Monday, May 27, 2013

Food Tote for the Car

Miss me?

This month has been crazy busy and I haven't done much in the way of crafting, cooking, processing or relaxing.  I plan to start all that at the end of next week.  I'd do it sooner but the state of my house has slipped past "cluttered" and into "crappy".  I plan on cleaning out all of my "just in case" stuff, reorganizing and deep cleaning.  I'd call it spring cleaning but we're way past that.

I do have a super tip for all those great road trips you are planning on taking this summer!  As I'm typing this I am vaguely remembering sharing this tip with you already. . . perhaps last summer. . . or maybe I intended on doing so and didn't???  If this is a recycled tip, my apologies.

When we go on a road trip, we start driving in the morning.  When we stop for gas, everyone gets out and uses the bathroom.  We hit a drive thru for lunch and get back on the road right away.  We use these:
At the dollar store they cost a buck (imagine that!).  They hold a drink upright, keep food in one place and catch spills and messes.  Each kid has two.  They use the other for their electronic stuff.  (DS games are TINY!!)  The food tote can be rinsed out in the hotel's sink every night so the stickiness can start anew each day.  They're sturdy, don't fall over and can be moved to the floor fairly easily without things spilling out.  We love them and can't imagine a road trip without.

Stay safe this summer!  I will check in sometime next week!


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Taking in a Too Big Shirt

I have a bit of a muffin top.  It's the only part of my body I absolutely hate. . . I've made peace with the rest of me and actually enjoy my curves.  I hate that extra roll around my middle, though, and try to find shirts that cover it up.  Because of this I tend to buy shirts that are way too big.

I also shop online.  That makes returning clothing a big hassle and I don't like to do it very often.  I got some polo shirts on sale but they were a bit big and baggy.  I didn't like the fit.  I was also too lazy/cheap to pay the postage to return the shirts for an exchange.

I decided to take the shirts in at the side.

It's very easy.  Put your shirt on inside out and pin it where you want it to be sewn.  I draw a line to make sure it is even on both sides and to add a little bit of form to it.

Sew and flip right side out.  Enjoy!

If I do it again:

I will take before and after pics!  It's a HUGE difference!  I would suggest sewing twice on knits that are super stretchy - once with a long stitch and once with a zig zag to the inside of the long stitch.  I am sure there is a stitch especially for knits but we all know I don't know it. . . . and don't particularly care to know it!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Hooded Towel Baby Shower Gift

When my husband was in the Air Force, everyone was having babies.  All the new moms requested that I make them a hooded towel as our baby gift to them.  Since it's cheap and easy, I was pleased to do so.

Since he has been out, I've tried to get crafty and creative and find other gift ideas.  I always end up coming back to these.  I even have a few in "big kid" sizes that my son has finally outgrown and my daughter still uses.  They are practical and nice to have.

This is what my gift looks like:


The purple is the hooded towel.  There's a bottle of baby shampoo and a rubber duck in there, too.

To make the towel, take a very cheap bath towel and a matching (or contrasting) hand towel.  I like the cheap ones because they aren't too thick.  Thick is great. . . for adults.  I liked the thinner ones for my babes.


Start by folding your hand towel in about one third.  You are making the depth of your hood.  If you fold it completely in half, the hood won't be very deep and your baby will outgrow it earlier.

Sew to attach it.  I've tried to mark it with very bad dotted lines!

If you want to add trim to your hood, now is the time.  I added a bit of white fluff to the edge of this one.  Do it on the fold on the edge.

To make your hood, fold the hand towel in half with the seam to the outside.  Sew along the side that doesn't have the fold. (See my bad dotted lines)

Flip right side out.  Your hood is done!

Find the middle of your big towel.  This is where the middle of the back of your hood will go.  I use the pressed fancy edge of the hand towel as a guide to decide where to sew the hood on to.


You are finished!  The towel looks great. . . pat yourself on the back!!!

The great thing about this is that it's very forgiving.  Pick a thread that matches your towel and no one will know if you can't sew a straight line or if you mess up.  Rick Rack (the big zig-zag stuff sold by the thread) looks awesome on the hood for boys.  Ribbon or fluffy stuff looks cute for girls.  You could go plain and not do any trim. . . your call!

I like to fold the towel up and fit it inside the hood to make a point.  I use a diaper pin to pin the edges together.  That makes the perfect pocket for the shampoo and the rubber duck.

Cello it up and you are done!

If I do it again:

I won't buy this kind of fluff for the edging anymore.  It was hard to sew and hard to keep straight.  I'll stick with the cheaper stuff.