Fur Ear Flap Hat

Oh the weather outside is frightful…..

Okay not really. In fact it hasn’t snowed like at all and it hasn’t really been that cold. But I saw this cute pattern for a fur trapper hat and thought it would be perfect to wear outside to play in the snow with Decker. So I made it. And then I waited. And waited. And I am still waiting for the snow so I can wear it.

And if it never snows I will be greatly dissapointed, but I will start wearing this hat anyway, cuz its cute and super soft 🙂

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It is lined with faux rabbit fur to keep your head and ears warm and making it super soft and snuggly next to your head. The outer layer is waterproof making it perfect for playing in the snow. But you could also make it out of a cute flannel. This pattern was quick and easy to make up, but it is kinda big on my head. I prefer my hats to be a bit more fitted. There is something about having the fabric touch my ears that gives them extra psychological warmth, and this hat leaves space.

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If I ever make it again I would make it a little smaller and use the rabbit fur to line the whole hat and not just the earflaps.

But for now… Let is snow! Let is snow! Let is snow!!!!!!

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Halloween 2014

There are a lot of things about Halloween that many people have come to dislike. Those are the parts I have always chosen to ignore. For me Halloween is about carving pumpkins, dressing up, party’s, and candy. I think that is all anyone should really focus on. So that is exactly what I lovingly made my family do this year. And it was awesome.

We picked our pumpkins fresh from Papa Macdonald’s garden and carved them with the Pray’s. Nick was extremely ambitious as he began his pumpkin carving…. I went a little more simple while still avoiding the standard Jack-O-Lantern. Even Decker got to have a cute pumpkin 🙂

My Maleficent Carving

My Maleficent Carving

Nick's Spider Man

Nick’s Spider Man

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Decker’s Mummy

Dressing up is one of my favorite things to do. Whether it is for going on a date, to the ballet, a party, or Halloween, you can bet I am going to take the time to get all dolled up. So this year, while my opinion can still count more than Nick and Deckers…..I decided that we would all dress up together. I had Decker’s outfit planned out for months, but I just wanted something quick and easy for Nick and I. So I got creative and came up with this…

The Pray Family Zoo:

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Nick got to be our Zookeeper. His costume was so easy to put together! I grabbed a few things from his closet, made a few patches and I was done.

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Mine was also very easy, but slightly more time consuming. I made a tulle tutu, added some peacock feathers, glued feathers into a fancy hair piece, spent much longer on my hair and makeup than planned… and boom an easy peacock costume.

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Decker’s of course took much longer. I made his lion costume from the McCalls 6105 pattern, but changed the ribbon for the mane into faux fur fabric for a much cuter more convincing lion. I even went above and beyond making little mittens for his hands and a bag to collect candy in. 🙂

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Overall I think the costumes were a huge success.

And what would Halloween be without cupcakes!?

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I had made these Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes for a Ward Party the week before, but thought they needed some tweaking. So I adjusted the recipe and came up with this for Halloween.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes (makes about 15)

Cupcake:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs

Filling:

  • 8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Frosting:

  • 3/4 cup (12 oz.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
  • In bowl of an electric mixer, beat filling ingredients together on medium speed until light and fluffy, approximately 2-3 minutes; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, sugars, vegetable oil and eggs.
  • Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.
  • Scoop a spoonful of batter evenly into the muffin tin, about half-full. Drop about a tablespoon cream cheese filling into the center of each cup.  Place into oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  • In bowl of an electric mixer beat butter, cream cheese, and confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, approximately 1-2 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add milk, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice, beating just until incorporated. Increase speed to medium high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, approximately 1-2 minutes.
  • Frost the cupcakes and top with crushed graham cracker crumbs.

Adapted from recipes from Damn Delicious and The Capitol Baker

A perfect end to an awesome Halloween 🙂

Make it Fit

Have you ever had an outfit that you let hang in your closet because it just didn’t fit the way you wanted it to? From those too tight jeans that suddenly give you love handles you never had to that poor fitting top that makes you feel curve-less, clothes can have a great impact on how we look and how we feel.

For example: We went to a friends wedding in California over the 4th of July weekend. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to make a new dress from fabric that had been stashed away for over a year. I followed the “perfect fit” guide and had my husband help pin me in to make sure it fit. I was a little unsure as I looked in the mirror, but was sure the problem was just that my husband hadn’t pinned me in right. I felt a bit rushed towards the end so I put the zipper in the back assuming that the fit was fine and packed it without trying on the final product. When I put the dress on for the wedding I was devastated. The dress felt horrible on me and of course I had no back up. The dress was a lot looser than I had intended it to be and I felt like I had just gained 50 pounds. I tried bringing the waist in with a belt, but that just made the bodice pucker funny. With no other options I put on the dress and planned on holding my baby close to me the whole time so no one would notice just how huge that dress made me look.

When we got home I threw that dress in the closet not even wanting to look at it. I was embarrassed to have made something so awful. After a few weeks I finally was able to look at the dress again and assess my options. I could never wear the dress again (having wasted my time and money), I could wear it how it is always feeling extremely self conscious, or I could take the time to fix it. So I pulled out my seam ripper and tore half that dress apart. I took in the waist, the side seams, changed the neckline, and redid the sleeves. I took the time to make sure the dress fit everywhere before I sewed it all back up.

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When I tried on the finished product again I was amazed at the difference. I felt like the dress flattered my figure and was excited to wear it to church that week. I proudly told people that I had made it instead of hiding behind the baby.

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Whether you sew or buy your clothes, it is important to make sure they fit YOUR figure. Sure there are “body type” guidelines of what you should or shouldn’t wear, but even the perfect style for the perfect hour glass shape can look trashy if it doesn’t fit well. So next time you go shopping forget about your “body type” and focus on the fit. If you love the outfit but it doesn’t fit quite right get it altered. It will make all the difference.

Baby Overalls for KCW

Remember the sneak peek of my project for Kids Clothes Week? Well it is all done!

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While I was pregnant last winter I found this cute hat. My mom decided that if I was going to get it we really needed to get fabric to make a cute outfit to match. 🙂

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Now every once in a while my brain gets real creative and I make stuff up on my own. But for the most part I like patterns. I don’t always like to follow them exactly, but I like to have that solid foundations to start with.

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I am a sucker for little boys in overalls. So when my mom gave me this pattern to use I knew I wanted to change it slightly to have more of a “bib-overall” look.

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For the overall part I dropped the waist line of the bottoms, added length to the top and extended the straps all the way to the back. I added a square “bib” piece to the front to give them the true overall look. Since this added a lot to the front I decided to put the pockets on the back. I appliqued little anchors on to match the one on the cute hat.

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I also decided to change up the collar. I made a collar stand from this pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. Since my outfit doesn’t have buttons down the front I just lined up the front end in the middle of the shirt.

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I originally had just tacked down the straps at the shoulder seam so they wouldn’t fall down. But after taking pictures I decided they would look a lot better sewn all the way down.

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Isn’t he just so cute it this! Hopefully he doesn’t just pull that cute hat off his head when he wears it!

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Kids Clothes Week

Notice something different? My blog got a face-lift! I changed some things so it’s easier to follow my blog, like me on facebook, and find old posts!

Guess what this week is? Kids Clothes Week! This is a week where you are challenged to sew one hour a day for 7 days for your kids! Fun huh? Then you share what you have made, get ideas from others, and have a chance to win cool prizes. Check out the Kids Clothes Week blog HERE. So whether you make lots of quick easy clothes or one very time consuming outfit, pull out your machines and get sewing!

Here is a sneak peek of what I am working on this week. Any guesses on what it will be!?

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Giraffe Blanket

So I am obsessed with giraffes for my baby, as if you couldn’t already tell from past blog posts 😉 But there is just something about giraffes and babys that just goes so well together! So when I was shopping with my mother-in-law and we saw a cute baby giraffe quilt we both knew that Decker needed it.

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So we picked out some perfect boy giraffe friendly prints to make this adorable quilt. It is an easy pattern to make and you don’t actually “quilt” it. So anyone can make it on just a regular sewing machine. It is made out of Minky so it is super soft for cuddling. So soft in fact that my 15 year old brother tried to take it home with him….and my husband thinks he might need one too…And since Decker is following his uncle’s lead as the “Blanky Boy” its perfect for cuddling up with as he gets ready for his nap.

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Aren’t these prints so fun for a little boy! I got the fabric and pattern at the Fabric Mill in Orem.

Summer Baby Romper

I have been working on about ten projects at once and decided it was time to finish something so I could blog about it 🙂 I love cute little summer clothes and especially like when they are one easy piece to put on. No hot layers to worry about. So I decided to make Decker some cute summer rompers.

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I made these based off of the Classic Footed Pajama pattern from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. This is the same pattern I used to make my sweet baby pajamas from this post.

I made just a few alterations to the pattern that easily turned a pajama into a romper.

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And with appliques on the front it makes them even cuter!

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Here’s a tutorial of how I made it. You will need to purchase the Classic Footed Pajama pattern or be creative and completely draft up your own pattern.

First cut out one front piece on the fold and two separate back pieces (this is opposite of the pajama pattern). Mark the leg length to the length you want your shorts, leaving enough room to hem (about half of the leg length). Next cut two sleeves, again about half of the length for short sleeves with enough room to hem. Cut the neck band the length the pattern says. Cut two rectangles for the back snaps (mine were about 3×4″ for the 6 month size). Cut two rectangles for the crotch snaps the length of the crotch opening (6×2″ for the 6 month size). Cut pieces of fusible interfacing to match the four snap pieces.

Add your applique to the front piece.

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Hem your sleeves using a double needle.

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Attach your front and back pieces at the shoulder. Attach the sleeves and sew the side seems. (Steps 14-16 of the pattern)

Iron the fusible interfacing to the four snap pieces.

Take one back snap piece and sew the two short ends right sides together. Turn it right sides out and sew it onto the right side of the top end of the left back piece.

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Take the other back snap piece and sew ONE short end with right sides together. Turn right sides out and sew to the wrong side of the top end of the right back piece, with the open short end lined up at the neckline.

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Sew the neck band on (step 21-22 of the pattern) making sure that it lines up at the end of the right back piece, sewing over the snap rectangle, and goes to the end of the left back piece leaving the left snap piece out of the way.

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Sew the two back pieces together stopping just below the two back snap pieces.

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Hem the shorts with a double needle.

With right sides together sew the crotch snap pieces to the crotch area of the legs. (Make sure you ironed your interfacing on first!)

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Snip the snap piece in the middle to allow it to curve.

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Press the snap pieces toward the inside of the garment. Top stitch the pieces down (I did it about 3/4″ away from the edge).

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Add snaps to the back pieces and the crotch, or use snap tape for the crotch.

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Clip any threads and you are done!

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