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10-Step Sleeper Dress

Sweet pea Sleeper Dress

With the remaining fabric, from the onesie and pair of pants, I created an adorable sleeper dress. Below is a quick tutorial to guide you through the simple process. I hope you enjoy and create something special.

To Begin:


Step 1:

Measure garment from shoulders to bottom of feet.

Step 2:

Take a shirt that fits well and trace 1" outline around the garment. Use previous measurements to determine how long the dress will be. To make the fold-overs on the shoulder, make a point as shown above.


Step 3:

Make a front and a back. Note: The collar on the back side comes up almost 1" higher than the front side.
Step 4:

Create a 1/2" hem on both collars and both bottoms by pinning and sewing each.

Step 5:
With right sides of fabric facing each other, sew sides from heart to heart. Trim excess fabric to reduce bulk.

Step 6: 

With fabric still inside-out, fold pointed flaps over. The back flaps go on the inside and the front flaps go on the outside. Pin in place.

Step 7:

Create a sleeve by using the arm hole as a guide. Allow for a 1/4" seam on the underarm as well as a 1/2" hem on the cuff. *Note: The top of the sleeve was placed on the fabric fold, making a tube when sewn on the bottom.
Trace and cut the first sleeve, on the fabric fold again, to make the other sleeve.

Step 8:

With sleeve inside-out, pin and sew a 1/2" hem on the cuff of both sleeves. Pin and sew a 1/4" seam on the bottom of both sleeves. Keep sleeves inside-out.

 Step 9:

Pin sleeve to arm hole on dress, lining up the seam on bottom. Tuck sleeve into dress for easier sewing. Sew a 1/4" seam around- ensuring that all layers are sewn. Trim any excess fabric. Repeat for other sleeve.

Step 10:

Turn right-side-out, wash and enjoy!

Don't be afraid to try this at home. It was really easy and took maybe an hour! I encourage any and all feedback.
Thank you, as always, for reading. -Racheal ;-)
Lily Eileen

Baby Clothes

 DIY Baby Clothes
My baby girl just turned 4 months old and she is finally growing out of the newborn sized clothes. So, I decided to attempt to craft my own baby clothes. The fabric store had a big sale; plus I got 1/2 off the sale price because it was the end of the bolt of fabric. So, for $1.50 I was able to make a onesie, a pair of pants, and a sleeper out of only one yard of fabric.

Baby Pants:

The brown pants are what I used for a template.
The pink pants are my results.
Before You Begin and other Tips:
Allow for a 1/2" seam
Legs have 1/4" hem
Waist has a 1" hem to allow casing room for elastic

Let's get started!

All the materials needed are:
child's pants in the desired size, fabric suitable for clothing, ruler(for elastic and waist hem,) elastic (3/8",) scissors and 10 pins or fewer

Each leg has a front and a back side. Find the seams of right leg(turn inside-out if needed) and trace an outline about an inch larger than the pattern pants. Trace the front and the back of only one leg. Then, put front and back leg pieces right-side-down and trace for other leg.

Take back piece of right leg and lay it face-up. Take back piece of left leg and lay it face-down on top of other back piece, making sure to match up the sides. Sew the seam from star to star, back stitching at beginning and end. Repeat for the front side of the pants.

Unfold fabric and lay flat with the right side facing down. Fold fabric of waist down by 1" and pin all the way across. Only make a 1/4" hem on the waist. Repeat for the front half of the pants. There will be an extra flap of fabric that you will need for the elastic casing later.

Lay the back piece of the pants right-side-up. Lay the front piece of the pants right-side-down on top of back side. Sew along one side only from star to star. Open entire piece and lay flat with the wrong side face-up.

Create a 1/4" hem on the bottom of the pant leg that was just sewn together. Repeat this step and the last step for the other leg.

With pants inside-out sew the inseam from hem of one pant leg to the star and then back down the other pant leg to the hem. Turn right-side-out.

To create the waistband, first measure the waist on the pattern pants by laying pants flat out and measuring from one hip seam to the other. Cut two pieces of elastic to the size measured. Fold each piece in half and mark the center with a pin. Pin down the piece of elastic underneath the flap on each hip and one in the middle (3 pins total). Sew down each end of the elastic to the hip seams of the fabric. Stretch the elastic straight (this will cause the elastic to hid under your flap as close to your initial hem as it can get,) and sew just to the side of the elastic (NEVER sew through the elastic as it will not stretch properly.) This should encase your elastic band inside the hem flap. Repeat for the other side of waist.

Thank you for reading. I really hope you enjoyed the tutorial and found it helpful. Please share, comment or send me your results so that I can share them.

10-Step Cloth Diapers

Diaper Cover and Soak Pad

We spend $20 or more a week on diapers. Since I didn't "go green" with my Lovey, I decided to give it a try this go 'round. I can't wait to make these adorable little diapers for my Lily.

My results:
First Diaper

The instructions for the pattern I have weren't very clear- even with the pictures. Also, the pattern only gives two options: diaper with pocket (for soaker pad inside) or diaper with soaker pad (against baby's skin).
I chose the pocket pattern with soaker pad inside the diaper.

The idea and simplicity of the pattern (not so much the instructions) has inspired me to try again but make it better! There is a third option. I will make it my mission this week to make this pattern really work for me.
A tutorial is in order for the future diapers.
Below is a short tutorial for making these cloth diapers.

To Begin:

Step 1: 

Trace pattern onto fabric. Be sure that the straight side is on the fold of the fabric. Cut one lining and one waterproof outer fabric. Also, cut two or three rectangle layers of fabric and sew together to make a soaker pad.

Step 2:

Measure, cut, then sew the loop side of your Velcro on the right side of outer fabric across the top.

Step 3:

Sew the soak pad in the middle of the wrong side of the lining fabric.


With the Velcro side of outer fabric lying face-up, put the liner fabric on top with the soak pad face-up. Sew a 3/8" seam all around diaper except the red part pictured above.

Step 5:

Add elastic on the back and legs. Take your elastic and sew each beginning and end to garment. *Note: The fabric will bunch together and this is intentional. Only do one piece of elastic at a time. It's easier :) After beginning and end is sewn down, stretch the elastic until diaper lays flat and sew a zigzag through the elastic from beginning to end. Do this for back and each leg. Below is what the diaper looks like with all elastic pieces attached.


 Step 6: 

*Note: If using a waterproof outer fabric, use sealer on inside of all seams before turning right-side-out.
Turn diaper right-side-out and sew closed the hole above the Velcro.

Step 7:

Add topstitch outlining the elastic parts of the diaper. To do this: pull fabric straight and sew on the outside of the elastic, NEVER through. This gives a casing for the elastic to stay in place; closest to the seam.

 Step 8:

Measure, cut, then sew Velcro hook onto both tabs of diaper.

 Step 9:

Apply seam sealer to all topstitching if using waterproof fabric. Wash diaper inside-out with Velcro fastened. Hang dry if using waterproof fabric.

Step 10:


Baby Lily in her new diaper.
Thank you for reading. I hope this helps you try to go green with your baby. Please comment or email me any questions or results that you may have.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownie Pie - OH MY!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownie Pie

A friend asked me for the recipe from this pin. However, I could not give it to her in good conscious without having total faith that it would work. So, for Thanksgiving, I tried the recipe out on my family. It was yummy!

My Results:

Pie before we dug in. ;)
The crust was perfect, the brownie was delicious and gooey, the cheesecake was rich and full of spice - overall the dessert was.. Addicting!

*TIPS - the smaller diameter cake pan, the denser your pie
instead of the spices listed, I used pumpkin pie spice

Pin of the Week: Picture Shapes

  Picture Shapes

This was a fun pin to try out. The idea is to cut a shape out of paper or cardboard and put the cut-out image in front of your lense before taking a picture.

An image of the materials that I used.
You can see the different sized hearts.

My digital camera has a small lense. Therefore, I had to make smaller cut-outs.

My model was a shoe that I love :)

This was my first attempt with the smallest heart shape taped to my lense.
The shape was too small to see the object.

My second shape was large enough.

However, the tape kept catching the light from the flash.

My third attempt came out the best.

I had to hold my finger over the tape so the flash didn't obstruct the image.
The trick does not work very well with the flash off.

Another picture without flash.
me your results so that I may share with the other readers- with permission, of course!