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DIY Toddler Infinity Scarf

I’m a fan of scarfs. It’s an accessory that is both practical and fashionable. Over the years, I have acquired quite a collection.This winter I decided to start a collection for L by making her several infinity scarfs (because infinity scarfs are in and every 2 year old needs a scarf collection?). These are super easy and quick to sew. Add a monogram or an applique and they will make a sweet personalized gift.


DIY Toddler infinity scarf 1

  • 24″x48″ piece of fabric (this measurement is for a 2 year old)
  • matching thread

Step 1: Pin the right sides of your fabric together lengthwise then sew along the edge. If your fabric has a pattern like mine, try to match the pattern as best as you can during the pinning process.

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Step 2: Turn the long rectangular tube inside out. The plaid matched much better second time around.

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Step 3: Fold and pin a 0.5″ seam towards the inside of the tube. Sew the ends together right at the edge of the pinned seam. I hand stitched mine with a blind stitch. You can do this on a machine as well.

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Yup, just 3 steps! I told you this is a super easy and quick project. With a few measurement adjustments you can make one for any age. I measured around L’s neck to ensure that the end product left plenty of room. If you are concerned about a choking hazard with your little one, sew the ends of the tube shut individually with a blind stitch. You can then tie the scarf with a lose knot in the back for a faux infinity scarf look.

DIY infinity scarf 5Do you have a scarf collection? What accessories are you obsessed with?

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.


 DIY swaddle blanket 1

  • 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.


Upcycled Baby Clothes

Do you have clothes in your closet that you know you will never wear again but you just can’t seem to part with? I have a whole pile! It’s hard to let go a pretty pattern or quality material. Instead of letting these “maybe one day” pieces take up valuable real estate in my closet, I decided to upcycle them into clothes for L.

I found that shirts to skirts is the easiest to refashion. Cut below the armpit to the desired length then fold 2 inches and sew a pocket to thread the elastic. You don’t even need to hem the bottom.

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A boxy shirt is easy to turn into a sheath dress. I used one of L’s dresses as a pattern to cut out the front and back pieces, then sewed along the sides leaving the arm holes.

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Pillowcase dresses is another easy one to make. Sew two rectangles together, leaving arm holes then use elastic or ribbon around the neckline. I made this one from a skirt, using the ribbon from the skirt as adjustable shoulder straps.

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Next, I’m thinking tube top to romper?! I will report back. What do you do with your “maybe one day” pieces? Have you made any upcycled baby clothes?

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