With Christmas coming up, I have been trying to figure out what all to get our little munchkin. Since she is only 6 months old, it is easy to not go crazy since she doesn’t know any better, but nonetheless, I still want her to have a fun first Christmas. Alex and I had decided it would be fun to start the four gift tradition with her. You know…something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read. Then we will do one Santa gift and a stocking. Her something to read will be this book!
Since we live so far away from everyone, I still want Avery to know everyones names and faces, Luckily with FaceTime, we do get to see our grandparents a lot. I found this little photo album on Amazon. I liked it because you can put 15 pictures in it, which was much more than other ones I looked at and we have a big family! I also liked that it is soft a flexible so she can slobber and chew on it! I just printed out girls on purple and boys on blue and used washi tape that I had left over from a previous project. It is zebra, so I figured it went with the animals on the front cover!
I love that the last page is a mirror for her! This will be a great way to help her learn everyone’s names and titles! What are some things you have done for your baby’s first Christmas? I would love to hear other ideas!
A few weeks ago, I posted some of Avery’s artwork that we made for daddy for his birthday. We also made some Christmas artwork for family members, but I couldn’t share because we hadn’t given them out yet. Now I can let the cat out of the bag because they have all been delivered.
We have been getting ready for Christmas in the Tafoya house the past few days. Alex and his friend Jimmy had a few brewskis and put the tree up, so Avery and I put the lights on and decorated it!
So much has changed since last year! We have a 5 month old! I can’t believe it! Before I get to my tutorial, check out the new family ornament that I added to the tree this year!
I had plans to make a cute little shadow box with Avery’s hospital hat and bracelet. Then I got to thinking, after she gets older where would I hang it? I decided to put them in a glass ornament so we can get it out every year at Christmas time! I love how it turned out! Before I get to the tutorial, just a little flashback to my little squish when she wore her hospital hat.
I don’t get a whole lot of time to sit down and sew anymore. So today, I made sure that I had some time to get Avery’s Thanksgiving outfit sewed up and ready for Turkey Day next week. Sure, I could have bought an already made one, but that is not as fun for this crafty mama! I am a part of a few sewing groups on Facebook and my newsfeed has been flooded with adorable turkey outfits and Avery needed her very own! What I love about this project was I just used a bunch of scrap fabric that I had piling up and so it was very cheap!
DIY Turkey Onesie
Heat and Bond or Wonder Under
I made a template in my Silhouette and you can download my Turkey Template. I did my onesie front and back, because let’s face it, Avery needed some turkey feathers on her booty! Cut out the template and trace your parts onto some Heat and Bond or Wonder Under.
Then place the pieces on your fabric for the feathers, body, eyes, and beak. Make sure you have your fabric RIGHT SIDE DOWN before you iron it on. If you iron the pieces onto the fabric before you cut it out you make less of a mess with the Heat and Bond! I figured that out the wrong way last time I played with the stuff!
After you iron on the pattern pieces, go ahead and cut out your pieces. Place the pieces how you want them and peel off the backing before ironing down. I found that the felt pieces didn’t iron on well, I am assuming because of the thickness of the felt, so I had to pin those down before zigzagging around the felt. After ironing it all onto your onesie, zigzag around each piece with coordinating thread. Take your time, it takes some patience, but it is worth it to go slow! After that, you just need to sew on the eyes and the snood! (Yes I had to use Google to see what that red dangly thing was called!)
I will have to add a picture of my little turkey wearing her outfit next week! For now I will leave you with my snoozing little turkey…