Tuesday, April 29, 2014

DIY Musical Baby Tag Toy

My son was never a huge fan of tag toys...but I'm hoping my baby girl will at least sort of like them because I made her one :) And instead of being crinkly or just soft, I decided to make it sing!



Materials:
  • A music button (I purchased mine at Joann's)
  • 2 fabric circles, approximately 3"
  • A few different ribbons/trims in different lengths
  • A small amount of batting



Fold your ribbon pieces in half and pin somewhat evenly around one of your circles. Make sure that you are pinning on the top of the right side of the fabric and that your trims are pointing towards the middle! Then, sew around. 


Place your other circle on to of the one you just sewed around, making sure that the right sides are together. Sew around, leaving an opening just wide enough for your music button. Flip it right side out, stuff with just a tiny bit of batting and slide your music button in. To close up the opening, I just stitched it shut with a blind stitch. You could try top stitching around with your machine if you would like!


And that's it! It kind of bothers me that my circle didn't turn out perfectly round...but the baby won't care! Cute, easy and my favorite part is that with a squeeze it will play a little song!
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIY Boy and Girl Felt Hand Puppets

Remember my Daniel in the Lion's Den Hand Puppets? Well, they have been such a huge hit with my little boy for family home evening that I decided I had better make some more felt hand puppets for our lessons!


I got the idea for these puppets from my mom. She used to be a sunbeam teacher, and she would make these little muslin hand puppets for the children to have when she was teaching the lesson about how we all have bodies. Since I am only making hand puppets for 1 child and not 10, I decided to copy her idea but make my puppets a little bit more elaborate :)

Materials:
  • Felt in skin tone, brown, blue, green, pink, and light pink
  • Free templates
Using the templates, cut out all the felt pieces. Layer and sew together. Then hand stitch on a cute little face. Putting right sides together, sew around, being sure to leave the bottom open. Then hot glue on the girl's hair bows.




And that's it! Easy enough, right?

These hand puppets are fabulous because I can use them for so many different family home evenings! I made these with the I Have a Body Like Heavenly Father's lesson from the LDS nursery manual in mind, but have also used them for the I Will Take Care of My Body lesson. I have found the primary and nursery manuals are my favorite resources for coming up with family night ideas!


My son never gets bored of all his "famee nigh puppets!" :)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Newborn Knit Bonnet

The cute and amazingly talented photographer over at Bitty Bokeh Photography asked me to make her some little newborn bonnets for her photo shoots. This is what I came up with! And I'm still drooling over the sweetness :)  



Materials:
  • Size 7 knitting needles
  • Patons Lace Yarn (I used artic plum)
Notes:
  • Newborn size
  • I made this on circular needles, but straight would work wonderfully as well!
  • You are welcome to make and sell products from this pattern but please link back to this post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not republish any of my photos as your own.

Pattern:

CO 58
Row 1-10: Work double moss stitch
Row 11: K across
Row 12: P across
Rows 13-24: Repeat rows 11-12
Row 25: K2tog twice, k across until 4 stitches remaining, k2tog twice
Row 26: P across
Row 27: *K2tog, k2* repeat from * to * 3 more times. K2tog, k18, *k2tog, k2* repeat from * to * 3 more times, k2tog
Row 28: P across
Row 29: K2tog, *k4, k2tog* repeat from * to * across
Row 30: P across
Row 31: K2tog twice, *k3, k2tog* repeat from * to * across until 4 stitches remaining, k2tog twice
Row 32: P across
Row 33: K5 *K2tog, K3* across until 5 remaining, k5
Row 34: P across
Row 35: K2tog *k1, k2tog* repeat from * to * across

Finishing:

Break off yarn, sew through remaining stitches, pull tight. Make and attach braids for ties! Block lightly if desired.


*Sigh*

Who doesn't love to knit for little babies?!

Be sure to check out my Little Miss Stitcher Pinterest Board for more free patterns! Happy stitching!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Joy Comes In Moments

Our baby girl will be here before we know it, so I've been trying extra hard to cherish my one on one time with Jace before my attention has to be divided. A quote by M. Russel Ballard has kept coming to my mind as I try to live in the moment with my son more...


Sometimes, I create moments with Jace. I plan a fun activity for us or just do something with him I know he'll love. But most of the time, those "shining moments of joy and satisfaction" just come. And if I'm not paying attention, those moments will slip away before I've even had a chance to notice. 


Today, my son found my sunglasses. I'm rather fond of them and didn't want them broken, so I took them and put them up on the entertainment stand and asked Jace not to touch them. 

His response: Mommy go kitchen. 

Me: You want me to go to the kitchen? Are you coming?

Jace: No, Jace Bear stay in living room. Mommy go kitchen please.

He had a mischevious look on his face, and I knew what he was plotting! So I said: Jace, do you want me to go to the kitchen so that I can't see you when you grab my sunglasses again?

Jace: *giggles* Yes! Please go kitchen!

It was too cute, so I went to the kitchen. A few minutes later, he came running into the kitchen with my sunglasses and a big grin. 


After I'd laughed at how cute he looked modeling my shades, Jace said: Take a picture! Jace Bear have sunglasses! Take a picture!

So I snapped like 800 pictures of him on my phone, and then we sat on the couch together and took turns trying on my sunglasses and looking through all the pictures I'd taken. While it may not sound like the most exciting way for me to spend that thirty minutes, it meant the world to my little man.

And it meant the world to me, too. 

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Monday, April 7, 2014

DIY Lace Trimmed Baby Socks

I love lace right now. LOVE IT. And I have been on the hunt for little white baby socks with lace trim for my coming baby. It seems like most places carry lace toddler socks...but none in the baby sizes. Finally, I found a pair of adorable baby lacy socks. For $10 a pair. I couldn't bring myself to spend that much on a pair of socks that will probably just get lost in the dryer!! So, I decided to make my own. And it was SO easy!


All you need is a pair of socks and a spool of lace! I went with 1 inch white lace, but am thinking it would be so fun to find lace in different colors and widths to dress up some more little socks!


I measured around the brim of my socks and then cut a piece of lace about 1.5 inches larger. (You want the lace circle to be a bit bigger than the brim so that it stretches out with the sock as you're putting it on your baby's cute feet.) I sewed the two ends together to form a circle.


I then pinned in around the top of my sock! Because the lace circle should be bigger than the brim, you'll have to stretch the sock as you pin and sew to make it work. And I found it helpful to sew around the lace twice. Once closer to the top of the sock and once closer to the bottom of the lace. 


Repeat for the other sock! And then admire :)


Seriously, I can't wait to put these on my baby's little feet!

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