Friday, February 18, 2011


Adeline has a birthday party to go to today. A Princess party. Since Addie hasn't really gotten into dress up yet, I had to fashion something up. Here is what I came up with...

First, I measured out a ribbon to fit around her waist. Next, I cut a ton of strips of tulle.. with varying lengths, but the same width. I used two different colors of tulle, to spice it up a little.

Fold the ends of the tulle over the ribbon, and pull through the open loop.

Make sure to pull it nice and tight. Continue till all the tulle is gone.

And there you go! It took me only 20 minutes! I can't wait till Addie wakes up from her nap, so I can try it on her.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sick as a dog

Who knows what that expression really means, but just go with it. Our household has been swept with the dreaded winter cold. Poor lil Addie has this sad little cough that won't go away. Needless to say, I haven't been crafting much. I hope to get back on the wagon soon. Until then, enjoy a few fun things I found this week...

Nap roll for next Christmas when a TON of kiddos invade my Mom's house.

And finally, a twist to the beloved Pepperoni Roll in our house... Stuffed Pizza Rolls. Yum!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Warm heart warm hands

I'm obsessed. You really don't want to know how many pairs of mittens I've made this winter. Granted I helped my family make a ton, but I have also managed to add a few to my collection of winter accessories and give a few as gifts. A friend of mine was kind enough to teach me this project and spent one night helping me make my first pair. I haven't stopped since!

-One 100% wool sweater washed in hot water and dried hot. Each wool sweater has its' own personality and will shrink a ton or just a little. You can usually get 2-3 pairs of mittens out of one adult sweater!

-Fleece. 1/2 yard is enough for 3 pairs of mittens. It will be the inside of the mittens and rarely seen. I like to use a dark grey for mine.

- Any accessories you want to add to your mittens. Buttons, ribbon, or felt are a few good ones!

- Sewing machine with coordinating thread.


- Pins

Let's begin!

There are 3 pieces to each mitten. You will make 4 mittens. 2 of the mittens will be made from the wool sweater and 2 will be made from the fleece. The fleece mittens get stuffed into the wool mittens for a nice warm lining. Make sure to cut 2 left hand mittens and 2 right hand mittens.

Match up the thumbs, making sure the face of the fabrics you want on the outside of your mitten are facing together. Pin along the middle and thumb of the two back pieces. The right hand mitten is shown. Sew with an 1/8" allowance.

Pin sewn back piece to front piece. Again, sew with a 1/8" allowance. Do this for each of the four pieces (2 insides and 2 outside).

You will end up with 4 mittens. Turn the wool mitten inside out and stuff the felt mitten inside the wool one.

Time to make the cuff. You can either use the cuff of the sleeve of the sweater (which works GREAT) or take the base of the sweater and cut the length you need for the cuff. Then sew together like above.

Place the cuff inside the mitten (right side facing the fleece) and sew all three layers together with a 1/2" seam allowance.

Flip the cuff out and fold over.

And you're finished! I am still deciding what to add to this lovely pink pair. Any suggestions?

Here is a shot of some of the mittens I made with my mom and sisters. Doesn't my mom have some amazing sweaters?!!

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