Infinity scarf with lace

In December I started making fleece infinity scarves because it was so cold. I’ve been noticing more-fashionable, less-practical scarves on Pinterest that have sections of lace. I gave it a shot and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

Infinity scarf with lace — Pinteresting Activities

DIY felt baby slippers

A couple of weeks ago I was leaving the parking garage after work and started talking to the parking attendant. Somehow my blog came up, and she said, “I have the cutest, easiest template for making felt baby slippers!” She brought her template and instructions the next week, and last night I made these adorable slippers!

DIY felt baby slippers — Pinteresting Activities

The pattern she brought calls for a buttonhole stitch, but I think this simple diagonal stitch looks cute, too. I found the original instructions here, but if all you want is the pattern for the sole and top part of the slippers, that’s available here. The original calls for elastic in the middle to help the slippers stay on, but I chose to use a small length of the pearl cotton. It took about 45 minutes to make this pair, but now that I’ve done it once I think it will be much quicker in the future.

What you’ll need:
1 sheet of felt
pearl cotton thread
needle
scissors
felt baby shoe template from the purl bee
(optional) decorative buttons

I think I’ll probably make a whole bunch of these to have on hand for baby showers — they’d be super cute on top of a gift!

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.
Baby sweater with tutu- Pinteresting Activities

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!
Baby sweater with tutu- Pinteresting Activities

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:
DIY tulle baby headband- Pinteresting Activities

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:
DIY tulle baby headband- Pinteresting Activities

Use a hot glue gun to attach one piece of felt to the bottom of the poof:
DIY tulle baby headband- Pinteresting Activities

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 🙂
DIY tulle baby headband- Pinteresting Activities
And here’s my dog modeling 😉
DIY tulle baby headband- Pinteresting Activities

Deoxidize your headlights for less than $5!

You know when you’ve had your car for awhile and the headlights aren’t all shiny and nice anymore? That’s called oxidation — I don’t want to explain that word. Try nifty trick to deoxidize your headlights without paying a company $70+.

Drumroll… toothpaste! From what I’ve read, it’s best to not use the gel kind. I forgot to take a photo of the toothpaste, but that’s unexciting anyway. So, here is the headlight before toothpaste:
Deoxidize your headlights for less than $5!

Put about a teaspoon of toothpaste on a dry washcloth and wipe it on the headlight until it seems dry. Elbow grease is a plus. Your headlight should look something like this once the toothpaste is “dry.” Get the non-toothpastey side of your washclotch wet, and wipe of the headlight.
Deoxidize your headlights for less than $5!

Viola! My car is 10 years old so I don’t think it’s possible for it to look perfect, but this is significantly better!
Deoxidize your headlights for less than $5!

Just so it’s easier to compare, here’s a before and after collage to pin 😉
Deoxidize your headlights for less than $5!

Maxwell’s homemade sweater vest.

While pretty much everyone I know watched the Seahawks take on the 49ers, I was finding ways to entertain myself while semi-listening to the game. This isn’t exactly something that I found on Pinterest, but I’ve been wanting to do it and I’m going to pin this… so that’s close enough, right?

Maxwell is among the cutest beings to ever exist, and I made him a sweater vest! … thing! I had leftover fabric, draped it over him and decided that, with a little velcro, it could be made into something he could wear.

PupVest1

What to do with an extra pile of fuzzy fabric?

After draping the fabric over Maxwell a couple times I decided where to put the arm holes and where to cut off extra so it didn’t hang over him weirdly. There was very little science, I just kind of did it.

PupVest

Working on seams.

Added some edges, a little velcro…

PupVest2

Now, for the moment of truth…

And THERE YOU HAVE THE CUTEST DOG IN A SWEATER VEST. It’s a tad snug, but I fully intend to make him another out of red plaid fabric, and I’ll get enough rather than using some leftover fabric.

PupVest4

The best pupster ever. In a sweater vest.

This was a super fun project that most people who are new to sewing could probably do. If you’re not confident in your ability to sew round edges, your dog won’t care if it’s not perfect! Give it a shot 🙂

PupVest5

Just look at his feet and legs and ears and eyebrows and everything!

Past activities!

To kick off this blog, I’d like to recount a few pins of the past that I enjoyed making! Here they are, in no particular order…

Eat. Play. Sleep. Repeat.: I made this blanket for my boss’ baby shower a couple years ago. I didn’t have a sewing machine at the time, so my best friend helped me along the way. It was a super fun reason for the two of us to hang out, and blankets are a fun gift to give!
BabyZblanket
Black Bean Enchiladas: A failed resolution of 2012 was to cut meat from my diet one day a week. I tried to do Meatless Monday’s, but as soon as grilling season hit I failed horribly. Before we started grilling, I found this recipe. So. Good.
BlackBeanEnchilada

American Flag Tank Top: This was incredibly easy to make, and the perfect tank to wear on July 4 when it’s really hot and you want to look like an angry American.
FlagShirt

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread: I had this pinned for about 2 years before making it, and man is it tasty!
RosemaryBread

Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Casserole: I made this the first time for a baby shower (for the same lady who got the blanket). Easy and delicious! And quinoa has a ton of protein, so it’s a good meatless option, if you’re into that kind of thing.
QuinoaCasserole

Biscuit Doughnuts: The easiest thing on this list. Maybe tied with the tank top. Cut up biscuits into whatever shape you want, fry them, cover in cinnamon and sugar, and you’ve got yourself a tasty little doughnut.