>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!

>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!

>DIY Window Cornice/Valence

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The nursery is progressing at a slow and steady pace. Just yesterday, I finished up these window cornices for the little one’s room. Isn’t the fabric fabulous! It was 40% off at JoAnns!
 These are super cheap and easy to make. AND it doesn’t involve any sewing.
Do I have your attention??
Continue on if you’re interested in how to make these bad boys.
I had this left over insulation board from a few months back when I insulated our crawlspace holes. I think it’s around $10 at Lowes. One piece is more than enough for two windows. (The piece below has already been cut in half)
 I measured out my window and then drew out my measurements on the board I was going to cut.
My window width was 42 inches. I added 1.5 inches to each side make the cornice wider than the window. Here’s how all my measurements turned out:
1 piece 13×45 inches
1 piece 2×45 inches
2 pieces 2×13 inches
I started by hot-gluing the pieces together. I then realized that duct tape was a much faster and just as efficient.

 Here’s a shot of the cornice all duct taped together.
 I laid out some batting over the cornice. (You can find batting for pretty cheap at almost any fabric store). I didn’t do any exact measurements for this part- I simply eye balled it and cut the batting to where there was enough extra to wrap around to the back of the piece.
I did the same thing with the fabric. With the batting underneath the fabric, I got my staplegun out and went to work. Make sure to pull the fabric firm-not too tight. Then staple all around the edges to secure the batting and the fabric. I started with the top and bottom and left the sides for last.
 I discovered that the fabric wrapped around the ends better if I cut an opening for the sides.
 I just wrapped the ends like a present and stapled them in place.
 To hang these bad boys, I picked up a packet of “L brackets” and secured one to each side of the window.
 I then slipped my upholstered cornice on. Viola!

Sure beats buying expensive nursery curtains!

>Burp Cloth Tutorial

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 I’ve seen burp cloth tutorials all over the creative blogland so I decided it was time to try them out. It was a super easy project!
I actually made these for a friend who has a shower coming up. They chose not to find out the gender so I tried to pick fabrics that were gender neutral.
 I made two types of burp cloths for this little bundle.
Type 1: Decorative
Type 2: Full Coverage
I’ll first show you how to make the decorative type.
I bought a 12 pack of cloth diapers from Target. Only $16.99 for 12! I figure this will carry me through the next 3 baby showers. Not a bad investment.
After ironing one of the cloth diapers flat, I measured the length and width of the thick strip down the middle of the cloth diaper. I then added one inch to my height and width measurements and cut out a piece of fabric. Mine ended up being 6.5 inches X 19 inches (I think… I didn’t write it down-woops!)
Measure one inch around the edge of the fabric and iron the edges down.

 Should look like this after ironing.
 Pin it on your cloth diaper.
 Top stitch the fabric down.
 I used a decorative stitch for mine. A simple zig zag stitch should do the trick though.
 Guess what- you’re done!
If you want to get a little crazy, you can snaz up your fabric. For example, I combined two fabrics for this one:
The second type I made for this burp cloth bundle is a bit different. One side is completely covered instead of a strip of fabric.
I used flannel fabric and the same cloth diapers as I did for the first tutorial. 
Measure the height and width of the cloth diaper and cut out a piece of fabric with the same measurements.
Flip the flannel piece right side down and pin it to your cloth diaper
 Sew around the edges. Make sure to leave about 3 inches open so you can turn it right side out!
After you’ve sewn the pieces together, trim the edges.
 Flip your burp cloth right side out and smooth out the wrinkles. Sew two straight lines down the middle. (I followed the existing lines originally created by the cloth diaper)
 Then sew around the edges one more time. Again, I used a decorative stitch but a simple straight stitch will work too.
 After that, you’re done!
I bundled mine up and put a little bow around them.

>How to Clean Uggs

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I love my Uggs.
I got them around 3 years ago and wish I could wear them every day. They are a heavenly place for my feet in the winter. The problem with my deep love for my Uggs is that they have gotten very dirty over the past few years. 
 I’ve never cleaned them out of a fear that I would ruin my favorite pair of shoes. Yucky!
I did a little research and discovered I had the necessary ingredients to clean my precious shoes… white vinegar and water!
I started by lightly brushing on water to the boot. I was nervous because my Uggs have never been this wet!
Next, I dipped my brush into bowl of vinegar and brushed it on to the boot. I scrubbed it in a little.
 I then repeated my first step of brushing on water.
After that, I wiped it and scrubbed it down with a wet towel.
 I stuffed the boots with hand towels so they would keep their shape while drying.
This is me nervously watching them dry, wondering if I just ruined my favorite pair of shoes…
 After a few hours, they had dried and I was impressed with the results!
 They may not look brand new but I was glad to see those nasty black smudges disappear. Thank you white vinegar! Your cleaning potentials continue to reveal themselves.

>I Made Mittens!

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 I picked up this sweater at Goodwill for $.50. It is made of wool so I knew I could find something fun to do with it. 
After felting the wool (washing it in hot water to shrink it up), I took a couple of days to figure out what I wanted to do with it. After much debate, I decided I wanted to make some mittens to keep in my car. My hands get SO  COLD in the winter!
 I didn’t really have a pattern or any directions. I simply traced a line around my hand and cut it out. Two for my left and two for my right.
 They for sure weren’t perfect… but that didn’t bother me. 
 I pinned them, and sewed them up!
 I couldn’t help but laugh at them a bit. They are a bit small and funny shaped… BUT they fit!
 No more cold hands on the cold steering wheel in the mornings!

>Reusable Snack Bags

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 I found this super fun plastic table cloth at a garage sale for $1.00. I wasn’t sure what I would do with it but I knew it could be useful.
 In one of my crafting extravaganzas, I got an inspiration.
Reusable Snack Bags!
These were super easy to make. I whipped up three different sizes in about an hour. Here’s how I did it.
I cut out two rectangles the same size. Placed them right sides together and sewed around the edges leaving about 1.5 inches not sewn (so I could turn it inside out).

 After flipping it right side out, you should have one rectangle.
Now, on the same side of the rectangle, sew on some velcrow to the top and bottom.
So, when you fold it in half, the velcrow will meet up.
 Next, fold your bag in half and sew one straight line down each side of the bag. No need to sew the bottom. For sure DON’T sew the top 🙂
 Your bag is done!
 I use mine all the time to take fruit to work with me. 
Austin told me it was way to feminine for him to use. His loss, I say.
 So next time you see a cute, plastic table cloth- imagine the possibilities!