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Diaper Cover

With my baby turning 1 year old this month (sniff!!) I am preparing for all things birthday! More to come on his birthday party (in an upcoming post!) but today I am making a diaper cover (or 2) for his cake smash photos.

Thankfully my sister-in-law is a very talented photographer (J.MacPherson Photography….check her out!) and always allows lots of time for Connor’s photos, so we have the opportunity to do outfit changes, which is good because I am usually very indecisive over what he will wear.

I picked up fabric and a pattern our local Fabricville. The pattern is Kwik Sew (K0102) by Ellie Mae Designs. There are tons and tons of free diaper cover patterns online but I was out shopping anyhow so decided to pick this one up.

Connor is tall but slender, so I looked at the size chart and went with the XL which is said to be a 12-18m. I made the first diaper cover and felt it was a little snug on him, particularly the elastic around the legs and the waist. So the second time I made it I added an inch to the elastic measurements (legs and waist) and it was a much better fit.

This diaper cover is intended to be made from cotton or broadcloth. In both iterations I used a printed cotton on the outside and a coordinating broadcloth for the liner. In hindsight I didn’t really need a lined diaper cover since it’s only going to be for a photoshoot, but I digress.

At first glance I was extremely pleased to see that you only need to cut out two pattern pieces for this project. You do two piece of your main fabric, two pieces of your liner. You will also cut 3 pieces of elastic.

This diaper cover took me about an hour to make, which was more time than expected. A couple of times throughout the pattern you have to turn the entire diaper cover inside-out or right side-out, plus you’re making casing for the elastic, stitching ends of elastic together, etc. Nothing difficult, but these things take a little time.

The result of that time and effort, though, is adorable. Here is the first cover I made:

And here’s the second iteration, with a little extra elastic for comfort:

I have another fabric to test out as well before I really decide which one I like best for the cake smash. These are so fun to make I have a feeling he will have an assortment of these for warm summer days this summer!

Overall I feel as though this pattern is well written. It’s a Kwik Sew but I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a beginner pattern. I did feel like I had to re-read the instructions a few times to get the hang of it. After the first diaper cover, though, it was a breeze.

The pattern allows you to add ruffles or applique on the back, however I went for a plain version.

I will be testing out a free, unlined diaper cover pattern in the coming days, which I will also share with you.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post!

Heather

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Baby Sun Hat

I have always wanted to make adorable baby hats. Babies wear hats all year long – fuzzy hats, wool hats, fleece hats, baseball hats, bucket hats, you name it! Hats keep their little heads warm but also protect them from the harmful effects of the sun.

This week I found a pattern that I will share my review of today. It’s Kwik Sew 3989 and it’s a really darling little hat. This hat can be made plain or with one of 4 flowers (pattern included). I decided to do plain because I was using a rather lively patterned fabric.

This hat took me about 40 minutes to make. In sewing terms, that’s “kwik” indeed! I love the hat pattern.

I made this in size L (the largest size, unfortunately) because it’s a gift for Connor’s friend who is turning 1 this week! Happy Birthday, Brooke!

I did lengthen the chin strap as well. It’s adjustable because it has a velcro closure, so you could also make it a little more snug. If the strap is too snug it may be uncomfortable for the baby or the Velcro may irritate their delicate skin.

My model today is a coffee tin.

This pattern was  easy and quick. The instructions were extremely easy to follow and I was able to make a second hat a little quicker than the first.

For this pattern you need 0.8 metres of fabric (0.5 metres for hat, 0.3 metres for lining), with 0.4 metres of interfacing, plus a very small piece of Velcro. If you’re an avid sewist there’s an excellent chance you can make this hat from scraps in your stash.

I will remake this hat soon in a more neutral print, and *possibly* do a couple for my son.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this pattern review. Happy Sunday!

Heather

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DIY Bath Bombs

Just over a year ago I was preparing for my baby shower. Where does the time go?! My little boy will be 1 at the end of April. He’s aged one year, I’ve aged 5 years. My husband never ages.

Anyhow, I wanted to make something special as take-aways for my guests. I decided to make bath bombs and had 60 guests attending, so I ordered some of my supplies in bulk online, and picked up the rest at the local Bulk Barn.

I tried out a few different recipes before tweaking them and finding what worked best for me. This recipe, therefore, is a compilation of a bunch of other recipes. I’ve read (what feels like) a hundred bath bomb recipes so you don’t have to. You’re welcome!

Last night I hosted a bath bomb making party for a group of amazing Mom friends, so we snapped a few photos along the way (thanks, Tash!) in preparation for this post. Somehow we stopped goofing around long enough to get 7 batches of these made.

Materials:

  • Citric acid (I use Milliard brand found on Amazon)
  • Coconut oil
  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Epsom salt (regular or scented work fine)
  • Essential oil (just one or mix a few together!)
  • Soap colouring (optional)
  • Metal mixing bowl
  • Bath bomb mold (more options described below)
  • Spatula
  • Measuring cup
  • Baking sheet for drying

When I started making these bath bombs I used our food processor to mix the ingredients, but I don’t do that anymore. Sure, it left a beautiful vanilla lavender scent in the bowl, but that’s only beautiful until you  make salsa….yuck!

Since then I’ve decided a metal mixing bowl is the way to go!

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1C citric acid
  • 1C baking soda
  • 1/2C coconut oil
  • 1/4C Epsom salts
  • 1/4C cornstarch
  • 8 drops of essential oil (if you’re using more than 1 oil, still use 8 drops total)
  • 10 drops of soap colouring (optional)

Start by melting the coconut oil in the microwave or in a saucepan. Once it’s melted, add your essential oil and soap colouring. Stir.

In a separate bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients.

Slowly add your wet mixture to the dry mixture, stirring as you go. If you see a lot of fizzing , you’re pouring too fast. Citric acid is the ingredient that creates the fizz, and it only fizzes once, so don’t let that be wasted in your mixing bowl.

Once the ingredients are combined you are ready to form your bombs! Bath bomb molds come in many sizes and shapes. You can actually make bath bombs without a mold at all. Some people use ice cube trays, some use fillable Christmas bulbs, and I once actually just pressed mixture together in my hands as if I were making a snowball and it worked totally fine.

To fill your bath bomb mold, scoop mixture into each half of the mold, and press the halves together firmly. Ideally you want the mold a little overfilled so the mixture packs in the mold firmly.

At this stage you  may notice your mixture is too wet or too dry, both of which is completely fixable. If your mixture is too wet it will kind of “plop” out of the mold and turn into a wet puddle. If it’s too dry the halves won’t adhere to one another and you will get crumbling.

If your mixture is too wet, add small amounts of cornstarch (about a teaspoon at a time) until you get the right consistency. If your mixture is too dry, add a few drops of coconut oil. Typically there’s a bit left in the measuring cup after you’ve poured from it, so I just go back to that and it usually solves the problem.

Once the two halves of the bath bomb mold are stuck together, I gently twist each half in the opposite direction, back and forth a few times, until the mold kind of starts to lift away easily.

Your bath bomb should be pretty firm, but you want to handle with care. Lay the bomb gently on your cookie sheet and leave it to dry.

You will repeat this process until all of your mixture is gone. I typically get 6 medium sized bath bombs out of a batch, and have enough left over for 1 small bath bomb. You can also opt for the large size but this recipe will likely only give you 3 large, along with a medium or a small. I use these bath bombs regularly and feel the medium size is perfect.

Bath bombs should dry overnight (at minimum) before you take them off the cookie sheet. I try to leave mine for 48 hours before moving them. As these dry the scent of the essential oil will permeate the space, so you may want to put them out of the kitchen or eating area for the time being.

If you are giving these as a gift, or putting them in a decorative basket in your guest bathroom, there are a few ways to get a little creative with them! Here are a couple of options:

  • Make two-toned bath bombs! Before adding soap colouring to the coconut oil and essential oil mixture, separate into two cups. Add colouring to one cup and leave the other cup clear. Separate your dry mixture so you essentially have a white mixture and a coloured mixture. When you go to fill your mold, take half from the white and half from the coloured mixture. This method is super pretty!
  • Wrap your bath bombs in either printed cotton or tissue paper, with a little ribbon as a tie. For a medium size bath bomb you want to cut about a 9X9 square of either, with a ribbon maybe about 6 inches long. You can use curly ribbon or regular ribbon, and for the cotton it’s best to use pinking shears.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and are now inspired to whip up these little gems. If you do try this out I would love to hear your thoughts on the recipe and tutorial.

Happy bathing!

Heather

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Up, up and away!

Have you ever wished that a day had 28 hours instead of 24? When I’m in my craft room that’s a common wish of mine.

I’m Heather – wife, mother, crafter, HR professional and (now) blogger. I have a love for all things handmade (well, nearly all things), and I spend my waking hours dreaming of all the beautiful things I could make…if I only had more time.

My mom got me hooked on crafting when I was just 4 years old! She does it all – sewing, knitting, crocheting, rug hooking, you name it. Oh, and she’s really, really good. She has endless patience and will ravel something back or pick out stitches all day to make something right. That’s not characteristic of me, but she’s retired and has more time than I do. Maybe she will let me show you some of her work sometime.

So, why am I here? For years I have followed many craft blogs and I’ve had the pleasure of making projects from tutorials and patterns that other crafters have provided to the online community. I want to contribute to that community too. I want to share what I know, however little that may be.

I sincerely appreciate you stopping by to check out my blog. Hopefully a little something here catches your eye and you try it out.

Heather