Bare Basics for Baby (plus 12 minute blanket tutorial)

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It seems like every mom-blogger has created an “essentials for baby” list and most of them are SO different!  The thing is, nothing but experience can tell any new mom what products and gadgets will be the most helpful as their baby grows.  Keeping 7 babies alive (so far, so good!) has taught me that there are really only a few true necessities for a newborn. You ready for them?

Here they are:

*a blanket
*outfits
*stuff for feeding baby
*stuff for handling the poop.

That’s it.

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Last week I ran to Target (because…TARGET) to grab some gift basket stuff for my little sister’s brand new baby (isn’t Crosby so cute?? MY OVARIES!) and I just kept it to the basics this time.  She had all the big stuff already from her first son and besides, she’s a minimalist. Click read more below for all the deets on each necessity and what I love about them!

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DIY Easter Basket Gameboard

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If there’s anything more fun than sewing in general, it’s sewing for holidays!  Spring is almost here and I’m having a great time getting ready for it.  Today’s DIY is a fun Easter project that I’m really excited to share! You ready for this??

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It’s an Easter basket that unzips to lay flat!  Awesome, right??  I hate storing baskets and buckets for holidays so I’ve been brainstorming this project for a while.  But not only is this basket easy to store, it can also be used as a gameboard!  I’ve included a printable with 4 separate game ideas to play on the basket with some yummy Easter candy as game pieces.

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Valentine’s Day Circle Dress

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Apparently I just can’t get enough hearts and red and pink this year!  Before we say good-bye to Valentine’s Day for good, I had to share this fun little circle dress I made for my girls a couple years ago.  I made one for Juliet and 2 for the twins back then, and sadly this size 4 version is the only remaining dress that fits anyone.

I can’t wait for Marilyn to fit into one next year – it’s one of my favorite little girl projects ever!

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Wooden Dowel Heart Wreath Tutorial

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Reversible Circle Skirt Tutorial

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Valentine’s Day is almost here!!  It’s one of my favorite holidays because PINK!  And RED!  And CHOCOLATE!  Plus an excuse to dress up for a fancy date with your man??  It doesn’t really get better than that.

This reversible circle skirt is perfect for a nice night out.  It’s glittery and twirly and girly!  And today I’m sharing the tutorial so you can make one too…

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DIY Leather Accent Leggings

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This season, leather is everywhere!  Real or faux, it’s on jackets, shirts, pants…even jewelry.  I have this pair of part-leather leggings which I LOVE and wish I could wear every day, as well as these faux leather pants that are amazing!

I’m seeing a lot of visual interest around the knee lately so today I’ve got a DIY for you to turn regular old plain-jane knit leggings into on-trend leather accent leggings!  I love the slightly dressier look leather gives.  These are perfect for a girls’ night, a date with your man, or even just running to the store.  This is a really simple sewing project…a great way for beginners to get their feet wet!

BONUS: Leather is impervious to the weird stains of motherhood.

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Inserting a Zipper in the Infinite A-line Dress

Hate buttonholes?  Try installing a zipper in the Infinite A-line dress instead!

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Let’s face it: even veteran sewists find themselves with tasks they dread and buttonholes are often at the top of the list!  I’m much happier now that I have a machine that does automatic buttonholes, but no machine is perfect and I still find myself crossing my fingers before making them. 🙂

When I made Kira’s Dia de los Muertos dress, I knew we needed to try inserting a zipper into the Infinite A-line bodice.  If you’ve never added a zipper to a fully lined bodice, you’re in for a treat!  The finished product is so nice and pretty that you’ll wanna give yourself a pat on the back…and brag to anyone who will listen!

It’s really not as difficult as it looks and takes WAY less time than hand sewing a whole bunch of buttons and swearing your way through buttonholes.  Ready?!

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Super Quick Boxy Top

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Want a sewing project that’s as easy and quick as it is verstile and comfy?  Well, alrighty then.  This knit boxy top has got you covered….literally.  Hardy har har!

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Infinite A-line Hack: Faux Leather & Circle Skirt

 

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One of my original visions for the Infinite A-line Dress Pattern was hacking it into a fit and flare dress: one with a fitted waist and gathered or twirly skirt.  Participating in the Lil Luxe Design challenge was a great excuse!

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Kimono Craze

 

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There are so many really fun, easy trends to copy this fall!  I’m going kind of crazy trying to decide what to make next from my sewing queue.  Tell me I’m not the only one that has like 57 projects on my list to sew??

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