Mini Baskets

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I’M BACK! I have a bunch of lengthy excuses why I have been MIA, again, from my cute little blog and they are… nah, I’m just kidding! I wouldn’t bore you guys with all that! So let’s get right down to business!

I needed some cute little mini baskets for a project I am working on for my daughter’s first birthday party. I originally looked online to order said mini baskets but was unable to find anything that I liked that really fit my purpose. Then I realized, DUH! I can make those! And so can you!

Supplies:

Clear Plastic Cups (I used Dixie 9 oz)
41.1 M Jute (You can use twine or Hemp too, but Hemp is kinda pricy and the twine is rather thin)
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue

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As you can imagine these are pretty easy. Start at the bottom of the cup. Glue the end of Your Jute to the cup then wind the jute around the center piece, adding hot glue to hold the jute in place as you go around. I tried a few different ways to end at the top and I found the best way to end the basket was to wrap and glue the jute once around the inside of the cup rim. That’s it! You now have an adorable little mini basket!

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What to do with it, you ask? Well, as I mentioned before I actually have a specific purpose for my little baskets so look forward to them making a comeback in an upcoming post. However, the possibilities are really endless for these little containers. You could use them as little planters, or even party favors! This is the tutorial for Mini Easter Baskets that inspired my own project! Such an adorable idea! Make sure to check back later to see what becomes of my baskets!

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Baby Name Door Decor

My cousin used the sign I made for her baby's newborn photos!!!

My cousin used the sign I made for her baby’s newborn photos!!!

It has just been one of those kinds of days where everything that can go wrong will go wrong. My frustration has pent-up to the level that I feel like I am going to turn in to a Loony Tune character whose face turns red, steam starts coming out of my ears and then I’ll start bouncing around off the walls in anger. So, to avoid that particular outcome I’ve decided to share this super easy DIY project with you all instead.

Supplies
wood board for backing
wood letter that fits on the wood board
cardstock
small letter stickers
matching ribbon
Mod Podge
Wood Glue
Coordinating embellishments
Scissors

Instructions
You can find cute pre-cut wood backing at Michael’s and/or JoAnn’s. Trace the shape onto your chosen cardstock. Cut this piece out and glue it to the top of the wood piece using your Mod Podge. Repeat the same process for the large wood letter with a coordinating piece of cardstock and then glue the wood letter to the wood board using your wood glue. Set aside and let dry.

Now for the little letters, I used small glitter stickers that fit into a 1″ x 1″ space. Then I choose 2 plain coordinating cardstock pieces. Cut out however many pieces for each letter in the name from the first piece of cardstock. These should be 1″x1″ each. Then cut the same amount in the other color cardstock that are about 1.25″x1.25″ each. Using your Mod Podge center and glue the 1×1 inch squares on top of the 1.25×1.25 squares. Then center and add the letter stickers. Glue these squares on top of your wood letter so that they spell out the desired name.

Attach your piece of coordinating ribbon to the back of the piece. We used teeny-tiny little screws for this step. You can use whichever attachment process works best for you. However I would recommend not glueing the ribbon on as the final product does have a little weight to it. Add any embellishments you would like to finish your product and call it a day!

This project is so easy and they really do turn out super cute! They make great baby shower gifts and everyone loves them!

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this project is so easy even my craft-phobia sister can do it! ;)

this project is so easy even my craft-phobia sister can do it! 😉

Baby Rag Blanket

Makin’ blankets! I LOVE makin’ blankets! Baby blankets to be more specific. You may think that quilts would be super difficult and I won’t lie, some designs really are. However, there are a ton of different quilt tutorials out there for beginners like myself! So if you’re new to this sort of thing, don’t be intimidated, this is totally do-able.

For my baby shower I got SO many homemade baby blankets it was kind of overwhelming! I was SO grateful for all the love everyone showered us with but I just didn’t know when or how I was going to have the chance to use ALL of those blankets! So when my cousin announced her pregnancy I decided straight away that I wasn’t going to make her a baby blanket because I figured it would be the same case with her. But THEN I found this tutorial and I just couldn’t resist!

So I made a quick trip to JoAnn’s… lol, I couldn’t even type that with a straight face! Ok, seriously though, I went to JoAnn’s and 3 hours later I remembered I went there to get fabric for Karli’s baby blanket so I steered myself towards the fabric corner. I found 7 coordinating pastel flannel fabrics, plus one cotton fabric for the binding.

The fabric for the binding is not pictured here. Also I ended up not using the gray and mint polka-dot fabric. I just didn't feel like it really worked.

The fabric for the binding is not pictured here. Also I ended up not using the gray and mint polka-dot fabric. I just didn’t feel like it really worked.

So altogether, you should have 7 1/2 yard of coordinating flannel fabric, 2 yards of cotton batting and another 1/2 yard of matching fabric for the binding. Generally, the first thing I do when I start working with fabric is iron them. It just makes working with them a little easier.

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Once I have everything Ironed and laid out flat I cut my pieces. You will need 2 stripes of each fabric at 6″ wide and 2 of each at 3″.

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Now you are going to make some fabric sandwiches. Take a piece of 6″ flannel, lay it face down, place a 6″ of batting on top of it and place the other 6″ strip from the same fabric down face up. Sew a line right down the middle to secure these pieces. Repeat this process with the remaining strips of fabric. Once I had everything sewn together I laid out my fabrics on the floor to decide the most aesthetically appealing layout. I tried a few different options before I decided.

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Once you have decided on your layout you can start putting together your quilt. Start sewing the strips together with about a 1/8 seam allowance. You want all the strips to be sewn so that one side of the quilt is smooth and the other side has all the “seam allowances.” Once you have sewn it all together you want to cut along all of the “seams” so that they are very ragged. Be sure you don’t cut into the thread.

Now that everything is cut, you just need to place the binding. The tutorial that I worked from did not provide instructions for the binding. I did a little research and my grandmother recommended I use the Stitch in the Ditch binding method. I just looked it up on YouTube and used that method. This was my FIRST time ever adding binding and I know that it definitely had a plethora of obvious mistakes, but I am just SO excited that I did it period that I just don’t care!

Once you have completed the binding wash and dry your blanket. This will cause those little fabric snips that you created earlier to get really raggedy. Now You’re all done!

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I’m hoping after little miss Karli makes your grand debut maybe Amy will be kind enough to provide us of a picture with her and her lovely baby blanket!

Also I just want to say that I have used and continue to use EVERY SINGLE ONE of the baby blankets that have been gifted to Edythe and I am starting to be of the mindset that you can never have too many baby blankets or burp clothes.

Nursery Wall Art

My baby girl’s due date is right around the corner and I am almost done with the nursery. Seeing that I appear to be growing an Amazon Princess in my uterus I am feeling the push to get everything finished just in case she decides to grace us with her presence a little early. And trust me, at nearly 5 lbs at 31 weeks, I am really hoping she decides to make her premier a little early!

Anyways, one of the last big things I want to do to finish off her room is a collage wall above the changing table. I want this collage to have some pictures of her, of course, some pictures of my husband and I, some cute prints, and a few other odds and ends including the fun pieces I will be showing you today.

This project was inspired by this fun tutorial I found on Pinterest the other day. I absolutely LOVED her end result. I searched Michael’s and Joanne’s high and low to find those cute little animal cutouts she used, but in the end I had to work with what I could find and I am actually really pleased with the outcome. So, remember to have a little flexibility and keep an open mind if you decide to take on this project, odds are you are not going to be able to find the same supplies, but there are lots of fun stuff to choose from out there.

Supplies You Will Need:

Open Frames (amt and size of your choice)
Wood pieces to fit frames
Decorative paper of your choice
Decorative Wood Cutouts to fit frame
Modge Podge
Wood Glue
Small Paintbrush
Scissors
Pencil

Carmex Optional

Carmex Optional

1. Once you have picked out the frames you want to use you will need to get wood pieces to fit the frame. I believe you can go to your local Home Depot or Lowes and they will cut these pieces for you. Luckily my dad basically has his own lumberyard of scraps in his garage so I always go to him first before I go out and buy wood of any kind. In this case I needed 4 pieces of wood measuring 1″ x 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″. Dad came through with 3/4″ wood pieces which worked perfectly!

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2. Now You will need to choose your background for the pieces. I already had a collection pack of pretty scrapbook paper that I could use so I choose to go this route. You can, however, choose to use fabric as well, which you can see in my inspiration tutorial that I had mentioned earlier.

3. Trace the wood onto your paper and cut out your traced pieces. Originally I was planning on using 4 completely separate but coordinating patterns, but after review I decided that one non-repetitive pattern made a really pretty effect.

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4. Glue your paper pieces to your wood pieces using your Modge Podge and an old paintbrush that you don’t care about in case it gets ruined.

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5. If you want to add color to your wood pieces now would be the time to do so. I liked the natural look of the wood so I left mine blank. There is no right or wrong here, just whatever you prefer aesthetically. Once your wood is dry (if you painted) you can glue the pieces to the center of your wood blocks, on top of your pattern using your Modge Podge again.

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6. Again, if you want to paint your frames you will want to do so now, if you have not done so already. Be sure they are completely dry before you work with them again. I opted to stick with the white frames. Flip your frame over so that it is face down and using your wood glue you will secure the wood pieces to the inside of the frame. I highly recommend using the wood glue, I initially tried this with hot glue and it was a major fail!

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If you have never worked with wood glue before be aware that it can take a little while to dry. I “secured” my wood pieces to the frame and did not touch them again until they were completley dry to avoid the pieces shifting and drying crooked.

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Well, and there you have it! Flip those puppies over and you should have some cute little wall art to hang in your nursery! Mine are a little subdued, but I wanted them to be very soft and delicate and I am very happy with the way they turned out!

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Baseball Baby Blanket

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A few weeks ago I shared a great tutorial I had found for a football baby blanket. I loved it so much that I wanted to make a whole school gym locker worth of different sports blankets for my child and thought I would start out with baseball. My baby girl’s room, clothes and name may be all girl but there’s no reason she can’t enjoy her sports too!

Now I am not going to lie, I am not a huge baseball fan, but I do enjoy the occasional local Bee’s game and my husband, father-in-law and brother-in-law are all die-hard Red Sox fans (that should explain our dog’s name of Boston) and so I started her blanket.

I could not find a tutorial out there for this, but after making the football blanket I had a pretty good idea on how to get started. So, shall we?

Supplies You Will Need:

-Circle Pattern
-Stitch pattern
-1 yard white minky fabric
-1 yard flannel or fleece fabric
-1/4 yard red flannel or fleece
-Coordinating thread
-Sewing Machine
-Ruler or Measuring Tape
-Scissors

Start by printing out your pattern pieces. I found this nifty little pattern online and you can use it for just about anything round! I cut my fabric at the 35″ mark which means you will need to print pages 3-11. This just barely fit the 1 yard of minky fabric, so if you want a bigger blanket you will need a lot more fabric. Tape the pattern pieces together and cut the pattern on the 35″ line.

I am going to refer back to the Football Blanket Tutorial here. Lay your 1 yard of minky fabric down flat. Fold it in half long ways, then fold it in half again. Place your pattern on top of the folded fabric so the corner of the pattern meets the corner of the folds on the fabric. Now cut your fabric along the pattern line. Repeat these steps for your coordinating flannel/fleece fabric. I forgot to take pictures of these steps, but if you are confused you can refer to the Football tutorial. She illustrates the process perfectly.

The next part is going to be a little more difficult to explain. Luckily, I have pictures to help illustrate my kinda kooky methods!

1. Lay your white minky fabric flat. Now, lay your 1/4 of red fabric (folded in half long ways) flat on top of your minky fabric, about 10″ in from the side. Fold your minky fabric over the top of the red fabric as illustrated.

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2. Trace the outline of your minky fabric lightly onto your fleece/flannel fabric. I use chalk for most tracing needs. Now move your minky fabric down about an inch so that it is perpendicular to the traced line. Trace this new edge. Remove your minky fabric and cut out the arch you just made. Remember your red fabric should still be folded in half so you should end up with 2 identical arches after you have completed cutting.

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3. Pin your newly created arches to the top of your minky fabric. I placed the center of each arch about 10″ in from each side.

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4. Sew your arches down. You want a very small seam allowance on these so they don’t fold over. Set aside.

5. Now, you are going to need to cut out the “stitches” for the baseball. I am sure there is an easier way to do this part, but this is the way I did it, so this is they way I will show you. I hand drew the stitches, but then I created this little “pattern” for later use. So print this out and you are going to need to cut 40 of these.

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6. Once you have completed cutting out your stitches you will need to pin them down to the minky. You want them overlapping the arches just a bit, so that they are sewn together without a gap. You should have 20 stitches for each arch, 10 on each side. I don’t have an exact measurement for the placement of these stitches but you want them alternating so they are not directly across from each other, ya know, make em’ look like stitches on a baseball. I might have taken the alternating a little too far but I still like the way it turned out.

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7. The next part is the hardest. I guess I don’t know if “hard” is the right word, but definitely the most time-consuming. Sew those stitches down! Again, I am sure there is probably an easier way to do this, and if you have suggestions please feel free to leave them in the comments below. Otherwise, just stitch around each individual piece leaving the same seam allowance as on the arches. Remember, you will want to sew the ends of the stitches directly on the arches or it will leave a white gap between them, which will look pretty weird.

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Now I don’t know about you, but I will admit, I felt a certain level of self-satisfaction at this point! Looking damn good if I do say so myself! So of course, this is where I messed up. I’m going to say it, and a lot of you are probably going to have a DUH! moment, but just in case any of you out there have had as little experience working with minky as I had, had at this point let me say this: DO NOT IRON MINKY FABRIC!!! REPEAT – IT DOES NOT LIKE HEAT!!! If you’ll notice the giant crease down the center of the blanket in the last picture, that was driving my OCD – Perfectionist self CRAZY! So I grabbed my iron and went to work.

A picture is worth a thousand words :(

A picture is worth a thousand words 😦

Anyways, all I could do at this point was laugh at my stupidity and keep going. I had spent too much money and time on this thing at this point to quit now! So onward! For those of you (which is hopefully ALL of you if you are actually reading this post and/or are not dumb like me) that have NOT messed up your blanket, you should have just ended step 7.

8. Lay your minky blanket on a flat surface face-up. Lay your coordinating fleece/flannel fabric on top of your minky face-down. The two fabrics should be facing each other at this point. Pin these in place. You will want to use quite a few pins as the minky fabric can be quite slippery and you want to keep the edges as lined up as possible.

9. Sew the two fabrics together. I used about a 3/4 inch seam for this. I really just eye-balled it. You just don’t want to go too far in or it will significantly shrink the size of your finished blanket. Do not sew the pieces closed yet. Leave about a 6 inch gap.

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10. Turn your blanket right side out by pulling the fabric through the gap you just left. Make sure you press all the edges out and down (by hand) so your minky and flannel/fleece fabric are as flatly lined up as possible. Fold the fabric under at the gap, so that it lines up neatly with the rest of the fabric, and pin in place. Pin the rest of your blanket in place. Now, sew the gap together with about a 1/4 seam allowance and continue around the entire blanket to give it a nice edge and keep the pieces together.

11. Congrats! You have a Baseball Baby Blanket! If you will recall I had quite the boo-boo earlier so I had one more step. I needed to try and hide my mistake as best I could. So, I added on some iron-on embellishments. Feel free to customize the blanket and add embroidery or other customization, but DO NOT use iron-ons. (Remember the Dire Warning between step 7 and 8.) I could get away with this, because well, I had already F***ed up in the first place!

Awe! Look how pretty!

Awe! Look how pretty!

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Overall, I am VERY happy with the way it turned out. I even think I managed to hide my mistake fairly well! So now my daughter has a University of Utah Football Baby Blanket and a Boston Red Sox Baseball Baby Blanket! I know this tutorial was a little… unusual… but I hope you enjoyed it and found it somewhat helpful!

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Felt Rose Baby Mobile

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So I found these BEAUTIFUL felt rose baby mobiles on Etsy. Unfortunately they were a little out of my price range. The thought occurred to me that I could probably make one myself so I hit the internet to find a tutorial. Here’s the thing, search as I may, I could not find a tutorial for these beauties, so here I am doing my first full tutorial from scratch… kinda.

I actually pulled together a bunch of little tutorials to piece together the final product. I will share these with you as well, of course, but I thought it would be easier to provide one full guide. I made one for my baby girl’s room first, but did not think to document the process. A friend of my husband’s requested that I make her one, so it provided me the perfect opportunity to create this tutorial. So here goes:

Supplies you will need:

Felt for roses (color of your choice (I used about 25 sheets of this))
Felt for petals (optional)
Illusion Cord/Fishing wire (Mine was 0.30 mm)
Needle
Scissors
Hot Glue Gun
Craft Wire (optional)
Glue Sticks (LOTS of these)
Spiral Pattern (Optional)
Metal rings (You can get wood or metal, I choose metal with a 3.5″ radius)
Beads and Crystals (you do not need both, but you do need at least one or the other as these are what keep the roses in place)

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OK, let’s get started shall we?

First you need to decide how “big” your mobile will be, or rather how many flowers you will be adding and what size flowers you want. For my daughter’s mobile I ended up using about 18 large flowers and 23 little flowers. I changed things up a little with the second mobile and used a few more large flowers, but this is really up to you and your aesthetic preferences. You will need to cut scalloped spirals from your felt for each flower you will be making. You can freehand these, but luckily I found this perfect pattern on artsandcraftstv.com. I printed about 20 of these for the large flowers and for the little flowers I just copied the spiral to a word document and shrunk it down so two could fit to a page and printed about 10 pages.

Roughly cut down the patterns so that you can pin them to your felt. I found that I could fit one large pattern and one smaller pattern to a single sheet of felt. Pin the pieces to the felt (one pin each should do) then simply cut the spiral. You do not need to be overly careful with this process but you do need to make sure you are cutting the felt with the pattern, sometimes it can slip away from you.

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I’m sure there is a cricut machine out there somewhere that could have made that part of the process a LOT easier, and maybe one day I’ll invest, but for now this will work. Now you are going to start to glue your flowers. Take a cut spiral by the tip, so when you’re holding it up it spirals in on itself at the end. Put a little bit of hot glue on the tip and a little inwards on the bottom and roll the felt in on itself. Continue to add glue along the bottom as you roll your flower. When you get to the end the little twirl at the bottom should create the base of the flower. I found this handy-dandy video on youtube that illustrates the process a little better. This is what you should end up with:

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Now just repeat the process with ALL your spirals and you should end up with a whole bunch of roses – haha – pun.

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If you want to add leaves to your roses you’ll want to cut and glue those on now. For my daughter’s mobile I chose to put leaves on the big flowers only. I alternated between 1, 2 and 3 leaves per flower. With this second mobile I opted out of the leaves, just for a different feel. Once you have completed your roses to your liking you can start putting together the mobile.

First you’ll want to take your metal ring and make a criss-cross shape with your wire. I tried the craft wire on my first mobile but I just used illusion wire on my second and that seemed to work just as well, so this is up to your preference. I will say after I completed both I like the final look with the illusion wire better so that you don’t end up with a giant gray X in the center of your mobile but I’m still happy with my first mobile. Make sure it’s secure and centered evenly. Set this aside for now.

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Next, you’ll want to thread your needle with the illusion wire/fish wire. You’ll want your wire to be pretty long, I don’t have an exact measurement but you’ll need enough length to add all your roses with space in between plus have enough room leftover to secure the string to your metal loop. Be sure you make the knot at the end big enough that it will secure the first crystal or bead that you string. I started with a tear drop shaped swarovski crystal (to me the crystals looked like little water dew drops) and then threaded a pearl bead. At this point you’ll want to decide how you want your flowers stringed on. For my first mobile I chose to start with a large flower with small flowers in the middle and another large flower on the end. I had 9 wires attached to the loop, the middle wire had 2 large flowers (one on either end) and 5 little flowers in the middle. The other 8 all had 2 large flowers and between 1 and 4 little flowers in the middle of each string. With the second mobile I wanted to change it up a little and I did a few of the strings with all large flowers. Again this part is completely up to what you think looks best. Once you’ve decided you can start by threading your first rose. The felt is really easy to thread but you may have to poke around a bit to get around the globs of hot glue.

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This is where the beads come into play as they are responsible for keeping your flowers in place. Without beads or crystals your flowers are just going to slide down and pile up on top of one another. Take a bead/crystal and thread it through your needle. Slide it down to the position you want your next flower to be, now thread it again and pull the wire tight, so that the wire is essentially looped around the bead. This will secure the bead in place so you can slide your next flower down to that point. I used pearl beads as the anchors for my flowers but also added some small swarovski crystals here and there between the flowers to create the illusion of water droplets. Continue this pattern until you have completed one string of roses, however many you may want that to be. Remember to leave some leftover wire at the top, so that you can secure your string of flowers to your metal loop, and cut the needle from the wire and set aside.

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Repeat the process until you have as many string of flowers as you want and then you can start attaching the strings to your ring. Beginning with the center of the chandelier, tie your first string of flowers around the criss-cross at the length desired. I found it easiest to attach these while the ring was hanging. I secured mine to dangle off the side of the table with my nook! Now just start attaching the rest of the strings around the loop at varying points and lengths.

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Once you have placed all your strings in place so that they are symmetrically placed (remember this is a mobile and you want it fairly evenly weighted around the circumference) you need to tie the illusion wire to hang the mobile from. You can tie it just in two places, but this makes the weighting a little precarious so I highly recommend tying the illusion wire on 4 evenly placed points. There are two ways that you can do this. I tried both and neither one seemed to work better or worse than the other so again, this is up to your preference. You can cut 4 strings, tie them to the loop and then tie them off together at the top. This is what I did with my first mobile. On the second mobile I cut 2 long threads of illusion wire. I took the first wire and tied it tightly to one end and then tied the other end straight across from the first knot. It is up to you how long you want string to be depending on the length you want the mobile to hang from your ceiling. Now take the second string, tie the first end halfway between the first two knots you created with the first thread. Wrap it once across the middle of the first thread then tie the other end across from the first. You’ll want to make sure that all 4 threads end up the same length to ensure that the mobile hangs evenly.

The last touch to your mobile is decorating the wire ring. I tried two different approaches. For Edythe’s mobile I purchased two different colors of ribbon and 2 colors of tulle. I cut a bunch of pieces in all 4 of them about 2.5-3 inches each. Then I just filled in the ring by alternately tying the ribbons and tulle in simple knots going in different directions. I was really happy with the shabby chic effect it created. On the second mobile, I wanted a more vintage glam look so I wanted to put lace around the ring. First, because metal doesn’t hold hot glue well, I wrapped the entire length of the ring in ivory ribbon. Once I had securely fastened the ribbon I simply hot glued the lace around the outside of the ring. This option was faster, but I loved both looks, so it just depends on the look you are going for.

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And just like that, Viola! You have your very own Felt Rose Baby Mobile!

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Football Baby Blanket

Last year was our “Year of Weddings”. Including my own, I attended a total of 9, yes 9, weddings last year! So it would be safe to assume (as antiquated as this may sound) that this year would be the year of baby showers, and it has been. Ironically, I am the only person married last year who is expecting this year, but something must be in the air, water or hormones because it has been non-stop on the showers and accordingly baby gifts.

Now, as taxing as constantly buying gifts can be, sometimes buying gifts just isn’t a satisfying solution for us crafty folk and I for one am always on the lookout for something a little more personal. When the showers are back to back though, I can’t do anything too time consuming. Which is why I am SO glad I found this little tutorial. This blanket is really SO easy and fast to make and is always a huge hit at showers. The “oohs” and “ahhs” and “you made that?” comments will just come flying in and you can bask in the glory while smiling to yourself at how easy this gift really was.

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I could put together my own little step-by-step but this tutorial that I found was honestly so perfect and well done, that it would really just be a waste of my time to do another. So PLEASE give this girl’s tutorial a try, even if you are just a beginner in sewing, as I am, you really can make this work.

One comment that I will make, and she mentions this in her tutorial, is that the minky fabric really is slippery and even with pins it can start to slip a little. I was sewing along, thinking I was doing a great job when I suddenly realized the whole blanket had shifted and caused a little bunch before I caught it! So just be on the lookout and have fun!