Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hair Bow for Baby Momo

Momo was going to wear new greenish blue color dress her grandpa got for her.  It definitely needed some kind of hair accessory.  Momo could have just worn a white hair bow she already owns, but I thought something with similar color would look better.  So I decided to make one for her.  Here is the very first hair bow I made for Momo:


I referred to the tutorial here: Basic Boutique Bow

Making the hair bow was fun and I would love to make many more!   This time I bought 1 yard of ribbon and used it all.  It is a wired ribbon, so it was easy to shape the bow and perfect for my first bow.  Next time when I am making one using grosgrain ribbon, I should follow the instruction in the tutorial and measure the length of ribbon. 

And now this hair bow stays on the hair bow holder I made a while ago.


For this hair bow holder, I referred to the tutorial here: hairbow holder -Little Birdie Secrets

This tutorial is using card stock glued to the glass.  I wanted to remove the glass to make the frame lighter.  Also though I liked the idea of using card stock, I thought I needed something little more durable, so I used fabric.  Fabric and ribbons are all glued to the board that came with the frame.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Upcycled T-shirt Dress for Baby Momo

Never thought my old T-shirt can be turned into a dress for baby Momo, till I saw this tutorial: Toddler Ruffle Dress from Upcylced T-shirt -Vintage pollyanna
I had an old T-shirt I have not worn for years and it was about to be sent to the donation bin.  It was just the perfect T-shirt to try this tutorial.    Since it was bought many years ago when the women's T-shirt length was short, I was able to use the existing neckline and the bottom of the T-shirt!

And here is the dress...


I traced Momo's 18-month-old dress as the guide to cut the T-shirt.  The lines are not even, but I tell myself this dress was not meant to be measured perfectly :)
It was interesting to work with the stretchy T-shirt material.  I really liked that the fabric does not fray.  Also making the ruffles and rosettes with this fabric was easy.



A comfy T-shirt makes a comfy dress :)


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Snappy Top for Baby Momo

I have been wanting to make this top, ever since I found the tutorial: Snappy Toddler Top -Prudent Baby
When I was shopping at JoAnn and found this cute fruits print cotton, I thought the fabric was perfect for this top.  I got the matching fabric to go with and here it is:


This is 100% cotton but not quilting cotton fabric.  I like this fabric is not see-through though the base is white color, so I did not have to add lining. 



It fits baby Momo very well.


I think this design is brilliant and the tutorial is great.   I am already thinking about making another one...

Shirred Top for Baby Momo

This is the fabric I bought other day thinking to make a top for baby Momo.  With some search on Internet, I came across this tutorial:Smock Tutorial -Sewing for Scarlett
I liked the detailed step-by-step tutorial and loved the variations made with this pattern.  I believed in the word "easy" and gave it a try.   Here is my version:



I used the size 2T measurement in the tutorial.  I knew it could be too big for 18-month-old Momo, but Momo wears size 2T T-shirt.  Well...it came out too big as expected.  So I added extra rows of shirring lines around neck, sleeves and around waist line.    It is still big, but now Momo can wear it :)




Momo thinks the vitamin bottles are her new block toys.



Sunday, August 7, 2011

Itty Bitty Baby Dress as a Top

I like Itty Bitty Baby Dress -Made by Rae so much, I made another one.  I had this cotton knit fabric I bought a while ago, and wanted to use this to make something for baby Momo.
I have made 3 dresses for Momo recently, so I thought Momo does not need another dress for now.  I just wanted to make a top, so I made short Itty Bitty Baby Dress.



It came out shorter than I liked, but that was all the fabric I had...





Momo just found out it is fun to wear shoes on hands rather than feet.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Banana Coconut Muffin

My arm injury has been keeping me away from gardening and workout.  No workout means no treats for my sweet tooth...hence no baking.  Well, not completely.  I do still sometimes bake, if I can find time.  Tonight my hubby offered to cook dinner.   Yay!  One less thing I need to do today!  I checked our kitchen and found half bag of coconut flakes.  I thought about chocolate-covered coconut cookies.  Then I noticed very ripe banana that was begging to be baked into a cake.  So I baked Banana Coconut Muffin.


I baked the butter in muffin cups instead of cake pan, to reduce the baking time.  I bake after putting my baby Momo into bed and finishing dinner.  No one wants to wait for 1 hour for the cake to be baked at night.  Besides, we are supposed to cut our electricity use during this hot summer. 

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2  teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 lemon juice
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 ripe banana
coconut flakes

Directions:
1. Warm up milk and coconut flakes in small pan.  Let it cool down.
2. Shift flour, baking powder, and salt together.  Set aside.
3. Mix baking soda and lemon juice.  Set aside.
4. Beat butter and brown sugar. Add eggs one by one and beat.
5. Add baking soda mixture and mix. 
6. Add 1/2 of flour mixture and mix. 
7. Add the rest of flour mixture and milk mixture.  Also add mashed banana and mix.
8. Bake in preheated oven at 385 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes.

Tips:
I cooked coconut and milk together first, thinking that may bring out the coconut flavor more.  I think it did.  I used the leftover coconut flakes, which was about 1/2 of 7oz bag.  I thought that was a bit too much, but I just wanted to use up all of them.  Besides, my hubby loves coconut.

I added about 1/3 cup of sugar.  I think many will find more sugar is needed and need to double the amount.

Normally when I bake banana cake, I mix mashed banana with rum before mixing into butter.  I was out of rum today.  And no, I did not have rum&coke for dinner.

Butter, egg, and milk should be at room temperature.  When you do not have enough time to take them out of fridge, butter can be microwaved for 10 seconds and eggs can be placed in warm water.

Baking time varies depending on the oven.  Mine usually takes longer time ot bake anything.


This recipe makes 12 soft and fluffy muffins.

Tomorrow is Friday.  We deserve a muffin (or two) for breakfast!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Blue Itty Bitty Baby Dress for Baby Momo

Last time when I went to a local fabric store, I saw a cotton print fabric I liked.  But I was not sure what I should make out of it, so I did not buy.  But I have been keep thinking about it...just keep thinking that I should have gotten it.  So I went back to the store.  While I was looking for the fabric I was there for, I found this pretty morning glory print fabric.  I like morning glory, it just screams summer without reminding you summer heat (I live in Texas, where the summer heat is dreading).    Also I liked little oriental taste in this fabric.    I knew what I wanted to do with this fabric right away -another Itty Bitty Baby Dress -Made by Rae!  So here it is...


I got the matching blue fabric at the same store.  For the skirt, again I got 1/2 yard and used the entire width to make the skirt. 



I like Baby Momo's hair in pigtails when she wears this dress :)

As for the another print fabric I have been wanting and wanting, I did get it.  I will be making a top for Baby Momo.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Pink Itty Bitty Baby Dress for Baby Momo

After creating pillowcase dress, I got ambitious and searched for more tutorials for baby dresses.  Then I found this very cute baby dress tutorial and free pattern: Itty Bitty Dress -Made By Rae

The dress is super cute and did not look easy to make at the first glance.  But as I read through the tutorials, the instructions made sense to me so I gave it a try.    I wanted a pink fabric with bold pattern.  I went to Jo-Ann and found the fabric I like it as skirt but not as the top of the dress.  So I went to another local fabric store and found gauze fabric in pink.  I am very happy with the result!


It looked like somthing was missing, so I added a fabric flower made with the same gauze fabric.   This time I followed Prudent Baby's fabric flower tutorial.  My fabric was little too thick for this type of flower, but I could not make anything else better, so for now this flower stays there.

Instead of cutting two pieces of fabric for the skirt, I used the entire width of the quilting cotton to make the skirt.  I used muslin fabric for the lining.  For my 18-month-old, 1/2 yard of fabric was more than enough for the skirt part.  Maybe next year, I will use more fabric to make fuller skirt.





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