Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Maternity Photo Shoot

34 weeks and 3 days pregnant and we finally took maternity photos! We were originally not going to do any because when we planned on doing them, I had to take it easy. And with our scheduled c-section being in three weeks, I gave up on us getting any pictures of us. So, thank you Aly! You're absolutely wonderful and I'm so happy with how they turned out :)

Here are just a few!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DIY No-Sew Knot Headband

Will and I went the the 3 French Hens market and I saw these super cute knot headbands - but they were $12 each. Will said that it looked like something I could make. The only problem was that I don't have a sewing machine :(

So I went to Target and found some stretchy jersey adult headbands. They came in a four pack and were $4.79. I also bought Singer Stitch Free Fabric Glue for $3.89. (Though I'm sure you could use hot glue as well).

Steps (from bottom to top):
  1. (Multi-colored) Original headband with no alterations.
  2. (Pink) I cut the headband in half on both sides of the sewed seam.
  3. (Black) I made a curved template and cut the edges so that they were curved.
  4. (Gray) I turned the headband inside out. 

This is the fabric glue I used. After you use it, it needs to dry for 24 hours. 

I glued the curved edges together, leaving just a few millimeters of room along the edges. 

Steps (from bottom to top):
  1. (Multi-colored) I cut a small slit in the middle of the headband along the sewed seam. 
  2. (Gray) I pulled one end through the hole.
  3. (Pink) I pulled the other end through the hole.
  4. (Black) Completely flipped inside out and turned over. 

I double knotted the headbands and made sure the knot was pulled tight. The seam is on the inside of the headband, so that little hole I cut is not visible. The circumference came out to be 12 inches, which is the perfect size for newborns and all the way up to 3 months!

Pictures of my sweet baby girl Lucy wearing the headbands!

Need somewhere to store the gorgeous headbands you made?! Check out my DIY Headband Holder.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

DIY Blackout Curtains

Will and I bought "blackout" curtains from Menards and although we loved the color and how it looked in the nursery, it did not block out any light. 

I went to Joann fabrics and bought white blackout fabric. I wanted to do the nursery and our bedroom because Will sometimes works the midnight shift and has to sleep during the day. 

I ended up buying 15 1/2 yards, which came out to be $108. I used a 40% off coupon via RetailMeNot and saved $40! It came out to be around $30 per room. 

  1. I did not take pictures of the process, but I unrolled the blackout fabric, smooth side down (the side that will be facing the window) and then laid the curtain over it. I folded back the top portion of the curtain and folded over the blackout fabric where I wanted it, right below the rings (see above picture). 
  2. I then used safety pins to secure the blackout fabric to the curtain. You could also use iron or sew on velcro or adhesive to bind the fabrics together. 
  3. I then cut the blackout fabric along the bottom of the curtain and did the same along the side since the curtains were smaller than the blackout fabric. The master bedroom curtains fit perfectly across. 

The whole process was so easy! Will and I both love how they turned out :)