Here’s a peek at how the sewing for Kai’s Summer Capsule Wardrobe is going. I made a Twig + Tale Evergreen Bonnet and Pixie Shorts from a 100% wool blazer. The blazer was a great thrift find. It was a size 16 so there was lots of material and it was Pendleton wool so it was great quality.
I did felt the wool before cutting (an extra long hot cycle in the washer and a fully dry hot cycle in the dryer). This was my first time sewing clothing with a sewing machine and I think it went really well. The Twig + Tale patterns were really easy to follow and had embedded video for some of the tricker things incase you were confused.
I think it’s off to great start!
Don’t you hate it when you know your kid has plenty of clothing but you can’t find the one shirt that they want? I do, a lot.
As you all have probably seen, we’re doing the Buy Nothing challenge. One of the things I’m not buying is clothing for Kai. I could just thrift the stuff she needs for summer, but where’s the fun in that? (Also our thrift stores never have kid clothes. I think people sell to Once Upon A Child and trash the rest). So I am sewing Kai a summer capsule wardrobe.
So you want to make the simplest cloth diaper possible, or maybe you fell in love with stretchy bamboo flats but not their price? Here’s the thing: stretchy flats are one of the simplest DIY projects you could possibly undertake. Really.
We’ve been having a long, sad month here in the Craftsman house. Everyone needed a distraction and after a couple days of using Pinterest as my distraction, I gave myself a kick in the pants and started planning out my next project. A project makes everybody feel better right?
Kai is getting a play kitchen. She loved her cousin’s and she been hiding her blocks in cabinets every chance she gets. I think I’ve looked at every play kitchen on the market and most of the DIY ones, too. I’ve been picking out features I like and going back and forth on paint colors. I even bought a Kreg Jig to do a little fancy cabinetry work.
We’re headed out to buy wood Sunday, and I can’t wait. I suspect you’ll all be hearing a lot about this kitchen the next couple weeks. In the mean time, what are your favorite play kitchen features?
Making turmeric dyed playsilks was possibly the easiest craft I’ve ever done. I purchased the silk from Dharma Trading Company in multiple sizes. I bought 8mm habatoi after doing a little research and am really happy with that choice.
There are lots of ways to cloth diaper and all of them reduce waste on some level or another. I use a combination of the types of cloth diapering I’m going to talk about today, because different situations often call for different approaches.
When I say laundry room what I mean is laundry closet. We live in the blandest and most boring of rental houses as we save up for the house we hope to renovate. Which means my laundry closet probably looks similar to every laundry closet in suburban builder built subdivisions in the US: off white walls and a white wire shelf.
This is the first year we’ve tried to combine Christmas and being a low plastic/low waste household. Some things have been easy, like replacing gift wrap with cloth bags. I don’t know about you, but having an excuse to never have to deal with wrapping odd shaped packages and the inevitable paper cuts makes me want to dance in the streets.