sunnydays12Shauna from Shwin & Shwin shows how to make her Sunny Days dress for toddler girls.  It’s an easy dress to make, with a simple shirred fabric bodice and wide fabric straps.  It’s open at the back, meant to be worn over diaper covers or a pair of shorts or leggings.  Go to Shwin & Shwin for the tutorial.

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Free pattern: Vintage Puss in Boots softieVintage Pattern Marketplace share a free circa 1950s pattern for making this Puss in Boots doll.  He’s made from felt, with an embroidered face and ric rac trimmed cape.  The completed doll is roughly 10″ tall.  You won’t need to use a sewing machine to put him together; the sewing is all done by hand.   Go to Vintage Pattern Marketplace to download …

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picture frameMollie of the “Wild Olive” shows us how to make her cute “embroidered portrait frame”! You can frame a picture similar to hers or place any picture in this darling hanging frame.  Select your color and have a go at this project. Thank you Mollie for the sweet tutorial!…

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Technique: Stamping with Geltos

by Heather Holbrook

Technique: Stamping with Geltos

Did you know instead of ink you can use Gelato sticks with a spritz of water to stamp with? Heather Greenwood will show you how to get this cool watercolor look with your rubber stamps.

-Heather…

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sprial baby blanketI don’t know about you, but I love to knit baby blankets for new little people. But sometimes a plain rectangle or square can be a little boring.

The good news is there are plenty of options that make blanket knitting a little more interesting, such as knitting a circular blanket from the center out.

The blogger at Measured and …

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Felt Weather Board Tutorial

by Linda Lanese

Felt Weather BoardStephanie of “Twodaloo” is a speech-language pathologist and the mother of twin girls has the cleverest tutorial a “Felt Weather Board” for kids. Children are very visual and have this in an area where they can notice it.  Not only can they tell you the weather; they can also show what mood they are in.  I think this is a …

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Mother's Day necklace and bracletBracletKristina is the founder of “Toddler Approved” and is a mom of three (a preschooler, toddler, and a newborn), as well as a National Board certified teacher.  She has this “Simple Mother’s Day Necklace or bracelet tutorial”!  Mom can wear it as a necklace or as a bracelet when wrapped twice around her wrists. This is an adorable craft that …

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finger knitting craftfoxesI’ve been writing a lot this week over on About about arm knitting, but another great way to knit without needles is finger knitting.

Finger knitting is a good way to get kids started because they don’t have to fumble with needles so it can feel a little easier and still gets them the concepts of making loops and …

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Tutorial: Zippered pouch from a reusable shopping bagMarni from Haberdashery Fun is over at Momtastic showing how you can make a awesome little zippered pouch of a reusable shopping bag.  It’s a fun way to pare down your reusable bag stash, or perhaps to extend the life of a bag that has gotten torn.  The coated fabric that many of these bags are made from will make your bags water resistant. You can make …

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Is your house not looking the best? Do you get a feeling that every room has got issues? Are there too many things not in there right places?

Then this timely organization roundup from jamonkey is exactly what the doctor ordered for you!

Use this as it is based on a room by room basis. Start with kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms.. …

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For some, the task of decorating a bathroom is not an easy one.  It can sometimes be difficult to find that balance of using the right amount of décor, yet utilizing your space with its full potential of storage and organization.  Today we have brought you 6 ideas to help solve that dilemma.  Here are some helps that are both …

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Tutorial: Little girl's tulip sleeve cropped jacketBernadette from Daisies and Dresses shares a tutorial at The Sewing Rabbit showing how to make this lovely tulip sleeve cropped jacket for a little girl.  She shows how to adapt a basic bodice pattern (she used the bodice and short sleeve from five and ten designs, but any basic bodice will work) to make the short jacket with the curved bottom and those …

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Daisy Inspired Brush Embroidery Cookies

Cute Simple Stuff has created these cute cookies that look like pieces to a beautiful quilt blanket. Well at least to me!

Renee Adler also has a YouTube video on the process of making the daisy cookies. I’m a visual person, so pictures and videos definitely help me!

Make these for the flower lover or maybe try your hand at …

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Erin (Who I have never met) opened up an Etsy store this week. How do I know? Well I simply Googled a “certain phrase” ( top secret online investigation words) and found that this random blogging lady was selling her adorable Prints on Etsy via her new store “Two Thirds Hazel”. Her designs are super cute and sell for …

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May Day Crown

May Day is celebrated in many countries around the world with many different motivations.  LiZ of the Elizabeth’s at “Simple Simon and Co.” has the most adorable “May Day Felt flower crowns” for us to make for this occasion. She has a step-by-step tutorial for you to follow. Many children celebrate May Day in their schools with May poles and …

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Tutorial: How to make different serger stitches, plus a cheat sheetMammaNene (Irene) of SergerPepper shares a tutorial at Sew McCool showing the different kinds of stitches you can make with a serger, including 3- and 4-thread overlock,  flat lock, narrow hem, rolled hem, and more.  I’ll freely admit that I am kind of a “set it and forget it” kind of girl with my serger.  All those knobs and settings …

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Popsicle Stick Harmonica

by Sherri Osborn

Popsicle Stick Harmonica
Have you ever whistled using a blade of grass held between your thumbs? This DIY harmonica works in pretty much the same way!

Show your kids how to make sweet music by sandwiching a skinny piece of paper between two popsicle sticks. Make one of these easy harmonicas by following these directions shared by Tammy at Housing a Forest.

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Tutorial: Tie top throw pillow coverAnn from On Sutton Place shows how you can make this tie top throw pillow cover.  The ties at the top make the closure for the cover.  She uses twill tape but you could also use ribbon.  It would make a pretty accent for a patio or front porch.   Get the tutorial at On Sutton Place.

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Paper Apple Blossoms via Lia Griffith

Lia Griffith creates the most gorgeous paper blooms, and generously shares her instructions for them on her blog. These apple blossom branches would be so beautiful for centerpieces or garlands at a bridal shower or wedding. Get all the details here.…

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DIY Wedding Favor Packets via Elli

With a free printable template from elli.com you can create inexpensive wedding favors for your guests to enjoy! Easily customize these pretty little envelopes with paper and wash tape and fill them with colorful sprinkles, seeds, confetti, or sweet treats!…

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kooziesKatie from View From The Fridge shares a tutorial at A Prudent Life showing how to make pretty fabric koozies to wrap around a soda or beer bottle.  The fabric wraps are held in place with button and elastic loop closures.   The dimensions she gives will make a wrap to fit a around a bottle.  If you want one to fit around …

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Tutorial - Hello Happy Notebook Tutorial at Callaloo Soup

I’m sharing a tutorial and freebie on my personal blog to make this Hello Happy notebook. You can download the free printable for the cover, then follow the instructions to make yourself this very happy notebook. Click here for more.…

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Sculpey.com shares another project: a sunflower necklace or brooch designed by Eriko Page. The flowers use a nice caning trick and there’s even a little mica powder to add a touch of bling.…

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Free pattern: Dolly diapersMaggie from Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots shares a free pattern at Riley Blake Designs showing how to make dolly diapers.  They’ll fit most stuffed animals, including Build-a-Bear, as well as American Girl dolls.  They’re made with a fun cotton print on the outside, and a soft fleece for the lining.  Go to Riley Blake Designs to get her

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Tutorial: Blogger conference business card carrierBlogging conference goers make business card exchange an art form.  If you’re lucky enough to attend a blogging conference, you can expect to exchange a LOT of business cards.  Each one will be unique  Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings shows the Blogger Conference Card Caddy that she made to bring with her to SNAP! so she’ll always have a business …

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