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Pouch Style Baby Sling

Babywearing is a lot of fun, but often times it doesn’t start out that way. Babywearing for new moms is scary business, and it is hard to trust your carrier to hold your precious bundle of joy securely.  With a little bit of searching there are many online resources that talk about babywearing, I have complied some helpful and informative resources for new babywears. Do the research and educate yourself until you feel comfortable and confident. There are proper techniques for holding baby securely when placing the child in the sling and proper baby carrying positions. The best thing is to practice practice practice. You don’t have to grab your baby right away. Many people use stuffed animals to demonstrate or practice, maybe you could use a small 5lb bag of rice so you can get the feel of how the sling will carry the weight of your baby. Use a mirror.

This guide is focused on the pouch style sling.

Ring Style

I would recommend this style of sling for new babywears because I feel it is the easiest to get baby in and out of.  It is basically a pocket you put your baby in. You don’t need to adjust the sli

ng’s size or have to deal with lots of fabric like you do with the the other common ring carrier type baby slings.

1. The most important thing for safety and comfort is size. DO NOT use a sling that is too big or too small.

A lot of times a baby carrier is given as a gift and that’s what gets a mom interested in babywearing, but be sure you have the correct size. Especially with a pouch style sling.

Finding your size:

Simply measure from the outer edge of your shoulder (where a t-shirt seam would fall) diagonally across to the opposite hip. If you do not have a tape measure your t-shirt size is close for most people.
Small (23-24″)
Medium (24-25″)
Large (25-26″)
X-Large (26-27″)

I would suggest reading this guide on Correct Positioning.

It includes very detailed instructions and pictures illustrating incorrect positions as well as correct positions.

2. Your baby should be worn up high they should be around your chest area and snug against your body.

3. If you are using the sling for an older child and have their legs out there feet should be above their bum. Like a froggy position. The fabric should go under each knee. From knee to knee,  around the bum for a secure hold.

4. With any carrier the fabric should be spread as wide as possible around your back always avoid twisted or bunched up fabric.

There are also very helpful instructional videos on how to wear your baby.

Newborn Carry

Other types of baby carriers.

This is a Pre-Tied wrap tummy to tummy position.

Wrap Style Carry Baby Wearing

Baby Carry Using a Baby Wrap

Sew your own Pouch Sling: Video Instructions

Sew many Wonderful Sewing Tutorials at purlbee.com

These fabric pom poms from Ashley of Dolci Odille are shown as different ways to accessorize at a wedding. They’d also look beautiful hanging in a room! [via Sweet Jessie]

DIY Fabric Poms
DIY Wedding

We recently created this fabric pom pom as a tree topper for an inspiration shoot over at Design*Sponge, but it’s a great DIY project for a wedding as well. They have so many creative uses… hung above tables, chair aisle decor, or an alternative to the expensive flower poms that flower girls use to walk down the aisle.

-Ashley of Dolci Odille

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Supplies: Fabric, scissors, hot glue gun, and chinese lanterns.

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Step 1: Cut circles out of fabric.

Step 2: Fold the circle in half and put a little hot glue on the center, then fold over to secure.

Step 3: Apply more hot glue to the bottom of the folded circle.

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Step 4: Press the bottom of the folded circle with the hot glue onto the chinese lantern.

Step 5: Repeat these steps until the whole lantern is covered. Once finished, attached some fabric to the metal frame of the lantern to hang.

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Project created by Dolci Odille

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Welcome to Clutter Cult! Clutter Cult’s not just another vintage shop on etsy. We are here to provide you with unique quality vintage finds for your home or your friend’s home!

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Milk Glass Vase
Vintage Milk Glass Vase
Garfield Collectible Glass Coffee Mug
Collectible Garfield Mug
Retro Metal Enamel Mixing Bowls
Retro Mixing Bowls
ABC card

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Thank you Grace for letting me spend the week here! For my last post I
decided to make an ABC birthday card with a PDF you can download and
make yourself.

We have a birthday tradition in our family we’ve been doing since we
were kids. We go around the dinner table and each person takes a letter
of the alphabet, and we say something nice about the birthday girl/boy.
A is for Artistic! B is for the Beautiful! We go around and around the
table until we get to Z (which can be a difficult letter, you have to
get creative). You can mention a favorite memory, or something that
reminds you of that person, but it has to involve your letter.

My family is now scattered across the country. So I thought this ABC
card might be a nice way to keep our tradition going, even when we’re
apart for birthdays. Coming up with 26 things on your own can be tough,
so I only recommend making this card for people you know quite well!

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To get started: Download the PDF which includes
all 26 letters. For each card you’ll need seven sheets of cardstock.
Print your cards on a color printer. Cut each page into 4 cards by
following the trim marks. Write one special trait or memory for each
letter. Wrap with ribbon and mail to the birthday boy/girl in a sturdy
envelope. It’s almost as good as being there in person.

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This is a great little tutorial to make your own gift tags for the holidays. All you need is some paper, a printer, a few cutting tools, some scrap fabric and glue.

last-minute christmas tags

I know everyone is busy wrapping (or perhaps still finishing) a few gifts. I’m here to help! These gift tags are a great way to use leftover fabric scraps. First, download this template and print it on some white cardstock.

Here’s what you need: your printed template, a ruler and an x-acto knife, a bone folder (in order to get nice crisp folds), a cutting mat, glue (spray adhesive or glue stick), 1.5” circle punch (or you can cut the circles with your x-acto knife.. be careful!), a few cute fabric swatches (cut to roughly 1.75” squares), and a hole punch.

STEP 1: Cut out your tags (each template makes four tags) with a ruler and an x-acto knife, using the guides on the template. I cut the top and bottom horizontal lines first, and then the vertical lines.. do not cut through the paper top to bottom, you want to stop shy of the edge of the paper so you keep the border and your guide marks intact.

STEP 2: Take the four cards and punch out the 1.5” circle, as marked on the template (your circle punch will be slightly larger than the circle on the template). Line it up as closely as you can.

STEP 3: Apply glue to the entire wrong side (or back of the card) especially the edges. Pick your fabric swatch and affix it to the back of the card, wrong side up, making sure it covers the entire punched circle. (The right side of the fabric should be face down).

Fold the card in half to sandwich the fabric, use a bone folder to get a nice tight fold (or your fingernail). Rub the card all over, making sure the glue is spread evenly over the entire card. Punch holes where indicated. Add string or ribbon and enjoy!

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Homemade waffles

Today I found a vintage waffle maker at the thrift store. I was so happy I never liked Belgian waffles and have been looking for a waffle maker with little squares, like Eggos. I was so excited after a good cleaning I had to plug it in and try it out, so we had breakfast for dinner with my new old waffle maker, lol. They came out great! I’m really please that it worked so well. It took me a little while to figure out temperature and cooking time, and I still need more practice to know what amount of batter is just right.
This Vintage Waffle Iron is a 2 in 1 Grill and Waffle Maker. You can open the Waffle iron so it lays completely flat. Then you can reverse the plates on the waffle maker to reveal a smooth non-stick surface, and voila you have a counter top griddle. Fry some beacon and eggs on one side then cook some flap jacks on the other. I’m going to try that next.I folded my waffles around a hot dog to try to recreate that yummy KC waffle dog taste.


Material:
1. UPVC pipe (150mm diameter and 350mm length)
2. 2mm thick cardboard
3. Wrapping paper of your choice (I got this from Ikea)
4. Craft glue
5. Craft knife, steel ruler and cutting mat
6. Scissor and a pencil
7. A saw with a suitable blade to cut plastic material (I used electrical saw in my workshop)
8. Sand paper

Step 1
Cut the Pipe to your desire length, a body and a cap (200mm and 50mm). Sand-off the sharp edges from the cut.
Trace the outer diameter of the pipe on the 2mm cardboard, make 2, cut them out for the top and bottom cap.
Cut 2 pieces of 30mm wide and 1 piece of 10mm wide strips from the 2mm cardboard. The length must be

Step 2
Cut wrapping paper for the top and bottom caps.
Apply glue on the pipes surface. Wrap the wrapping paper around it and seal the open end in by putting some glue there.
Fold the top end of the body and both ends of the cap in and glue it.

View complete Tutorial Here:
http://www.craftpassion.com/2009/12/tutorial-tube-box.html#more-2683

View complete Tutorial Here:
http://www.craftpassion.com/2009/12/tutorial-tube-box.html#more-2683

Free Downloadable Projects

Cup Cozy and Can Cozy

These fun cup and can holders have fleece interlining, Velcro® closures and include extra pattern pieces for both appliqué and a photo pocket.

Use your imagination and embellish with a favorite photo, beads, decorative stitches… Be creative! The patterns include a printer check to verify that your computer printer didn’t alter the pattern size.

Free download includes cup and can cozy patterns with complete, easy to follow instructions.

Clutch Purse

This stylish clutch purse is offered in two sizes and is lined, has piping at outer edge and a snap closure.

The downloadable pattern includes both small and large clutch purses. Just as in KWIK SEW’s printed pattern, each size of the clutch purse pattern is color coded so the correct cutting lines are quickly and easily identified. The pattern even includes a printer check to verify that your computer printer didn’t alter the pattern size.

Free download includes multi-sized clutch purse pattern and complete instructions.

Download PDF Cup & Can Cozy Patterns

Download PDF for Clutch Purse Pattern

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