Tuxedo Onesie

This is a tutorial I originally posted at The Scrap Shoppe.  You may remember the tuxedo t-shirt that I posted about months ago.  Well, here is the baby version!

Introducing the tuxedo onesie!

This is my new favorite go-to baby gift.
Come along with me and see how to make your own...
The hardest part of this entire project was coming up with a tuxedo silhouette.
I searched Google images, and came up with nothing.
So I designed my very first silhouette inside of Photoshop!
This may not sound difficult, but it was no small feat for me.
Next, I imported my silhouette design into my Sure Cuts a Lot software.
When using heat transfer vinyl, you actually create a mirror image of your original before you cut it.
I was careful to measure the onesies and make the tuxedo images fit accordingly.

Blog Swap with Positively Splendid

Oh my friends, I am delighted to share one of my favorite bloggers with you today!  Besides being *crazy* talented, Amy is one of the sweetest people I know.  She is a diamond in the rough. I just know you're going to love her!
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Hello, Oopsey Daisy readers! My name is Amy, and my home in the blogging neighborhood is known as Positively Splendid.
I am just an average girl striving daily to appreciate the simple pleasures of life by creating something beautiful, meaningful, or delicious. I love to share crafting and sewing tutorials, but I also dabble in cooking, home decorating and organizing. I would absolutely love for you to stop in for a visit sometime!
I truly covet the blogging friendship Alison and I have developed over the course of the last year or so. She is such a gem, and her blog is a true reflection of that! I am so delighted to be posting here today.
There must be something in the air, because where I am, it seems to be raining babies! The cost of baby shower gifts can certainly add up, so today I thought I'd share a little idea to upcycle something you might already have on hand to creative an inexpensive, yet unique and thoughtful gift.
For this project, you will need...

An empty beverage carrier
Coordinating patterned papers
Scrapbooking adhesive and/or glue
Paper trimmer and scissors
Ruler and pencil
Chipboard letters and/or letter stickers
Ribbon
Gift items to fill your finished carrier (see below for some ideas)
step 1 / Measure the length and width of all of the sides of your beverage carrier, and trim pieces of patterned paper to these dimensions. Also measure the length and width of the rectangle surrounding the carrying handle of the your holder, as seen below, and trim 2 pieces of paper to these dimensions, one for the front and the back. If one of the sides if your carrier is oddly shaped as mine was, trace the side onto the back of your patterned paper.
step 2 / Trim the flaps away from the carrying handle of your carrier, as shown. Cut out all of the remaining traced pieces, if you haven't already.
step 3 / Precisely align one of the small handle rectangles in the handle portion of your carrier, with the right side of your paper facing out. Use a pencil to trace the shape of the handle, and then trim this piece away. Adhere this handle piece to your carrier. Repeat on the side of the handle.
step 4 / Adhere your remaining to paper pieces to your carrier to their respective sides in a similar manner, taking care to ensure all sides are precisely aligned. At this point, you can be finished, or you can continue to step 5 and gussy you carrier up a bit!
step 5 / Apply strips of coordinating patterned paper to all sides of your carrier, if desired. (Just be sure when using strips that they are all lined up at each corner of your carrier!) Now, apply chipboard letters and/or letter stickers to the front and back of your carrier. Because I wanted one side of the carrier's content to be filled with items for Mama and the other with items for Baby, I decided to label mine, "For You," and "For Baby." Use your imagination! Finish everything up with a bright bow. Your carrier is finished!

Now, fill your carrier with the items of your choosing. Soaps, lotions and super-soft washcloths are great options for baby, while luxurious items like bubble bath and a loofah are terrific for the new mom!

Thank you so much, Alison, for having me over today! It's been tons of fun. :)
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Amy

www.positivelysplendid.com
Twitter: @splendidamy

Baby Food Jar Lid Game

I wish I had been one of those incredible mom's who made all of her baby food by scratch.  Occasionally, I made my own cooked fruits and vegetables for Little Man, but usually his cuisine came straight from the jar.  Please don't judge me.  I vow to be better prepared for Baby #2. 



Luckily, I was smart enough to save most of my baby food jars.  Now I am thinking of so many ways I can use them!  Last week, I made Little Man a matching game using the lids of baby food jars!


I love how easy this was, and how cute it turned out!  I popped the circles into the insides of the baby food jars.  They fit nice and snug, but I also used mod podge to secure them.

I decided to make the tops of the lids cute, too, by tracing the lids onto scrapbook paper, cutting them out, and securing them with LOTS of mod podge.  I knew Little Man would be rough on these, so I added a couple of coats of mod podge over the top of the paper, too.

Little Man loves his game!! (In fact he saw me typing up this post, and ran to the other room to go get it!) 



There are a few ways we have used this game so far:
1.  We practice our animal sounds (at least for the pictures of animals that make sounds).  He has learned how to bzzz like a bumble bee!
2. I model matching for him, and he is learning to see that 2 pictures are similar and go together.
3.  I simply tell him to "Find the lion", etc. and see if he can find a specific animal within the group.
4.  He loves dumping out the game, and the sound of the lids on a hard surface!!  But we are also practicing cleaning up.  He loves to place the lids one by one back into the bag, just to dump it out again!  I am loving that he is learning to pick up!

Some day, I am hoping he will learn to use this as a matching game.  Some day.  We'll grow into it, of course!



For this project:
* Clip art designs &/or fonts copyright Dianne J Hook. Used with permission from DJ Inkers.
* If you wish to make your own, you can download here.

Have a fun and fabulous Fourth!

Easiest Rag Blanket ever!

If you are a first-time visitor to Oopsey Daisy, welcome! We are celebrating Baby Week this week. We have had 2 guest authors each day in addition to my own craft tutorials. PLUS we have had a giveaway every day! You can enter the giveaways by clicking the links at the top. You can also check out the week's projects by looking at my sidebar and clicking the links there. You won't want to miss a thing! This week has been amazing!!

Now, on to another fun baby craft!!
I am so excited about today's tutorial!! I have wanted to make a rag blanket for a long, long time. But I always think of blankets as a mega-project. But this one is a piece of cake! And fun to make!

A few months back, I went to my dear friend Ann's baby shower, and we had a lovely time cutting the fringe and chit-chatting together. She took home her blanket that day for her baby, who was born just a few days later! This was a super-fun baby shower activity.

I studied her rag blanket and realized I could make my own fairly easily. So I taught myself how to make one. (As usual, this tutorial is based on "my" own trial-and-error method!) And if I can do it, then you can, too! Here are 7 easy steps to create your own simple rag blanket:



Piece of cake, right?? Here are a couple more shots....

This is the back side of the blanket:
Perfect for my new nephew!
And why not use up the scraps by making some cloth blocks???
Isn't that fringe a-DOR-able?!

Set of Appliqued Onesies

Welcome back to another day o' fun at Baby Week!

Be sure you scroll through all of this week's fabulous posts so far!! We have two giveaways open , and you can enter those by clicking on the links at the top.

I had so much fun making a set of applique onesies for my adorable nephew! I just bought a package of 5 onesies, sat on the floor in the middle of my scrap fabric, and got as creative as I could get! Here is what I came up with...

I made this "Lil Bro" applique! This one just might be my favorite. I love all of the colors and its scrappy-ness! I still need to make a "Big Bro" shirt for my other nephew!

What little boy doesn't love cars?! I couldn't resist making a car shirt! It's simple, but sweet.

I now declare baseball our family's official sport. We adore baseball!! I made this bat with corduroy to add a bit more texture. The green is supposed to look like a baseball diamond... go with it. :)

This hammer applique means a lot to the family because my sister's husband owns his own construction business. This one is made out of denim and corduroy, so it really is a "heavy-duty" applique!

Last but not least, every little boy needs a tie onesie! Little Man had a shirt exactly like this, same fabric and all!! The tie is just too classic. Perfect for church!
Now I just can't wait for my little nephew to grow just a smidge so he can fit into these onesies!!

Baby Name Banner

Happy Memorial Day! I am so grateful for those brave men and women who serve our country. God bless you! I hope you enjoy a special day with your families remembering and honoring the brave.

It's only Day 2 of Baby Week, and I am having so much fun! It's been fabulous to collaborate with talented guest authors, and let them take over my blog!! :)

But there is A LOT to see this week. I don't want you to miss a thing! Be sure to review the fabulous guest posts and giveaway each day. Yesterday, Heather from Smallfry & Co. shared an awesome carseat cover tutorial and Heather from Tales from the Cottage Cheese Cottage shared her knowledge about homemade cloth diapers and diaper wipes. And I hosted the first giveaway--for a "Baby Is Sleeping" sign.

Now, on to today's tutorial!

As soon as my nephew arrived, I knew that my trusty Cricut and I had work to do! We have a little tradition in my family that when we bring our babies home, the extended family decorates the house and has it ship shape! Well, my Mom did most of the ship-shaping. I just contributed this lovely little baby name banner.

It was so fun to make! I love me a good banner, and I used some techniques I saw in The Scrap Shoppe's ABC Banner to whip this one up.

I layered my letters on top of scallops (with distressed edges of course!) on top of accordion-folded squares.

Next, I wrapped brown crepe paper around the accordion paper. I just used Elmer's glue, and gathered as I went. Here is a very ugly shot of the back!

I realized that yet again, I had left gluey fingerprints on my letters. Man, I really am a messy crafter! So I fixed my oopsey by putting glitter all over my letters. I hadn't planned to use glitter, but it did help me to cover my tracks! :)

After gluing each letter onto a paper pennant, I punched holes and strung them with brown yarn.

Here is a good view of how the pennants look close up... don't know why the pennants look white! They were definitely baby blue. Darn lighting!

Little Man helped me hang this banner in the baby's nursery. My sister has done such an adorable job with decorating this nursery! It's all blue and brown with polk-a-dots. This makes me want to redecorate!!


Welcome home, sweet nephew! We love you!

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