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Black and White Baby Quilt Tutorial

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Black & White quilt tutorial

I have been meaning to post this for a long time, but you know, newborn = no time. Before Carter was born, I decided I wanted to make him a quilt since I had made one for his sisters. I love the look of black and white, so I decided a black and white baby quilt was exactly what I should make.black and white

To begin, I made a grid on a piece of paper that represented the length and width that I wanted to quilt to become, and then I created the pattern on that grid. Using the pattern, I was able to know exactly how many black and white squares I would need to create the blanket. I also used the pattern to sew the squares together, row by row until I had it all put together.

Black and white quilt tutorial

To add a little fun contrast to the quilt top, I went with a lime green fabric for the back and then chose a black and white stripe for the binding. I sewed a batting and a back onto the quilt by first pinning everything together and then sewing through all of the white squares diagonally. Last, I added the binding all the way around the quilt to finish it off.

black & white quilt

I am in love with the way it turned out, and the baby turned out pretty great too. I took these photos when he was only about a week old and it is crazy to me to see how much he has changed even since then! He is four months old this week and time is just flying by!

Black and white baby quilt


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Lips Shirt

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I was at the Osh Kosh outlet store one day, and was perusing through the clearance section when I found an adorable yellow striped hoodie in Lillie’s size! I thought it was simple and cute, but a little bit boring. At only $8, I couldn’t pass it up and knew I could find a way to make it have the extra cute factor. On another day, I got some of Cricut’s brand spanking new glittery red iron on vinyl and the ideas started forming in my mind! Yellow and red are adorable together; Valentines Day is coming up; I need to make a Lips Shirt with these!

Sweatshirt refashion

This is probably the easiest tutorial you will ever find. It took me about 30 minutes from start to finish. I began by using my Cricut Explore and cutting out some lip shapes. I actually cut out three different types of lips because I wanted to see which would look the best, but I really liked these ones the very best. The lips are part of the lovestruck 2010 image set that is available through Design Space. I modified it just a little bit to get the look I wanted.

Lips Shirt

Once the lips are cut out of the iron on vinyl, I ironed it onto the shirt. Here’s a tip for you if you haven’t used glitter iron on before. It take quite a bit more heat to get it to adhere the way you want it to. I use a cloth between the iron and the plastic for the first little bit, and then I just use the iron right on the plastic backing to go around and make sure all the edges are sealed. I have found that is the most effective way to get it to work.

Lips Sweatshirt

Lillie loves the sweatshirt! As soon as she saw it, she immediately wanted to put it on and told me over and over how much she loved it. I doubt I would have gotten the same response if I had left it the plain yellow. :)  So now we have a unique sweatshirt for less than $10 since we only used about $1 worth of vinyl (or less)! You can’t beat that!

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