DIY Zipper Back Tank

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It still feels like summertime here in San Diego so I thought I’d showcase this tank I converted. This was a plain gray tank before.  Bor-ring.  For the geek in me, I screen printed the front pocket graphic with my lovely Yudu machine.

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To make the back, I cut a slit down the middle and simply sewed the open zipper to each side. Yup, it’s that easy to add an exposed zipper to your tank top.

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This zipper IS functional but since I don’t intend to pull it much, I used my label as the zipper pull. It’s a fabric label and I just poked a hole in it so it can’t take much tugging but it’s the perfect place to showcase my label.

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This tank was inspired by one of my favorite blogs, Trash to Couture. She takes random thrift store finds and transforms them into some amazing pieces. Here’s a link to her tutorial on adding a zipper to a tank.

Next time you think about tossing that old plain tank, try adding an exposed zipper to the back to give it a completely new look. Happy sewing!!!

 

 

Big Boy Room

 

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Since Zander had to give up his nursery to his little sister, we wanted his big boy room to be extra special so he would not miss his old room one bit.

In case you’re in the market for some of the items in his room, here’s a break down of where to find them:

There you have it. A sweet little room for my sweet little boy. If you’re looking for nursery ideas, check out my recent post on nurserys.

Nursery Ideas

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I remember gathering so much inspiration on Pinterest when we put the kids nurserys together I thought I’d pay it forward for anyone who’s expecting a little one of their own.

Here’s a break down of where you can find some of the featured items:

  • Crib. Purchased at Target.com but not sure they sell it anymore.
  • Eames molded plastic rocker
  • Bookshelf, bins, dresser (my hubby added the top part to turn it into a changing table), rug, pendant lights, wall shelving, futon, red moose are from Ikea
  • Red Rody inflatable hopping horse toy
  • Ornate wooden picture frame is from Michaels
  • Custom skateboards hand painted by my hubby
  • Parachute wall decals
  • 3D paper mache letters. These came unpainted.
  • 3D paper wall flower template. I hot glued a thumbtack to the back and stuck them to the wall.

If there’s anything I haven’t mentioned that you’d like to know about, just ask.

Hope this helps you create a fun space for your babies, too!

Tag Blankie Tutorial

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Who knew tags could be so fascinating? Zander loved tags as a baby. Whatever toy/blanket we gave him, he eventually found his way to the tag, especially the silky ones. With this new found knowledge and Zoey in my belly, I decided to make her her very own tag blankie she could carry with her everywhere. I used ultra soft minky material for both sides and looped the ribbon/tags so it could easily be attached to a car seat/exersaucer/etc. with a ring. It’s perfect for playing or just plain snuggling.

Here’s a look into how I made it:

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  • Cut front and back pieces of fabric 12×12
  • Cut 16 (15 if you’re using your label as a tag) pieces of ribbon, 4.5 inches long
  • Sandwich right sides of fabric together with ribbons folded in half in between the two pieces of fabric
  • Pin everything in place

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  • Sew around entire blankie and leave an opening at least 2-3 inches for turning

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  • Cut excess ribbon to minimize bulk

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  • Add a top stitch around entire blankie, including the opening left for turning.

There you have it. A fun little toy/snuggly blanket for your baby to go crazy with their fascination with tags.

If you make your own, I’d love to see/hear how it turned it!

 

DIY Freezer Burritos

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Thought I’d take a break from all the kid posts and give you some ideas on meals/recipes for a change. Recently, I discovered freezer cooking and it’s been huge time saver, not to mention money saver also. Traditional freezer cooking takes quite a bit of planning and usually involves a full day (or two) of prepping/cooking.  That’s a little too much work for me so the way I normally freezer cook is by cooking larger portions of whatever we’re having for dinner that night. I usually double or triple a recipe. It’s the best on days I’m too lazy to cook. I just check my stash in the freezer and defrost a yummy home cooked meal. It’s worked out pretty awesome.  If you’re interested in learning more, here are some freezer cooking basics from one of my favorite blogs, Money Saving Mom.

Burritos are one of my favorite things to make and freeze just because it’s easy to prepare and makes a great lunch or even dinner in a pinch.

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1st, you’ll need to gather up your ingredients. What’s great about burritos is you can pretty much use any filling you like. I use different ingredients every time, but this is what’s pictured:

  • Tortillas
  • Rice
  • Refried beans
  • Bell peppers
  • Chicken
  • Cheese
  • Foil for wrapping

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Then, fill’er up.

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Then, roll it all up in the tortilla. I usually fold the sides in first then roll it closed.

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Wrap it up in foil and you’re DONE!

Freeze:

  • To prevent freezer burn, chill all food in the fridge first before putting it in the freezer.
  • Be sure to label it well so you remember what you made, when you made it and how to reheat it.

Heat:

  • Unwrap foil
  • Drench a paper towel with water, ring it out just slightly
  • Wrap the wet paper towel around the burrito
  • Microwave for about 3 minutes

Serve:

  • With your favorite salsa, guacamole, etc.
  • Enjoy!

DIY Big Kid Bibs

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Zander loves to eat soup. Soup is messy. Solution = big kid bib.  I made this little soup lover an assortment of reversible bibs so he could eat to his hearts content. It’s a win-win. He loves to wear them and I love NOT pretreating stained clothes.

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To make this, I followed this tutorial and modified it a bit by using velcro instead of snaps.

Hope this inspires you to make it for your own little messy eaters!

DIY Days of the Week Learning Game

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Gotta love simple games that will keep your kids quiet and entertained – even for a short while.

This game may be simple but it’s chalked full of goodness. It’ll help teach the order of the days of the week, spelling, color matching and fine motor skills of opening and closing the clothes pins.

What I used to make this:

  • White card stock for the paper underneath the days
  • I used paint chips (from the hardware store) for the colored paper
  • Colored the clothes pins using markers

There you have it, an easy to make, fun and inexpensive game for the preschooler in your life.

Ripped Jeans

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Finally, some custom made clothing for my baby girl.  I actually made these a couple years ago for Zander but his thighs were too chunky to squeeze into them.  Needless to say, I was thrilled that they fit my petit little Zoey so well.

I felt like a proud mama today seeing my little girl play and take her first few wobbly steps in the jeans I worked so hard on. This was one of the first pairs of pants I made so it was a huge accomplishment for me.

For those interested, I followed this tutorial from Dana Made It to make the pants. To achieve the ripped effect, I watched this you tube video.

Hope this inspires you to make something for your little one – or yourself!