Skip to Content

DIY Crib Bed Skirt with Gathered Dust Ruffle

Today I’ll show you how to make a DIY crib bed skirt with a gathered dust ruffle. We’re in the middle of converting our den into a baby’s room. We’re keeping it simple — borrowed our niece Madison’s crib, kept the room painted light gray — and have begun accenting with oodles of girly fabric. …

Read More about DIY Crib Bed Skirt with Gathered Dust Ruffle

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Burp Cloths DIY Sewing Pattern

Here’s an easy, fun and practical gift for new arrivals: Planes, Trains and Automobiles burp cloths. Friends Tamara and Jon recently welcomed Lucas, little brother to adorable Sienna, and I made these especially for him. Now while this craft has little to do with the classic movie, the idea of using it as a theme …

Read More about Planes, Trains and Automobiles Burp Cloths DIY Sewing Pattern

Peanut Butter & Jelly Mac and Cheese Recipe – 4th Place in Chicago charity cook-off

This PB&J mac and cheese recipe got 4th place beating in a Chicago charity cooking competition besting not only Stephanie Izard, Top Chef winner, but also Roger Herring, chef and owner of Socca in Chicago. Hip hip yay! —— Peanut butter & jelly mac and cheese. Yeah, that’s right. My totally original recipe for this …

Read More about Peanut Butter & Jelly Mac and Cheese Recipe – 4th Place in Chicago charity cook-off

Gift wrapping ideas for baby and kids

Today I popped by my friend Anne’s to drop off gifts for five-year-old son, Gavin, and her newborn son, Graham. I recycled and altered my chalkboard gift tags idea to wrap Gavin’s birthday treat. Supplies: Red and yellow tissue paper Chalkboard cloth fabric (I used scraps from making chalkboard pillows) Tape Scissors Chalk Wrap your …

Read More about Gift wrapping ideas for baby and kids

Chalkboard pillows for kids and adults redux

UPDATE: Dinosaur and Birdie Chalkboard Pillows are now for sale at UncommonGoods! Great gift for kids. So when I first invented chalkboard pillows I handmade the chalkboards out of plastic, a knife, drill and chalkboard spray paint. Yeah, it took a long time. But now I’ve discovered the joys of chalkboard cloth fabric which has …

Read More about Chalkboard pillows for kids and adults redux

Car racing wall art for kid’s rooms

Watch out Speed Racer. Mom of two Amy Herlihy hand painted racing car wall art to match her son Kieran’s racing themed comforter and pillow sham. Now Kieran has his dream bedroom. And it’s a lot easier than it may look… Supplies: 3D stretched canvases(choose your sizes) Acrylic paint Selection of brushes and a painting …

Read More about Car racing wall art for kid’s rooms

Sewn baby onesie bodysuits – applique dog, butterfly, bottle, bow, heart

So my friend Jeff and I were talking at Mac’s about Merriment and he asked if I could make a unique baby gift to help him welcome Isabella, a friend’s newborn daughter. These handmade, sweet, graphic appliqué baby onesies should do the trick. Supplies: Kathy’s free onesie applique shape template (PDF; dog, butterfly, bottle shapes …

Read More about Sewn baby onesie bodysuits – applique dog, butterfly, bottle, bow, heart

Child’s pleated apron sewing pattern in Wizard of Oz fabric

So what was in Madison’s cookie jar birthday boxes to help celebrate her second birthday? Super fun numbers cookie cutters and a child’s size pink Wizard of Oz apron handmade by Aunt Kathy. I’ve made many aprons in my time both from patterns and from scratch. I created this child’s size pattern inspired by Amy …

Read More about Child’s pleated apron sewing pattern in Wizard of Oz fabric

Baby stuffed animals

New mom and fashion maven Rachel Pluto made these adorable animals for her newborn daughter Maya. Taking a cue from Dwell’s baby animals that retail $105 for three, Rachel handcrafted these adorable reversible giraffe and elephant stuffed animals out of fabric that complemented her Chicago loft nursery. Humble Rachel says, “I kind of just winged …

Read More about Baby stuffed animals