Monthly Archives: December 2011

Girly Initial Bolster Pillow


One of my little nieces had a birthday earlier this month, her 5th. She’s just about to move into a new house complete with her own super pink bedroom. Renovations are almost complete. I thought she’d love something special for her new room. I found the sweetest little pillow on Etsy but I knew I could make something similar for much less than the $25 price.

Here’s what I came up with:

The pillow is 6X14 inches. I wanted it to be washable so there is an inner removable pillow. My 6 year old helped me make that. The pillow can be removed from the back . I made the back with a sham opening.

I know you’re supposed to completely hide the webbing of the ball fringe in the seam but I preferred the lacy look the webbing gave. After I looked at the completed pillow I regretted that I hadn’t done it the “right” way though. Oh well, I gave it to her as is but will remember to completely hide the webbing next time I work with ball fringe despite what that little impulse  tells me.

This was about a 2.5 hour project. I spent an hour just on the applique. But the savings was worth it. This project came in at under $2 in materials. Of course, I just used stuff in my stash but the value would have been around $2. 🙂


Sweatshirt slippers


I needed a new pair of slippers super fast so I decided not to dig out my Mary Jane slipper pattern but instead, use a simpler, elastic style. Prudent Baby has some great directions on how to put your slippers together.

I used an old sweatshirt for mine and used plain sweatshirt for all the pieces, even the “batting”.  The bottoms will probably wear out pretty fast because of that but I wanted something especially snuggly. 😉

These can be made for just the cost of your thread and two pieces of elastic(about $.15)as well as about 30 minutes of time.


A sweet toddler top


I made this top for my one year old from a pattern and tutorial posted at Prudent Baby.  Despite following all the sizing to print directions, my top came out very tight for a 12-18 month sizing. So she only wore it once to a party. At least it was made from a $.10 yard sale pillowcase. 😉 And it was super fast and easy to make!

Finished Diapers


Just some shots of the finished diapers for my sister’s baby. 😉

I kinda forgot to photograph some of the large ones but they were just plain blues and browns. I still owe her the covers and I’ll be working on those today.  🙂