Nursing Pad Tutorial *Update*

**I have since updated the design of the nursing pad and will correct {in bold and or/with asterisks*} what has changed. The reason for my design change is that they are now being sold in stores!!!***

Disposable nursing pads are convenient, but cost a ton of money! Even the cheapest ones are $6.00/box and if you spread that over a year you’re paying $72! You can save yourself money by making you’re own and being eco-friendly at the same time! Plus they’re really easy to make.

Here I will show you how to make a pair of nursing pads

Here’s what you’ll need:

-a piece of scrap fabric that is 100% cotton, I prefer organic – this is the part that will touch your breast

-a piece of 100% cotton batting, I prefer organic{has to be cotton to be breathable} – for absorbency

*a piece of fleece, I prefer organic – to ‘wick’ the milk from leaking through

*the fleece I got is fuzzy on one side and woven on the other. some fleece is fuzzy on both sides

-scissors

-pinking chears {not pictured}

-marking pencil

-a round plate or bowl that is 5-6″ in diameter 

Take your plate or round object and trace around on the wrong side of the fabric, batting and fleece with your marking pencil

Cut out the circles

You should end up with two cotton fabric circles, two cotton batting cirlces and two fleece circles {one for each pad}

Take your circles and fold them in half, right sides together

Sew a straight stitch at a slight angle along the straight edge of the half circle to the top, starting about an inch down

Repeat with all of your circles, folding each in half

Trim off the excess fabric

Unfold them and stack them together like so

Fleece fabric, fuzzy side up, cotton batting, cotton fabric right side facing up

Sew a zig zag stitch around from the raw edge of the fabric, or if youre lucky enough to have a serger, serge the edges

Take your pinking shears and cut off the excess fabric

Repeat for the other pair

Tah dah; you’re very own pair of nursing pads. These are totally wash/dryable and pinking the edge {or serging the edge} will prevent fraying in the wash.

You can make more with just little scraps of fabric and have enough for a whole week or even two!

These will be featured in my Etsy shop at the end of summer so watch for them!

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Oliver’s Treasure Chest

I am happy to announce the opening of a new Etsy shop, inspired by my son Oliver.

Oliver’s Treasure Chest

When I became pregnant with him I dove right into sewing everything I could for his nursery, for him, for me even that I just became obsessed with everything baby. You’ve seen several posts on here with things I have made for him and myself like his crib skirt, paci clips, burp cloths, my nursing cover, nursing pads, diaper clutch, and more! I loved making them so much that I want to share it with everyone else.

My stock is currently sparse, but in the next couple of weeks I am going to be adding more and more items as they come along. I have several to list right now, however; I need to get them photographed for the shop. Those will be done by end of week. I have my baby headbands listed as well as one bow tie {that is just amazing!}.

I have 11 more designs to add!

I am very excited to reveal my shop {even though there aren’t very many items in it currently} and hope that this new adventure in handmade will take off. I have tons of ideas and a drawing board full of items that are just itching to be featured. Stay tuned for more items that your little ones will sure to enjoy – and some lovelies for the mammas too!

Appreciation Photo – Custom Labels

So excited! I received an appreciation photo from a customer of mine! A while back I made her some custom labels that she planned on putting on some handmade lovelies for her niece.

She made some adorable burp cloths and put her labels on them!

Aren’t those adorable?? Thank you Nicole for sending me the photo!

If you have purchased anything from me and wanna show me some love, you can email me photos at willow.little {at} gmail {dot} com. Thanks!

A Bridal Shower Gift & Handmade Baby Leg Warmers

Yesterday I attended a lovely Bridal shower honoring one of my good friends Ashley {I love that we have the same name!}. She had the shower at one of the houses on a large and gorgeous property just outside of town – she will be getting married on said property in just a few weeks!

I love giving gifts, especially when they’re handmade and since Ashley can appreciate a handmade gift, that is exactly what she got!

One of the gifts I made was a matching ‘his’ & ‘hers’ zippered travel bag. I took those shoe bags that you get when you purchase a pair of Toms, cut two of them in half, added a zipper to each one and viola! Zippered travel cases for the bride and groom!

I am absolutely in love with these! If anyone has any of these Toms shoe bags lying around that they’re not going to use, I’d love to take them off your hands!

I also made the bride and groom a set of pillow slipcovers.

The two ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’ covers are 12×12 and the ‘and’ is 10×10. She just texted me today and said that her Auntie is going to make pillows for them for her! I’m so glad she will because every craft store {like we have a lot around here… not} were out of those sizes!!

The letters, mustache, and flower I ironed on using Wonder Under and the cases are made out of muslin. I totally love these and am a little jealous of them, haha. Ashley, you better send me a photo of them set up in your guys’ new house after the honeymoon!

I like to go in Instagram and look through the tagged photos ‘handmade’. I’ve come across some really awesome things and have found some great blogs to follow in doing that. One person that I came across made the cutest cloth diapers so I started following her. She has the cutest photos of her baby on there! Anyway, she posted a series of photos on how to make baby leg warmers out of knee socks that looked amazing. I have tons of knee socks that I don’t wear, most I’ve never worn, so I grabbed a pair that were rejected by my daughter when I tried to shove them off on her and looked up the tutorial. Just about one of the easiest things that I have ever made.

Socks! Turned into..

Holy macaroni thats just about the cutest thing ever! Maybe I should have dressed him in some pink to match?

Yup, if I had a girl she would be wearing these all of the time. Even in 100 degree weather.. they would just be the only thing she would wear!

I have about 5 more pairs of knee socks so I plan on making more and listing them on Etsy once I get the baby shop up and running.

If you’d like to see the tutorial on these, check it out on Diaper Stash on Tumblr.

For a tutorial on how to make envelope pillow covers, click on my Tutorials section at the top of my blog.

My First Quilt in 13 Years

A certain little someone {who’s name shall not be said or they’ll know!} is having a birthday soon and I wanted to make a quilt for her.

The last quilt {and only other quilt} I made was back in Home Ec class in 8th grade so I went into this project with low expectations and a lot of patience. I finished it in three stages – Piecing the entire front together and adding the backing, sewing on most of the binding {I ran out}, then finishing the rest of the binding. Though the project took about two weeks to finish, total I only spent 4 hours on it. Its not my best work ever, but I am sure it will be appreciated!

Not bad, eh?

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I’m also currently working on a toss and keep garter for a bride who’s wedding is in October.

Will be working on one more rolled fabric flower and adding embellishments to it tonight. So gorgeous!

Lil’ Man Bowtie

Today was the birthday of a sweet little man who just turned one. I thought I would try out making a lil’ bowtie for him since it’s a new item I will be adding to my shop. I looked around for some tutorials and got inspiration from Living the Swell Life and Make It-Love It and then just kind of went off on my own {since I rarely follow tutorials}. Let me tell you, it was super easy and very quick to make! I just grabbed some scrap fabric and tah dah!

And I made him a handmade card! Totally hipster kid this lil’ guys gonna be.

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Here are a few photo updates on that memory book for a customer of mine. I just need to go pick up the pages from print and then its ready to go!

Not bad for my very first memory book!

My only complaint is that it is very hard to match washi tape, stamp ink, and cardstock. But it still came out very nice!

I will not be featuring these in my shop any time soon. Sorry. But if you’d like one custom made, maybe we can work something out!

Now Im off to finish the topstitch for the unpaper towels and sew up the nursing pads.

Envelope Pillow Covers

When I worked at Birch Fabrics we had a fabric allowance so when Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Shinning came out, I got a quarter yard in each fabric over the span of a few weeks so I could have just about every print! Sadly I am not working there anymore {I’ve decided to be a stay-at-home mommy!} and needed to get my favorites from that collection elsewhere.

Like…

Absolutely love, love, love this one. And I specifically purchased it to make some pillow cases for our ugly couch pillows. We have two larger ones and a smaller one so I used the typewriters for the larger and the coordinating vintage flowers for the smaller one.

I really love her stuff!

And I love making these envelope pillow covers. They’re very easy to make and can transform and boring ol’ pillow into something fabulous!

Eeeep!

Very happy to have these beauties next to me while I type this.

To view the tutorial on how to make these envelope pillow covers, go here.

I also was able to work a bit more on an Etsy order for unpaper towels. I got the top stitching done and am now just waiting for the snaps to get here! Cannot wait to add these to my shop.

Remember the unpaper towels I made for our kitchen? They were made from scraps from this order! Unpaper towels… such a rad concept!

Home Projects

Today while Richard was out on a photoshoot I finished a couple of home projects thats been on my mind lately.

I have some yardage of Melody Millers Typewriters and thought itd be the perfect fabric to make panels out of for my sewing table. I have a few things I store under it and I cant stand the sight of clutter – now I dont have to worry!

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My pink bin of zippers kinda makes it look like its still cluttered, but I assure you I put it away after the photo was taken 🙂

Another project for the house were some unpaper towels made from the scraps of an order of unpaper towels from my Etsy shop. These were made out of Michael Millers French Roast and Put a Lid On It and white birdseye {for absorbancy}.

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These will be available in my Etsy shop soon. The ones I made today are a sort of mini version {since they were made from scraps} and do not have the snaps feature. Ill keep you updated on the availability.

Now onto recovering pillows with more typewriter fabric and finish up the baby memory book. I just got a call that print was ready for my pages so Ill be picking those up and getting the teal cardstock. I cannot wait to get this off to my customer {Im so sorry!!!}.

Sweet Little Giveaway

In celebration of getting me to 150 ‘likes’ on Facebook I am offering a giveaway!

What do you have to do to win this:

Head over to my Facebook page for details on how to enter. And if you haven’t ‘liked’ my page yet, please do so!

Thank you for your support!