Elastic Waistband Tip

Hi friends!

I haven’t mentioned this before but in the past few months, I have discovered  that I love sewing! Several years ago I got a tiny sewing machine for basic stuff. I was able to do hems and small crafts. Fast forward to this year and my little machine wasn’t cutting it anymore. My awesome husband bought me a new machine -this one- about 3 month ago and the love was instant, and on top of that, he helped me buy a serger last month -this one-! (He is truly a gem).

Last night I was sewing a really cute pair of shorts for my girly girl that have an elastic waistband. I was using the old safety pin trick to feed the elastic through the casing. Although the method does work, I found myself getting frustrated with it as the elastic corners were not going through smoothly and instead, they got caught on the casing every few minutes. This is when I decided to try this idea that popped up in my mind. It has probably been done before, but I had never heard of it so please pretend that it is a earth shattering idea for you too, mmkay? 😉

I took the elastic out and re positioned the safety pin from this:

To this:

You guys! It took less than half the time to feed the elastic through! That is a huge win in my book!!

If you are sewing something with an elastic waistband you have to try it! It will save you both time and frustration!

Here’s another picture of the finished shorts. Now I want a pair for me as well! (It is the Coachella shorts pattern from Striped Swallow Designs)


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Halloween Recap: Monsters Inc DIY Family Costumes

Hi everyone! I can’t believe we are midweek already. We are enjoying a beautiful weather here in H-town which makes me sooo glad that fall is finally here.

I just wanted to pop up for a quicky Halloween recap today. Although my baby girl is not big enough to fully understand Halloween, she seemed pretty excited to see everyone (including mommy and daddy) dressed in wacky/fun costumes. And lucky for me, she doesn’t eat candy yet so I’ve been slowly eating all the candy she got on Friday 😀

Last year we chose little red riding hood as the theme, she –of course- was the cutest little red riding hood (she was 3 months old), hubby was the wolf dressed up as grandma, and I was the lumberjack (French version but it would have been a hunter in the more popular Grimm’s version of the story).  We had so much fun that we decided to do another family theme this year and make family costumes a tradition. You know, until she is old enough to be too embarrassed of us 😉

This year we decided on a Monsters Inc. theme, so I stated looking for DIY costumes as I didn’t want to spend too much $$$ on them. They get only one use after all. We decided that hubby was going to be Sulley, I chose Mike W., and baby girl HAD to be Boo.

I decided to skip the trouble of making a Sulley costume and just bought a Sulley cosplay pajama on ebay for hubby. It worked perfectly. For Boo, I knew I had to sew the costume, luckily, it wasn’t difficult at all. I did not take good pictures (in fact, I took barely any pictures) as I worked late at night after baby girl went to bed and I had done all of my hose chores. So bad, bad lighting + working in a hurry = almost no Boo costume pictures L. I used this tutorial as a guide but it was so simple that even I -with VERY basic sewing knowledge- (I never took a class or anything) was able to make it.

The Mike Wazowski costume was even easier to make and I think it turned out really well. I simply bought a cheapo green sweatshirt (size XXL) and green leggings on ebay and four sheets of felt (green, white, blue, and white) at the craft store for the eye and mouth. The grand total was a whopping $15. I simply cut the shape of the eye and mouth (used hot glue to stick the teeth) and sewed it to the sweatshirt just using a needle and some thread. I chose a super big sweatshirt so I could put a pillow inside (it would also work if you were about 8-9 months preggo), I secured the pillow using a belt and I was ready for the candy!!!

I know that this post is a tad late for Halloween but maybe you can pin it as inspiration for next year? 😛

In summary, I had a lot of fun this Halloween and have the feeling that it will only get better as Zoe gets older and more excited about it. I can say that she truly brings my inner child out and I cannot be happier about it!!

P.S. Sorry about the quality of the pictures, they were taken with the phone camera and by the quality of them, I think its about time to upgrade phones 😉


This post has been getting more traffic lately, I think it might be because we are only 3 months away from Halloween. This is why I decided to include a couple of pictures of how I made Zoe’s costume, even though I didn’t take pictures of the process, I think these graphics I created will give you a pretty good idea of how it came together.

The circles represent the two holes I made for her arms, and the dotted lines are simple straight stitches.Boo Costume


For the hood, I cut a circle out of the same fabric and made a dart so that it wouldn’t just lay flat on the head. Then I sewed the pipe cleaned (with the Styrofoam eyes attached) to it. I attached this piece to the body using snap buttons, which I also used in the back of the body part.

Boo Costume

I hope this is useful!!


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DIY Birthday T-Shirt

My baby is not a baby anymore, she is about to enter toddlerhood very soon, as in 6 days soon. Just typing it gives me a bit of anxiety. Where did time go? I miss my snuggly baby who loved to cuddle with mama and sleep all the time. She is now on the go go go at all times and mommy still can’t get enough of her 😀

For the past few weeks I’ve been a busy bee trying to squeeze in as much crafting time as I could. A few days ago I did this little project that I’m very happy to share with you.

I wanted her to have a personalized outfit for her birthday party, but since it is a one-wear outfit, I didn’t want to spend too much on it. That’s why I decided to DIY it. I got a pack of plain white shirts and a quarter of a yard of pretty fabric that goes with her birthday theme.

I used some fabric interfacing that I had on hand and cut a square of both the fabric and the interfacing. I ironed them together (rough side of the interfacing facing the fabric) on medium-high and pressed for about 30 seconds until they were bonded together. Then I used my die cutting machine (I have a Silhouette Cameo) to cut a number 1 on the fabric. I simply placed the fabric on the cutting mat (interfacing facing down) and used the cotton fabric setting. If you don’t have a die cutting machine you can simply trace the shape you would like to cut (in this case the #1) and just cut it with scissors. Then I proceeded to remove the fabric from the mat, I peeled the interfacing cover and positioned it on the shirt. Once I got it where I wanted it to be, I ironed for 30 seconds again on the same setting and voila!

It was missing something though, so I used one of the itty bitty scraps that were already fused to the interfacing and cut her name using my die cutting machine again.

I followed the same steps and ironed them at the bottom of the number 1.

I love the results! 😛 It turned out so pretty!!

Now she has a cute shirt for her birthday and it was only around $3.50!!! I call that a win!!

I can’t wait to share with you all of the other birthday projects I’m working on!