Thursday, January 31, 2013

"B" is for Big Sibling Aprons

Paint & sew: big sibling aprons


 When that new baby arrives don't forget big sister and big brother!

Take a plain kid size apron, sew on a fun pocket and paint their name.  Then add a fresh pack of crayons and paper and you have a nice sibling gift that might also keep them occupied while mom is busy with the new baby.


 I added a bright floral printed pocket for big sister Charlotte and even trimmed the pocket with a gingham ruffle:



All folded and ready to wrap:


Big brother Tommy's apron is just as cute with a bold printed pocket:


The pocket is trimmed in a red binding made from a cotton print cut on the bias:


Here's how to make big sibling aprons:

1. Purchase kid size canvas aprons.
Print out letters to fit apron top front:


2. Find center of apron and center of print out by folding in half:


3. Pin print out to back side of apron lining up at center point.
Using a light box and thin Sharpie (in color to match your paint) trace outline of letters onto apron:


4. Now paint inside the traced letters with fabric safe paint:


5. To make pocket cut a piece of cotton to fit bottom half of apron:


6. Make ruffle (1 1/4" cut on bias x 2x width of pocket) and pin in place.
Cut bias binding 1 1/4" x width of pocket:


Sew binding in place and press open:


7. Finish binding edge by folding in raw edge then fold again.
Top stitch in ditch from front.

8. Lay pocket piece on top of apron and trim to 1/2" overhang keeping curves in mind:


9. Fold under 1/2" raw edge and top stitch pocket in place along edge of apron:



I'm linking up to:
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
That DIY Showoff @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"A" is for Applique Burp Cloths

Sew: applique burp cloths


Sew a single letter monogram and ribbon onto plain white burp cloths for a one-of-a-kind personalized baby gift.

Monday, January 28, 2013

"F" is for Folding Chalkboard Easel

Build: portable folding chalkboard easel


Build your own portable folding double-sided chalkboard easel with plans from Ana White.
Or build two:


By far my most favorite build project to date.
And even better this project runs about $20 per easel.

Friday, January 25, 2013

"P" is for Playroom Built Ins

Build: playroom built ins


Combine Ikea kitchen cabinets with a custom made base support, bench top and wall cabinet modifications to make this playroom storage build:


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

"C" is for Chalkboard Valentines #2

Craft: chalkboard valentines #2


 This second version uses fabric covered chipboard coasters and chalk paint to create a fun valentine:


I used lightweight cotton fabric printed with tiny red hearts and mod podge to adhere the fabric to a chipboard coaster then painted a chalkboard circle space for kids to write their messages:

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

"C" is for Craftsman Chalkboard

Build: craftsman chalkboard



I used Ana White's Craftsman Frame plans, resized to use up some wood scraps and ended up with a fun chalkboard for my kids room:

Friday, January 18, 2013

"F" is for Faux French Linen

Sew: faux French linen dish towels


Take a basic Ikea dish towel and add a little cross-stitch personalization:


Super easy and fast and makes a great birthday gift!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"W" is for Winter Wreath

Craft: winter wreath


Make a winter wreath from raffia pom poms, pinecones, wood slices and jute wrapped pears.


Monday, January 14, 2013

"C" is for Chalkboard Valentines

Craft: chalkboard valentines

Easy to make chalkboard valentines from chipboard cutouts, a little paint and chalk:

Friday, January 11, 2013

"A" is for Aprons #4



A new batch of work aprons now available in the shop here.


This work apron is perfect for crafting, gardening, woodworking, sewing, anything goes!

It holds quite a bit with two rows of drop cloth lined pockets:


All of those tools are in the pockets as I'm wearing the work apron below:


And the colors and combinations are all bright and fresh:



Or stop by the shop page at Ana White and purchase one of these aprons.


I'm linking up to:
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sunday, January 6, 2013

"O" is for Optimistic

Paint: Be Optimistic sign


I painted this little gem inspired by the graphic below that came to me in a weekly update email from Best Made Co.:


 You can also find the graphic on Pinterest.

I must admit I was always taken by this little badge from Best Made Co.:

So I change the background color for fun and added a frame: