>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!”

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!”

>Free Thank You Cards

>I have a confession.
I love office supplies.
I could meander the aisles of Office Depot and Staples for a hobby.
Now that that’s out there- I want to share a freebie I found at Coin Purse. Free thank you cards!

Just print them off front/back on cardstock, trim them up, and you have an unlimited supply of unique-super cute thank you cards.

I already have a stash at my desk. Love freebies!

>Changing Table is Done

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You’ve probably seen the changing table makeover a few times but I realized that I never made an official before and after post about it.

 In case you forgot, I scored this dresser on Craig’s List for $40.00. It started out like this…
Then looked like this…

 Then started to look like this…
 And turned out like this!!
 I lined the drawers with fun scrapbook paper. To see details on how I did it, visit this post.
I love love love the way it turned out. 

>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!

>Drawer Organzier

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If you’ve been to any type of garage sale or secondhand store, you’ll see these cheapo, plastic drawer organizers. Don’t pass them up too fast though. With a little TLC, you can make them pretty dang cute!
All you need is a little Mod Podge and some scrapbook paper.
Flip the organizer over and brush a light coat of Mod Podge on the bottom of it. Then, place the paper face down and give it a good coat of Mod Podge.
 
 After it dries, flip it over and you should have something like this!
 
 Oh-so-super easy and cheap.
Ours is being used in our “catch-all” drawer in our kitchen.

>Dinky Dresser Do-Over

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Snagged this little guy at an estate sale for $20 last weekend!
It doesn’t have a great first impression, does it? 
 
I thought the size and shape of it was awesome. 
I can see why it only cost $20 though. 🙂
 
 To start its makeover, I gave it a major sanding. I should have taken off the handles before that but I was kind of in a rush and sanded around them.
 
I swung by Lowes and picked up two samples of a green paint I liked. (Sorry, didn’t write down the name of the color). This was MORE than enough for two coats. AND they are only around $2.50 each!
 
 Here’s my little beauty after one coat of paint.
 
After another coat and letting it dry for a few hours, I used my good ol’ glazing technique. I explained it in my $8.00 chair makeover if you want more explanation.
 
 Basically, I wiped on the glaze, let it settle into all the nooks and crannies and then wiped off all the extra I didn’t want on the piece of furniture.
See how those cracks are accented a bit more now? I’m a big fan of glazing furniture with character.  
 Since the dresser already had tons of, shall we call it, “character” I decided not to fight it and just go with it. With that in mind, I sanded down the edges to give it a worn/aged look.
 
 Another creative touch I did to this piece was add fabric drawer liners. This was super easy. 
I measured out the bottom of each drawer. I then cut 5 pieces of this fabric and simply adhered to the bottom of the drawer using this spray adhesive. 
  
It was SO much easier than Mod Podging. I wish I would have done it with our changing table
 As you can see, by this point I had put the knobs back on.
I had planned on getting new knobs but since I was going with a worn/aged look I realized that the original ones looked great on it. (And they were free!)
 It goes perfectly by our front door AND has storage for all of our winter gear that has been previously shoved in the closet.