Jan 29, 2016

Super Easy Baby Blanket

This is one of the easiest baby blankets you will ever make. Seriously, I was done with this blanket in under 30 minutes. Plus with all the cute selections of super soft flannel that are available the possibilities and combinations are endless.

My brother and his wife just had a brand new baby girl. She is their fourth child but their first girl. She is tiny and beautiful. I found this London themed fabric a few weeks ago and fell in love. In anticipation for this new little bundle of joy I snatched it right up.

Seriously! Just look at all the cute little details on this fabric. I like to imagine that little picture-taking tourist is me. I have always wanted to go to England.

This fabric just solidified that. I mean I am sure I will be surrounded by jolly fellows in gingham suits and dapper bow ties. Don't burst my bubble.

Anywho, I picked a coordinating black and white print to go on the back. Perfection people.

So just how easy is this Super Easy Baby Blanket?

Well, here is what you need:

1 yard each of coordinating flannel fabrics
coordinating thread

How do you make it:

-Trim off selvage, and make the fabric even.

-Lay the fabrics on top of each other, right sides touching. Pin. Sew around the edges with 1/2 " seam allowance. Leave a 3-4" opening to turn out.

-Turn out. Press. Sew around the edge with a 1/4" allowance. I use a larger stitch to add a fun detail. I used 3.5. Make sure the hole you left earlier is properly sewn shut.

-Mark the middle.
-Sew a rectangle, or you can get creative. I sewed a heart. Doing this keeps the fabric from shifting.

The blanket is DONE.

See, I told you it was easy. SUPER easy to be exact.

Now it is all ready to go and cuddle with my newest little niece. Ack! I wish I were there to snuggle her, but I guess this blanket will have to do it for me.

Jan 28, 2016

Double Chocolate Oreo Skillet Brownies

We are almost done with the first month of the year, which means that you have in all likelihood earned yourself a cheat day. A whole month of sticking to your New Year's Resolution calls for a celebration of sorts.

A brownie celebration to be exact. When I want to celebrate, I always do so with brownies. So basically I am saying that you should probably too.

Since I am recommending a cheat day, I would suggest you do it with these Double Chocolate Oreo Skillet Brownies.

This is the kind of dessert that is SO easy to make you can basically just throw it together. Bake it. Slap some ice cream on top, and eat. Heck you can even forgo the plates and just dig in family style to the skillet's itself.

Plate. Skillet. Either way, it is delicious. In fact, Oldest informed me, "If Heaven had a taste, it would taste like these."

Can't argue with that son. Can't argue with that.

Jan 27, 2016

You Are SODA The Best Valentine

Today I am over at Skip To My Lou sharing this fun and easy tweenage boy approved classroom Valentine. Go over, grab the printable, and say hi!

Jan 21, 2016

Boy Approved Valentine T-shirts

Earlier this week I shared 15 Boy Approved Valentines. Today I am sharing a round up of Boy Approved Valentine T-shirts.

As a Mom of all boys, I know first hand how hard it can be to come up with fun holiday shirts that are boy approved. Especially Valentine's Day shirts. I mean how does one put all that lovey dovey stuff into a cool, somewhat masculine shirt just right for a little man.

Years ago I decided I was just going to make my own shirts for them. It has been fun coming up with different boy approved valentine shirts. I have also found a lot of other cute shirts out there for boys. So I rounded them all up in this post.

You're welcome.

Some are shirts you can DIY yourselves and a few are ones you could buy. Make or buy, they are all cute...er, uh I mean studly.

Just Another Day in Paradise

The Crafted Sparrow via Classy Clutter
Sugar Bee Crafts

Just Another Day in Paradise 

Just Another Day in Paradise 

Just Another Day in Paradise 

Just Another Day in Paradise 

Newly Woodwards  

Just Another Day in Paradise 

Happy Go Lucky 

Small Friendly 

The Gap

Born Fabulous Kids

Our 5 Loves

Man there are some pretty awesome boy valentine shirts out there. I have some major inspiration for this years shirts and I am excited to share them with you in the next week. Woot!! 

Jan 19, 2016

15 Boy-Approved Valentines

We have less than a month love birds. Less than one month to bust out a ridiculous pile of classroom valentines for those cute kiddos in our lives. Every year I try to come up with at least one new valentine idea for one of my boys. If I am feeling particularly productive I make new ones for all of my boys who are in school.

This year I will have all four. ALL FOUR. ACK! I might need some help and inspiration. Are you feeling the same way?

Our house is full of boys. Since we are a house of all that is rough and tough and smelly, I have to make an effort to make classroom valentines that are not too lovey and sappy.

Boys. They just don't appreciate that kind of stuff.

I rounded up 15 Boy-Approved Valentines that are perfect for the classroom, preschool, or just the neighborhood kids. My boys would happily hand out any of these (several they have in the past). Most of them all have printables and ideas. There might be one or two that show you how to create your own personalized one.

Each Boy-Approved Valentine on this list is fun, easy, and sure to be a big hit with their friends.

Hope this list of Boy-Approved Valentines gives you some ideas and inspiration for Valentine's Day this year. 

Look out for my the Valentine's I am making this year too. Also, there will be a Valentine's Day T-shirt round up. You all know how I like a good Valentine's Day themed t-shirt.

Jan 6, 2016

Handmade Gingham Quilt

My heart wants me to be a quilter. Like yearns and pines to be a quilter. My brain and my attention span have other ideas. I am in awe of people who whip out a gorgeous quilt in a matter of days. Heck I am in awe of someone who finishes a quilt in a month.

Up until this point I have really only sewn one quilt. My second "quilt" really wasn't a quilt at all. Each time I learned something new, but I still didn't really feel like I had a clue what I was doing. Plus, lining up those dang pieces so they match perfectly is really hard. Quilting is a really daunting endeavor for me.

That might explain why after buying the fabric for this quilt, it took me two years to start this quilt. Notice I didn't say make. I couldn't seem to get the courage to make it. I finally decided that this year was the year I would make it.

I had seen a "gingham" quilt on Pinterest a few years ago and instantly fell in love with it. I bought white fabric and two coordinating shades of pink. I bought a lighter and darker shade. I cut out a lot of squares and arranged them in a dark pink/light pink pattern and a light pink/white pattern. This way once arranged they made up a faux gingham pattern.

I found this adorable Dutch inspired windmill fabric to go on the back. I didn't quite have enough for the entire back. Remember that whole I bought the fabric years ago and only now started making it. I hadn't calculated right. Okay so basically I just guessed how much I would need. Hence that whole, my brain isn't meant to quilt.

Fast forward a few years and I can't find anymore of this print. I wasn't too worried about it though because I was planning on finding a print to make the binding out of. This way I just got the same print to make binding out of and to add to the back.

Some firsts for me with this quilt. I used spray basting. Huzzah. It was amazing. It made it SOO much easier to assemble. I used all the helpful information I could gather from Diary of a Quilter. She is kind of a genius and I wish I were her.

I also made and used my own bias tape to bind. ALSO I actually hand-sewed the binding. Say what? Yep. Well at least the front side. I have never done that before. It took awhile, but it was definitely worth it.

My heart really, really wants to make another quilt pronto. Alas, my brain is already screaming just thinking of all the precision and calculating. So it might be another two years. Haha!  


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...