1st Birthday Princess

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Little girls can be lots of things. They can be messy, bossy, silly, funny, pretty, playful, rambunctious, creative, happy, etc…. And, little girls can be princesses! What better day to be a princess than on your birthday?

This particular post is about a princess on her first birthday. Well, it’s mostly about what she wore for her first birthday. This little girl is a bright eyed doll with a mommy who loves to dress her up. She is so stinking cute. I would want to dress her up too.

The mom wanted something special for her to wear for her birthday, so she approached me with some ideas.

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This was the first image she sent me. It’s cute.

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But she wanted the sleeves to be more like theses.

When I first saw it, I thought that is pretty stinking cute, but then I had a problem with it. Sequins can itch and even hurt some kids. As a dance teacher I am fully aware of how they can cut up sensitive skin. I knew that I didn’t want sequins against her sweet baby skin. That meant I would have to make a few adjustments to the design so that she wouldn’t get all scratched up.

I hit the fabric store and found the sweetest pink material. It was soft and I knew it would feel good to wear. I couldn’t find any gold or sequin that I liked. Then it hit me. I had some gorgeous gold/champagne sequin left over from last Christmas. It would be perfect for this project because it would help this romper look less like a dance costume and more like a dressy outfit.

I got to work. The shape is almost identical to the shape of the romper I made for my niece’s 1st birthday and almost the exact same size, so I used the pattern I made for that. I started piecing it together and came up with a plan so the sequins wouldn’t touch her. I trimmed around the edges of the legs and the top with pink so she wouldn’t get cut.

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From the front.

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I love these sequins.

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Criss-cross straps that hook in the back .

I think it turned out pretty great! I love the pink and gold together. It looks very special and very princess like. The little girl’s aunt made her a crown to wear and her mom adorned her with jewelry and the cutest gold shoes. Here are a few pictures from her photo shoot. She looked beautiful! Plus, the photos are awesome since her dad in the photographer.

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I think she makes a great princess. What about you?

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Scrappy Alphabet

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I love a good educational toy as much as the next nerd. And I especially love educational toys for my sweet niece, who is obviously a genius. Certainly I’m not biased at all.

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I wanted to give her an alphabet for Christmas that she could really play with. I saw some on Etsy that were painted on rocks that were really cute, but she likes to throw things so rocks probably aren’t a great idea.   I also saw some alphabets that were made of fabric. They looked super cute and fun to play with. I didn’t see any tutorials, so I got to work and made up my own way.

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I pulled out all my old scrap fabric. I cut 2 rectangles from each fabric for the front and back. I didn’t repeat any of the fabrics. (You know you have too many scraps when you can make all 26 letters different.) I drew each letter onto the scraps. They are about 7.5 inches tall and the width of the letters was about 1.5 inches. I put a piece of quilt batting in-between the two pieces of fabric and pinned them together. I used a straight stitch to sew over where I had drawn on the fabric. I then cut the excess off pretty close to the seam. I sewed a zig-zag stitch over the edge of the letters and went around 2 times so the edges were nice and sealed in. I want them to stay together when they are being played with.

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Here are the first few letters. They are soft and bendy and perfect for a baby/toddler to play with. I’m sure they will be great for learning letters, sounds, colors, and patterns.

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Here is the finished scrappy alphabet. I also made a drawstring bag to keep them in, but I guess I didn’t take any pictures of it. It is a plain brownish wheat color with a hot pink ribbon closure.

My original goal was to make a few extra letters so she can spell some basic words like mom and dad. I was down to the wire on this project for Christmas so I didn’t get that part complete, but maybe one day I will get around to it. I think she could stand to wait a little longer for that.

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Here we are after Tater-tot opened her gift. (Notice she is also wearing the dance leotard I gave her.) She loves them, but her favorite things to do with them are to throw them and wear the “O” like a bracelet. I’m glad they ended up great for playing like I had wanted them to. I’m also glad I stitched over the edges a few times because she plays hard.

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We pulled out the letters another night to play with them. She still loves throwing them onto her head. She screamed for joy as we looked at each one and threw it. I think she is the sweetest, smartest baby I’ve ever met. She is over a year and a half now, so she’s not such a little baby anymore. My Tater-tot is growing up. I just want to squeeze her all the time!

Baby Legs

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Part of me really wants to swear that I’m not a total slacker, but deep down inside I know that’s exactly what I have been the past few days. I did have a few days off and I did absolutely nothing productive (almost).

Sunday was of course Mother’s Day, so I could say that I spent tons of time with my mom and step mom and that I just didn’t have anytime to do any work. Well, I did spent time with both of those lovely women, but not so much that I couldn’t get anything done. I actually spent most of the day with my sister and tater tot. We wondered around a few antique malls and had ice cream. It was lovely and inspiring, and I thought it would give me a little kick in the rear to get some more work done, but I was lazy on Monday too. On Monday I enjoyed a pool day. It was about 90 degrees outside so a pool day was a necessity, obviously, but still basically no work was done. Then today, there was very minimal crafting and maximum napping.

I did do one little project though, so I thought I would share it. Unfortunately it wasn’t even my idea. On Pinterest I saw this cute post about how to make baby leg warmers out of socks. I had some socks at my house. They were super funky socks that I had intended to make sock monkeys out of, but never got around to it.

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Here are the socks. I basically followed the directions and made some cute little leg warmers. They were really pretty easy to make. I would suggest sewing with a little bit of a zig zag stitch so the seam doesn’t bust when you stretch the sock to put the leg warmers on.

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Here is the finished product. I hope tater tot likes them. She might not have any clothes to match, but who cares. Her mom probably does care. She is so close to crawling, it’s ridiculous. She might like a little padding on her legs. I hope they fit. From what I hear, little crawlers love leg warmers. If tater tot doesn’t love them, I’m sure I can find another punkin to give them to.

Bubble Romper

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We all know that I like a good up-cycle project, but this one was a little more difficult than I had anticipated. It wasn’t anything that I couldn’t handle. I think what really happened, which is pretty common for me, is that I didn’t actually have a plan totally formulated before I began. No problem. I loved the end result.

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This cute dress is what I started with. I got it super on sale from the consignment store where I work. It was a size 7 in girls. I mainly chose this piece because of the ruffles. They are a little time consuming to make, plus these were super cute trimmed in pink. The plan was to make a bubble for Tater Tot, the best niece ever.

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After much re-working, piecing pieces together, and sewing stuff this is what I ended up with. A lovely little bubble romper with a skirt thingy in the back in about a size 6 months.

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Here is a close up of some of the details. Of course there had to be a ruffle around the legs too.

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Here is the princess. Princess Tater Tot in all of her loveliness. She is 7 months old, but no worries I had her nice and balanced and super close by to catch her when she toppled over. I think she looks ready for the beach and warm weather that Mother Nature has been teasing us with lately.

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Here is a view from the back. I love the bow. I didn’t want it to be a halter top at first, but I love it. I think I would pretty much love anything Tater Tot was in. I love this little girl to pieces!!!!

For now, I don’t think I will be making tons of bubble rompers. It was cute and fun, but baby clothes are slightly more difficult than you would think. The elastic in the legs was pretty tricky and I’m just not ready for that challenge again quite yet. Don’t worry. I already have another project started. It involves doily like Christmas decorations. I think you will be surprised. Give me a few days (or weeks) to get it together.

Custom Tater Tot Clothes

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If you haven’t noticed yet, I refer to my niece as a tater tot. With stats at 90th percentile length and 15th percentile weight, she is actually more like a french fry or a green bean, but never the less she will always be my tater tot. And she is the most beautiful tater tot I’ve ever seen.

Alex, my sister, sent me a link to a website with the most adorable little girl clothes. I can’t remember the site now, but I was really sad because there was nothing small enough for my favorite tot. She needed these beautiful funky clothes with lace and ruffles. Lucky for her she has a wonderful aunt, me, that will probably end up making her whatever she wants as she grows up. Not only am I just an all around great aunt (haha)…I’m a sucker and at 6 months I think she already knows it.

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This was the first shirt I made her. It was a little boys button down shirt. I made a ruffle the bottom with extra fabric from the sleeves and with lace. Out of the lace I also created a peter-pan collar and poofy sleeves.  I had to open the neck on the back of the shirt so it would fit over her head and added a button and an elastic closure. I think this will be so cute with little leggings and boots!

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This was the second item I made her. It is supposed to be a dress, but I think is going to more of a tunic on her long little body.  I started with a onesie, but I cut the bottom out of it, so it would be easier to sew the skirt on, plus I’m not sure it would have snapped at the bottom. Then I made the skirt part. This fabric is a little bit special because it is left over from the quilt I made her for Christmas. It’s just cotton and such a sweet pattern for a little girl. There is elastic at the waist so it’s easier to get on and off. I added a lace ruffle on the bottom and on the sleeves. And of course added another peter-pan collar on this one too.

I’m really excited that she has some funky one of a kind things that no one else will have. Now if I could just get some combat boots on her I think we would be set.

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Here is a picture of my beautiful little tot, if you can find her. She is in her wagon with the quilt that matches her dress. She fell asleep with all of her stuffed animals while on a walk around the neighbor hood.