Baby sweater with tutu!

As soon as I saw a friend of mine pin this, I knew I had to make one. My cousin was the first person I thought of with a baby girl, and it so happens she just celebrated her 1st birthday! The image below is from the original pin, which had a broken link that should’ve led to this Etsy page.
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I forgot to take photos of the process, but I bought a cute sweater and matching tulle then found instructions on this blog! It only took about 30 or 45 minutes from start to finish, and I’m pretty sure that’s only because I’d never worked with tulle before. It will be way easier in the future (I completely intend to make more of these adorable sweaters!).

Anyway, here’s the final product!
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DIY tulle baby headband

In the past year, the number of baby girls I know has increased by approximately 8,000%. Now that’s just an estimate, but it’s a delightful coincidence that I also have time for craftiness. This week’s activity was making some headbands for all the beautiful baby girls!

I followed instructions from this blog post, and it’s pretty darn easy to do — no sewing machine required! Just tulle, needle and thread, a hot glue gun and some felt.

I forgot to take starting photo, but tulle is hard to see anyway. For each “petal,” start with a 3-5 inch square of tulle. Fold in half, then quarter, then an eighth so it’s a triangle shape. Use scissors to round the top so it looks something like this:
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Thread the bottom of the petal, and make a whole bunch more. It looks kind of confusing when it’s just sitting there in a picture:
DIY tulle baby headband- Pinteresting Activities

Once you’ve made a bunch of petals and threaded them, pull them all together and tie the thread on the bottom so you have a lovely poof of tulle petals:
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Use a hot glue gun to attach one piece of felt to the bottom of the poof:
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Put more hot glue onto this felt, put in whatever fabric you’re using for the band, and a second piece of fabric so there aren’t any weird ends touching the baby’s head.

And that’s it! It takes a little while to make the first one, but you’ll fall into a rhythm in no time and make these really quickly 🙂
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And here’s my dog modeling 😉
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Potato Pancetta Bites with Greek Yogurt Herb Dip

What an excellent pre-Super Bowl appetizer! I’ll admit that I think I would love this even more with plain ham, but the pancetta was pretty darn good. This recipe is incredibly simple and super tasty. I found it here, but did a half batch so our recipes are slightly different. This will make 15-20 servings.

You’ll need:
– 1 or 2 yukon gold potatoes
– 1/4 lb. thinly sliced pancetta (mine was paper-thin, I recommend getting yours a little thicker than that)
– 4 oz. plain Greek yogurt
– 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard (optional, delocious with or without!)
– 1 green onion, thinly sliced
– small handful of fresh parsley
– 1/2 tsp. dill
– 1/4 tsp. salt
– 1/4 tsp. pepper

I cut the potatoes like this initially, then decided they all needed to be cut in half again. It was a good choice.
Potato Pancetta Bites with Greek Yogurt Herb Dip

Boil the potatoes until they’re tender but won’t fall apart, also called par-boiled. While they’re boiling, make your Greek yogurt dip by mixing everything except the potatoes and pancetta. It’ll look something like this (sorry for the horrible picture!).
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Once your potatoes are a good consistency, set them aside for a few minutes to cool. Once cooled, wrap the pancetta around the potato, like so.
Potato Pancetta Bites with Greek Yogurt Herb Dip

Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until you’re satisfied with the crispiness of the pancetta.
Potato Pancetta Bites with Greek Yogurt Herb Dip

There you have it! I’m going to use Greek yogurt in place of mayo way more often.
Potato Pancetta Bites with Greek Yogurt Herb Dip