DIY Pacifier Clip

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I have a lot of extra fabric just sitting around my craft room. I mean… a lot. So, I thought I would start doing some smaller projects to help get rid of my stash. Enjoy this tutorial!

1. Start by laying out your fabric and ironing it.
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2. Cut your fabric so that it is 15″ long and just under 4″ wide (mine was 3 and 7/8 inches wide).

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3. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise (hotdog style) and iron to create a crease.

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4. Unfold to show the underside and the crease.

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5. Fold one side towards the center crease and iron.

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6. Fold the other side towards the center crease and iron. Make sure they do not get folded all the way to the crease.

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7. Fold the end over and iron to form a crease. Do this on both ends.

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8. Fold down the center crease again and iron the entire piece flat.

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9. Sew around the entire rectangle.

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10. Clip any hanging threads. Make sure that everything is secure.

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11. Open your package of suspender/mitten clips.

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12. Fold one of the ends through the clip, leaving about 1 inch of material as a “tail.” Sew it.

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13. Sew the rest of the “tail” down to secure. The pictures below show the back and front.

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14. Identify your snaps (left: male, right: female, not pictured: prongs). I always have trouble figuring out which is the back side and which is the correct side of the female part of the snap. Some people talk about the part the sticks up, but the snaps that I use don’t have an easily-identified side like this. I’ve finally figured it out, though. There is a side that looks like flower petals inside. That is the “correct” side of the snap, and the other side is the backside that will attach to the prongs. 

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15. Using your snap attacher (I’ve used a few, and I prefer the SnapSetter tool), attach the snaps so that there is a little fold-over.

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16. There you go! One pacifier clip ready to go!

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You can tell that I got on a roll and made a few. Once you make one, you will realize how easy it is. What a great baby shower gift!

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DIY: Old Shirt into New Dress

Today, I completed my favorite creation so far. I have this old Ann Taylor Loft shirt that was really cute (please excuse the lint).

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Then I put it in the dryer, and it shrunk too short. I haven’t worn it for 2 years, but I still didn’t have the heart to get rid of it. So, I realized that I could take some new material that I got and attach it to this shirt. Instant dress!

Step 1: I used the overcasting stitch (#8) to bind the hem. I love that I got to use the new foot attachment for this. I first got experience with it on my bed runner, and I loved it!

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The overcasting stitch joins “together seams and finish them in one operation.” As you will see, I still hemmed the skirt later.

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Step 2: I hemmed the skirt. I folded the bottom of the skirt twice to have a nice, small pretty hem.

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Isn’t that so pretty?

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Step 3: Now came the pleating, pinning, and sewing the skirt onto the shirt.

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Step 4: I connected the skirt together. Pin and sew!

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Step 5: Oops! The hem is not all the same length. I had to take some of the hemming out, re-fold, and pin.

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Step 6: Ew! Look at that unfinished seam! Time to bring back the overcasting stitch.

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Step 7: All done! Now, I got to pose in the mirror. Isn’t it cute? The jersey top is SOOOO comfortable, and I love the light nature of the skirt.

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I have another one of these shirts in pink. Now, I just need a coordinating skirt material to match.

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Pocket Pillow

A couple of weeks ago, I pinned a tutorial for a 10 minute pillow cover from Momtastic.com. I didn’t think that I would use it any time soon, as I had no need for another pillow in the house. Then I found some new Peanuts fabric. In case you hadn’t figured it out from this post, I love the Peanuts. I bought the fabric, and then afterwards I figured out what to make from it. In my classroom, I am always kneeling on the floor with my students, and this will be great to help with my aging knees. Plus, it’s really cute!

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Because I had two pieces of fabric, I wouldn’t be able to use Momtastic’s directions exactly as it was written. It was up to me to figure it out and make it work. So, here are my directions for how to make a pocket pillow (with buttons!) with 2 different types of fabric. These directions and measurements work for an 18″x18″ pillow (standard couch size).

1. I cut the fabric for the front of my pillow to be 20″x20″ (to allow 1″ seam allowance for each side). I then cut two pieces for my back fabric: 20″x11″ and 20″x14″.

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2. I pieced the two different fabric together with the correct sides of the fabric facing each other. I then pinned where I wanted the seam to be. This would connect the fabric to make 1 long piece of fabric.

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3. Where the flap of the pocket will be (where the two pieces of the fabric look like they will meet), fold the fabric back and pin it to hem it. Do this for both pieces of the back fabric.

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4. It’s time to sew! Sew the hems of the pocket

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and sew the back and front fabric together. I made sure to use some good, strong stitches, as this pillow will get some wear and tear in my classroom.

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5. Fold all of the flaps back (the pillow is still inside out at this point), so it looks like an inside-out pillow case. Sew the back flaps of the pillow down to the front.

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Tada!

Oops! I made a mistake, and some of my flap didn’t get sewed down all of the way. Not a pretty fix, but it will secure it.

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Here’s a view of the pocket. I didn’t like how the flap really, well, flaps. In my classroom, that is a recipe for pencil shavings and old glue stick caps to get stuck down in there.

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So, although the pillow really did take me just 10 minutes up until then, I got to try out my new buttonhole feature on my new Brother machine. I have these adorable retro buttons, and they are perfect for this pillow! By the way, take a look at where the button ended up! Doesn’t it look like Franklin has an earring?

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Marcie also has either an ear gauge, or a monocle. I can’t tell.

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I love how the pillow turned out! I can’t wait to show it off in my room next year.

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