Baby TOMS Shoes Tutorial

One of my favorite things about being a mom is dressing my baby boy up in beyond adorable clothes. Lately I’ve been itching to get him some stylin’ shoes. I mean, what’s more fun than tiny baby shoes… correction–tiny baby TOMS!?! Yes, you read that right, baby TOMS. I saw them on Pinterest and about died from the overload of cuteness. I absolutely had to make them right away!

I found the original pattern and tutorial from Homemade Toast. She has got some amazing sewing talent!

1. Cut out the pattern

You can find it on the link above at Homemade Toast.

2. Cut out your fabric

I used minky fabric for my inner lining for extra comfort.

3. Sew the back part

With right sides together, sew 1/4″ seam allowance in a straight line.

4. Sew elastic in back part

Fold in half and press. Sew a little more than 1/4″ seam allowance in a straight line along the top. I used 1/4″ elastic to pull through. Be sure to leave a little extra elastic sticking out of the ends when you are done.


Pull elastic from one side to tighten fabric to your desired stretchiness. Stitch in place to hold. I did a zigzag stitch along the side to make sure the elastic didn’t go anywhere.


5. Sew the center part

Cut and fold the triangle shapes as shown by the pattern. Press folds well.


Place right sides together and line triangle shapes up. Sew along the top with 1/4″ seam allowance.


Turn it right side out and press.

Sew elastic by inserting along top of center strap and stitching with 1/4″ and 1/2″ seam allowances (the “V” shape design).


Place center strap over toe piece. This part may get kind of confusing, but meet the bottom of the center strap with the middle fold of the toe piece. Stitch with 1/8″ seam allowance.




6. Baste the toe piece

This part is tricky, but just follow the pattern as close as you can. Fold along the dotted lines to create a nice smooth curve around the toe. Pin and sew 1/4″ seam allowance. Don’t fret if you can’t get the pleats perfect. Personally, I don’t think it needs to be perfect.


7. Sew front to the back

Sewing along the same two lines on the center strap, attach the front to the back.


8. Attach the sole


Before you start pinning, make sure the entire shoe is inside-out. Now pin the sole to the top and back. Pin like crazy. You can never have too many pins, in my opinion. The more you have the easier it will be to keep all the pleats and seams in place, especially since it is such a tiny shoe.


Sew with 1/4″-1/2″ seam allowance.


Now turn it right side out and admire your awesome work!!! The best part is putting them on your little baby’s feet! Enjoy the cuteness. :)


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How To Distress Paint Like A Pro {Vaseline Method}

I love distressing the furniture and decor in my home. It is one of my all-time favorite things to do, especially when I’m putting a fresh coat of paint on something. I’m obsessed with farmhouse, shabby chic, chippy, vintage and antique looking decor. They are so fun!

Before, when I would distress anything, I would use sandpaper to rub down the paint. But this usually required a lot of elbow grease. Plus, it was messy and sometimes hurt the raw wood if I sanded too much.

Well put down that sandpaper, my friends, because I have found a much better and easier solution to distressing… The Vaseline method! I know what you are probably thinking… “Vaseline, what? Are you crazy?” The answer is YES! Because believe it or not, this actually works like a charm. I, too, had my doubts at first. But the results will make you ooh and ahh for days, I promise!

I started with a boring old frame that I didn’t care too much for. I wanted to give it a pop of color and lately I’ve been adding this fun turquoise to our home. I applied a coat of Vaseline where I wanted the frame to look worn down {all the edges, all corners, and a few random spots}. Next I painted over it and the whole frame. Once the paint dried, I took an old rag and wiped down the entire thing. It wipes off the Vaseline and creates the ultimate distressed look.

If you want to protect the paint from chipping more, I would suggest applying a protective top coat to your project {polyurethane}. But since this is just a frame, I didn’t worry about it too much.

Now you can ooh and ahh over your masterpiece for days. :)

You can also check out what other fun projects I’ve been up to on my other blog Drill Bits and Oven Mitts!



DIY Front Door Flower Basket

This was truly a fast, easy, and cheap DIY. Start to finish, my flower basket took about 30 minutes. I planned on using hot glue to hold the flowers in place, but that proved to be unnecessary with the floral foam- more on that later. I actually had everything I needed to make this already in my stash, but I got the flowers from the dollar store in years past, the burlap ribbon 50% off at Hobby Lobby, and the metal basket was given to me probably 10 years ago and I just never knew what to use it for before now. So it was probably around $10 out of pocket for me. Here’s a quick tute:

Here are the materials you’ll need: 1) Dollar Store flowers, 2) Metal hanging basket (I’ve seen lots of wicker baskets too, check thrift stores. You can always spray paint it if needed), 3) Floral foam- I cut a small piece off a much larger piece I had leftover from this project with a serrated knife. I have seen this at the dollar store though, and 4) Burlap Ribbon- enough to make a nice looking bow and possibly wrap around the basket.

First, wedge the styrofoam into the basket tightly, so it won’t come out easily. Then, just poke the stems of the flowers into the foam, arranging whatever pattern you like as you go. You could secure each piece with hot glue, but it’s probably unnecessary. I have had my basket out for several weeks, and even with canyon winds blowing at night, it still looks exactly the same.

Attach the burlap ribbon to the basket either by tying or hot glue, make a bow, and hang. Optionally, you can glue some pieces of felt to the back of the basket to keep it from scratching the door if that is a concern.

I’m happy with how this project turned out.  Hopefully my next “porch beautification” project using live flowers this time goes as well! 😉

DIY Can Stilts

Warm, sunny days are becoming limited around here, so we decided to make the most of the good weather and make these stilts. This is a fun activity that I remember doing as a child, and my kids didn’t really even know what stilts were, so I though this would be fun to do with them.

I used #10 food storage cans that were going to be recycled anyway, but you could use any sturdy metal can (like a large soup can).  Just use your judgement on if it is strong enough/ big enough for your child.

My 4 year old loved being my helper and the look on his face when he tried the stilts for the first time was priceless.

Here’s how to make your own tin can stilts:

1. Gather your materials. You’ll need two metal cans that are the same size, some twine or strong cord, scissors to cut the cord, a thicker- sized nail, and a hammer.

2. Using the nail and hammer, make two holes- one each on opposite sides of the can, just under the rim of the sealed end of the can.

3. Cut a length of cord or twine and poke each of the ends through the holes you just made.  The length you should cut the twine depends on the height of your child.  When they are standing on the stilts, the twine should come high enough that they can grip it easily but have no slack in the string (slack makes it easier to fall off or trip).

4. Tie the ends of the twine together inside the can for a hidden knot- or, if you want easier adjusting, string it though the opposite way, with the knot at the top where the handhold is.

5. Repeat steps for the other can.

Photo credit goes to my 4 year old!

Test it- you know, quality control!  Remember that the strings need to be pulled very tight as you walk in order to keep the cans next to your feet to avoid tripping or falling. It may take a little practice!

My first grader wanted to get in on the fun when he got home from school and both boys spent about an hour tromping in and out of the garage and down the sidewalk.

Yay for homemade (recycled) toys!  Do you remember making stilts like this as you were growing up?

DIY Ring Pillow

Here is a quick photo tutorial of the ring pillow I made for my sister Cara’s DIY wedding.  Cara’s colors were light pink, eggplant, and champagne/gold. I had one afternoon to make a pair of these pillows, since we were driving to the wedding the next day. Luckily, I am a fabric hoarder and I didn’t have to waste any time running to buy fabric since I had a variety of fabrics in exactly the colors I needed. :)

This pillow ended up being about 8 inches square.

I used two 9″ squares of cream colored sateen fabric, one 9″ square of cream colored lace, a 9×4″ strip of eggplant colored linen, and a 5×20″ strip of light pink chiffon. Obviously, use any variety of fabrics and colors that you like- this would look great in all white or cream too.

1) I basted along each long edge of the chiffon and 2) gathered it on both sides.

3) The lace is layered over one of the plain cream pieces. 4) The gathered chiffon goes across the bottom and is pinned in place. 5) The chiffon is basted in place. 6) The long raw edges of the eggplant accent strip are folded towards the middle and ironed.

7) The accent strip is pinned on top of the gathered chiffon, covering up the raw edge on the top. 8) It is then sewn in place with a straight stitch.

9) Right sides of the cream pillow fabric are pinned together and 10) sewn, leaving a small opening to turn the pillow right side out. Clipping the corners will give a nice pointy finished corner.

11) The pillow is turned right side out, stuffed, and the opening sewed shut.

12) It is a good idea to add a ribbon (which can be sewed on by hand) to secure the rings during the ceremony

Then just get yourself some adorable ring bearers and you’re good to go!

How to Embed a Google Doc in a Blog Post

Ahem! Announcing a temporary break in crafty type stuff for a techy post!! We will return to the regularly scheduled material shortly!! :)

We are big fans of Google products and open source software in my family.  (FYI open source means that the “code” behind the software is available to anyone, and can be modified and redistributed.  This means that it is FREE! Examples are Libre/ Open Office, Inkscape, Gimp, etc. that replace pricey word processing and editing software. It’s awesome.) I especially love Google Docs (not technically open source, but still free if you have a gmail or google account), and I use it for tons of stuff, including sharing many of my patterns which are free here on the HSHb blog.  My little brother Tayler made my day last week when he casually mentioned that he figured out a way to embed a google doc in a blog post.  Wha?!  For those of you who use blogger, you know that there just isn’t any good, easy way of embedding documents right into a post, which is frustrating.  Anyway, Tayler graciously agreed to write a tutorial on how to do it, which I was eager for, so I have something to refer to next time I want to share a pattern here! :)  So thanks, bro!

Hey everyone! I’m Rochelle’s little brother, Tayler. We were talking the other day, and I mentioned that I had figured out how to embed Google Docs into my portfolio blog, and she mentioned that she hadn’t been able to figure that out before. So here’s the tutorial for the not-so-obvious way to embed your google docs into a web page, blog post, etc.

Step 1
When you are within the Doc that you want to embed, go to File>Publish to the Web

Step 2
Click on “Start Publishing.” Leave the checkbox checked, it makes it so that if you need to make changes, you can, and you won’t need to go through this process all over again.
Step 3
A box will show up asking if you really want to publish it. Click OK. This box will show up after that. You will want to copy the embed code in the box.

Step 4
Here’s the more technical part. In whatever publisher you’re using, go to the HTML, and paste the embed code. Before you save it, there’s one more step. The code as is will give you a tiny little box that won’t show the entire document. To fix this, you have to add a little coding. DON’T WORRY! It’s really easy. The code below is similar to what you will have.
<iframe src=””></iframe>

Here are the changes you need to make:

<iframe width=“100%” height=”500”
The numbers in the quotation marks can be adjusted to fit your needs. They represent pixels. The 100% means that however big the publishing area is, the document will stretch to fill up the entire width. You can do it with the height too.

Embedding a Word Document or PDF file that has been uploaded to Google Drive

These Steps are much simpler. If you have uploaded a PDF or other file to Google Drive, just open the file in drive, and click File>Embed Link.
This box will show up, and all you need to do is copy and paste the embed code. You’ll notice that the width and height values are already there, and you can still change the numbers in the quote marks as desired.


One last thing- make sure that your sharing options are set to at least allow people- anyone who has the link to view the document, otherwise no one will be able to see your document (this applies whether it’s a Google Doc or an uploaded document).
Thanks Tay!  You’re awesome!  I will totally be using this in the future, and I hope this will be helpful to some of you readers/ bloggers too!

DIY Shabby Chic Angel Ornaments

I was looking through some of my photos from last Christmas, and I can’t believe I forgot to post this tutorial for DIY shabby chic angel ornaments! I made these as gifts for my siblings, neighbors, and co-workers last Christmas (with little wire stethoscopes for my co-workers who are nurses!) I was happy with how these turned out, and the ease at putting them together. No painting! (My nemesis.)  No sewing! (Too time consuming.) No cutting or drilling wood! (I like my fingers a little too much.) Seriously, just hot glue.  You’re welcome!

Obviously, there are a million ways this sweet little angel could be styled, but here’s the how- to on the basic design.

1. Gather your materials: One large unfinished wooden bead (~2cm) for the head, two smaller beads (~1cm each) for the feet, one unfinished wood spool (about 3cm tall) for the body, 1.5″ thick sheer ribbon for the wings (9-10″ long), thin sheer ribbon to tie the wings with (3-4″ long), lace (I used gathered lace) to cover the spool body (~4″), a long piece of thin ribbon for the legs and loop at the top (at least 15″ long, but you’ll want to experiment), and a piece of wire or a button for the halo. Oh, and a hot glue gun!

2. Make the wings by folding the thick sheer ribbon into a 3″ roll or so.  I used a cream colored sheer ribbon.

3. Use the small piece of thin ribbon (I used a white sheer ribbon) to tie the wings in the middle.

4. Fluff out the wing layers and hot glue them in the position of your choice.

5. Hot glue the lace “dress” around the spool body.

6. Put a dot of hot glue on top of the end of the lace.

7. Glue the wings there, with the knot on the wings facing the spool.

8.  Thread your long, thin ribbon through the head bead and the spool.  Make sure there is a double layer of ribbon the whole length, with the ends of the ribbon coming out the spool, and a loop on the side with the head.  Tie a knot about 3″ down the loop, and put a dab of hot glue on the knot before you slide the head bead up so that it mostly covers the knot.  You can put a dab of hot glue under the head too so the spool sticks to the head. Then, tie a knot with the “leg ribbons” and put some hot glue on it for added strength so that the spool doesn’t slide down.

9. Thread the small beads on to the ends of the thin ribbon. A needle might make this easier.

10. Tie knots where you want the feet to hang, and put a dab of glue on to hold them in place if you want.

11. Experiment with different things to use for a halo- a twisted piece of wire, a cute button, etc. would all work. Then customize to your heart’s content and enjoy your own DIY shabby chic angel ornament!

30 Minute Wetbag Tutorial

I’m kind of embarrassed that this project has been complete, with pictures and everything for almost a year… I don’t know what I was waiting for!  This is a pretty simple, small wetbag that works great for mamacloth, nail polish, toiletries or cosmetics.  You could of course do this on a larger scale for cloth diapers etc. although I have not done that. (If anyone has done it, maybe you can share the dimensions in the comments section.)  In mine, I use fused plastic bags as a liner (do a google search to find tons of tutorials on how to do this safely) but you can also use clear plastic, oilcloth, vinyl, or skip the lining altogether.  These make nice gifts, and they are sturdy and functional!  You can bust one of these out in about 30 minutes or so.

Materials needed:
Sewing Machine and Notions

First cut your fabric and lining into equal sized rectangles (choose your dimensions to fit whatever purpose you have in mind- this one is about 9″x13″).  Then lay your fabric on top of your lining, right sides together.

Pin the top and bottom in place.

Sew or serge the top and bottom, leaving the side edges raw.

Turn it right side out so the seams are hidden.

Pin the zipper to the edge of the  fabric right on the seam as shown in the picture- no turning or folding necessary, since the raw edges are hidden inside.  Sew along the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  This is basically just a topstitch.

It will look like so!

Now fold up the other side and pin it to the other side of the zipper just like you did in the last step.  It might be a little easier to do this with the zipper unzipped.

Now go ahead and sew the remaining edge to the other side of the zipper.  You’ll probably need to fiddle with the zipper pull a bit- just move it when the sewing machine foot gets near it by zipping it past the foot while the needle is down.  That will keep the fabric from moving and messing up your stitching.  Then continue on to the end.  You now have a tube shape.

If you want a loop handle on the side of the wetbag, cut a piece of fabric into a rectangle about 8″x3″, and make a casing by folding it over on itself with right sides together, turn it right side out and topstitch both sides as in the picture above.  Set this aside for a minute.

Ok- back to the bag… now turn the bag-tube inside out, and pin the raw side edges together.

Take the handle you just made and place it between the two edges, right under the zipper.  So the loop will be poking back inside the bag.  Let the raw edges poke out a little so you can be sure to catch both sides when you sew it up.  The zipper should be completely unzipped.

Sew or serge up both sides.

The next part is optional, but I like it because it allows the bag to stand up on its own, and gives it a nice shape.  Starting at the top left picture above, going left to right, you’re going to pinch the corner, top to bottom, measure in from the corner about 1 inch, and mark a line perpendicular to the seam, about 2 inches long.  Sew along this line.  Repeat for the other side.

Turn your new wetback right side out!

Enjoy it from a few different angles, then go fill it up with… stuff!