30 Festive Fabric Scrap Frolics sew4bub

30 Festive Fabric Scrap Frolics [round-up]

I have been sewing up a lot of muslins and samples lately, and I have found my stockpile of scraps building to new heights. So I checked out my favourite go-to for inspiration on such things, Pinterest, and came up with a list of my top festive season scrap busting projects.

5 min Bonds nappy cover hack sew4bub

Socks to baby pants Part 3 – The 5 min Bonds nappy cover hack [tutorial]

When my kids were babies, I always loved the look of Bonds brand nappy covers, (Bonds is an Australian brand so in case you don’t know what I am talking about these). As my kids wore cloth nappies I was especially drawn to the design because of all the room in the back for the nappy butt :), but at $11 per pair, a whole set of these was never in the budget.

I have since devised this hack which takes about 5 min and costs around $1 depending where you buy your socks.

Wool soaker in action

Draft and sew your own wool and fleece nappy covers

If you have a little one in cloth nappies/diapers and you were looking for a natural cover solution you may have come across wool covers (which are fantastic but I won’t go into all the benefits here – google it, you will be amazed) but then been bowled over by the price.
If you would like to have a go at making the cover above, check out my series on drafting a pattern and sewing a wool or fleece nappy cover on my other blog

Polo to mini polo dress upcycle tutorial

Mini Polo Dress Up-cycle

I had bought 4 ladies polo shirts recently thinking that they would make good everyday wear around home. However, like sometimes happens, once I got them home they weren’t quite right for me (freakishly high neck lines for a ladies shirt making my bust look really low – but that is another story). So the shirts sat in my cupboard, never seeing the light of day until a favourite little play dress of ours finally became un-wearable and I saw the opportunity for a conversion and to perhaps feel a little better about the unused shirts.

Here is what I came up with:

Baby or toddler shoe in action

Baby or Toddler Shoes – are you a sewing nerd like me?

So…

Are you a sewing nerd like me?

I found myself today, standing in front of the baby shoe section at the shops, there was a pair in my daughters size, they were perfectly presentable, and they were on special for $6.75. Instead of buying them however,I decided to spend the only available ‘baby sleeping time’ today making some instead.

What can I say, I am a sewing nerd, I have no logical justification for making these shoes, and I have no excuses that you can use either, but if you would like to have a go, the pattern is here and the instructions are below 🙂

...and that is the end of the story :)

5 minute Baby and Toddler Leggings

I was so impressed with results of my Baby Legwarmers in 5 minutes for $3.50 project that I got to thinking about all those lovely stripy and patterned socks and how stretchy and forgiving they were to sew.

I came up with a crazy idea, and what do you know …

…It worked!

So here it is …