Baby Heart Dress with Matching Diaper Cover

I saw this pattern while on pinterest, and I knew I had to make my own version of it! It took me several months to get it finished. And I finally got it done in August 2014, and I am just now getting around to writing about it!

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I used Vickie Howell’s cottonish yarn in Grey T-Shirt and Cotton Gin, size E crochet hook, x3 1/2″ matching buttons, and crocheted this in the 12 months size.

So here are my notes about this pattern:

  1. Working with dk cotton yarn and a small hook works up a little slower than I’d like, not a con, just a note.
  2. The beret needed another row or two of dc to fit my child’s head properly.
  3. I had to block it like crazy (and after each wash) to get the dress to lay flat and not pull since it is mainly crocheted in the round. I don’t know about you, but no matter how I join in the round (and I’ve tried several methods), my work on this project pulled to the right something fierce (I crochet left-handed).

Then… I made a matching diaper cover. Yay! I based it on Elizabeth Alan’s princess diaper cover. I changed it up a bit since the pattern is just sewing together two of the same sides. Ahm, I don’t know any 12-month size baby who whose front side is the same shape as their back side. Not to mention those chunky thighs. So, I made adjustments. And yes, I used the 1/8″ elastic, as suggested in the pattern for the larger sizes.

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Here is a photo of my little monkey modeling the dress (this is before she was walking, and she wouldn’t keep the hat on for long enough to take the photo):

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Cozy Soft Flannel Blanket

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Making baby flannel blankets are super easy and fast and make great gifts. I have received many homemade blankets over the years and I love each one! I really don’t think you can have too many blankets!

Here’s what you do:

1. Pick two flannel fabrics of complementing colors. For this blanket I did one side flannel and the other a cozy soft baby fabric.

2. Cut the fabrics out to the same square or rectangle size. I make it super easy on myself and just do one yard of each fabric.

3. Put the fabrics right sides together and stitch 5/8 inch away from the edge around the whole blanket, leaving about a 5 inch opening. Then you can clip the corners to make them turn out to a point easier.

4. Turn the blanket right side out and smooth out the edges. You can then iron the blanket to make the edges smooth and easier to top stitch.

5. Pin the sides to make sure they don’t slide and top stich about a 1/4 inch around the edge of the blanket. I did a little more than that for this blanket. You can tie it with a coordinating yarn as well if you want, every 6 inches or so.

6. Fold it up, exposing a color of the fun pattern on the inside and tie it together with a ribbon. And then you’re done!

Cute Hairbow holder

I found a super cute framed hairbow holder here at Mom & Wife and couldn’t wait to make one! I bought these white plastered open back picture frames at Hobby Lobby and decided to have some fun painting them. I ended up making two- one for a friend who was having a baby and one for my own little girl.

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I used a glaze craft paint to paint the decorative raised areas on the frame. Then I used Mod Podge to adhere white iridescent glitter to the white parts. Then I drilled holes along the bottom and screwed in the hooks (easily found in the framing/hanging section of a store). Then I sprayed the whole thing with a clear protective spray pain. Lastly I hot glued the ribbon onto the back.

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Blank Hobby Lobby frame. This one was much faster to paint.

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This one was a little more time consuming to paint (okay that’s a huge understatement!).

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The finished frame. I LOVE the way it turned out! And I’ve got plenty of room to hang more head bands and bows.

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The glitter is pretty subtle, but you can see it pretty well in good lighting. I love the big flower, just adds a nice finishing touch.

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The finished baby shower frame. We threw a hair bow themed baby shower party for a friend. Instead of games, we had a table set up with hair bow crafting supplies. My friend went home with enough adorable hair bows to do her daughter’s hair up different every day of the month! It was so much fun.