Making a change pad cover is fairly simple and making one to fit the contoured change pads probably has a few added steps but is just as simple.
what you need:
1 yard of fabric
small package of 1/4″ elastic
These are super cute in minky fabric but you can also use a cotton.
I measure the length of my pad and add 1″( 1/2″ for each side) for seam allowance. (for mine that is 33″). Now I measure the width along with the thickness than add 4″ to wrap around the sides and add another inch seem allowance to each side for a total of (32″). I cut out a piece of fabric 33″x32″.
Now for the countoured side pieces I hold the pad standing on end to trace the shape out.
like so.. Now before you cut it out add 4″ to wrap around the back of pad and 1″ for the elastic pocket. So I add 5″ in total to the bottom of the piece and 1/2″ around the whole thing for seem allowance.
Do this for each side and cut out.
Take your large piece (33×32) length wise and your side pieces and mark where the middle is on each piece. Like in above picture.
Start pinning the end pieces on lining up the center of each piece.Your going to pin the curved edge of the side piece onto the end of the large main piece. Pinning all the way around the sides.
here is a better picture so you can see how you pin it.
Now sew along the egde using the 1/2″ seem allowance. Repeat on opposite end.
Should look like this:)
Now I zigzag around the raw edge to help keep it from frawing.
To make a pocket for the elastic when using minky simple fold minky over the elastic an inch and sew. I use a piece of elastic that will go around the whole piece and then cut off what I don’t need once I pull it tight at the end. This way I can fold the fabric over my elastic and skip the step of threading the elastic through the opening ( which I really hate doing).
For a cotton cover I like to fold over twice. So fold about 1/2″ first and then another 1/2″ inclosing the elastic.
You may need to do this all the way around the piece and pin in place before heading to the machine. I find it easier to do this when folding twice.
When you sew this just make sure to push the elastic over to the right away from where you are stitching so not to catch the elastic with the needle.
Leave an opening a couple of inches wide for both ends of elastic.
Put cover on the pad and pull elastic tight.. not so tight you can’t get the cover off though; ) Cut of ends of elastic and sew ends together.
Sew the 2 inch opening shut and your done.
I love these in the minky. These make great baby shower gifts too.
Happy sewing and let me know if you try these.
I’m 42 this year and have always struggling with skin issues. Acne as a teenager and into adult hood…pimples and not just surface ones, those ugly buggers that are way under the skin. “Deep tissue” They just seem to fester and swell for days.. oh and painful!! A lot of the things I tried over the years didn’t work at all and some just made my face plain worse. After years of spending a small fortune on cleansing products I discovered with the help of a very smart nutritionist friend that what I was putting into my body was probably the culprit. I knew that when I would up my water intake my face wood be much better. And when I took the advice of my nutritionist friend and ate less sugar and dairy my acne was close to non existent. Yay!!
I have had an issue with hives over the years as well.. doctor says its from your body producing too much histamine. These itchy, swolllen bumps are annoying at best when you get them on your body but having them appear on your face ,it’s a different ball game.
Winter dry skin has plaqued me in my late 30s and 40′s to the point of not being able to wear make up! And if you know me, you know I don’t go anywhere without a little foundation and lip gloss. I have been trying every hydrating cream know to man for the last 2 years. I would go to the drug store pleading with the ladies at the makeup counter to help me. Of course I came home with an array of $50 creams to try. And still my skin was so dry that I could flake the skin right off with a little scratching…and I scratched all day long. My face was so dry and so itchy that I started using my sons Johnson’s baby lotion on my face.. which help with the dryness but of course clogged my pores and made me break out. At this point I’m literally stressing out and on the verge of a meltdown.
I have finally found some products that work well for me.
Bioderma cleanser – comes in this great pump bottle, you can put your cotton pad on top and push down for just enough cleanser. One pump is enough to clean your whole face, 2 if you have alot of eye make up on. This is fragrance free and gentle on sensitive skin. I really have fallen in love with this.
Avene- This can of thermal spring water is amazing. A miracle in a can for me. I thought it was a gimmick and was reluctant to spend the $20 on it but after talking to my local pharmacy makeup counter lady, I can try it and if it doesn’t work just bring it back. It is good for a host of differnt things from soothing skin from sunburns and diaper rashes. When I feel a hive or any itchiness come on… I give my face a good spray..EVEN OVER MAKEUP!!
It really works. It takes away my hives instantly. I even tried it on My 2 year olds rashy cheeks and it helped with that too:)
…and since I loved this product from Avene I thought I would give their moisturizer a try..its great too, light enough coverage for under make up but still reallt hydrating and it doesn’t make me break out. I also started using the Moisturizing mask for at night to get as much hydration into my skin as possible.
Last but not least these are a few other favorite that I have come to love over all the ones I have tried.
Biotherm toner- I use the sensitive skin line to help balance my ph. I use right after I cleanse (morning and night)
Biotherm eye theraphy- cause I’m 42 and feel I need an eye cream;)
Biotherm express eye makeup remover- for heavy eye make up days
It seems like a lot of stuff but my face is important to me and I want to try to take care of it as best I can.
**When purchasing higher end skin care products keep your recipts ladies cause a lot of cosmetic lines will back their product up, so if you react or are unhappy return them and try something else. I should also say that I asked for a lot of samples to try as well.
I feel like my skin is in a much better place these days and therefore so is my mood :))
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3 cup sugar
1 cup oil
1 lb can of pumpkin
2/3 cup water
3 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
In a bowl mix all dry ingredients together. Set aside.
in mixing bowl add first 5 ( wet ingredients) together. Once wet ingredients are mixed well add dry ingredients slowly. Mix.
Add to greased pans and bake at 325° oven for 1 hr or until tooth pick comes out clean.
Makes 2 loafs
Easy step by step to make a boppy nursing pillow cover. Without a zipper!!
I find the zippers so hard to put into these minky pillows covers so let’s do one without a zipper.
1/2 yard minky
some matching thread
and that’s it:)
First use your pillow to trace a pattern. I also found one you can print here on twintastic blog site. She shows you how to do one with a zipper if you prefer that. I traced my pillow and then cut the pattern in half.
Fold the minky in half and place pattern along the folded edge. Cut 1/2″ bigger. (not cutting folded edge of course.)
looks like this
Now use pattern piece and lay it on one layer of minky. Along the edge that is the middle of pillow add 4″. Cut around whole piece 1″ bigger.
looks like this
do this again for the other half of pillow, but this time flip pattern over.
you should have 2 pieces like this
Now fold the edges where you extended them 4″ over 1 inch toward the wrong side and then again 1″ and pin.
Sew along these hems.
Ok lets put it together.
Place full top piece with good side up and then lay one of bottom half pieces good side down and then the other good side down. pin!! lots and lots so minky doesn’t move around. Sew around the whole thing with 1/2″ seem allowance.
looks like this
Turn right side out and your done!!
*If you use a cotton be sure to zigzag around edges before turning right side out. This will keep it front fraying.
To get pillow inside, do one side at a time.
Makes a great gift for that expecting mom.
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I made two batches of these nuts and bolts this Christmas. They made a great gift for Hudson to give out at the daycare.
4 cups Cheerios
4 cups shreddies
4 life cereal
1 bag pretzels
1 bag or box cheese nips
1 bag corn chips
1-2 cups of nuts( whatever you prefer)
1 lb butter
2-3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp garlic salt
1.5 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp celery salt
The second time I made this I added a tbsp of paprika and 1 tsp cayenne pepper.
Melt the butter with worcestershire, garlic salt, onion powder and celery salt in a pan. Poor over all the dry ingredient in a large pan. I poor about 1/4 cup over and mix and then another 1/4 cup over again and repeat until all butter mixture in mixed in well. Place in 250 degree over for 2 hours, stirring every half hour.
I love me some Martini’s every once in a while (once a year) I like a Martini. This is a favorite for the Christmas season.
2 oz of Strawberry vodka
2-3 tsp or a few splashes of cream de menthe
2 1/2 oz of cranberry juice
1 candy cane
Crush candle cane in a ziploc baggy and put on a plate. Wet rim of martini glass with a lemon and turn in the plate of crushed candy cane.
In a martini shaker add the rest of ingredients and a few ice cubes.
shake and poor.
I love the pictures of the boys growing up over the years and decided to use some of our Christmas shots with santa and some that were taking in front of the tree to make some easy ornaments.
cardboard cut to the shape and size of the pictures you want to use, pictures, mod podge, hot glue and glue gun, and some ribbon
I use mod podge on the back of picture and place on the cardboard that is cut to the same size as the picture. I used two piece of cardboard glued together to make the ornament thicker.
Super easy and a great memorable piece for the tree.
Hope you try this cute little project, fun to do with the kids too.
Christmas to me is about who you spend it with and the memories you get to take with you year after year. It’s hard to believe that my older boys are 23 and 18. I was a single mom for a lot of years and raising the boys wasn’t alway easy financially, but the boys and I always had a wonderful Christmas and I have the fondest of memories. Like every family we have traditions ,some that I carried on from my upbringing and we made some new ones as well. When My oldest son was 4 I sold everything I owned and moved to the other side of the country with what I could fit in the car. So when Christmas came around that year money was tight and there wasn’t money for a lot of ornaments for the tree. I bought a few strings off lights, a bag of popcorn and a bag of cranberries. My son and I popped the popcorn and sat on the floor watching Christmas shows stinging that string of popcorn. We strung a long string of cranberries too but it only lasted a few years. Even though we have lost quite a few pieces off that string of popcorn, I still have it after almost 20 years later and it hangs on the tree every year. Every year when I pull it out of its special box I tell the story about how it come to be the last thing that goes on my tree every year. I have never sprayed it with varnish or anything to help keep it from decaying so I am afraid that it will be gone someday. Of course there are many ornaments on my tree that have been hand made by my boys and each one is very special to me. I treasure them and the memories they bring back to me every Year.
With my youngest son is only 2 1/2 now, so we have many more memories to make around here. Having him come home from daycare the last week with something to hang on the tree has filled me with joy.
My boys always tease me and say “oh don’t touch moms string of popcorn”, but it’s more than a string of popcorn and I know it is to them too. It carries all our Christmas memories of being together ever year decorating the tree. Memories of every place we lived and every tree in the last 20 years … and hopefully a few more to come.
Merry Christmas to you all
Hi Everyone… it is the season and I love Christmas, I mean who doesn’t… I love to decorate, shop and eat and eat oh did I say eat. I’m not much of a baker but I do have a few Christmas recipes passed down from my mom that I make every year and are a bit of a tradition. Due to work this year I haven’t got much baking done but I still have a few days:))
My second oldest son is coming for Christmas and I haven’t seen him in 3 months so I couldn’t be more excited. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and remember that its not about what you get or what you can afford to give, it’s about family, love and the magic that comes with the season.. so slow down and enjoy.
I don’t go over board with decorating for the holidays.. pretty and simple is my style.