Can we dedicate today’s post to one of the most adorable things on the planet? No, I’m not talking about all the cute trick-or-treaters you had your way last night. I’m talkin’ about baby clothes! All those teensy-weensy little garments that really have no reason for being so adorable other than they’re, well, teensy-weensy. Specifically, shirts. We’re going to talk about turning a onesie into a T-shirt! [Read more…]
I’ve mentioned here that I’m trying to get ahead on Christmas gifts. We like to make items as part of our giving collection, so I thought I’d put together a nice little round up of DIY gifts for the rest of y’all to find some inspiration. I have most of my shopping list complete, now I need to focus on making the remainders. It’s nice to have the running around done, but now comes the real work!
It’s week 3 of my September Christmas series, and let me tell ya, all this Christmas talk has me seriously mind-boggled. I keep thinking Christmas is just around the corner and planning for the new year! Talk about pregnancy brain.
In case you missed the previous 2 weeks
Week 1 – Cute Christmas Treats
Week 2 – Christmas Mess
Some of the gifts on this list we have made once or more, the others I’m planning to make this year or in the following years. Just click the pictures to check out the associated post.
Hot tip: these can be used all year round for any sort of gift! [Read more…]
If you’ve been keeping up with Hampers&Hiccups, you’ll know that we try not to use disposable products in our home. One of the first items to go was paper napkins. Come to think of it, I don’t know that I ever really bought them to begin with. My first cloth napkins were inherited hand-me-downs. I loved using them so much that I vowed to keep up with it.
Cloth napkins are so much more fun and enjoyable to use than the paper alternative. Yes, you can get the ‘sposies in all sorts of colours, shapes, and designs, but they’re still not very nice to use. A cloth napkin is much softer and pliable. Plus, often times they’re larger and obviously more durable.
If you’re into giving homemade gifts, these make a great one! Try selling them to pick up some extra cash. I’ve done both!
A couple of years ago I made my first set. They’re a Christmas/winter set and I love them! They are a little on the smaller side, 8″ or so, but they get the job done and look beautiful and elegant on the table.
LAST spring I bought some material to make a spring/summer set. Over a year ago! I finally got around to whipping them up specially for this post. Nothing like blogging to motivate a mama. I decided to make them larger than the previous set, but the same style. [Read more…]
It’s August. I’m already thinking about Halloween and have been for a couple of months already. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect Halloween costume for my Sweet Girl and New Baby.
Arguably, any Halloween costume can be homemade. Some require serious effort (sewing, building, months of preparation). Some only require a pair of scissors or a marker (bed sheet-turned-ghost I’m looking at you).
Growing up, my mother made, literally, every. single. one. of my and my brothers’ Halloween costumes. Looking back, it is something so thoughtful and heartwarming that I decided it’s how I want my kids to remember Halloween.
Last year was Sweet Girl’s first Halloween. I made her THE CUTEST Halloween costume EVER. She was a 6 month old little chickie. If I wasn’t against putting her pictures on the world wide web, I’d totally be showing you. If I ever change my mind, it will be one of the first pictures I post! [Read more…]
As you know from this post and this post, we have always cloth diapered Sweet Girl. A HUGE portion of our stash is pre-loved. Anyone who has considered second (or third) hand cloth knows that there is the likelihood of having to replace diaper elastics, and maybe even some snaps or Velcro.
I’ll be doing a cloth diaper series at some point. There is SO much information on the topic. But for now, I’m just going to outline how to replace elastics.
This tutorial will feature a serger method. I’ll be working on a basic sewing machine method in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned. Sign up for my newsletter to know when it comes out!
With these tutorials you’ll be able to quickly and effectively replace the elastics in your diapers, making them good as new.
The fact is, over time washing and drying is really hard on elastic! Think of that old pair of your husband’s underwear that gets stretched out and brittle. Same deal, except diapers get washed even more frequently! [Read more…]
It’s ROUNDUP TIME!!! My very first, how exciting. Check out these six easy projects to help you prepare for baby.
Since I’m nearing my 3rd trimester of this pregnancy, I’ve been reflecting back on my first time around to gain some insight on what I should be doing to prepare for baby’s homecoming.
When I was pregnant with Sweet Girl, I had all the time in the world to create nice things and sew some great projects for me to use for organization and sanity.
Here’s six of them! [Read more…]
For the third and final part of my mini flash sewing series, I’m going to show off my Easy DIY Cloth Wipes.
I haven’t really gotten into the fact that we cloth diaper – saving that for several longer posts later on (mostly because I know how much info there is to cover!).
Anyway, we do! And we love it!
Along with the diapers, we also use cloth wipes and homemade spray, instead of using wet wipes and having to have a garbage can AND diaper pail (plus, y’know, enviro and all). Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own wipes! [Read more…]
Second post for my mini flash sewing series. A toothbrush travel pouch. Check out the Nursing Pad Tutorial for another quick project.
In preparation for next week’s post, I decided to go with the theme of getting ready for baby.
A little over a year ago as I was packing my hospital bag for the impending birth of Sweet Girl, I battled yet again with a method to transport my toothbrush and toothpaste without getting hair, dust, etc all over it!
We usually would take a new brush to open at our destination. If you do this, it still needs to be brought home or thrown away before you leave (what a waste!).
Another option is to take your currently in-use brush and throw it away before you come home. Again, still needing a way to get it to the destination which usually involved a plastic baggie.
While there are many different options on the market, I wasn’t into the idea of buying yet another plastic case or cover to sit around my bathroom waiting for the rare occasion to be used. Plus they need to be cleaned all the time and that is so not fun. [Read more…]
I’ve decided to do a flash mini sewing series in preparation for my weekly post next week. Three super short projects to prepare for baby. These breastfeeding pads are the first of the 3-part series. Enjoy.
If you plan to nurse your baby, or are already, you’ll learn quite quickly that breastfeeding pads are a necessity! I don’t think I need to explain what will happen if you don’t have absorbency between your (initially painful) tatas and your clothes.
Disposables VS Cloth
For some people, disposables are the way to go. You just pick ’em up at the store and pop ’em in. Most even have a nice little sticky strip to adhere to your nursing bra.
I’ll admit I’ve never actually purchased any for myself, so my only experience with them is from the free ones I received as samples.
I didn’t think they were that great, and the sticky strip never seemed to last a full day. Also, I found they should be changed more frequently because they would get all bunched up and not be as absorbent.
In this post I touched on our desire to be environmentally friendly, so it is only natural that I had planned on using cloth breastfeeding pads from the beginning, so I had a few sets made up before Sweet Girl was born. There are places to buy them (Etsy, Amazon, even WalMart), but after reading a few tutorials on Pinterest and looking at a few pictures I figured they would be pretty simple to whip up.
And guess what? They are! So easy, in fact, that this blog post tutorial is going to be pretty short. [Read more…]
Again, no, I’m not 85. Sewing is something I’ve taken to in the recent years as a hobby and interest, with a little bit of sales potential sprinkled in here and there.
I feel that sewing is a trademark asset that every empowered woman should have. As you get to know me, you’ll learn we strive to live a simpler life. Learning to sew is one of those homesteading skills that gets us a little closer to that lifestyle.
Admittedly, I would consider myself an eager beginner. I’m willing to sew just about anything – for my family. If asked to do certain mending jobs for others I will back into a corner and cower like a little puppy. Although I would probably be able to pull it off, I’m not confident enough at some of the finer points of the art, yet.
So, please, help a sister out and give me YOUR tips & tricks, videos, and favourite fabric shops to check out. I’d love to connect over something that is rare in my circle of friends.