>Potato Bag Shirt Transformation

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 Picked up this lovely/huge/baggy shirt at the “Mother of Multiples” sale for $1.00. I even have a 27 week baby bump hidden under there.
Not very cute but I liked the fabric and was hoping I could do something with it.
I haven’t tackled too may clothing projects so it took me longer than I thought. I seriously had to look up how to put a dart in clothing.  Yes-I’m an amateur at this stuff. Anyway- here’s what I ended up doing to make this shirt a bit more wearable. 
And the backside…
 Turned out pretty cute!
I imagine this will be good for the Spring weather just around the corner.
 I also like that it doesn’t scream, “I’m pregnant, look at my belly!”

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Make Your Own Maternity Clothes

Picked up this lovely/huge/baggy shirt at the “Mother of Multiples” sale for $1.00. I even have a 27 week baby bump hidden under there.
Not very cute but I liked the fabric and was hoping I could do something with it.
I haven’t tackled too may clothing projects so it took me longer than I thought. I seriously had to look up how to put a dart in clothing.  Yes-I’m an amateur at this stuff. Anyway- here’s what I ended up doing to make this shirt a bit more wearable.
And the backside…
Turned out pretty cute!
I imagine this will be good for the Spring weather just around the corner.
I also like that it doesn’t scream, “I’m pregnant, look at my belly!”

>How To Make a Nursing Cover

Once again, I have run into an expensive baby product that I have scoffed at and murmured, “I could make that…” In this case, it is a nursing cover, AKA, “hooter hider.” This one, for example, is selling for a little over 30 dollars. Really? $30 for a piece of fabric strapped around your neck. I don’t think so.
So, I set out to make my own. After rummaging through some tutorials, I got the general idea of how to make one and just went for it.
My fabric strips are already sewn in this picture
Supplies Needed:
26×38″ piece of fabric
3×10″ piece of fabric
3×26″ piece of fabric

16 strip of boning (I found at Hobby Lobby)
Two D Rings (mine were 1inch but 1.5 inch would work)
Lets start with the neck straps.
Fold them in half, longways, and stitch down one side.
When sewing these, make sure to curve one side off like the picture below. Cut off the excess. This makes it easy to slip in and out of the D-Rings.
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Turn them right side out, iron them flat, and top stitch down both sides to get them nice and flat.
With your shorter strap, encase the D rings and stitch as close as possible to the rings to secure them.
Now, lets work with the main piece.
Identify what the top of your cover will be (38″ side).
Fold and iron down 1/2″
Now do it again.

 

Unfold it ONCE and pin your boning in the center of the piece. Make sure the boning is curving away from you at first.
Stitch the boning in place. Just stitch as close to the top and bottom of it as you can.
Now fold your pre-ironed piece back in place with the boning encased. It should now be slightly curving towards you.
Before you stitch that down, slide your straps in place underneath the fold. I put mine right under the edge of each side of the boning.
Stitch all along the top, double backing at each end.
Now simply iron all the other edges the same way (1/2″ folds like before) and top stitch those to give you a nice hem. You’re done!
Now nobody has to see any unsightly-post baby flesh 🙂
I know I’ll put this to good use!

>Baby Shoes

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I can’t get over how cute these turned out!
 I found the tutorial to make them at Stardust Shoes. It was super easy to follow her instructions.

I actually made another pair that same night. Still working on accessorizing them a bit before their big reveal 🙂

>Crib Skirt

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 This has for sure been my longest, most tedious project thus far. Thanks to many snow days and much time cooped up inside, I was able to finish it. 
 A crib skirt really shouldn’t take that long. However, my sister found this Kaleidoscope pattern and we both thought it would be adorable as baby bedding. 
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So a while back, I began the tedious work of cutting out piece after piece to form the pattern. Wish I would have taken pictures at the huge stack of these pieces I had.
After much pinning and sewing later, I began to piece the shapes together to form a cohesive design.

 To make the crib skirt, I followed a pattern in Amy Butler’s book, Little Stitches. I for sure made a few mistakes along the way but it turned out just fine!
 It looks a little funny without the mattress and crib bumper but those things are hopefully on the way!

>DIY Maternity Pants

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 I’m getting prideful.
Reason I say that is because I am more and more examining the way things are made and think, “I could make that…”
For example, maternity pants.
I have a hard time buying pants full price that I’m only going to wear for the next 4 months. So my solution… make my own!
I went to Goodwill and found some cute Gap pants that were my normal size. However, as you can see, they don’t fit so well around the waist.

After examining a pair of maternity pants I already own, I kinda figured out where to make my first cut.
I cut along this line, removing the entire waist of the pants. I also cut out the zipper and just hand sewed it shut.
 At this point, I’m kind of laughing at myself. Did I just ruin a perfectly good pair of pants?? Good thing they were only $6.00.
 Next step: I got stretchy knit fabric that coordinated with my pants. I cut a 34×16 strip of it. (I got this measurement simply by draping it around my waist to where it stretched but wasn’t super tight.) I folded it in half (longways), sewed it along the long edge to give me a 34×8 piece of fabric. After that, I sewed the short ends together to give me a circular piece.
 I then pinned it to the outside of my pants and sewed it on!
 It worked! The waist was a little big on me but I figured I’m not getting smaller anytime soon so bigger is better.

I was so excited that I did it with another pair of brown pants (from Goodwill of course) too. Check it out!

I also plan to make these pants into shorts when it starts to get warmer. I’ll also probably be frequenting the pants section of Goodwill a bit more now!

>Valentine’s Gift

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A while back, we were literally snowed in for 2+ days. With no cable, I resolved to crafting and sewing to pass the time. I figured I’d make a few Valentine’s Day gifts for some friends. Well, a few turned into many.  I can’t think of a better way to use my time though!
 Inside each one of these is a bundle of candy. Want to know how I made them? Read on…
I started by pulling out all the girly fabrics I had. I sewed them together, quilt style. I kept it random and unorganized though.
 I then made my own heart stencil and traced it on the quilted fabric.
 I cut the hearts out and then trimmed the edges with some shearing scissors.
 Here’s my pile of cut out hearts.
 I pinned two hearts, wrong sides together, and sewed around the edges leaving a hole at the top (so I could put candy in it!)
 After stuffing the heart pouches with candy, I cut a small hole at the top of each heart and wove a piece of ribbon through.
I LOVE the way they turned out.
 Happy Valentines Day friends!