Tag: eco-friendly

gluten-free play dough recipe

Last I blogged about homemade play dough, gluten was still a hot and heavy part of our diets. After my diagnosis (and coming to terms with the fact that my son also has trouble with gluten), I got rid of all the gluten in our home, and stopped making dough. In the back of my mind I kept a mental note to Google gluten-free play dough recipes. I mean, one had to exist, right? Right! I have no idea what took me so long to investigate.

I used this recipe, and had little issue with whipping up a fresh batch, only that I cooked it a bit too long which left it on the drier side.

I also finally got around to putting together a little play dough tool kit, an aspect of Meg’s post which I just adored. It’s been so fun to watch how my son uses the tools.

Just as before, we still use these fantastic containers,

which make clean-up and storage a snap.

I purchased the little suitcase at Michael’s on a super sale, and opening and closing it is half the fun of the whole activity.

Happy Playing!

Note: the craft fair, for all intents and purposes, was a success, and I loved my visitors! I most certainly had higher expectations than what was reasonable, and I may have 13 baby bibs still in my possession among, sigh, many other things. It was a learning experience, to say the least. Expect a giveaway in the near future!

5. Give, Create, Nurture

3 all-natural winter skin care recipes

I am so pleased to announce that today is the launch of the winter edition of Sparrow Magazine. This edition features an article written by yours truly; I am so honored to be a contributor to this wonderful online community. Please pop over to their site to read my article: 3 All-Natural Winter Skin Care Recipes. I feature the following skin-soothing winter recipes:

Moisturizing Lip Balm

Gentle Sugar Scrub

and Hydrating Crème.

Make a double or triple batch this holiday season and save some for you, and gift the rest to others.

Happy Reading!

2. Skin, 5. Give, Beautify, Create

kcwc: recycled denim pocket pants

I made another pair of pocket pants, this time in a size 2, which look so great paired with the fox t-shirt. I love how everything goes with denim.

For the majority of the sewing I used a denim needle, which I’m so glad I sprung for as I’m certain it was mandatory; I switched to a twin denim needle to sew the “No-Itch” seams. I had loads of trouble with the twin needle. Loads. In the end it all worked out, but what I learned is that conditions have to be perfect for a twin needle to work.

Sadly I have no photo to show of my son actually wearing these pants. When I went to put them on (and snap a few photos) he yelled, “too big!” and ran away, apparently due to the previous pocket pant debacle. He has since modeled them and my husband and I think they’re super cute, even if they’re a touch too long and bunch a bit at the crotch. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something charming about them.

How is your sewing going? Still going strong or ready to take a break?

Pattern: Pocket Pants from Growing Up Sew Liberated: Making Handmade Clothes and Projects for Your Creative Child (size 2)

Denim: my husband’s old Levi’s jeans

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kcwc: foxy pocket pants

My first Kids Clothes Week Challenge creation. These are the pocket pants pattern from Meg’s book Growing Up Sew Liberated. I sewed a size 3T given her recommendation of sizing up for cloth diapers.

This pattern is excellent, full of lovely little details like the bias-binding around the pockets and contrasting waistband. There is so much reinforcement going on when sewing the “No Itch” seams, that these are truly built to last.

I really appreciated her method of attaching the pants cuffs. It’s simple yet brilliant really, as the cuffs can be let down as the child grows, extending the life of the pants.

Yeah. No letting down necessary in this house. I could tighten the elastic and shorten the pants (or…any ideas?), or save these for the future. What do you think?

Pattern: Pocket Pants from Growing Up Sew Liberated (size 3)

Fabric Main: men’s repurposed cargo pants (I had to do some slight piecing to make it work)

Fabric Contrast: Organic Fox in the Henhouse Print from Monoluna via Bolt

What are you sewing yo!?!

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sew: 20-minute toddler pants

The night before we left for Chicago, we learned that the weather would be much cooler there than what we were experiencing in Portland. Oh cuss word. I had not a single pair of warm pants that fit my child and felt too pressed for time to run to the store. What to do? Sew pants. Stat.

This heinous sweatshirt which was slated for the Goodwill, was chopped up and quickly sewn into sweatpants. After the backpack, this was laughably easy.

Running around Chicagoland in awesome new sweatpants.

I was so stoked with the speedy results, that I re-purposed another sweatshirt…

and then a striped sweater

Super fast, super easy, super eco-friendly. I used Carla’s quick tutorial for the how-to and was so thankful for the easy-to-follow photos and instructions. Here are two tips:

  • If you don’t have an existing pair of well-fitting pants (like I didn’t), make sure to account for extra room where needed. For example: if your child is long and needs extra length, move the existing pants up the sweatshirt sleeve by an inch or two before cutting. This is totally obvious of course, yet I have to mention it considering I learned it the hard way.
  • Edgestitch the top of the waistband to help keep the elastic from rolling and twisting if you don’t have any “no-roll” elastic in your stash.

Happy Sewing!

PS – are you participating in the Kids Clothes Week Challenge next week? If you are, then I bet you’ve been stoked by all the sewing posts as of late, and if you are not, well, please be forewarned that you might have to endure yet another week of sewing-related posts…that is, if I get my act together. I seem to be very ambitious, but very, very exhausted these days. I’ll be back to the more varied jibber jabber later this month.

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