Outside the Box

Saturday I went to a bridal shower for a really good friend from college.  When I was wrapping her gift, I wanted to do something different.  Something…cute!

Here’s what I came up with:

And here’s how I did it…
First, I wrapped the gift in brown paper.  I had a whole bunch of packing paper from our Amazon Subscribe and Save shipment this month.  (I always save it to use for stuff like this)  You could also use paper bags from the grocery store turned inside out.

I knew I wanted to spell out “Happily Ever After”, so I cut out triangles from my bag of paint swatches for the little flags.  I cut from a whole bunch of colors and laid them out in the order I liked before writing the letters on them.

Before glueing them to the box, I laid down the yarn and taped the ends to the sides of the box.

To cover the taped ends, I wrapped the box with ribbon.M+J for Mariana and Jeff

…Or as we lovingly refer to them: Spanish and Redbeard!

Cute, right?!?!

Love you guys! Can’t wait for the big day in November!!



An Apron for Sis

My sister in law, Leslie is getting married next month.  (Actually in just a few weeks!!)  I had to miss her bridal shower, but this is one of the things I gave her.  The theme for the bridal shower was cute.  Her maid of honor included a recipe card in the invitations for us to provide Leslie with one of our favorite recipes for her kitchen.  We were asked to bring the relevant utensil(s) to go with the recipe as a gift from her registry.  I gave her my sugar cookie recipe, a rolling pin, and made her this apron.  A little background info…

She went to Auburn and all of her kitchen “stuff” is going to be orange and blue.  (NOT to be confused with orange and blue for UVA.)  I would NOT have been okay with that.  GO HOKIES!!

Anyway…that’s why I went with orange and blue for her apron.  Here’s how I made it:

I actually got the measurements for my pieces from an apron I already had.  I didn’t write down my measurements, but here’s a similar tutorial.

These are my pieces all laid out how I wanted the apron to look.


Gotta start with the pockets.  I wanted trim on the top of the pockets.  So, first I hemmed the edges of the trim.


Then folded it in half right sides in and stitched the sides leaving a pocket.


Clipped the edges.


And flipped it right side out.


For the actual pocket, I folded the piece in half right sides in, hemmed the sides and clipped the edges.


After I flipped it right side out, I slid the trim over the unfinished edge like a hat and stitched it on right over the seam I already had.




Repeated with the second pocked and pinned them to where I wanted them on the front of the apron.  Then I sewed them on.


After they were attached, I did pretty much the same thing with the skirt of the apron.  I folded it in half right sides facing in, stitched the sides and clipped the edges…


…then turned right side out and attached the bottom trim.


For the bib of the apron, I folded it in half right sides in and stitched the sides, clipped the edges…(you know the drill…)


I wanted “side trim” on the bib that were also the neck ties.  So I hemmed the short ends of it, then just ironed a hem, folded it in half, and ironed it again.


I folded it over the sides of the bib, then ran a stitch through it to attach.

Same for the other side and I got this.

To attach the belt, I hemmed the short ends, then laid out the pieces right sides facing like this.


Stitched it.


Flipped the belt part up and ironed it.


Then attached the bib to the belt right sides facing and ran a stitch. **Note: I realized after that this was kind of an unnecessary step because…


…I had to run a stitch across the whole belt anyway to attach the front and back.


The waist ties I folded and ironed like this…

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Stitched it.


Then slid the raw edge side in between the two layers of the belt.


And stitched.  I could have probably done a little better job with this.  Because it was homemade, there are going to be some spots that look homemade. And I’m okay with that.


Here’s Sis in her new Auburn apron posing with her Auburn ribbon wreath.


LOVE HER!  Can’t wait for her wedding!

DIY Changing Pad Cover

When I was decorating Clark’s nursery, I couldn’t find the right orange changing pad cover and curtains.  I knew I probably wouldn’t be able to find what I was looking for in the Big Box stores.  Even after google-ing and searching every website I could think of, I knew I had to make them myself.  The curtains were easy-peasy.  I’m aiming to make some for the dining room (and maybe the living room) eventually, so maybe I’ll post a tutorial when I get around to that.  Till then, here’s how I made the changing pad cover.

*These pictures are of the changing pad cover I made for our good friends’ daughter, Ava.  (due in a couple months)

This changing pad cover fits a standard contour changing pad (32″L x 16″W x 4″H)

First wash, iron and cut your fabric.  The fabric in these pictures are Michael Miller Bella Butterfly: Flutterby Green and Happy Houndstooth Multi.  I used these because Ava’s mom, Katie made her a quilt with this fabric (plus more in the Michael Miller Bella Butterfly line).

You can make a cover out of all one fabric by cutting a piece 48″ x 32″.  If you use two fabrics like me, cut your pieces like this:

Accent fabric (baby’s head will go here): 17.5″ x 32″

Main fabric: 30.5″ x 32″

I cut all my fabric with pinking shears to avoid unravel and cut my fabric a little outside of my measured line (I always do that because I’m paranoid of measuring it too small).  I also wrote my measurements on my main fabric with a pencil so that I knew which side to attach to my accent fabric.

Lay your fabrics together along the 32″ sides with right sides facing in like this.  Sew your fabrics together to get one big piece.

Fold the piece in half lengthwise and then again widthwise.  Measure and draw an 8″ square on the outside corner (with no folds) and cut it out.

You’ll be left with a piece that looks like this.

Bring the two sides of the square together with right sides facing in.  Sew them together and repeat with all four corners.  You’ll be left with this.

Next, on the inside raw edge, fold over about 1/2″, iron all the way around and sew.  Then fold another inch or so and iron again.  You are making a tube for the elastic.

When you sew, don’t forget to leave enough room for your elastic.  Also, leave a hole to feed your elastic through.  I fed my elastic through by attaching a safety pin to one side of the elastic and another safety pin securing the other end to the fabric.

**Update: Elastic should be a piece about 36-38″ long 5/8″ thickness or smaller (I used 1/4″)

Once you’ve fed the elastic all the way through the tube, sew the ends together.

Then sew the hole closed.  The back should look like this.

This is what it looks like on the changing pad.  This is Clark’s room (obviously) but it looks great with his green wall don’t you think?

Hope Katie and Ava love it!  Ava – Bob, Clark and I can’t wait to meet you sweet girl!!

Wrapping Up the Week

A post about wrapping a present on Friday!  Clever, Right?! 🙂

Here we go:


I have a couple birthdays coming up.  One is my high school friend’s daughter’s birthday on the 12th.  And the other is my niece’s birthday on the 15th.  Both are turning ONE!!  Crazy how time flies.  My niece, Jo’s birthday party will be held in Memphis next Saturday.  We have a wedding that day so we won’t be able to go.  SO…I’m packing up her presents and sending them to her in the mail.  BUT…tomorrow is Izzy’s birthday party.  That’s a picture of her gift all wrapped up.  I’ll show you how I made that cute flower.  (Full disclosure: I saw the idea on Pinterest)

First I folded a few pieces of tissue paper.  (I keep tissue paper from the gifts we receive.  I seriously have tons of it.  People make fun of me because after I open a present, I fold up the tissue paper and/or wrapping paper but I NEVER have to buy either.)  I just folded all the pieces in half because I only needed 2 layers of each color.  Then I cut out a square in the size I needed…

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…And stapled them together right in the middle.


I had a flower shaped cookie cutter that I used to trace, but you could just free hand it if you’re good like that.


Trace and Cut.

Then take each layer and kind of scrunch it up one layer at a time.DSC00703

And you get a pretty little flower.


You could do this so many different ways.  More layers, more colors, all one color, bigger, smaller, etc.  The possibilities are ENDLESS!!  haha  I added a few pieces of curled ribbon.


I love it and it adds a little something to the gift.

What do you think?