Tina Made a Baby Blanket

I have 4 friends and 1 boss who are simultaneously pregnant so my life has been filled with lots of baby-talk these days.  Yikes. I’m gonna be the world’s best aunt. Anyway, I promised my friend Pri that I would make her a baby blanket to match with her nursery, but I’d been procrastinating like crazy. And then I found out last weekend that she was starting to dilate, so that was obviously reason enough to sit down and make it. :X

I used this simple tutorial and I’m happy with the way it turned out! It fakes mitered corners without compromising the look of the final product. (Note that in the pictures in the original tutorial, the corners of the blanket look a bit stretched/sharp..? I was able to square them off pretty easily though so it shouldn’t be an issue if you’re careful.)


  • 36″x36″ cotton fabric
  • 41″x41″ some type of fluffy fabric (I used a super soft polyester)
  • matching thread

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Kind of in love with this neon coral fabric (from Joann’s), which matches beautifully with the sprinkle crib sheets and changing pad cover from Joy’s Land of Nod line that Pri bought a few weeks ago.

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Cameo by Patrick the Pup

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I was able to give the blanket to Pri on Monday and she loved it. Yay! Her husband even wrapped himself in it (trust me, it’s soft) and asked if I could make it in a bigger size. 😉

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Baby C loved it too! 🙂 A quick (fuzzy) iPhone pic from Monday evening. So happy we got to talk over dinner and dessert– which will probably be a rare occasion from here on out.

Pri is actually in labor RIGHT NOW (I’m writing this Wed 11pm, though this post will be published in a few hours), so everyone send a quick prayer her way!

Tina Made Onesie Cupcakes

I posted this past Monday about the DIY appliqued onesies I made for my friend Pri’s baby shower. Seriously though, the packaging was the best part of the gift. I cannot take credit for the original idea (oh how I wish I could), but I love how it turned out. Onesie cupcakes!



  • 4 onesies (mine came in a pack of 4 from Target)
  • 4 receiving blankets (also a pack of 4 from Target)
  • 4 regular size coffee filters (base diameter 3.25″)
  • 4 rubber bands
  • 4 pieces of ribbon
  • 1 cupcake box (mine was a Wilton’s window treat box 4″x8″x8″– came in a pack of 3 from Joann’s)


  1. Fold your receiving blanket lengthwise into thirds. This will be the base of your cupcake.
  2. Gather your onesie as best as you can (can hold with one hand and poke into your fist… or do whatever works for you). This will be the “frosting” of the cupcake. I made sure the applique shape was at the top so that there was a pop of color.
  3. Wrap your receiving blanket around and around your onesie, starting at the bottom. Secure with a rubber band.
  4. Place it inside of a coffee filter (the “wrapper” of the cupcake) and tie a ribbon around it.
  5. Repeat x4, then place all 4 cupcakes inside a cake/treats box with a window and tie with a ribbon and tag!


Aren’t they so deliciously cute?


I ended up putting some tissue paper inside the box so the cupcakes wouldn’t slide around too much.


I decorated the top of the box with some gold polka dot washi tape.


Also made a hand-stamped tag, using my crop-a-dile tool to set an eyelet at the top


Tied it all up with thin yellow grosgrain ribbon. Huzzah!

Tina Made Appliqued Onesies

Has it come to this?

Yes. Yes it has. I am now spending the little free time I have making baby DIYs because apparently many friends are now in the life stage of…. having babies. I don’t know how this happened, but my bff from high school, my bff from college, and my bff from grad school…. are all pregnant right now.


Anyway. Ignore my existential crisis because hot damn, these baby onesies came out cute, if I must say. I gave them to my friend Pri, whose baby shower I attended this past Saturday. Tutorial and templates (bird, giraffe, elephant) from here; heart template free-handed. I bought a pack of four Carter’s brand onesies from Target, and all fabric swatches were from scraps I had.




  1. Iron Wonder-Under (fusible interfacing) onto fabric (both large enough to fit your template of choice).
  2. Trace your template onto the back of the Wonder-Under (which should now be fused to your fabric).
  3. Cut out your shape.
  4. Peel the backing off the Wonder-Under.
  5. Place your fabric shape onto the onesie and iron.
  6. Top stitch around the edge of your shape.


Better than the onesies was the packaging though– will save that for another post!

Tina Made an Insulated Casserole Carrier

I made this project a few times in the last few years but never posted pictures! I used this tutorial (with a few changes as suggested here) and it’s definitely a more complicated sewing project (takes ~5 hours from start to finish). It carries a Pyrex 9″x13″ baking/casserole dish and I’ve given them as bridal shower gifts– include the Pyrex in the carrier, and put some kitchen goodies inside (or lingerie, I suppose).









I really need to get back on the sewing machine……. so many projects bookmarked, so little time!

Bramble Workshop x designlovefest: DIY Wall Hangings

Designlovefest published another Bramble Workshop DIY this past Monday and I thought I’d share some pictures. Jessica made these pretty wall hangings made out of copper and yarn and we shot the pictures the same day as the dip-dye placemats (so yes, more hand modeling for me… ha!). Photographs by Brittany Wood; see the rest here.






And here are some behind the scenes shots:

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Prepping all the materials for the shoot

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Above left: Promise I’m not pissed.. just focusing intensely on keeping my hands as still as possible while straightening out that copper wire. Above right: Yup… shooting the placemats at the same time. 🙂

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Closeup of the copper coupling

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Brittany working her skillzz. What a dreamy studio with the best light.

There’s another Bramble Workshop for designlovefest photo shoot coming up soon so look out for more DIYs in the next few weeks!

Bramble Workshop x designlovefest: DIY Dip-dye Placemats

Jessica from Bramble Workshop invited me to assist her at a photo shoot a few weeks ago for a DIY she did for designlovefest— these beautiful dip-dyed placemats. When I got to the studio, turns out they needed me to be a hand model. :O Err… woulda gotten a manicure had I known.

Check out some of the pictures below (more pictures here). Photographs by Brittany Wood.





And here are some behind the scenes shots:

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We were pretty much on our hands and knees for the entire shoot 🙂

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Left: Table setting… on the ground. So much easier to take aerial photos. 😉 Right: Love the bleed of the dyes, especially the pink!! Such a great (and easy!) DIY.

Thanks for inviting me, Jessica! Check out more of Bramble Workshop’s DIYs for designlovefest below:

Bramble Workshop for Ella Moss

Just wanted to share about the latest project I worked on with Jessica of Bramble Workshop! She was hired by Ella Moss to make a backdrop for their spring photo shoot– and they loved her work so much that they also asked her to do the window displays of their Newport (Fashion Island) and SF stores! We made tons of paper flowers using a Cricut, glue guns, and sometimes paint. Though technically a “simple” project, it was incredibly time-consuming (as you could imagine) to put together the flowers, since each one had so many petals. Nevertheless, they turned out beautifully, no? I work for a creative genius.

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Photo shoot backdrop installed! Pictures above via Ella Moss’ IG here.

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Here’s the installation at the Newport store. Gorgeous. Picture above via Bramble Workshop’s IG here.

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And here it is at the SF store. Total flower count for the 2 stores– 546 flowers!! Thousands of petals. Out.of.control. Two pictures above via here.

The Chalkboard Magazine recently did an interview with Jessica at her studio and captured some beautiful pictures of the flowers, shown below.






See the rest of the photographs (and read the interview) here! Next up– a potential project for my other workplace, Everly Clothing? Stay tuned. 🙂

Tina Made Wooden Instagram Coasters

Jason (from Onigiri Everyday) and I got together last week for collabo DIY project #2 (see project #1 here)– wooden coasters with IG photos transferred onto the wood. It’s a project that’s more easy than quick, but suitable for any crafting beginner with a few hours to spare (original tutorial here). We each made a set of six.


  • six 4.5″ wood squares (we bought poplar hobby board from Home Depot and cut to size using a table saw)
  • six square Instagram photos (or any photos, really), mirrored (flipped) and laser printed on regular white copy paper (Jason used Photoshop for this– tutorial here if you don’t know how)
  • matte mod podge
  • sponge brush
  • bowl of water
  • rag
  • credit card

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Print 6 mirrored Instagram photos (Jason worked his Photoshop magic and then laser printed 2 per sheet) and cut them out using a paper cutter (or scissors/exacto knife).

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Cut hobby board to 4.5″ squares (and sand, of course) or if you’re lucky enough to find wooden squares at your local craft store in the right size, then you can skip this step.

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Spread a coat of mod modge onto the front side of your picture using a sponge brush. Don’t drench the paper, but make sure all parts of the paper are evenly coated.

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Glue the mod podged paper down onto a wood square, being as precise as possible and avoiding dragging the paper across the wood. Use a credit card to smooth out and remove any bubbles under the paper.

WAIT ONE HOUR to let your coasters dry.

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After an hour, take a wet rag and place on top of the paper until the water soaks into the image.

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Use your fingertips (NOT YOUR NAILS) to rub off the paper. The first layer should come off really easily. After the first layer, there will be a second fuzzy layer of paper that is much harder to remove. Be patient, wetting the paper periodically and gently rubbing away. You may accidentally rub off some of the actual photo on the wood, which will be okay in the end because it will give your coaster a rustic look…….. is what I kept telling myself. -_-

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All the paper rubbed off! The places where the wood shows through are the places I accidentally rubbed away the photo. After you’re done with this, let your coaster dry and then paint another coat of mod podge on to seal the image, and let it dry. I actually didn’t take any photos after this step (I was too impatient), but you get the idea.

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All of my coasters, pre-final coat of mod-podge.

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My coasters intermixed with Jason’s… we were saying it would be really cool to make a bunch of these and then put them in a frame! Maybe someday…

Collabo success. Happy mod podging!

Tina Made a Card Holder

Hope ya’ll had a great Christmas! 🙂

Another #waylatergram post but I just found this little DIY card holder that I made last year. Clearly I don’t use it, considering it was stashed in one of my sewing boxes… ha. I roughly based it off of this tutorial (for the measurements of the fabric and such), but ended up changing the placement of the two pockets so that if I were to ever use this for something like.. credit cards.. there’d be no chance of them falling out!

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The wooden maple leaf button is pretty random but it came in a pack of the same buttons I used for my coffee cozy. Come to think of it, this project uses all the same materials– fusible interfacing, elastic banding, a button, embroidery thread, regular thread, and cute fabric. 🙂

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The black polka dot fabric was from Joann’s; the light blue bird fabric was a sweet score from a friend who was giving away boxes of inherited fabric before she moved out-of-state.

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Shown with a Lindsay Letters business card (love her work! I have this print).

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My find has inspired me to get on the sewing machine again…! Hopefully a new project to show sometime soon. Happy Thursday… 6 days ’til 2014!

Tina Made a PVC Light Box

Last week, I did a first-ever collaboration project with Jason of Onigiri Everyday. We’d been meaning to make ourselves light boxes for months and months now, and we finally did it. I actually made one a few years ago out of a cardboard box and tissue paper– tutorial here— but I kept punching holes into the tissue paper. Oops. It became too annoying to replace the fragile paper over and over, so I wanted to try this (more durable) PVC pipe + fabric version.

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When we looked at the tutorial, it really didn’t seem very hard at all. But we ran into a few difficulties, and had to modify some of the original measurements/directions. Here’s the final list of materials we used (the list is for ONE box only, and the tutorial will be written for one box, though we each made one).


  • 4 x 22″ sections of 1/2″ PVC pipe
  • 4 x 20″ sections of 1/2″ PVC pipe
  • 4 x ½” PVC 3-way side outlet elbows
  • 4 x 1/2″ PVC male adapters***
  • thin white fabric cut to 79.5″ x 26″ and 26.5″ x 26.5″ (e.g. muslin or a 200-count white bed sheet)
  • heat bond tape (“no-sew” hemming adhesive)
  • 2 small C-shaped hook screws
  • white poster board
  • kitchen twine (or anything similar)
  • 3 binder clips (one large, 2 small)
  • power drill
  • iron
  • scissors
  • tape measure/yardstick
  • hack saw (or PVC cutters, if you have)
  • 3 clamp lights with bulbs

***NOTE: The Home Depot we went to did NOT have PVC 3-way side outlet elbows without threading (one of the three holes had threading), which meant that the PVC pipes did not just fit right in– we had to buy adapters, which threw off our pipe measurements, reflected above. See picture below for labeled parts. If your PVC 3-way side outlet elbows are smooth (no threading), then you do NOT need the 4 adapters mentioned in the materials list above, and your PVC pipe should be cut into 8 x 22″ sections of 1/2″ pipe (as stated in the original tutorial), instead of 4 x 22″ and 4 x 20.”


Onto the directions…


Home Depot sells PVC pipes in 10′ lengths, so you need to buy 2 of those and cut them down to size– 4 pieces at 22″ each and 4 pieces at 20″ each (once again, if your side outlet elbows are smooth, cut 8 x 22″). We didn’t have a PVC cutter, but a hack saw worked just fine. Connect the 22″ pipes into a square shape using the side outlet elbows. Add the 20″ pipes, using the adapters if needed, into each of the 4 corners of the square. Finished frame should look like a table (4 legs with the ability to rest a flat surface on top). I forgot to take a picture of the frame alone, but you should be able to figure it out based on the very first picture in this post.


The next step is the fabric. Cut 2 pieces– one that is 79.5″x26″, and another that is 26.5″x26.5″ (a square). Note that these measurements are different from the ones in the original tutorial– the original measurements were NOT ideal for us so the ones given in this post are what we recommend.  After cutting the fabric, use heat bond (“no-sew”) tape and an iron to create your slipcover that goes over the PVC frame.


The finished slipcover should cover 3 vertical sides of the frame (using your long piece of fabric), as well as the flat top (your square piece). The picture above, from the original tutorial, shows this in blue– you’re essentially combining those 2 blue pieces (white in real life) to become one connected piece. Basically, the heat bond tape melts with the heat of the iron, fusing the fabric together. Helpful hint: It will be 92390x easier to have TWO people work on this step– one person to position and hold down the tape between the edges of the fabric, and another to do the ironing. After the slipcover is done, flip it inside out to hide the seams and make it look cleaner.

The original tutorial essentially ends here (after propping up a piece of poster board inside the light box to be used as an infinity wall). However, the poster board does NOT prop itself up (the tutorial suggests putting the box against some kind of support). To remediate this problem, we got creative and modified it so that the light box could be self-standing.


Basically, we drilled holes in the inner parts of the back two legs of the light box, and added C-shaped hook screws where we could tie kitchen twine from which we could clip the poster board.


The holes were drilled 16″ from the bottom (so measure from your ground surface up the pipe leg).


Jason is such a boy scout, he somehow tied the kitchen twine in such a way that the length could be adjustable.


Clip the short end of your poster board onto the twine using binder clips (shown above with one– use two for more stability). This is what the inside of the light box should look like with the fabric slipcover on it.


We used a large binder clip to secure the top edge of the slipcover to the PVC frame.

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ALL DONE! Kind of. Next up is to add light sources. The light box is pretty big, so it’s imperative that you have even lighting from the top, as well as the two sides.


We used 3 clamp lights. One clipped onto the back horizontal PVC pipe (as shown above), and the two side lamps were slipped onto chairs. Note that in the picture above, the 3rd lamp is hidden from view (the very right side of the picture), but it’s there! Anddddd the results of the light box in action:

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These were taken with a Canon Rebel T3 and post-processed via VSCO cam (just slightly– changed the contrast a bit). The pictures would have probably been fine as is had I had my camera in the correct settings, but it was only my third time shooting in manual and I’m still trying to figure things out by trial and error. 🙂

Total cost of the light box (minus the lamps) was ~$16. Super inexpensive, and totally worth it if you want to up your photography game.

Jason and I decided we would separately take pictures and post about this project, so read his take on our light boxes here. It’s so interesting to see the project through someone else’s eyes…! Hopefully more collabos with him to come in the near future. In the meantime, check out the rest of his blog for some crazy amazing DIYs… a couple pictured below:


industrial pipe shelf


vintage soda crate chalkboard nightstands

Pretty sweet eh? If you’re not into girly crap like I am, his blog is good resource for male-oriented DIYs. 🙂 ‘Til the next collab…