One more thing that can be made and used over and over is napkins.  I got a book for Christmas last year, it’s something like Weekend Sewing.   It has instructions for napkins.  Let me break it down for you.  Cut 2 squares, sew them together.  I know you have seen the rag blankets or quilts.  For my napkins I used that theory.  Instead of rights sides together, turn them right side out, finish the hole, I made it easier/quicker.  Put wrong sides together, sew around the edge, and then wash to start the fraying process.  It makes the edges SO soft.  And it is so easy.  I made about 30 napkins, and washed them.  then I ran them through the dryer again, cause the dryer is what really starts the fraying.  Now I have cupcake napkins I can use for the shower, then again for any birthday party.  Or more likely in my dining room since my 4 year old goes through about 6 napkins a meal.





another thing I love from Etsy is the fabric buntings.  Anything I can make and use again is perfect in my opinion.  Not just from the ecological side.  I totally agree that landfills are full of things like napkins, plates, cups, etc that could have been bought in a different form that could be reused.   I also like the monetary value of it.  If I pay 3 times as much for the bunting, but use it 3 times, after that, it’s free.

There are sellers on etsy that make these as fancy or as “plain” as you could like.  This one is on the expensive side, but think about all the appliquéd letters and birds on it.  This one would add color to any party, and is on the cheaper side.  And they don’t have to be triangle pennants, here is one with mushrooms appliquéd onto rectangles.   And here are some cute, Christmas, half circles.  There are also sellers who can make a custom banner with the colors you want.  Or you could add a phrase to it.   I also want to include this seller.  They are paper, but aren’t the beautiful!?!?!

I made a Spong Bob Banner for my son’s birthday, and a pretty pink floweredy one for mine, but haven’t had the chance to reuse them yet.  For the baby shower I am using some custom cup-cake fabric from Spoonflower. Cupcakes are good cause I can use them for pretty much any birthday, and that is the theme of the party, so it works pretty well, at least I think so…

Oh and FYI, right now is the Bunting themed challenge at Spoonflower.  They’ve got fabric that has the pennants blocked out of you, fabric with cute small designs perfect for bunting, or fabric that has the bunting all over it.

Baby Gift Bingo

Maybe its just me, biut I get a little bored watching the guest of honor open presents.  We all gather around and talk about how cute it is, but I spend most of the time comparing who spent what.

I always push for eating cake while presents are opened, that way there is something to do.  I have heard about a game though that might make it a bit more interesting.  Baby Gift Bingo. Everyone gets cards like in Bingo, but instead of numbers on them, there are different baby gifts.   If the mommy-2-be opens a carseat, you get to mark that one.  Get 5 in a row and you win.

Instead of buying a set, I will of course be making them.  The first step of course is getting at least 25 presents to fill in the boxes.  I had to get registries for 2 sets of parents last month, so I went over the list, and if they wrote it down, it’s now on my list.

  1. High Chair
  2. Car Seat
  3. Breast Pump
  4. Bottle
  5. Nipples
  6. Baby Tub
  7. Comb
  8. Swing
  9. Stroller
  10. Diaper Cream
  11. Wipes
  12. Lotion
  13. Bubble Bath
  14. Shampoo
  15. Night Light
  16. Gift Card
  17. Monitor
  18. Lamp
  19. Boppy
  20. Pacifier
  21. Wash Cloth
  22. Diapers
  23. Shoes
  24. PJs
  25. Socks
  26. Crib
  27. Blanket
  28. Bibs
  29. Shirt
  30. Teether
  31. Bottle Brush
  32. Pants
  33. Book
  34. Music
  35. Movie

Now off to Gimp to make my cards….

If you want to see what some Etsy makers have made in regards to this here are a few links.[0]=tags&includes[1]=title[0]=tags&includes[1]=title[0]=tags&includes[1]=title[0]=tags&includes[1]=title

First Post

There aren’t many things I love more than planning parties.  I love the brain storming, organizing, creativity, everything but the actual party.  I start months ahead so, and always end up with too much to do last minute.  My sister is pregnant with her 3rd child (and first boy!), so I am doing my sisterly duties and planning her shower.  I thought it would be fun, and maybe helpful to others to see the stuff I am making for it, since most of it will be mbm (made by me).

The first thing I thought about were the fabric pennant banners.    I made one for my birthday and for my son’s.

You can see one of the small banners at the top

You can find more here, along with the instructions.  And here is another one done a different way.

I also thought about table cloths and napkins.  I don’t like the feel of cheap tablecloths, and it’s not hard to make them so I figure I will make at least a couple.  Napkins are quick too.  My son got a set of Spongebob napkins (with a placemat) for that birthday.

Anyways, none of it is all that hard, you just have to have the fabric.  We have decided the theme will be cupcakes, cause we all love em’, they are adorable, and who hasn’t called a little baby “Cupcake.”

There are tons of great cupcake fabrics to choose from.  I like this Heidi Grace print, that would work really well with all the scrapbooking stuff I have.

The problem being the prints don’t really mesh all that well together, some are cartoonish, some are very cutesy kawaii with smiling faces on them.  I figured the best way to get a couple of different prints that go together would be to design them myself.  (although to be honest googleing cupcake fabrics did lead me to some cute projects and sites I want to try, like this and this ).

So I used gimp and some pretty cupcake embellishments I got at and designed a few differnet ones to print at  I am going to post a tutorial as soon as the fabric gets here.  I ordered the first yard today.  Here is the “collection.”

I can make lots of different things using the images so it all works together.