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Birthday Party Favors! February 11, 2010

So Sammi’s first birthday is in just 7 days! I really wanted to make some custom party favors but couldnt figure out what i should make. Then the light bulb went on and I knew what I was gonna make! Mini crayon rolls! Here is a Crayon Roll Tutorial on how to make a full size roll! Being that these are just to be party favors I didn’t feel that a full roll was necessary but wanted more that the 4 crayons that the favor rolls I have seen hold. So here is my solution!

Crayon roll

crayon roll

crayon roll

I absolutely love it and think that they will be the perfect touch to Sammi’s bday! Am going to make some in boy prints as well so that no one feels left out! And by holding 6 crayons instead of 4 I can give the kids enough color variety that they don’t just get random colors! I will still be able to buy 24 pack or larger of crayons to fill them with!

Enjoy!

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Tutorials April 14, 2009

On the subject of tutorials my sister, Kymy, has a great list made up with TONS of links to tutorials.   There is everything from clothes for nursing mommy’s to clothes for the little boys and girls.  The baby legs tutorial is fab and they come out so CUTE!  There are 841+ patterns and tutorials listed and sorted! One of the best parts about it is I believe they are all FREE patterns and tutorials! You cant beat that. She has some great tutorials on her blog as well that you just have to check out.

 

Contured Nursing Pads Tutorial April 11, 2009

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I am successfully nursing my newest dd and disposable nursing pads have become a pain.  As such I have searched all over the net for ideas on good ways to make washable nursing pads.  I hope you enjoy the tutorial (as it is being typed with a 7 1/2 week old on my chest!)

Contoured Nursing Pad Tutorial

You will need:

  • Flannel (a recieving blanket works great)
  • A circle template of your choice (between 3 1/2 to 5 inches depending on your breast size)

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Cut out 8 flannel circles in your desired size circle.  There will be 4 circles per nursing pad.I used a large cup that I liked the size of for my template.  You can easily make them any size you want.  If you want extra absorbancy you could add an extra layer of flannel or even a layer of fleece.  The recipe can be adjusted as needed.

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Cut a wedge out of each circle.  My wedge was 1/16 of the circle.  I did this by folding a cut out circle until I got a small enough wedge and cutting it out.  I then transferred that on to a cardboard template.  After you get your wedges cut out stack your circles up neatly.  It does not matter how your inner circles are stacked, only that your outer circles have the pattern facing out.

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Now to sew.  Set your machine to a wide zigzag with a short stitch length.

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You are going to be sewing your wedge opening together.  You may need to pin your opening together but it is fairly easy to sew without pinning.  Sew the two edges together making sure to get all layers.

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Lengthen your stitch length a bit.  Now just zip around the edges making sure one side of the stitch catches over the edge an the other through the fabric.

Tada! Homemade nursing pads that are easy on the wallet, great on the environment, and quick and easy to make! And you can pick some really cute prints for some fun. Just try to make sure you are choosing a fabric for the outside that will blend in if your bra or nursing top is in anyway see through.