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I’ve got a random tutorial and fun video to share today, in case someone else out there happens to get terrorized by the tiny pests known as fruit flies.

A few weeks ago I had them swarming in my house and not a clue where they came from. I mean obviously they’re attracted to fruit, but we didn’t have any old fruit, and even when I got rid or all the fresh produce they still seemed to linger.

Finally I looked up how to kill fruit flies, and found some interesting ways to make fly traps. With a little trial, error, and tweaking I found what I think is the perfect way to kill fruit flies naturally.

An easy photo and video tutorial for killing fruit flies naturally using household items. Get rid of those pests for good!


Here’s what you’ll need:

A cup/bowl/container of some sort

Apple cider vinegar

Dish soap

Cling wrap

Toothpick

A small piece o fruit for good measure

Directions:

1. Pour apple cider vinegar in the bottom of the cup. Just enough to have a layer at the bottom.

2. Add a tablespoon of dish soap to the vinegar.

3. Cover the top of the container with cling wrap.

4. Poke holes in the cling wrap using the tip of the toothpick. You won’t need to make the holes bigger than the tip of the toothpick. Those little beasts can squeeze though just fine and if the holes are too big they’ll be able to fly back out.

You’re done! Here are the nasty results:An easy photo and video tutorial for killing fruit flies naturally using household items. Get rid of those pests for good!

Here are the directions in video form. Excuse my noisy kids in the background.

I caught all of those nasty beasts and the picture isn’t pretty. Actually it’s gross and awesome at the same time. Mission accomplished!

Let me know how it works for you, and share with your friends who need to know!

I don’t even want to dwell on the fact that I may never be pregnant again. I loved being pregnant. Both times. Nausea, cankles and all. It’s such a short and special time in my life and I wanted to document it as best as I could.

When I was pregnant with my son I had a couple of maternity sessions. Including a boudoir session. I also took my own selfies once a week to document my growing belly. I had quite a few people ask me how I made these images and I promised I’d do a tutorial. In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of my pregnancy letters project with Big T. It’s also a great demo of going from looking great to grungy, but whatev… Weekly Pregnancy Love Letters

5 weeks pregnant

I was nine months pregnant with my daughter, eager to meet her, and excited to capture our many moments together. Little did I know this would be the beginning of a photo addiction I can’t contain. My iPhone 3 didn’t have video capabilities built in, so I used an app called Qik to capture some of her first moments on video. It quickly filled up, and began to run slow. Before I knew it, it was time to upgrade because my phone was running out of space for my photo-load. Fast forward two years, several phones, hundreds of videos, and thousands of photos later. The iPhone is still my favorite phone for photo and video capturing. Each time I got a new one, my photos automatically appeared in my new camera roll like they had been there all along. It was fantastic. But eventually I ran into a problem.

The fastest and cheapest way to backup and print all of your smart phon/ cell phone photos. So easy it's crazy! Now I can finally stop getting that dreaded "not enough space" warning when I try to take a photo.

I didn’t like having to physically connect my phone. And ever since my computer AND backup harddrive crash of 2012, I’m extremely picky about how I organize and backup my photos. I import and save my images by year -> month -> event and beyond.  So I don’t connect my phone to my computer anymore, and I no longer use iPhoto.

But after hoarding all of my images and video on my phone, I got the dreaded message “Usage Full.” I couldn’t take another picture, and if you know me, you know we can’t have that.

If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve run into a similar problem. So many pictures, all on my phone. It’s sad but I had never printed an image from my iPhone. I only collected them in my digital space. I wanted to find a way to easily backup my photos, as well as a way to have a physical copies of the images with me.

I did a lot of research and I think I’ve found the best way to backup & print all of your iPhone photos. Back up, easily for free, and print them out for pennies.

The fastest and cheapest way to backup and print all of your smart phon/ cell phone photos. So easy it's crazy! Now I can finally stop getting that dreaded "not enough space" warning when I try to take a photo.

Backing up virtually

After much trial and error of my own, I've researched and discovered the easiest and cheapest way to backup & print all of your iPhone photos.

Google Plus (Update 10/22/15: Now called Google Photos). It’s an underrated social media site, sure, but I LOVE it for cloud storage. I hear a lot of buzz about Dropbox, and I have it too, but I keep coming back to Google Plus, and here’s why:
1. It’s free, and you get 15GB (Update- Unlimited backups of high res (not full-sized) files  of storage. Dropbox only gives you a few GBs to start and I have over 4GB worth of pictures/ videos on my phone today (this is after deleting 1800 photos). I also tend to reserve Dropbox for temporary large file sharing and professional work since I don’t pay for the premium service. Google Plus is a great value.
2. It automatically backs up ALL of my photos, whether or not the app is open, if I’m connected to wifi or 3G. Other apps either need to be opened while it’s trying to upload, or I have to physically select which photos I want. I don’t want that extra step. Out of sight, out of mind, done and done.
3. All of my photos are organized in my mobile album, by date. The other day BabyCenter asked to use a photo I had posted on Instagram in a banner, but they needed the original (non-square) version. It was easy to scroll down my album to the time frame I took the photo, pinpoint, and download it.
4. You can delete off your phone, it stays in you online album. Some cloud services copy your drive exactly, so if you delete the original, it deletes the copy. Google Plus doesn’t do that.
5. Automatically backs up video as well.

A couple other nice things to note: You can set your albums privacy settings. And if you want to download several or all of your files at once, to save to your computer or an external drive, you can easily do that with a few clicks.

One other quirky thing I just realized… If you’re like me and take a burst of photos (5 or more) in a series, and don’t have the heart to delete any of them, Google Plus automatically makes an extra moving gif image and saves it to your album. Like this:

After much trial and error of my own, I've researched and discovered the easiest and cheapest way to backup & print all of your iPhone photos.

AND (one more sorta-creepy fact) it automatically edits photos together so if you have a series of people smiling and not smiling, it “photoshops” them together to make a “best of smiles” photo. I just noticed this today!

I had 2400 photos on my phone, I backed them all up to Google Plus, and I have a zipped copy saved to an external hard drive. It’s easy to continue to select the ones I want from Google Plus and download them to my computer all at once for an additional copy on my local drive.

Now I wanted to have an additional hard copy of the images to enjoy in-hand. This brings me to my next phase of backup.

Printing my images.

After much trial and error of my own, I've researched and discovered the easiest and cheapest way to backup & print all of your iPhone photos.
Figuring this out was a serious pain in the rear, but hopefully my trial and errors will help make the process easier for you.

Most of my 2400 photos were similar photos taken 5 or 6 different ways. If I want to print one of each of those, that’s 400 prints.

I’m not sure if you’ve looked lately, but that’s not cheap. These are iPhone photos I sometimes take in the dark, or with the help of a mirror. They’re not edited or anything I’m dying to display. I just wanted decent prints taken from my phone I could throw in a box so the kids and I can thumb through for fun.

I downloaded a Shutterfly app and saw a sale for 50% off 4×6 prints. So instead of their regular price of $.14/ picture they were $.07/ picture. Sweet! And after spending $30 you get free shipping. I hand-selected about 400 photos to print then added them to my cart. ERROR. I can only upload 250 from the mobile app. This meant no free shipping for me as I couldn’t hit the $30 mark. By placing two orders I’d have to pay a $11 shipping fee twice and it would have cost me about $50 total.

Online, I could fit all of the items in my cart (no limit), but the 50% off rate didn’t apply! GAH! I was so frustrated. Back to the drawing board.

I decided the easiest way to figure out the best deal was to add in the cost of photos plus shipping and divide it out too see how much it costs per photo.

I ran into similar issues with other cheap printing companies, price per picture from $.19 up to $.27! Not a lot for a few photos, but a bid deal when you’re purging nearly 400!

I turned to Twitter in my haste and a friend told me she uses GrooveBook. I did some background research and decided this is exactly what I was looking for. Here’s why:
1. Solely for iPhone photos. That’s what I’m looking for. But you can save other photos to your iPhone and print those too.
2. Cheap. For $2.99 you get 100 photos shipped to you for free. Or 100 free photos shipped to you for $2.99… However you want to look at it. And I got my first book free by using a coupon. (They’ve since sent me a coupon code you can use to get one for free: ‘BABYMAKINGGROOVE’)
3. No limit. If you want an extra book before your month is up you can order another one, still for just $2.99. So I ordered 3, 100-page books for $6 (cause I got my first book free). That’s less than $.02 a photo.
4. The photos are organized neatly in a simple flip photo book with perforated pages, so you can pull them out to hang on the fridge, frame, scrapbook, whatever.
5. Each page has a date stamp on the perforated tab left behind. Cool if you want to remember when it was taken for journaling or whatnot.

After much trial and error of my own, I've researched and discovered the easiest and cheapest way to backup & print all of your iPhone photos.

A couple other things to note. The photo quality isn’t terrible like I expected. They’re all on glossy photo paper, and some of the high-quality images I had saved to my camera roll (not taken on my iPhone) came out very nicely. Ones taken with my frontal camera are definitely more grainy, but I think that has to do with pixels. It is a subscription model, so you have to sign up and it’ll automatically bill you $2.99/month, but you can cancel it at any time.

If you take tons of photos on your phone, like I do, it’s perfect because throughout the month I upload the photos I want next, and on my deadline it orders it to print and automatically mails it to me. If you upload less than 100 photos, you’ll get duplicates to give you an even 100 number. Eventually, I’ll probably use this to print extra cheap copies of my pregnancy journal and 365 images that the kids can thumb through. I’m more delicate with my expensive books.

It doesn’t hurt to try, especially since you can get the first one free. Use code ‘BABYMAKINGGROOVE’.

After much trial and error of my own, I've researched and discovered the easiest and cheapest way to backup & print all of your iPhone photos.

Finally, I have photos that were trapped on my phone for years. My daughter giggled looking through my first Groovebook. “Mommy, look, there’s Baby Ty!”

“No sweetie, that’s you!”

Saving, printing, and de-hoarding my phone has been three years in the making. Now we can finally enjoy them together. Better late than never!

The fastest and cheapest way to backup and print all of your smart phon/ cell phone photos. So easy it's crazy! Now I can finally stop getting that dreaded "not enough space" warning when I try to take a photo.

I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!

Are you ready for this Cardigan Onesie Tutorial? Before I knew if Big T was a boy I browsed Pinterest for style ideas for little baby boys. I love boutique-style clothing for my daughter and I wanted my son to be able to look just as adorable in snazzy clothing.

I came across this tutorial to make a cardigan onesie. And while they are SO adorable, the directions made me a little anxious. Mostly the part of dealing with knit fabrics, all the buttons holes and whatnot. I figured there must be a simpler way to get the same look and that’s what I set out to do. I am not the craftiest person in the world, and I like to make things as easy as possible.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Not only did I figure out a fool-proof way to get the job done, and make a cardigan-style onesie that goes on line a regular onesie–Over the head so you don’t have to mess with all those extra buttons. And the best part is it only cost a whopping $2 to make this thing–If you shop like I do. Sure beats the price tags you’ll find searching Etsy for similar styles.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

I went to one of our local children’s resale shop–Once Upon a Child. They have TONS of onesies, only $1 each. I picked up as many cute styles as I could find, mostly aiming for the striped or bright solid colors. I also went with mostly short-sleeved styles for now because come on, Texas is freggin HOT.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Then, instead of messing with cutting and attaching stretchy knit fabric, I decided to use bias tape. I found some from this Etsy shop. She let me split up the colors and yardage, so I got 1 yard each of 11 different colors for $11.

I already had buttons and thread, plus scrap fabric for the bow ties, and I was good to go. Want to make your own? I’ll walk you through it.How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

First, here’s what you’ll need:

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.
Onesie
Scissors
Pins
1yd Bias tape–I like the double fold 1/2 inch tape
Coordinating thread
And a sewing machine to attach the bias tape
Buttons

Step 1 (pictured below)
Create a point at the center of the onesie, parallel to the under-arm area of the sleeve. That’s going to be the point of the v-neck. Using a straight-edge, draw the lines of the V up to the shoulders. Then draw a line down the center of the onesie.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

Step 2 (pictured below)
Cut along your lines. Then cut the onesie trim around the collar area.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 3 (pictured below)
Open your bias tape and slide the cut edge of the onesie inside to the center fold of the tape. Pin. Note: You don’t need to go completely around the onesie with the bias tape because we’ll overlap where the V connects.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 4 (pictured below)
Sew the bias tape onto the onesie. I stitch all the way around to connect it, starting at the bottom. Then when I get to the opposite side of the straight line, I top stitch the other side of the bias tape, closing the onesie again.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 5 (pictured below)
Add buttons. You can do this carefully using a hot glue gun, or stitch them on with needle and thread.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 6
Spice it up with a coordinating onesie and/or bow tie (super easy tutorial for those coming soon!)

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.
Using different colors and embellishments could totally girlie it up, but my girl is too big for onesies now so these are all for my little guy.

Like the tutorial? Have any questions? Leave them in the comments section. And please share with your friends!

Washing Biracial Hair! *Update: Here is my new process for washing my now 4-year-old’s waist-length mixed hair*

My daughter has extremely curly hair. People always comment on her hair, and when we’re out people ask me where she gets her curly hair (me) and if it’s naturally that way (No, I permed my 1-year-old’s hair… Who are these people?). The most common question I get asked in emails from blog readers is how I manage Lil’ J’s curls. What can I say? It’s a hot topic in our lives.

Check out this super easy tutorial for washing biracial hair. This is my quick and easy routine for washing biracial hair.

I have written the same response over and over again so I figured I should just write a blog post about my routine for washing biracial hair, that way I can link people here from now on.

First off, I don’t wash her hair very often. Usually once a week to every 9-10 days. I use It’s a Curl Patticake Conditioner which I buy from Amazon. You can get the whole line here. I like it because it’s organic, and gentle on her head. I haven’t ever died or relaxed my hair and I want to be equally as cautious with hers.

Check out this super easy tutorial for washing biracial hair. This is my quick and easy routine for washing biracial hair.
I bought the entire line (twice), It’s a Curl Shampoo, Conditioner, Moisturizer and Leave in Conditioner.

Check out this super easy tutorial for washing biracial hair. This is my quick and easy routine for washing biracial hair.
For washing her hair and getting her curls “set” I use the shampoo and conditioner. I also use a big-tooth comb.
Check out this super easy tutorial for washing biracial hair. This is my quick and easy routine for washing biracial hair.

I’ve tried many variations of these steps and I think I’ve found what works best for her hair so hopefully this will help for many of you.

Check out this super easy tutorial for washing biracial hair. This is my quick and easy routine for washing biracial hair.
Before

1. I wet and wash her hair with the shampoo. I don’t use a ton of shampoo, just one squirt. Again, I don’t shampoo it often, maybe once a week or week and a half. A lot of shampoo tends to dry her hair out more so I try not to use a lot.-Just enough to clean her hair, and rinse. Make sure you get all the shampoo out, no bubbles left.

Check out this super easy tutorial for washing biracial hair. This is my quick and easy routine for washing biracial hair.
2. With conditioner I’m very generous. This is what will get the tangles out so I use a lot and literally cake it in.
Check out this super easy tutorial for washing biracial hair. This is my quick and easy routine for washing biracial hair.
3. Comb those curls. I start with the wider-tooth part of the comb and comb through it, then switch to the other side, where the teeth are closer together to get more tangles out. This combs the conditioner through the hair too. I hang tight closer to her scalp while tugging at the ends so she doesn’t feel it. She’s usually playing with her toys and not minding what I do.
Check out this super easy tutorial for washing biracial hair. This is my quick and easy routine for washing biracial hair.
4. Rinse out all the conditioner.
Check out this super easy tutorial for washing biracial hair. This is my quick and easy routine for washing biracial hair.
5. Comb again with the wide-tooth end.

6. Don’t towel dry or blow dry. Let your curly head run around until it’s dry. This is important because a towel will frizz it up, and if they go to sleep with it damp they’ll wake up with their hair sticking out and squished in weird places. Another tip: Use a satin pillowcase when they sleep to keep tangles at bay.

Here’s a morning where I let her go to bed a little too soon before her hair was totally dry.
Check out this super easy tutorial for washing biracial hair. This is my quick and easy routine for washing biracial hair.
Here’s an afternoon where I washed her hair mid-day and let it dry outside while she was playing.
Check out this super easy tutorial for washing biracial hair. This is my quick and easy routine for washing biracial hair.
Between washing sometimes I”ll use her leave-in moisturizing and conditioning products to keep the friz down and the curls cute.

Hope this helps! Any other questions about washing biracial hair? Leave it in the comments and I’ll get back to you! And if you have a similar post or tips feel free to leave a link in the comments, different things work for different people.

*Update 11/24/2014* Here is my updated process for her now waist-length hair.

Mixed Hair Care: Tips for biracial hair care and a step-by-step guide to getting beautiful moisturized curls. Teach your daughters to love their natural hair. Natural hair care for kids. #naturalhairkids

DIY Fall Crayon Leaves.

Here’s a fun family craft to try with your kiddos if they won’t eat the crayons…

What you need
Wax paper (about $1.25 at walmart)
Crayons (50 cents a box if you don’t have any laying around)
Scissors
Sharpie (later I found a pencil worked better for second tracing)
Brown paper grocery bag
Iron

Not pictured:
*pencil sharpener with larger hole (or cheese grater or scissors)
*paper towels
*leaf or two

1. Cut open a brown paper bag and lay it down to try and protect your counters.

2) Then peel paper off crayons and make shavings using a pencil sharpener.

3) Rip two pieces of wax paper off the roll and sprinkle one sheet with crayon shavings. Lighter sprinkling (not heavy concentrations) works best. Brown and dark colors didn’t work as well as the brighter ones. Hot pink worked great with the oranges!

4) Place the second sheet of wax paper on top of the shavings,

…Put a paper towel or two down on top and iron.

5) Trace your leaf with the sharpie, then set your melted creation (‘sandwich’) on top of the leaf drawing and trace leaf shapes. (The second tracing step here worked better with a pencil)

6) Cut out the leaves! You can add stems to some, but they’re kind of fragile and crunch off easy.

TADAA! What do you think?! You could use fishing line or thread and make a really neat mobile, or tape them to a window for the sun to shine through.
 
This would make a great Fall decoration for a classroom too!

I may try to turn mine into a mobile and hang it outside. I’ll add some more photos once I complete that task!

Big thanks to Cambria Laine for this craft idea.

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I’m totally into everything Halloween right now, Halloween crafts included. So when I got this craft idea from Cambria Laine I was thrilled to try it out.

How adorable is this little Halloween candy corn hat? It takes moments to make and it doesn’t require a sewing machine. Cute right? Here’s how it’s done.
Supplies needed:

3 pieces of felt. (1 yellow, 1 orange, 1 white. In my area these are about 25 cents each)
Scissors
Stitch witchery (or heat n’ bond) (you can sew this instead if you wanted).
Pen
Iron
measuring tape

Instructions:
1) Measure around your baby’s head, add about 1 inch ease for each side to allow for seams/etc.
(Write the measurement down, divide that number by two and add two inches. Save this number for later use.)
Example: My child’s head is 18 inches. Divided by two: 9 inches. I added 1 inch. = 10 inches 🙂

2) Cut the strips of felt in half the lengthwise so you have long enough strips to work with.

Begin assembly!

Overlap edges of each of the three strips of felt about 1/4 inch.
**Make sure you’re doing it in a “orange, yellow (middle), white (top) candy corn pattern.**
My stitch witchery is too wide so I had to cut a few 11-12 inch pieces and slice them down the middle making 2 strips out of each piece.

3) Using stitch witchery, iron together at each 1/4 inch overlap (repeat for each layer) to fuse them instead of sewing. (Or you could sew them).

4) Cut off half the height of the white strip…I think it looks more proportionate this way. (It was an oops after thought!)

5) REPEAT steps #3 & #4 for other side of hat.

6) Fold up about a 1/2 inch of the orange edge (for a more finished brim) and use a piece of stitch witchery and your iron to fix it in place.

7) On the wrong side of the fabric (back) mark your measurement (from step #1 above).
*I used my 10 inch measurement from above.* Cut off the excess.

8) Fold in half vertically. Put a small pen mark where it folded together at the CENTER of the top (on the white part – but make sure you mark the back of fabric). Then put a small mark about 1 inch on either side of this center mark so there are three at the top.

9) Take a ruler and draw a line from one of the outer marks to the bottom corner of your fabric. Repeat for other side to create a triangle type shape.

10) Take the triangle and lay it on top of the other uncut piece. Use it to trace for cutting second side of hat into a triangle.

11) Lay two pieces of the stitch witchery (cut in half so it is thinner) up and around the sides and top of the triangle. Set other half of hat on top like a sandwich face down and iron the two layers together.
Note: Make sure you put the stitch witchery on the RIGHT side of the fabric (the side that will be showing when your hat is done.) This sounds backwards but when you turn your hat right side out it’ll be nice!

12) Turn right side out and enjoy!

With all of Lil’ J’s hair and my imperfect cutting, mine came out a tad bit smaller than I had hoped. So I used hair clippies to pin it to her head. Still cute if you ask me! Just keep that in mind when you’re cutting. What do you think? Adorable, no?

halloween-hat-diy-finished-2Take lots of pictures of your cute baby wearing the hat and be sure to come back and share one!

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What I'm Making Monday

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Monday is almost over, but I figured it’s better I post it today than next Monday when it’s WAY after Christmas! I’m so proud of my creation!

I can’t take all of the credit cause I got an idea to make this adorable Little Ms. Claus Dress after seeing a similar one by my friend Jess‘s sister who own’s the shop Our Little Tutus. So if you think you can’t make one of these, you can buy one for under $30!

I saw a picture of her Santa tutu dress and decided to create one with the flair of a pettiskirt. So I made a tutu pettiskirt style dress using tulle, ribbon, a red crocheted baby beanie and headband and feathers/more tulle.

I made it by hand sewing together a red baby beanie I opened up to a wide baby headband.

Then I made the tutu dress like I explained in this tutorial. Then I tied small white strips to the ends of the red tulle skirt to make it look like a mock pettiskirt.

I added more frill by hand stitching a feather boa-like embellishment to the top front of the dress bodice. Note: DON’T stitch it all around. I did that at first and forgot that she’d have to fit in it. The bodice gives but the feather’s didn’t so I had to undo half of my stitching around the back.

After a photoshoot with the feather’s I realized baby drool and feathers don’t mix so I went back and tied white tulle to the top of the bodice (the same way I did with the red around the bottom) and trimmed it all down to the same length.

I added a black satin ribbon as the Ms. Claus belt with a rhinestone buckle (I found at Hobby Lobby).

TADA!

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