April 14, 2014

Darling Daisy

Darling Daisy (sewn by Lemon Squeezy Home)

Today some fellow blogging friends and I thought it would be fun to have a surprise tour for Melissa at Sew Like My Mom. :)

  surprise tour

I chose to make Bailey the Darling Daisy Dress pattern.  Here’s what the original pattern looks like:

Sew Like My Mom | Darling Daisy Dress Pattern

So cute, right?  I love how you can really showcase some fun, coordinating fabrics with this pattern.  I chose to keep things pretty simple and just made a couple changes to an already beginner friendly pattern. 

I made the size 5 for Bailey and stuck with just two fabrics, so instead of doing the third tier I added the length of the third tier to the second one and hemmed it at the bottom.

  Darling Daisy by Lemon Squeezy Home collage

I also used pre-made bias tape and rather than using elastic in the neckline, I just took off some inches on the bias tape until it fit about right, leaving about 2.5” for the shoulder section not attached to the bodice front or back (see picture below).  I added a small pleat in the front and back since it wouldn’t be gathered by the elastic neck on the original pattern. 

Darling Daisy by Lemon Squeezy Home 

And now she has a fun new dress that really took me so little time to sew, especially with the pre-made bias tape!  If you are a beginner or are looking for a quick project with cute results, this is the pattern for you! 
Also it’s perfect for doing yoga ;).

Darling Daisy Yoga

Thanks for having such a fun pattern out, Melissa!  You can get her pattern HERE, along with some other cute patterns!

To see what the other bloggers sewed up for the Surprise Tour, check out these links below!

 If Only They Would Nap  Living With Punks  Craftiness Is Not Optional  Melly Sews  Sew a Straight Line 
Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

All fabric from Joann.  You can see the top bodice fabric on THIS post.  

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April 13, 2014

10 months old

10 months old

10 months old and what a rolling machine this girly has turned into!  She is everywhere and knows just where she wants to go and can get there, always by rolling and scooting.  None of my other children rolled to get anywhere—they mostly hated their lives while on their tummy, so it’s pretty fun to see her rolling around everywhere!

She’s getting bigger—she almost has fat rolls on her thighs ;).  I’m not sure how much she weighs yet but she was in the 3rd percentile last time we went to the doctor, which is good because she is on the charts at least!  Go Ruby!  And I love love that she is still so small. The onesie above? 0-3 months and finally getting too small for her. And no teeth yet.  Every mother’s dream right?  For their baby to stay small for a long time.  :)


She had her echocardiogram this past Friday as well.  And good news!  We are so relieved and happy to share that her echo looked good.  The leaking around any patches and her tricuspid valve has now stopped, and the obstruction they were keeping their eye on from last time is gone!!!  We are thrilled.  She is doing so great.  The only thing they want to keep an eye on now is her pulmonary artery stenosis.  She has a mild case right now and we’re hoping it stays that way—it means that the arteries going to her lungs are on the smaller size.  Which could potentially mean a balloon procedure down the road, or not.  Just something to watch and hope that she does fine with! 

Ruby and Dr. Jou

She wasn’t too happy to be held by her cardiologist, haha!  I had to have Bailey jump up and down to keep her from crying in the picture ;).  But we love Dr. Jou, even if she doesn’t.  She will get to know him well through the years though, unless he leaves PCH!

In other Ruby news, she is sitting a bit more and more!  She knows she can go places though so it doesn’t last long.


Pretty much the cutest baby ever :). 


10 month collage

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April 7, 2014

High Chair Back Cushion {DIY}

High Chair Cushion DIY

Since there was nearly a 5 year gap between Bailey and Ruby, we didn’t keep the high chair we used for the oldest three kids for space reasons.  Sabra was done with THIS IKEA high chair and gave it to us.  I see now that they have a new cushion insert!  For only $5.00.   So that’s awesome.  Even still, this tutorial is for those who love to sew, love a quick and satisfying project, love to pick out their fabric choices, and who want less laundry ;).  Using vinyl from the home decor fabrics at Joann means this cushion doesn’t ever stain and can just be wiped down if needed. 

First off, why a cushion?  Ruby wasn’t sitting well at all for a long time—she is 10 months old now and still, due to her open heart surgery, she won’t sit.  She is behind physically a bit, but she does roll a lot now which is awesome.  And we’ve found this past week that she can sit, but she doesn’t have any interest in doing so.  Which is ok :). Anyway, since she wasn’t sitting well but obviously old enough for solids, we went ahead and started her in the high chair.  But she kept throwing back her body and whacking her head on the hard back.  Solution:  make a cushion.

So just a quick rundown on how you do it.  As I said, this is for an IKEA high chair but can easily be done with similar high chairs.  I didn’t take pictures of everything because I wasn’t fully committed to posting about it, but here’s what you need to do.

First, make your pattern pieces by laying down the high chair and centering a piece of paper under the portion that needs the cushion.  Roughly trace the inside outline for your second pattern piece.DSC_0686

My pieces looked like this—I did cut off about one inch along the bottom edge on the shorter piece.  The left side of both of these patterns is the “fold” line when cutting your fabric.  If you look below, the squares are 1”. 


See how if I put one pattern on top they don’t match up?  This is to accommodate the space between the front and back of the high chair, so it will slip on easily.


Since the fabric doesn’t fray, I only needed to cut one of the shorter pieces out of vinyl.  Then the longer, thinner piece I cut two vinyl pieces of fabric and two quilters batting.


Baste the batting onto the wrong side of the vinyl fabric to treat it as one pattern piece to work with.  If you put the batting on top it is easier to sew it through.


Once you have the batting basted to the two longer pieces of vinyl, sew the shorter piece with the wrong side facing the right side onto the top of the long piece, just around the edge. This creates the pocket that will slide over the back of the seat and hold it in place.


It will work a lot easier if you have a non-stick presser foot. I have one now but didn’t at the time and so I used tissue to sew on top of the vinyl.  Just sew with the tissue on top and then pull it off through the stitching.  DSC_0698 

Now take your two longer pieces with the batting basted on and the back “pocket” piece sewn on (see picture above), sew around the edge and leave an opening for turning.


Turn the fabric through.  At this point I didn’t think it was soft enough, so I added the loose polyester batting inside the hole until I got it stuffed how desired.

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Now just sew the hole closed, tucking in the fabric as you do so.


Simply slip the cover onto the back of your high chair and ta-da!  You now have a seat cushion and a happier baby :).  DSC_0710DSC_0743  DSC_0726

Hope you all have an amazing week :).

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