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1  Towel Holder Loops! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by mylovelybabybump on: July 26, 2007 02:40:18 PM
My friend had something like this in her kids bathroom, so of course I had to copy her! The seashore ones are in my kids' bathroom and the white ones are in our master bathroom.

You just fold your towel in half like normal, but instead of hanging it over the bar so the ends hang down, you hang it with the ends up, and overlap them over the towel bar. Then you can tie your ribbon around it and it creates a "loop" which you can then stuff other rolled up towels into. This is cool b/c then you get to keep your "pretty towels" up all the time, but you still have storage for the towels you use daily. Yay! My friend actually tied her ribbon through the very top of the towels, so that the bow rests on top, on the top of the towel bar. But I wanted my bows to be on the front.

Oh- and I hot glued the flowers/shell bows to metal hair clips so I could easily unclip them from the ribbon if I ever need to take the towels down for a wash. So EASY! and cheap! Wink

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2  What paint colors for my DD's room? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by mylovelybabybump on: July 16, 2007 11:07:44 AM
This is the bedding set she has...its light blue & white with red, pink, green, and light green accents, and flowers and strawberries. Her walls are currently lavender, that matched her old crib bedding, and I've just never gotten around to repainting.

I really like the light blue, drk pink, red color combos I've seen on here, like in the cherry blossom rooms, etc. I need to make her curtains, too. So should I do blue walls, red curtains, pink & red accents? I also thought about putting a chair rail along the middle of the wall, and painting the bottom half dark pink and the top half blue. Is that too much? :/

this is her bedding pattern (this shows the crib version, but she has a twin bed)

and here are pictures of other things in her room. I just don't know how to throw it all together!!!!

her bookcase that is in dire need of some TLC

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3  Family Photo Wreath in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by mylovelybabybump on: May 23, 2007 12:36:07 PM
I made this wreath for my mom on Mother's Day. Actually I bought it as a kit online from Target clearance, under stationary & scrapbooking (its still on there, only $10, $20 total including shipping & handling & tax). Everything comes in a box: the wreath, the photo frame stencils, paper, ribbon. But I bought my own paper to match my mom's decor. It was really easy to make (the hardest part was finding which photos I wanted to use, make them B&W, and print in them right size). I liked it so much I actually bought another one for me afterwards Cheesy

Going clockwise from the top: my mom, my daughter, my son, my brother, me, my husband!
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4  How to fix this maternity swimtop? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by mylovelybabybump on: May 23, 2007 12:20:42 PM
See how the bottom sticks out soooo much? I realize eventually I'm going to fill that out (haha) Wink but until then, is there something I could sew along the bottom to keep it against my tummy? Just a temporary fix. My kids are already begging to go swimming and none of my regular ones fit anymore. Thanks!

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5  Hooded Towels- NOW with tute! :D in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by mylovelybabybump on: May 21, 2007 01:35:50 AM
This is kinda old skool stuff so I'm sure there are a million on here already, but it was my first sewing project so I'm still excited to show it off. Smiley It cost about $8 to make: one bath towel, half a hand towel and 3 strips of ribbon. Its going to make a great baby shower gift for my cousin! My next project is making matching ones for my kids' swimsuits.

The tute I made for this is under the sewing for kids board. You can go over there to check it out! Wink
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6  hooded towels- NOW with tutorial! :D (lots of pics!!!) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by mylovelybabybump on: May 21, 2007 01:32:09 AM
I'm not sure if this really belong here, but they're sorta clothing items, I guess? lol. If you think it should be somewhere else, just let me know though. Wink This is kinda old skool stuff, but it was my first sewing project so I'm still excited to show it off. Smiley It cost about $8 to make: one bath towel, half a hand towel and 3 strips of ribbon.

Okay, here's the tutorial. (my first one, so be patient!) You will need 1 large bath towel, 1 hand towel, whatever strips of ribbon you want (about 1.5 ft each), and some really strong "jean denim" sewing machine needles (you *will* break normal sewing needles sewing through these towels, so save yourself the extra trip and trouble and just start with the heavy duty ones lol). Wink Also, since the hand towel can be used for two separate hooded towels, it is wise to buy both bath towels & your one hand towel at the same time (in case they run out of that color later on, then you're stuck w/ an odd color half-a-hand towel).

First, cut your hand towel in half. Then sew your ribbon on, just straight across the bottom (I had already made my 1st hood, and didnt have any ribbon for the 2nd one, so I just photoshopped a ribbon on this one):

Fold it in half again so that the ribbon is on the inside.

Then, fold the corner up in a right angle. Pin where the flap meets the ribbon-edge of the hood. Repeat with the other side. (it is very important to make sure your ribbon is on the long, open edge, and that you are marking with your pins on the *closed* edge)

Then mark from the pin to the outside corner with masking tape. This creates the shape your hood will be. Its good to peek inside at this point and make sure that this is the correct placement, as you will be sewing along the edge of the masking tape next.

Now, you sew from the outside corner to the pin mark, along the edge of the masking tape. Repeat on both sides. I just used a single stitch. After that, cut off each flap, and then sew the edges with a zigzag stitch or whatever, to finish off the edges and leave a nice clean line. You should be left with this:

Turning it right side out, it should look like this:

Inside the hood should look like this:

Ok, you're done with your hood now. Get out the bath towel, hold it out length wise (hot dog style) then fold it in half and mark the middle with a pin.

You're going to make your back pleat now, there are two ways to do it. First way  to pleat it, you fold the edges under, meet at the center pin mark, about 2" on each side, then pin all the edges down, like this:

the back of your towel would look like this:

The 2nd way to pleat it (the way I like to do it, and how the pink one is done above, and how I'm doing this blue towel), you fold the edges over, about 2 inches on each side, meet in the center pin mark.Then pin all the layers down:

You can check to make your sides are even (so you dont need to measure with a ruler) by simply folding the edges up against each other)

This is what the back of your hooded towel will look like:

Lay your hood on the back of your bath towel, so all the raw edges are lined up together. Then pin the hood to the towel, it should look like this:

Then starting from one corner of your hood, sew a straight line about 1/2 an inch from the edge, through all 4 layers of towel, to the end corner. Then do a zigzag stitch along the edge to close your seam and make it nice and neat. Make sure you backstitch at each corner. You may have to handcrank it over the really thick corner parts, and go very slowly, otherwise you might break a needle!

Your finished hooded towel should look like this!

Ta-da! Cheesy I hope this was a good tute! If anyone has any questions, please feel free to PM me anytime.
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7  modified girly baby onesies in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by mylovelybabybump on: May 21, 2007 01:22:50 AM
(this is my first "real" post on craftster!! I had to go real quick post 10 times so I could put up my pics, bwaha. Someone on another website pointed me here yesterday & I *love* this place already!) Smiley These are onesies I modified for my cousins baby shower. I just learned how to use my sewing machine last week, so I'm so excited to be able to make stuff!!!! Cheesy I saw outfits like this in a local upscale boutique here, but knew I could do it way cheaper. Each outfit cost approx $5-8. YAY! They were very simple, just all straight lines.

These two onesies I made by cutting vintage hankies in half, then a layer of tulle with silver sparkles over it, and topping it off with ribbon to cover the edges. I got my hankies for about $3-5 each at a local antique store, but you can find them on ebay for about $7-8 including S&H.

this one I just sewed ribbon on the back for butt ruffles! (I love butt ruffles, lol) This was actually the cheapest one, only $5 to make:

this one has a peachy-nude tulle skirt with silver sparkles on it:

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