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29 Weeks and counting

Baby #3 is on it’s way in just 10-11 short weeks! The months have flown by and I realized this week that while I help my customers prepare for baby’s arrival creating diaper bags and accessories, I am seriously lacking in the “being prepared” department. My youngest just turned 5 years old so you could say we are starting over with #3. We have a few items left over from my boys infancy days, but really when it comes down to it, we have nothing prepared for the next ones arrival.

Stella Large www.marandalee.etsy.com

Stella Large http://www.marandalee.etsy.com

I’ve perused the recommended gear lists in magazines and have taken note of the new gear on the shelves at the stores and we have a lot of preparing ahead. Maybe you’re also preparing for baby’s arrival-congratulations!  So here’s a short list I’ve compiled of things to have in your diaper bag.

1. Diapers – um, that may seem obvious but I remember a few too many times reaching into the bag to find I had NO diapers left!

2. Wipes-lots of wipes for newborns (and then maybe another box of wipes in the car too)

3. Butt cream- because a rash will start when you least expect it, seemingly in minutes

4. Burp clothes – 2-3 as you will find they get soiled quickly

5. Plastic bag or wet bag to put soiled burp clothes (and after diaper blow-out clothing)

6. Change of clothes-onsie, pants, socks, booties (maybe another set for backup also in the car)

7. Nursing cover or blanket

8. Changing pad- keep your precious perfection off the dirty floors or public changing tables-yuck

9. Rattle/toy

10. Pacifier or two in a Paci Pouch-the ones I make clip to the bag for convenience

11. Anti-bacterial wipes/gel

12. Camera- to record all those adorable little smiles and special moments with grandma/pa

13. Chocolate-not for baby, for you, when you need treat or two for yourself

14. A clean shirt for you!

Oh yes, there is more, so much more that will be packed into that diaper bag, but these are the first few that come to mind. 🙂

What is a “must have” that you carry in your diaper bag?


Stack-em Up Fabric Cubes

I have 4 friends that are all preggers right now! It is such a fun time with babies arriving soon!  I’m a little inspired by all the baby-mania and here is a fun way to use up some scraps and create lasting toys for those little ones in your life!

Level: If you can sew a straight line-you got this one!

Time: about 30 minutes


Scrap fabric – 3 prints (A, B, C) , 2 pieces of each print cut to 4″ x 4″ square for a total of 6 pieces

Light weight iron on interfacing (Pellon 911FF)


Stuffing (poly-fill works well)

1.  Cut out 6 4″ x 4″ squares of fabric and interfacing.  You should have 2 pieces of each print (A, B, C)

2. Iron interfacing to Wrong side of each piece of fabric.

3. Using this diagram, stitch squares together to form block.  Stitch fabric A-B-A-B. Then stitch fabric C to end piece A, stitch second piece of C to the bottom of the same end piece A.  Stitch end piece A to end piece B to form main square of the block. Then stitch pieces C to A then to pieces B. Leave a small opening for turning and stuffing when you stitch the last 2 pieces together.

Download the template here http://www.scribd.com/doc/97938721/Fabric-Cube-Template#fullscreen

4. Turn right side out. Stuff with batting.

Play Ball!

With 2 boys in the house I know that things can get, well, rough, to say the least. They are 200% boy. Each boy has recently earned their own set of stitches and I’m simply amazed we haven’t had the need for stitches sooner than this!

So moms of boys and of course girls, you will definitely appreciate these soft balls perfect for playing with inside the house, bedrooms, etc. They are soft, squishy and when Son A chucks it full force at Son B’s head, it won’t hurt (as bad.) Oh and it probably won’t even break the living room window! Bonus!

Level-Beyond Easy Peazy

Time: Seriously about 15 minutes


Scrap fabric measuring at least 10″ x 5″ – I chose 3 different fabrics here but you could do 6 different fabrics too

Lightweight Iron-on interfacing (I used Pellon 911FF)

Poly fiber stuffing (what you find inside pillows)

Hand sewing needle and coordinating thread

1. Print template. The template should print on a 81/2″ x 11″ paper. The template itself should measure approximately 9.5″ tall (top to bottom).   Click on this link (or copy and paste to your search bar), download template and print. http://www.scribd.com/doc/97350448/Scrappy-Ball-Template

Template Print on 81/2″ x 11″ paper

2. Cut out template. Trace template onto scrap fabric. Cut out fabric along traced lines. Do the same for interfacing. You should have 6 pieces of fabric and 6 pieces of interfacing.

3. Iron interfacing to the wrong side of fabric. Do this for all 6 pieces.

4. Arrange the pieces as you  like. Sew two pieces, right sides together, back stitch at beginning and end of stitch, along the long side

5. Stitch a third piece to these joined pieces. You now have 1/2 of the ball.

6. Repeat 4-5 for the other side of ball.

7. Join both halves of the ball by lining up the top and bottom (where the three pieces come together) with right sides together. Stitch all the way around the ball leaving a 3-4″ opening for turning and stuffing.

8. Turn right side out. Stuff the ball so it is firm or desired squishy-ness.  Stitch the opening closed using a needle and thread. (or if you’re less patient, use a zipper foot on your sewing machine to stitch)

Pennant -Boys or Girls

Take a look at my website www.marandalee.com and I admit it’s quite girly. Well surprise, I have 2 boys and maybe my “work” is an outlet for all things girly. What I have found there are lots of fun things to make for girls and not as many for our boys…until now. This pennant was so fun AND easy.

Hang it on your son’s door, above their bed, over their coat hook/cubby in the entryway. They’ll enjoy seeing their name displayed like the big leaguers!

Level: Easy Peezy

Time: 1/2 hour-1 hour


Scrap Fabric – 2 pieces at least 10 x 14″  for the background

Scrap Fabric for letters

Wonder Under – double-sided iron on interfacing

Iron On Batting Interfacing


Small o ring or split rings for hanging

{All Rights Reserved Copyright 2012 Maranda Lee Design – Pattern and directions are or personal use only}

Letter templates (I used my computer Word Art in Microsoft Word to create my templates)

1. I first used my computer to create the letter templates. Since the name will be descending the letters towards the end of the name will get smaller.  The size of your pennant will depend on how big your letters are and how long the name is! 🙂  Tip: Print the name in descending order to help with pennant sizing. Fold your background fabric in half, position the name centered along the fold and use a straight edge to mark and cut out triangle large enough for your name to fit.

2. Iron Wonder Under to wrong side of scrap fabric for the letters. Place one letter on the wrong side and pin in place. Cut out the letter.  Do this for each letter in the name.

3. Once all the letters are cut out of the fabric (with Wonder Under on the wrong side), peel the paper backing off each letter. Position the letters on the pennant. Iron into place.

4. Cut a triangle that is 1/2″ smaller on all sides from the iron on batting. Iron to wrong side of pennant.

5. Cut second piece of fabric 1/4-1/2″ larger than pennant. This will be the back of the pennant.  Place the smaller pennant on top of the larger pennant, center and pin. Topstitch around the smaller pennant. Dress it up with a decorative stitch or zigzag stitch.  (Note: I used a pinking shear rotary cutter for both pennant pieces so that I don’t have to finish the edges and worry about fraying. It also gives it a fun detail, don’t you think?  )

6.  On the back top corners, slip stitch o ring for hanging. (I used 1/2″ split rings that are for jewelry making)

Hang where you little one will love it!  While I made this for my boys, you could definitely make this for girls, baby’s and any sports enthusiast!