Travel Gift Ideas

 

Fun travel gift ideas from Fab via lilblueboo.com

 

Doing any traveling this summer? Here are some awesome items you might want to take on your next trip!

 

1. Feel comfortable and look cute during your travels with the Travel More Tee.

2. Stick anything to the front like sand from the beach and mail away with these Sticky Postcards.

3. Nothing beats a photo taken with a Polaroid Camera.

4. The Floral Travel Pouch is roomy and will look cute in your carry on.

5. Hate finding sand in your beach bag? This Canvas Backpack has a sifting mesh bottom. Genius!

6. Protect your phone with the Mail iPhone Cover.

7. With the Gold Foil Map you can scratch off the gold top foil layer on each new destination you travel to. So cool!

8. You can’t travel without a pair of Headphones. How cute are these bike and milk and cookie ear buds?

9. This stylish Blue Camera Bag is roomy enough for all your camera needs.

10. A Journal is a must have travel item.

11. Kids and adults too, will love receiving an Airplane Postcard in the mail!

 

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Make A Wine Barrel Inspired Tray

DIY Wine Barrel Inspired Tray or Table via lilblueboo.com #wedding #gift #crafts #diy

I wanted to make something handmade and personal for my friends’ wedding recently and I decided on an oversized wine barrel inspired tray.  I used a precut wood table top from the hardward store. They actually come in several sizes. This was the medium size: [Read more...]

Party Favor Ideas to Inspire

Party favor gift ideas for boys and girls via lilblueboo.com

Planning a party and need favor ideas? I have rounded up some of my favorite party favor ideas from around the web. Make adjustments according to your theme. Happy party planning!

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Felt Cookies and Pastry Labels | A Free Printable

Felt Cookie Play Food and Free Sweet Treat Baked Good Printable Download via lilblueboo.com

I made these cute little felt cookies for Boo’s play kitchen and grocery store. Stephanie Corfee made the cute little “sweet treat” printables for baked goods and I used for the label!

Felt Cookie Play Food and Free Sweet Treat Baked Good Printable Download via lilblueboo.com

Click “continue reading” for the rest of the tutorial!

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DIY Baby Gifts and Gear

This is an oldie but a goodie…..updated with new projects for baby gifts and baby gear! I love giving handmade gifts for baby showers and I made almost all of Boo’s gear and clothing when she was a baby…..that’s how Lil Blue Boo started!

20 diy projects to make for baby via lilblueboo.com

 

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Fill-In-the-Blank Thank You Note for Teacher | Free Printable

We are thrilled to be welcoming Stephanie Corfee as a new contributing Lil Blue Boo Author!  Stephanie is no stranger to Lil Blue Boo. She has shared several printables here with our readers and her artwork has graced LBB dresses for 2 years now. Stephanie will be here every week sharing a different printable for you to enjoy.

Stephanie Corfee is a freelance artist and designer living in Malvern, PA. She has a colorful, bohemian and whimsical personal aesthetic. All of Stephanie’s contributing posts will be linked up here.

 

Fill-in-the-blank Thank you Card for Teacher free printable via lilblueboo.com

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be joining the LBB team contributing printables for ya’ll to download. Look for fun and easy little projects and treats coming your way!

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Handmade Gift Ideas for Mom

We have gathered some of our favorite handmade gift ideas from around the web that would be perfect for mom this Mother’s Day.

Handmade mothers day gift ideas #mom #diy #tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

1. Paper Flower and Butterfly tutorial from ellinee

2. Balloon Card Tutorial with Free Printable at Free Pretty Things for You

3. DIY Monogram Mugs from Design Mom

4. DIY Labeled Bathroom Jars tutorial and free printable from The Idea Room

5. Painted wooden spoons tutorial from Little Bit Funky

6. Glass jar matchstick holder/lighter from House*Tweaking

7. Personalized Memory Jars from Centsational Girl

8. DIY Baby Masks from Oh Happy Day

9. Breakfast in Bed free printable from The Pretty Blog

10. Mother’s Day Newspaper printable from Martha Stewart.

 

A T-Shirt Quilt (A Tutorial)

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I made my first memory quilt…out of Boo’s old dresses! I’m sure there are many of you out there that are quilting experts, and that there are certain ways of doing things the “quilting” way….but I wanted to take a fresh look at quilting and make it up as I went along.  I love that each square tells a story! Boo can point to each square and remember a special outfit she had and a memory associated with it!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 1 via lilblueboo.comm

 

I love the way the quilt turned out. It’s sturdy, double sided, and full of memories….it’s upcycled/recycled!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 2 via lilblueboo.com

Instead of actually t-shirts I took Boo’s dresses from the last few years…..all the ones that I’ve made for her. Most are pretty worn out and had some stains on them…..so they couldn’t have been sold or donated.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 3 via lilblueboo.com

Each dress has special memories and instead of putting the all into storage I decided to cut them all up and make them into a big quilt that she can enjoy for years to come.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 4 via lilblueboo.com

First I made a square template: 10″ x 10″

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 5 via lilblueboo.com

I used a rotary cutter to cut out as many squares from each dress as I could:

HowHow to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 6 via lilblueboo.com

Here’s my big stack of completed squares:

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 7 via lilblueboo.com

 

Boo helped me to place all the squares in a pattern. It’s double sided so we had 7 squares by 7 squares for each side of the quilt. I then stacked them up in order so I could keep them straight.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 8 via lilblueboo.com

 

 

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 9 via lilblueboo.com

Instead of interfacing, I used spray starch to coat each square and I ironed out each piece. Then I rechecked my square template and trimmed any wonky edges so that each square was perfect.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 10 via lilblueboo.com

I began to sew each square together in rows. 7 squares made up each row.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 11 via lilblueboo.com

After each row was finished I ironed the seams flat.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 12 via lilblueboo.com

Here are all my rows finished:

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 13 via lilblueboo.com

I laid out all the rows again just to double check my design.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 14 via lilblueboo.com

Then I began to sew all the rows together.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 15 via lilblueboo.com

After both sides of the quilt were completely assembled I ironed all the seams flat again. I used spray starch to make sure they stayed nice and flat.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 16 via lilblueboo.com

I laid one side of the quilt face down on a large table and then laid a large piece of batting on top of it. I used an iron to press the batting completely flat and smooth.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 17 via lilblueboo.com

I rolled back one side of the batting and used a spray adhesive (made especially for quilting and basting)  to coat the top of the batting. Then I carefully rolled the batting back into place making sure to smooth it into place.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 18 via lilblueboo.com

Then I rolled back the other side of the batting and repeated the adhesive spray.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 19 via lilblueboo.com

I finally laid the top of the quilt into place on top of the batting. Starting at the center of the quilt I carefully lined up the squares and seams to the other side of the quilt and used safety pins to pin it in place.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 20 via lilblueboo.com

I rolled back one side of the quilt top and sprayed enough adhesive to cover the area of one row of quilting squares.  Then I carefully rolled one row of the squares back in place and used safety pins to secure just that row in place by matching up the seams (mostly where each section of 4 squares meet together).

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 21 via lilblueboo.com

I slowly repeated this process for every row in the quilt until I reach the edges. Then I repeated for the other side of the quilt. By the end, my entire quilt was pin together with all the seams matching from front to back. If any of the squares look a little wonky or tilted I used a little bit of tugging back and forth to smooth out the entire quilt.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 22 via lilblueboo.com

I used embroidery thread to make little ties at each intersection of squares. This holds the entire quilt together and secures the pieces in place. On the entire quilt was secured I removed the safety pins.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 23 via lilblueboo.com

I made a little template to round out the corners of the quilt:

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 24 via lilblueboo.com

Instead of binding the quilt, to keep with the exposed seams used in the dresses, I just used my serger to add color thread all the way around. You can add bias tape around the edges if you don’t have a serger.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 25 via lilblueboo.com

Here’s Diesel enjoying the blanket this morning out in the yard!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 26 via lilblueboo.com

I added a few extra appliques from t-shirts that weren’t able to be added as a square…..it made the quilt a little more interesting.  A t-shirt quilt (or dress quilt!) is a great way to preserve memories so that they’ll be enjoyed every day!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 27 via lilblueboo.com

 

Handmade Hair Bands and Gift Tags (Tutorial and Free Download)

Boo and I are making stocking stuffers today. We’ve made these hairbands before but today we added a cute little wood gift tag.

 

 

I picked up the printed foldover elastic from Target Trim in L.A. If you can’t find your own prints locally or online you can call them and they will ship you an order. 2 yards makes about 8 hair bands.

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Jar o’ Elastic Hair Bands

Jar of Elastic Hairbands (using FOE Elastic and Glass Etching) via lilblueboo.com

 

I love these elastic hairbands (or hair ties)…..and with an etched glass recycled jar they make a cute, practical gift too!

 

Jar of Elastic Hairbands (using FOE Elastic and Glass Etching) via lilblueboo.com

On my last trip to L.A., I bought a bunch of foldover elastic (FOE) by the yard (I’ve seen rainbow lots of FOE on ebay if you are looking for a source):

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