert the rice.

3. Using the funnel, fill the pouch 3/4 of the way full. Pin the hole so the rice does not slide out and sew to close. Cut any loose threads.

4. Cut the edges using your pinking shears, which not only make them look super cute, they help the fabric from fraying.

5. Place in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and stick them in your pockets to keep things toasty. Enjoy!


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