Thursday, January 31, 2013

"B" is for Big Sibling Aprons

Paint & sew: big sibling aprons

big brother and big sister aprons

 When that new baby arrives don't forget big sister and big brother!

Take a plain kid size apron, sew on a fun pocket and paint their name.  Then add a fresh pack of crayons and paper and you have a nice sibling gift that might also keep them occupied while mom is busy with the new baby.

personalized big sister apron

 I added a bright floral printed pocket for big sister Charlotte and even trimmed the pocket with a gingham ruffle:

diy kids apron with pocket for craft supplies


All folded and ready to wrap:

diy sibling aprons

Big brother Tommy's apron is just as cute with a bold printed pocket:

diy big brother apron with pocket for crayons

The pocket is trimmed in a red binding made from a cotton print cut on the bias:

diy big brother apron with pocket for crayons

Here's how to make big sibling aprons:

1. Purchase kid size canvas aprons.
Print out letters to fit apron top front:

how to personalize kids apron

2. Find center of apron and center of print out by folding in half:

how to personalize kids apron

3. Pin print out to back side of apron lining up at center point.
Using a light box and thin Sharpie (in color to match your paint) trace outline of letters onto apron:

how to personalize kids apron

4. Now paint inside the traced letters with fabric safe paint:

how to personalize kids apron

5. To make pocket cut a piece of cotton to fit bottom half of apron:

how to add a pocket to kids apron

6. Make ruffle (1 1/4" cut on bias x 2x width of pocket) and pin in place.
Cut bias binding 1 1/4" x width of pocket:

how to add a pocket to kids apron

Sew binding in place and press open:

how to add a pocket to kids apron

7. Finish binding edge by folding in raw edge then fold again.
Top stitch in ditch from front.

8. Lay pocket piece on top of apron and trim to 1/2" overhang keeping curves in mind:

how to add a pocket to kids apron

9. Fold under 1/2" raw edge and top stitch pocket in place along edge of apron:

how to add a pocket to kids apron

new baby gift ideas for older siblings

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"A" is for Applique Burp Cloths

Sew: applique burp cloths


Sew a single letter monogram and ribbon onto plain white burp cloths for a one-of-a-kind personalized baby gift.

Monday, January 28, 2013

"F" is for Folding Chalkboard Easel

Build: portable folding chalkboard easel


Build your own portable folding double-sided chalkboard easel with plans from Ana White.
Or build two:


By far my most favorite build project to date.
And even better this project runs about $20 per easel.

Friday, January 25, 2013

DIY Playroom Built Ins from Ikea Cabinets

diy playroom built ins

How to combine Ikea kitchen cabinets with a custom made base support, bench top and wall cabinet modifications to make playroom storage built ins.

diy playroom built ins before and after

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

"C" is for Chalkboard Valentines #2

Craft: chalkboard valentines #2


 This second version uses fabric covered chipboard coasters and chalk paint to create a fun valentine:


I used lightweight cotton fabric printed with tiny red hearts and mod podge to adhere the fabric to a chipboard coaster then painted a chalkboard circle space for kids to write their messages:

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

"C" is for Craftsman Chalkboard

Build: craftsman chalkboard



I used Ana White's Craftsman Frame plans, resized to use up some wood scraps and ended up with a fun chalkboard for my kids room:

Friday, January 18, 2013

"F" is for Faux French Linen

Sew: faux French linen dish towels


Take a basic Ikea dish towel and add a little cross-stitch personalization:


Super easy and fast and makes a great birthday gift!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"W" is for Winter Wreath

Craft: winter wreath


Make a winter wreath from raffia pom poms, pinecones, wood slices and jute wrapped pears.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

"A" is for Aprons #4



A new batch of work aprons now available in the shop here.


This work apron is perfect for crafting, gardening, woodworking, sewing, anything goes!

It holds quite a bit with two rows of drop cloth lined pockets:


All of those tools are in the pockets as I'm wearing the work apron below:


And the colors and combinations are all bright and fresh:



Or stop by the shop page at Ana White and purchase one of these aprons.


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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sunday, January 6, 2013

"O" is for Optimistic

Paint: Be Optimistic sign


I painted this little gem inspired by the graphic below that came to me in a weekly update email from Best Made Co.:


 You can also find the graphic on Pinterest.

I must admit I was always taken by this little badge from Best Made Co.:

So I change the background color for fun and added a frame: