• Sew

    Mama’s Got A Brand New Bag

    This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and U by Kotex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #UbKKmart http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

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    Before becoming a mom, I always carried little purses. I loved having just the “necessities” with me. But once I started to hear the pitter patter of little feet, (well, actually before that, but you know what I mean,) my days of tiny clutches were over and the years of lugging around a giant diaper bag were here. It is completely true that the bigger bag you have, the more stuff you will carry.

    My little men are now two and four and I have decided it is time to lose the big ol’ diaper bag and move on to something a little cuter. Because of my DIY nature, I decided to make my own bag. Plus, this way, it could be just the size I want it. (Tutorial on the blog tomorrow!)

    Once I had my new bag, it was time to stock it with everything this mama needs to be prepared for summer.

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    1. Sunscreen- My boys inherited my extremely fair skin. So, sunscreen is a must have for all of us!

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    2. 1 Diaper – I still have one kid in diapers so, I like to keep one with me at all times in just in case.

    3. U by Kotex Cleanwear Pads- Perfect product to keep me covered no matter what and I love the packaging! If my little ones dump out my bag, the pretty colors are not so in your face about what’s inside. It makes the situation less embarrassing, when my two year old son is running away with it.

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    (If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I can’t pass up a great deal. Right now you can buy 2 U by K products and save $3 instantly at Kmart with their “Shop Your Way Rewards” program. If you are not a member yet, you can sign up here.)

    4. Mini pack of Wipes – Obviously, wipes would be needed in the case of a messy diaper, but they are also wonderful for messy faces and fingers.

    5. Bandages- You know, for the boo boos. I have two boys. What more is there to say?

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    6. 2 toy cars- These babies are life savers! They make the perfect entertainment for waiting rooms, restaurants or even the car.

    What’s in your bag? Take a photo and share it with us on Instgram with the tag #ejdmybag.

  • Home Decor,  Sew

    The Placemat Pillow

    If you visit this blog very often, then you know that we love a good deal and an easy project. And I’m happy to announce that this post has both of those criteria covered for you. Just like the title states, this is about the placemat pillow. A simple throw pillow made from, you guessed it, a placemat.

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    I found this cool green trellis placemat at Target when I was visiting my sister. (Read more about that adventure here.)

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    To make a placemat into a pillow, use a fabric placemat that has two panels attached to each other. I started by using a seam ripper to create a hole in one corner big enough for my hand to fit through.

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    Next, I shoved a bunch of pillow stuffing inside. (This was seriously the most time consuming part of this project.)

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    Then, using a needle and similar color thread to the original, I sewed the opening closed with a simple stitch. And that was it!

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    These little pillows are so fun to whip up and would make such a great housewarming or holiday gift.

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    So, what do you think? Have you ever made a pillow out of a placemat? Or have you used another method to create a throw pillow that is ridiculously simple? Let us know!

  • Family, Kids, Pets,  Holidays & Seasons,  Sew

    Pocket Hand Warmers

    The weather outside is frightful. Like -35 wind chill. Yikes. And with the blustery weather we’ve had lately, it just seemed like a no brainer that I should whip up some toasty hand warmers to keep our family warm when we step outside.

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    I’ve seen a bunch of different tutorials and ideas for hand warmers similar to these on Pinterest (love this look from Armommy,) but I wanted to share the way I made them, just in case your hands need a little warming as well.

    Warning: This project requires a sewing machine, that is, unless you have copious amounts of time to hand sew. Unfortunately, my sewing machine hates fabric thicker than tissue paper. (Thanks to my parents for trying to fix it!) After way too much time spent messing with that dinosaur of a machine, I stole my daughter’s brand new one and finished these off.

    To start out, I cut out two 3″x3″ pieces of fabric and placed the wrong sides together, pinning them so they wouldn’t slip apart while I was sewing.

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    Next, I sewed along each side…

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    But left a small opening so I could add some rice filler.

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    Then, with some pinking shears, the edges were trimmed to prevent fraying.

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    Using a funnel made from paper, I poured 1.5 tablespoons of brown rice into each hand warmer and sewed the opening shut.

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    To warm these little guys up, just pop a pair of them into the microwave for 10-20 seconds (times may vary) and put them in your coat pockets. No more chilly winter hands!

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  • Sew

    10 Minute DIY Infinity Scarf

    It is COLD outside. Brrrr! With such cool temperatures, it is very important to stay warm when venturing out. I decided to make an infinity scarf to keep myself toasty and looking adorable while doing it.

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    To make your own in 10 minutes or less, follow along with what I did.

    Supplies Needed

    1 1/2 yards of fabric

    Rotary Cutter

    Cutting Mat

    Fabric Ruler/ Straight Edge

    Straight Pins

    Sewing Machine

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    First, I spread the fabric out on my cutting mat and used the rotary cutter and straight edge ruler to cut a strip of fabric that was 54″ long by 20″ wide.

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    Next, I sewed a zigzag stitch down both sides of the fabric measuring 54″. This will help so my scarf doesn’t unravel on me while I’m wearing it.  That could be almost as embarrassing as showing up for school naked and nobody wants that.

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    The two edges measuring 20″ were lined up, right sides facing each other and pinned together. This is especially important if you are using a stretchy fabric like I did, as the stretchiness can make it more difficult to sew.

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    With a straight stitch and a 1/4″ seam allowance, I sewed the ends together. Then, I flipped it right side out and was finished.

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    This took what seemed like no time at all and it is super cute. I am now ready to brave the negative temps. Well, maybe I’m not that brave.