What do you give a good friend and JMU alum for her bridal shower?

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Napkin rings from here registry and homemade napkins.

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I hope she and the Duke Dog she is marrying enjoy entertaining with them!

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This Sunday a sweet baby boy became a child of the covenant.

This is the blanket I made in celebration.

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I wanted the blanket to be soft, but manly. So I selected a blue plaid flannel to go with the blue minky.

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I hope it keeps him warm for years to come!

512 inches to be exact. That is how much bias tape I needed for my most recent project.

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This little guy got a lot of work.

There are many aspects to these cushions that scare me. The first being the piping.

Instead of buying coordinating piping, I made my own.

Here’s how:

1. I cut four 45″ (the cushion’s circumference) x 2″ strips of fabric and four 45″ lengths of white cording.

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2. When buying the cording, the associate wrapped the ends with tape to prevent fraying. I did the same.

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3. I placed the cording in the middle of the wrong side of the fabric and folded it over like a hot dog. To keep the cording from slipping, I stay stitched one end.

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4. Using a zipper foot and a stitch width of 6 (to move the needle as far to the left as possible), I stitched down the length. I found holding the fabric in place to be quicker and easier than using pins.

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5. After repeating with the remaining three cords and strips of fabric, my cushion piping was complete!

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I did not cut my fabric strips on the bias, which may have been a poor choice.

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Considering the next step is to attach the piping to the circular cushion fabric. Yikes!

I’ve had this fabric and these notions since May.

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I’ve been scared to turn them into cushions, so all I’ve done is cut the cushions into circles.

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Until this weekend…

My new favorite thing is turning two tops into one top.

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For these tops, I took six old shirts (I mean old, don’t look at the weathered underarms!), and turned them into a trio of tops.

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They are great for looking cute, working out and hanging around the house.

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Polka dots are cool.

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But skulls are cooler.

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Put them together and you have one hard core zip bag.

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I am spending this weekend in Chicago, celebrating the third birthday of a little buzzard, and needed a new zip bag to help organize the smaller items in my compartment-less tote.

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What better way to celebrate the city that brought us The Smashing Pumpkins than with this rocking’ zip bag.

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I have not worn my polka dotted pool cover up since Memorial Day weekend. So I decided to refashion it into a top.

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I call it a top because it is an inch or two too short to wear as a dress. I cut the sheared top off the cover up, cut the bottom off an old tank and combined the two.

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The pleating at the empire waistline made the top super comfortable!

The Rainbow Rompers are complete!

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I omitted two steps from the McCall’s M533 pattern. First, I did not use interfacing for the bodice of view A. I do not think it would have made much of a difference on the front bodice, but the neck facing sticks up like a mini ruffled collar. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.

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Second, I did not elasticize the waistband. It was one of the last steps and we thought the rompers may look nice with a belt instead of a gathered waist.

The sleeves in view A turned out more tank-like than capped. Again, not a bad thing.

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When we put them on, I looked ready for the beach and my romper twin looked ready for an athletic completion of sorts:

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The photo may be fuzzy, but the fun-ness of the rompers is clear!

On Monday, I will be mailing a package full of bunting to a laid back little boy who turns 1 this week.

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Can’t wait to see how it turns out for his party!