Toddler Fall Peasant Dress

I wanted a cute chevron print dress for my daughter to take Fall photos in but they can be so expensive. Thanks to Once Upon A Sewing Machine, I am able to create my own. Start by printing the free pattern.

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Once you cut the pieces out you’ll have two front pieces and two sleeves.

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I attached both of the sleeves, right sides together, to the front.

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Now hem the sleeves and bottom of the dress.

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I sewed the side seams. I went from the bottom of the sleeve all the way down to the bottom of the dress in one straight line. Next take your shearing scissors and trim along the edge.

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Now I’ll make my casing. I turned my fabric over about 1/4″, then turned it again a little more to create the casing. Stitch the casing, leaving about an inch opening. Now take the elastic and put the safety pin through it. Feed the elastic in and close the opening. I used 18 inches of elastic for the 4T.

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I wanted the dress to have a little more fall décor. I made a design in Photoshop and printed it out on iron paper. I’ll trim the excess paper and apply the turkey to the bottom corner.

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Make sure to check out Once Upon A Sewing Machine often for more great patterns. Also Google has some awesome free patterns. making your own clothes allows you to be creative and custom! The pictures turned out great and Olivia loved her dress.

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Bright Eyed Monster Cookies

With Halloween officially over, most store have their items 50, 60, and even 80% off. I wanted to make these cookies during my 31 Days of Halloween but changed my mind at the last minute. So I decided to make it a tutorial when using some leftover items that you can get for little to nothing. Since this is a baking item, you may have a lot of the materials on hand. First, your shopping list:

  • Yellow cake mix
  • 1 Egg
  • 8oz packet of Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • Vanilla
  • Green and yellow food coloring
  • Powdered sugar
  • Candy eyeballs
  1. Beat everything together until fluffy
  2. Add the food coloring. I used a few drops of green and yellow to balance out the color. You want a light, monster-like green.
  3. Chill for 30 minutes
  4. Roll into balls and dip in powdered sugar.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes
  6. Push the eyes in while still warm.
  7. Allow them to cool and…..
  8. ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!

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Updating Your Bathroom Storage 

I have tried to keep this closet as neat and orderly as possible. We try to sneak in and grab something quick before the little one grabs something. Over time, this has caused the closet to be come a little disorganized. Something must be done!!! After a trip to Dollar Tree and Walmart, this mission could begin. I took 12 handled baskets and 2 cans of brown spray paint. Of course the setup is to match your baskets to the decor of the bathroom. I pulled out my old shower curtain, laid out the baskets, and sprayed them. Next give them a coat of clear sealant. The color of the baskets that you buy do not matter. I got some blue and green. I will say that the blue seemed to cover better.

 

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As as for the labels, I used Avery labels left over from Olivia’s party supplies to create labels that matched the decor. I chose a spring flower pattern and just added titles to the labels. I created one for everyone to have their own basket and some for general items such as soap, face towels, health products, oral care and so on. These are easy peel and stick labels.

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Everything was in place except this closet and this project made a world of difference in the bathroom. The transformation is complete!!

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Magnetic Memo Markers

This cute diy will be a wonderful addition to an office or your child’s locker or bedroom.

You will need:
Scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, Foam Brush

Make a template before you cut the paper. I flipped my paper over and pressing an outline. Now trace the area of the map you want to cut out.
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Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on your tray. Lay your scrapbook on top and apply another thin layer of Mod Podge on top. Smooth out any bubbles. Clean up any excess Mod Podge with a damp paper towel or Q-tip.

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Get ready to make several more: you’re family and friends will love this!!

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Classy Clipboards

Here is a cute tutorial on jazzing up those dull clipboards. This would be perfect for the middle, high, or college aged student in your life. This is so easy because you can customize it so they can show off their personal tastes. All you need is some clipboards, mini or regular size. If you plan on making several of these, you can make a template to use for cutting out the paper to go around the clip part of the board. Now for the fun part. Choose two sheets of scrapbook paper to cover the clipboard. One sheet for the top and one for the bottom for contrast. Trace the paper and cut it to fit the board. Coat the clipboard with Mod Podge and then apply the paper (give the paper a really good rub down to avoid bubbles.

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Now add contrasting paper and your monograms for flair!

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Cover with another coat of Mod Podge to give the scrapbook paper protection.

Add a bow with some cute ribbon at the top.

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Festive Fence Decor

Since we will be having the party in my brother’s backyard, I wanted to have a decoration for the fence.

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I took a red and yellow poster board and cut the letter O and the number 2 out.

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I took some card stock and punched out 1 inch circles.

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Mod Podge each as you like.

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I will reuse the balloon banners from Olivia’s first party.

Check back for more Sesame Street party excitement!!!!

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Thrift to Treasure

Find a vintage painting that you like. A damaged piece works great, or a print you aren’t too crazy about.

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If you have some vinyl stickers use them, if not, mailbox stickers work.; break out your white paint, a foam brush and scissors.

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Map out your phrase. Make sure everything is spaced correctly and lined up.

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Cover the entire art piece with a coat (or two) of white paint.

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Allow your paint to dry. It was a late night project so it was able to dry over night. Next, peel the letters off carefully.

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 Enjoy your new piece of art!

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