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DIY Swaddle Blanket

Last week I came across some super adorable bunny print Snuggle Flannels at Joann’s. You know I have a thing for bunnies (proof here and here). As soon as I laid eyes on them I knew they would make the perfect baby blanket for a dear friend’s little bun in the oven! Unlike many of my other sewing projects, I’m happy to report that no sewing machine was harmed during the making of this DIY swaddle blanket.

Materials:

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  • 2 yards of flannel (or other snuggly fabrics)
  • 2 packs of pre-made piping
  • matching thread

Step 1: Cut your fabric to the desired dimensions. I used a receiving blanket as a guide and trimmed mine to 53″x53″.

Step 2: Pin the piping along the perimeter of the fabric (on the right side). Be sure to pin the piping side in and line the end exactly with the edge of the fabric. I rounded the corners for easy bending.

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Step 3: sew all the way around.

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Step 4: Pin the right sides of the fabrics together, then sew all the around leaving a small opening. I followed the line of thread that I made when I sewed the piping on.

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Step 5: Turn the blanket right side out and top stitch the opening shut.

Step 6 (optional): Sew a decorative stitch along the perimeter of the blanket.

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Done! Easy, right? I’ve made a few of these swaddle blankets for L before she was born. We used them a lot as swaddles and stroller blankets. Hope the new mom to be will find some use for it. Can’t wait to get a whiff of the new baby! Who else loves the smell of brand new babies? Share with us what you’ve made for the little ones in your life.

 

Halloween Burlap Table Runner

Halloween Burlap Table Runner

It should come as no surprise that I love decorating my house for holidays. I don’t just mean Christmas, but all holidays (Hellooooo. Remember my mantel madness? V-day, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, Flag Day, and Fall).  Partially, it is because I can’t sit still, I get bored easily, and it reminds me of elementary school, and I looooved elementary school, because my fabulous teachers were always changing their bulletin boards and room decor with the seasons. As a kid, it made every part of the year special and festive. As a mom, I want my kids to have that same kind of excitement and wonder I felt about the calendar year (or I just want an excuse to do something).

Two weeks ago, I busted out the fake cobwebs, spiders, and pumpkins, and I made– with Finn’s help– this Halloween Burlap Table Runner. 

Halloween Burlap Table Runner

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 Here’s what you’ll need:

- Burlap Runner (or just burlap cut to the size of a runner)– I got my burlap from http://www.burlapfabric.com–; I can’t stop raving about this site! 

-Paint brushes

- a Black Sharpie

- Black craft paint

- A stencil of a bat

Here’s what you’ll do:

- Trace the bats on the border of the runner. 

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- If you have a helper, allow the helper to fill in the bats with black paint. 

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-Write a Halloween saying or poem on the runner. 

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- Done!

 

Pretty easy, and pretty cute, don’t you think?

 

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 Are you a seasonal decorator? Or am I just a weirdo? 

Wait. Don’t answer that second question :)

 

 

 

 

 

A Vintage Meets Modern Wedding

Our good friend Jen recently tied the knot at the Visionary Art Museum in downtown Baltimore.This beautiful venue was the perfect backdrop for the vintage meets modern wedding. Her colors were a collection of muted, summery tones with a fresh, romantic feeling. Jen’s big day featured so many adorable DIYed details, we just had to share. Look at the happy couple. Doesn’t Jen look absolutely radiant?! Ben, the groom, cleaned up nicely as well. Oh and that dress…

vintage wedding 1Twist46 Twist224The cocktail hour and reception featured handmade pinwheel place card holders, DIYed bar and dinner menus.The couple also showcased family wedding photos dating back to the 1800s. The invitations and coordinating signature cocktail beer label were custom designed by a friend. All of the details meshed seamlessly and the result was a classically elegant look that echoed the modern appeal of the venue.

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