Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tutorial: Easiest Handmade Doll's Clothes

Hello. Are you following Just For Daisy on Pinterest and Facebook?

We made our own doll clothes! Yep - and it was super easy and hardly any materials necessary!

Here's 10 easy steps to make your own repurposed doll's clothes from your children's clothes or treasures you find at the op shop!

Miss Daisy and Li'l Peppa have both worn the same clothes... there hasn't been a lot of need for us to buy new things because we've been blessed to be given lots of hand me downs from friends and relatives. 

I've had a bit of an urge to clear out some of the clutter in our home lately and one of the things that was bugging me was the huge stash of clothes in the top of the girls cupboard that just sits there now they've both grown out of it.

I have an exciting way that we used some of the smaller clothes and repurposed them to make our own handmade doll clothes! You'll love how quick and easy this is and they make the cutest little clothes ever! Even better that now their dolly's can wear the same cute clothes they did!

By using the existing jumpsuits, tights, hats and t-shirts all of the buttons, hems, zips, seams and elastic are done! It's just a matter of a few simple alterations and they're perfect for doll friends to wear!

And the next best thing is that your subject doesn't wriggle and move while you're pinning!! And they'll try on the garments over and over again without complaining! Win!

This is so easy (and you have forgiving subjects anyway!) that even the most beginner of sewists will love this project! I promise! 
We started off with a selection of clothes sized 0000-00.  Smaller is better (depending on the size of your doll!) Miss Daisy had the important job of pinning this hat while I got down to business with the other items of clothing!

Here's what you'll need:
- preloved baby clothes (small sizes best!)
- pins (lots of pins!)
- sewing machine/thread
- scissors/shears
- a doll to fit the clothing to

Here's what to do:
1. Turn the item of clothing inside out and put it onto your doll. 
2. Straighten the seams out and pin along the shoulders to decrease the neckline slightly. 
3. Start pinning around the dolls underarms and torso leaving about 1/4" for seam allowance. 
4. Straighten seams again and pin crotch evenly
5. Pin around legs. (You get the idea now right? We're pinning around the body to shrink the suit!)
6. Undo the buttons or zip and carefully (without pinning yourself) take the garment off the doll

7. Stitch carefully along your pinned edge, allowing for your 1/4" seam allowance. Remove pins as you go. This doesn't have to be perfect, just keep it as even as possible :) 
8. Use a zig zag stitch if fabric is particularly stretchy (click pic below to enlarge)

9. Use scissors to trim around your sewn edge. You might like to serge the edges to reinforce.
10. Hem your arms and legs and you're ready to dress your doll! That's it! The same principle applies for tights, hats, t-shirts etc!

Enjoy! That's 10 simple steps to a cheap and easy way to give your little ones best friends a whole new wardrobe!

I can't wait to show you the rest of our outfits that we repurposed - but you'll have to wait as they're part of a special Christmas gift for one of my nieces who has a particularly well loved doll!

I'm off to keep sewing presents!!

Do you do handmade gifts at Christmas time?

Here's some other handmade gifts we've made.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Healthy Popcorn Recipe - Ditch the microwave!

My girls love having popcorn as a snack. We usually buy the corn kernels and pop in a brown paper bag in the microwave. Well, that is until I tried using some of our yummy coconut oil instead!

I'm currently trying to phase out our microwave use and popcorn needed to jump on board!

- popcorn kernels, approx 3 Tbs
- 2 Tbs, coconut oil
- sea salt, to taste

1. Scoop 1 Tbs of coconut oil from jar (it's solid) and melt in a hot 40cm frypan
2. Once melted and the pan/oil is hot add corn kernels to evenly cover base of frypan
3. Cover with lid. Watch closely :)
4. Give it a little shake occasionally until kernels begin to pop. 
5. Once popping starts I pull the pan on and off the heat as the popping starts and stops. Keep the kernels moving in the pan when on the heat to prevent your popped corn burning :)
6. Once cooked put in a bowl to enjoy topped with sea salt!

Happy customers await!

Miss Daisy, Peppa and their cousins went to the cinemas a few weeks back and enjoyed some home popped popcorn in their own fancy popcorn boxes! Easy peasy!
Great for lunch boxes or afternoon snacks too! 

How do you cook your popcorn!? Try it in coconut oil - you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Healthy Treats - Homemade Smoothies and Ice Cream Recipe

Sustainable Living Bloggers Healthy Food Alternatives Blog Hop

We love to make homemade smoothies and turn them into ice creams!

Is it crazy how children can recognise sweets and chocolates in an instant. The way they learn the branding of big name food chains quickly and can request them as you drive past on the highway!

We very rarely have McDonalds or other takeaway foods. Especially now we live at least half an hour away from any such place! However, we are not immune to buying some chips on a long trip or when we are at the shops.

We also tend not to buy any sweets, ice creams or chocolate in our weekly grocery shop so that the temptation for children (and parents) is eliminated! If it's not there they can't ask for it! When we feel like biscuits or sweets, we bake them! (This time of year there are too many temptations in our house!)

Smoothies are one way we can get lots of nutritious foods in one delicious drink! Loved by both girls and by me of course!

Here's our favourite smoothie combination which Miss 3 makes confidently on her own!

- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1-2 bananas (depending on size)
- 1/2 avocado, chopped
- 6 baby spinach leaves (we count 'em out!)
- 2 cups full cream milk (sometimes almond milk)
- 1-2 Tbs natural yogurt

Around here it's basically step back and see the toddler work!
Miss Daisy loves to measure out each ingredient and add them to our blender. Once they're all in she steps back and allows me to do the noisy work (she's still not a fan of the noisy blender - see here for a cute trip down memory lane!)

Pour into cups with lids and add a straw!! Enjoy!!

The reason we make such a big smoothie is to ensure there is leftover smoothie!! That's how we make our ice blocks and ice cream!

We fill our ice block moulds with leftover smoothie and freeze! Yum!

We also fill ice cube trays with smoothie mix to make ice cream.
To use, we pop 2-3 cubes out and place in a bowl while we eat dinner. Smoosh them up with a spoon after dinner and you've got yummy soft serve consistency ice cream that's super healthy and loved by all!!

This is part of a blog hop with these wonderful bloggers for healthy eating ideas for kids!
Go and check them out!