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.)

Materials:

  • 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!

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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!

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Materials:

  • 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)

Directions:

  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!

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Aren’t they so deliciously cute?

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

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

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

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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.

WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE.

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.

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Directions:

  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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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