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Chilly weather keeps creeping in. And what does that mean for my girl’s wardrobe? Leggings. Lots of them. Leggings are such a simple way to keep those little leggies warm. So why not make like 10 pairs?
**update: These cloth training pants are now available for purchase at my shop www.etsy.com/shop/theflannellamb First of all, I have an important announcement: Abbey slept in big girl pants all night last night!! Yaaayyyy!!! She slept in these: We used cloth diapers for Abbey, and have loved them. We would use disposable from time to time, but for the most part she was in cloth so, when we started moving into potty training, we knew that store bought disposable trainers were not an option.
Here's the story---I was going through Grace's drawers and reorganizing her clothes when I came across THIS VEST that I made for her. She hadn't worn it in awhile and I wondered what I could do to make it new again. And I don't know...maybe it was the old school Micheal Jackson music I was listening to (Beat It...Thriller...Billy Jean...) but I decided to turn it into a slasher style vest like some shirts I had way back in the day. So I took that vest and gave it some slices with my rotary cutter like this: and Grace ended up with a vest that would have made Debbie Gibson (or Tiffany) proud. Did I say proud?
I've seen a few blog posts for converting men's pants or jeans to toddler-sized jeans, but they all seem to involve a lot of seam-ripping, deconstructing and lots of sewing. I was after a quicker and easier way - I get limited time at the sewing machine each week, and I want to see results! Also, the pants I had picked up cheaply at the thrift store had an unfortunate blow-out, so I needed to work around this: I prefer flat-front pants (where there is only elastic in the back) as I think they look a bit snazzier, but you could erasily do this with a full elastic waist. Here's my quick and easy method to convert thrifted mens pants into toddler/boy pants: Materials Required Men's jeans or pants Elastic to fit in waist-band (I about 9 inches of 1/2 inch wide elastic) Thread Sewing Machine Serger/Overlocker (optional) Scissors Seam ripper Procedure Step 1.
Since I'm celebrating National Quilting Month I thought I'd share one more quilted project tutorial: My Stylish Storage Boxes . Firm walled, padded, quilted boxes that are just perfect for storing anything - wine glasses, plates, magazines, clothes, etc. Pretty enough to keep out, but also ideal on a shelf or in a closet. Using two coordinated prints means they make a perfect pair: I used these fabulous Script prints from the Library collection by Timeless Treasures. They make things look classy, but still understated: