thrifty

Getting Ready for Baby: Cloth Wipes and Burp Cloths

If you’ve had a baby or seen a baby before… ever… you know that babies make a lot of messes. And usually at the times that are the most inconvenient [like when you're sitting in church or cleaning the house for guests to come over].

So some of the obvious baby prep for me was making more burp cloths and cloth wipes. We use burp cloths all the time still – even when we don’t have babies spitting up. We use them to wipe boogies and drool and tears and … well, whatever else might need wiping. And since I’ve had the same burp cloths for more than five years, some of them are looking beyond sad.

DSC_0950So using some of the flannel I scored from Jo-Ann Fabric’s Black Friday sale [three bolts! woot!] I made some easy peasy burp cloths.DSC_0946I just sandwiched two pieces of flannel together and used the rolled edge setting on my serger.DSC_0942Then I whipped up a bunch of cloth wipes in the same fashion. We use these with our cloth diapers, but they’re the perfect size for washing up in the bath or after meals too. We spend very little money on baby wipes by using these, and it’s one more way to use less waste.DSC_0944Plus they look cuter than baby wipes! And don’t worry, if you don’t have a serger, these are still easy for you too! Make them in a similar fashion to my quilted coasters [minus the quilting step].

And just in case you don’t follow me on instagram1ebedc4e8c0a11e2a0a022000a1f968b_7The baby belly in all it’s glory. And my “I went to the hospital in labor and they sent me home when it stopped so now I’m still waiting for this baby” face.

Happy sewing, friends!

Healthy Living eBook Bundle – AKA super awesome books for super cheap!

As many of you oh-so-loyal readers know, one of the things that I’m pretty passionate about [read: passionate, not perfect!] and have blogged about numerous times is living a healthy and natural lifestyle. This is a journey that I’ve been on for awhile now, with a huge focus in my house on wasting less and paying attention to what goes in and on our bodies [fewer toxins and less processed junk].

Well today I have the opportunity to share with you an aMAYzing deal on some resources that could help YOU in your healthy/natural living journey as well. I’m so super excited about this!

*The sale has been extended through the weekend!*

For 5 days only, 27 prominent Healthy Living authors have joined together to bundle 34 of their most popular eBooks, valued at just over $300, for the incredibly low price of $29.

That’s only $0.87 per book to gain inspiration, encouragement, and the practical resources you need for your own healthy lifestyle. Plus, receive $49 of additional FREE Bonuses, and be entered to win one of 3 great prizes.

Buy Now

What’s Included in the Sale?

When you purchase the Healthy Living eBook collection, you will get instant access to each of the 34 eBooks listed below.

PLUS $49 of FREE Bonuses

Each Healthy Living eBook Bundle comes with $49 of FREE Bonuses from several of our favorite healthy living companies. Offers include a variety package from Redmond Trading ($21 Value), a FREE 3-Month subscription to Plan to Eat ($15 Value), and a FREE Sourdough Starter or Traditional Buttermilk Starter from Cultures for Health ($13 Value). Click here for more details.

PLUS get entered to win one of 3 Great Prizes

Each person who purchases a Healthy Living eBook bundle is automatically entered to win any one of the following 1 Excalibur 9-Tray Dehydrator, 1 Omega VRT350 Masticating Juicer, or a R1 Royal Berkey Water Filtration System (Click here for more details).

Buy Now

Click here to purchase your Healthy Living eBook collection (with FREE bonuses) today!

Please note: This collection is only available from 8 a.m. EST on October 29th to 8 a.m. EST on November 2nd. There will be no late sales offered.

Real Food Meals for the Whole Family

Have Your Fruits… and Veggies, Too! by Laura Coppinger @ Heavenly Homemakers ($5.95)

Real {Fast} Food by Trina Holden @ Trina Holden ($6)

20 Minute Meals by Leigh Ann Dutton @ Intentional by Grace ($4.99)

Real Food… Real Easy by various bloggers @ The Humbled Homemaker ($9.95)

Baking, Snacks and Desserts

Smart Sweets by Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship ($8.95)

Healthy Snacks To Go by Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship ($8.95)

Sourdough A to Z by Wardee Harmon @ GNOWFGLINS ($20)

Homemade “Everything” (Condiments, Pantry Basics, etc.)

Restocking the Pantry by Kresha Faber @ Nourishing Joy ($7.99)

Easy. Homemade. by Mandi Ehman @ Life Your Way ($3.99)

Grain Free and Paleo/Primal Eating

Grain Free Meal Plan Cookbook by Cara Faus @ Health, Home & Happiness ($18)

Toadally Primal Smoothies by Todd @ Primal Toad ($9.95)

Simple Food {for spring} by Shannon @ Nourishing Days ($10)

Simple Food {for winter} by Shannon @ Nourishing Days ($10)

Well Fed (Paleo Recipes) by Melissa Joulwan @ The Clothes Make The Girl ($14.95)

Saving Money on Real Food

Real Food on a Real Budget by Stephanie Langford @ Keeper of the Home ($18.99)

Plan It, Don’t Panic by Stephanie Langford @ Keeper of the Home ($4.99)

Don’t Compost It, Cook It by April Patel @ An Apple a Day Wisdom ($2.99)

Skincare and Beauty

My Buttered Life (Baby edition) by Renee Harris @ Hard Lotion ($5)

My Buttered Life (Gift edition) by Renee Harris @ Hard Lotion ($5)

My Buttered Life (Summer edition) by Renee Harris @ Hard Lotion ($5)

Simple Scrubs to Make and Give by Stacy Karen @ A Delightful Home ($3.99)

Food on Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin by Leslie @ Crunchy Betty ($7.99)

Holistic Mama’s Guide to Homemade Skincare by Roxanne King @ The Holistic Mama ($19)

Homesteading, Gardening and Preserving

Your Custom Homestead by Jill Winger @ The Prairie Homestead ($4.99)

Guide to Gardening and Preserving by Laura Coppinger @ Heavenly Homemakers ($7.95)

Apartment Gardening by Jami Leigh @ Young Wife’s Guide ($2.99)

Healthy Lifestyle

Simple Living by Lorilee Lippincott @ Loving Simple Living ($2.99)

Herbal Nurturing by Michele Augur @ Frugal Granola ($8.95)

Simple Natural Health by Nina Nelson @ Shalom Mama ($17)

Healthy Homemaking by Stephanie Langford @ Keeper of the Home ($12.95)

Music: An Essential Ingredient for Life by Resound School of Music ($6.99)

Pregnancy and Babies

Breast to Bib by Kate Tietje @ Modern Alternative Pregnancy ($8.95)

Healthy Pregnancy Super Foods by Kate Tietje @ Modern Alternative Pregnancy ($8.95)

Unbound Birth by Jenny Yarborough @ The Southern Institute ($4.99)

PLUS, You will receive FREE Bonuses from these awesome Healthy Living companies…

$21.00 of incredible natural products from “Earthpaste” “Real Salt” and “Redmond Clay” products for FREE.

Your choice of a FREE sourdough starter, or a FREE traditional buttermilk starter from Cultures for Health ($12.99 value)


Your choice of: a FREE 3-Month Subscription or 30% off a One Year Subscription. Plan to Eat is a simple online menu planner that organizes your recipes and creates your grocery list for you. ($15.00 value)

PLUS, You will also be entered to win one of the following 3 awesome prizes…

9-Tray Excalibur Dehydrator with Timer
($349.95 Value)


Omega Vert VRT350 Masticating Juicer
($379.99 Value)


Royal Berkey Water Filtration System from LPC Survival

($289.00 Value)

Buy Now

This collection is only available from 8 a.m. EST on October 29th to 8 a.m. EST on November 2nd. There will be no late sales offered.The sale has been extended through the weekend!

Haven’t purchased an eBook Bundle, but still want to be entered into the draw?  No problem.  You can enter here.

***

I am so excited to scoop up this bundle at this amazing price. Seriously! I mean, y’all know how cheap thrifty I am. I know some of these authors and bloggers personally and even own a couple of these e-books already. You will NOT be sorry after purchasing. Eeek! Go get it!

*Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate links. I receive a percentage of the sales if you purchase through these links, but I didn’t receive anything for posting about this. I just super love this deal and wanted to share with you!

Sweater-alls: Take Two!

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you might recall some sweater overalls that I made for my now two-year-old.

 I really loved them on him, and they were such a super quick upcycling project. So I thought I’d make some for the baby this time around!

Yes, I do realize that I just made a tank top for my oldest and now I’m making sweater-alls for my youngest – in the same KCWC. But that’s spring in Wisconsin… for real. This week it was 80 one day and 50 the next. So we go with the flow.

Just like the original, these sweater-alls were upcycled from a thrift store sweater, using a pair of overalls as a template.

These are also lined with some knit fabric, but do you see those serged edges? Yeah, that was not the original plan. I completely sewed the wrong sides together, leaving the serged edges exposed. As I began to unpick with my seam ripper, I realized it would take me for.e.ver to do that… so I just decided to make it work.

And this time around? I didn’t even attempt the button hole through the sweater nightmare. Instead, the fabulous coconut buttons are just for show, with snaps hidden underneath.

You Are My Sunshine

Awhile back, I was totally and completely shocked to wake up to an email telling me I had won a Silhouette SD from the Tatertots and Jello blog!

These machines are amazing.  They are cutting machines that cut… well, everything.  I finally had the chance to give it a try.  And I just might be in love.

My little sunshine, in his new upcycled tee. [This is my favorite face that he makes, trying to hold back his smile. He could get anything from me with this face.]

I made the T-Shirt from my own pattern, upcycled from an old tee of mine.

Cutting out the words with the Silhouette was amazingly easy and fast. It looks so awesome – I am totally and completely hooked. The sun was just a simple machine-stitched applique (not cut with the Silhouette – and upcycled from another old T-shirt, of course!)

And he lets out the full smile, to completely melt my heart.

I’m linking up with these parties!

Charlie Tunic Pattern Review!

I am in LOVE with this pattern.

I had the honor of pattern testing the Charlie Tunic for Made by Rae. She will soon be releasing this pattern – and you need to RUN over to get it.  Or, um, click over to her site really quickly… anyway, it is a must have.

I tend to be of the draft your own pattern or just wing it category, so I don’t buy a lot of patterns.  But I could not have come up with this one on my own.  And certainly not the way Rae has!

The pattern includes optional facings around the sleeves, neck, and side vents.  They add such a sweet touch to this adorable tunic!

And if you have never used one of Rae’s patterns before (which I totally admit, I hadn’t!), it was incredibly well-written, with clear step-by-step pictures to help you along the way.  It was a very quick sew, too… well, would have been had life not gotten in the way.  Ever have those weeks where your sewing machine is calling to you and you feel like the entire universe is trying to keep you from getting over there?  Please tell me I’m not the only one who has weeks like those….

In typical Jess fashion, I upcycled a thrifted sheet for this top.  And who’s surprised about the stripes?  Seriously, who can not love this boy in stripes?

Rae is releasing this pattern soon – put it on your “must make as soon as that pattern gets in my inbox” list.

Check out where I’m linking up.

Simple Upcycled Maternity Shirt

In my quest to spruce up my maternity wardrobe, I did a super quick upcycle of a regular T-shirt to make it maternity.

This tee began as a two sizes too large thrifted find (the same style I would normally buy from Target), and with a little added ruching to the sides, became a more flattering maternity shirt.

Homemade by Jill has a tutorial here, which was my inspiration, but I used elastic threading in my bobbin (instead of regular elastic), just like Dana’s ruched leggings tutorial here.

Five minutes for a $2 maternity shirt?  Yes, please!

Linking up to:

Maternity Pants Tutorial

Well, I said it was coming, and here it is!  An under the belly maternity pants tutorial!

DIY Maternity Pants

First, you will need a pair of pants that fit you well – at least, mostly.

I picked up these jeans at a thrift store, and like the brown pants I posted about the other day, they fit perfectly, except that I couldn’t button them.  Seriously, again?! That makes them perfect to make into maternity pants!

Cut out the zipper completely, keeping the rest of the fly intact.

Decide where you want to cut the pants.  I tried them on, then made a mark with chalk where I would want the 1 1/2 inch elastic to begin.  Then I cut above that line about 1/2 inch, to allow for the seam allowance.  Since these pants will sit below the belly, the front needs to dip down lower than the back.  In the back, I cut just below the existing waistband.

Sew the fly together [in this picture, you see my attached waistband already, because - woops! - I forgot to do this part until later.]  You can see my stitches are a slightly lighter yellow thread, on the left of the fly.  It’s much easier to get the two pieces lined up when you do this before attaching the waistband.

Next, Measure tightly around your waist, under your belly.  This number will be the length of your elastic and your knit.  For the knit waistband, you want a very stretchy knit.  Here, I upcycled the waistband of a jersey skirt I picked up at a thrift store. [The same skirt I used here and here, by the way.]

Your knit should be 2 1/4 inches wide – if you are using 1 1/2 inch elastic.  If you use a wider elastic, make sure your knit can fold over the elastic, leaving ample room for seam allowance.  The length of the knit is the measurement you took of your waist.

Take this knit and open it up, put the right sides together, and serge or zig-zag the ends. (Unless you are also using an upcycled waistband, you won’t have a seam down the middle like mine – just on one end.)

Sew the ends of your elastic together.  Fold the knit over the elastic, forming a tube, making sure the seam of the knit is inside the tube.

Pin the tube around the outside of the waistband of your pants.  Serge or zig-zag the waistband onto your pants. [If you are using a sewing machine, rather than a serger, I would recommend sewing around the waistband twice, just to be sure you get a strong hold.  Also, make sure you are using a durable needle if you are sewing onto denim!]

Ta-da!  Maternity pants at a fraction of the price!

If you make any, let me know.  I’d love to see them! [You can see the other pair I made here.]

Linking up to:

Maternity Pants!

Yes, there comes a day when maternity pants are a must.  That day has looong since arrived with this baby!  It is truly amazing how quickly a third baby pops out.  I have a mega problem with maternity pants – they are always too big.  Even in the third trimester.  Because maternity pants are made with the theory that your butt grows.  It doesn’t work that way for me, so I decided to make my own and solve the problem!

I had originally purchased these pants on a thrifting expedition, long before I was pregnant.  When I brought them home, though, I was so disappointed to find out that they fit perfectly, except for the fact that I couldn’t button them – yikes!  So as maternity pants, they work really well.
Here you can see the panel – I like the under the belly panels. (And hello, 18 week belly!  You are mighty large.)

By just cutting off the top of the pants, adding a jersey panel with 1 1/2 inch elastic, serging it onto the top of the pants, I have brand new maternity pants!  Yay for looking cute (and being comfy) while being ginormous!

(With the next pair I make, I’ll do a full tutorial.  I wanted to make sure these were actually wearable first!)

EDIT: The tutorial is up, and you can find it here!

Linking up to:


 

Upcycled and [Nearly] No Sew Playmat!

If you read my blog around Christmas time, you may remember my goal to have an Upcycled Christmas.  One thing that I made, but never posted pictures of, was a playmat for my boys.  Since both of them love cars, this playmat has turned out to be a winner in our house!

The large gray material is a grey flannel sheet I found on a past thrifting adventure.  The rest of the mat is made from mostly upcycled T-Shirts.  I had originally thought I would sew everything on, but time got away from me, and I ended up using fabric glue.  If I could go back, I would sew it all on.  I found out that not all fabric glues are alike.

This was by far the  best of the fabric glues I tried.

The places my kiddos love are featured – the Children’s Museum, Starbucks (not just important to Mama!), McDonalds, Daddy’s work….

… the park, the zoo, the lake, the grocery store, our house, the hospital, Target.

I backed it with some fabulous IKEA car fabric that I’ve had since last summer.  I really love that I didn’t have to purchase anything for this project!  I just serged around the edges to put it all together.

My love of upcycling and my children entertaining themselves.  Oh so lovely.

Linking up to:
Join  us Saturdays at tatertotsandjello.com for the weekend wrap   up           party!


Show and Tell Green

The Charlotte Dress

A while back, I won a Mama Stellato pattern, from a giveaway on The Train to Crazy.  As I was browsing through her etsy shop, I realized… hmm, these are pretty much all girl patterns.  I entered the giveaway anyway, thinking I would never win, but lo and behold – I did!  I think I seriously shrieked out loud when I saw that I had won!

I ended up choosing The Charlotte Dress pattern and made one for each of my nieces for my upcycled Christmas.

First of all, this pattern was incredibly easy to follow.  It was quick and simple (though I won’t tell you how long it actually took me, from start to finish… it’s shameful how long the pieces sat, cut, ready to be sewn), and includes color photos that help you follow her clear, step-by-step instructions.  You also do not need a serger for this pattern (though I did use one for the construction of the main body of the dress).

The dresses were all made from some vintage thrifted sheets, along with some extra fabric I had lying around to make the sashes.  I love the non-matching sashes.  I made three different sizes (the pattern goes from 6mos. – 5T), and they seriously practically sewed themselves together, they were so easy.  Especially when using the already hemmed edges of a sheet – easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

I made the dresses in hopefully the correct sizes for my little niecies to wear in the spring, since the fabric is not quite so wintery, and none of them live in summery climates.

It was so fun to do some little girl sewing in my boy-dominated world!

Linking up to: