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DIY Baby Blanket Using Minky Fabric ~ Easy, Thrifty Gift

I love to sew, but I am not very good at it so I don’t do it as often as I would like.  I have wanted to try sewing with minky fabric for a while, but have been intimidated after hearing others say how difficult it was to sew with.  I got a great deal on some heart minky fabric and decided that it was time to bite the bullet and give it a shot!  I was pleasantly surprised at just how easy it was to sew with!

I did plenty of research first and this is what I learned: if you are going to sew with minky you need to be patient and use tons of pins to hold it in place well.  I also learned that it is stretchy and has a slippery texture so sewing slowly is key!  Of course, using the tons of pins does help with that because you can’t go very fast between pins really.  If you are going to attempt to sew with minky, just keep those things in mind.

For those of you who don’t know, minky is a soft, material that has little raised dots (or in this case hearts) all over it.  It is so cuddly and you will see it on a lot of baby products.

To sew this blanket you will need a few things.

You will need:

 1 1/2 yrds Minky fabric

1 1/2 yrds Coordinating fabric for the top of the blanket


sewing machine

sewing scissors

Begin by laying your fabric down on top of each other and trimming so they are close to the same size.  It is ok if it isn’t perfect, just get it as close as you can.  You may want to do this on a carpeted surface as the carpet helps keep the fabric from sliding around.

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Once your fabric is the same size, turn the layers with the right sides facing each other and pin all the way around.  As I mentioned above, you will need a lot of pins.  Pin about every inch at the furthest.

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Now you are ready to sew!  I used a zig zag stitch for extra security since I wasn’t sure yet how this was going to go with the minky.  Sew almost all the way around the blanket leaving about 12 inches to turn it right side out.  When you get all sewn, unpin your last section that you left for turning the fabric right side out and turn it right side out.  Make sure that you push each corner so that it isn’t puckered in.

Once you have the sides all straightened you will want to sew the outside.  Now, for your hole you have left from flipping, you will need to repin.  I didn’t use pins or iron, but it would be a good idea if you are worried about keeping it straight.  I started on one end and sewed up the hole first, continuing around the blanket with a zig zag stitch again. It went very quickly and just gave it a finished look.  Try to keep your sewing even so that your stitches are the same all the way around.  If you vary your speed too much than your stitches will be different widths.

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And there you have it!  A quick, gift perfect for a baby shower, or make one for yourself!  That minky is so soft, I am thinking I would like to have one too!  Not only is it cute, but it is actually very easy to use and sew with.  If you haven’t tried it, give it a go!

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What to Take on a Day Hike

Going on a hike can be a fun and relaxing time for families and friends. There is nothing quite like

heading to the trail and breathing in that fresh air. You should come prepared, though, in order to make

sure you have a good of a time as you can! Here are some tips for taking what you need on a hike.

What to Take on a Hike

Plenty of water for everyone. This may mean that everyone needs to carry their own, but it is vitally

important that you stay hydrated when outdoors in the heat doing any exercise. Depending on how far

or how long you intend to go, one bottle of water may not be enough. Pack accordingly.

A mini-first aid kit. You never know what will happen when you are outdoors. You don’t need to pack a

bunch of things in your mini first aid kit, but be sure to pack some tweezers (for splinters), bandages in

a couple different sizes, anti-bacterial ointment, an ace bandage, an instant ice pack, bug spray and bug

bite treatment.

Sunscreen. This is especially important if you intend to be out for a while or your hike is long. You may

sweat and although many sunscreens are now waterproof, you will still need to apply more as the day

goes on just to be sure you are well covered.

High protein and high carb snacks. Things like cliff bars, shelf stable meat, jerky, cheese and crackers and

granola bars are great for hikes. They are portable, don’t take up much room and give your body what it

needs to keep going.

A map of the area you are hiking. Even if you are very familiar with the trail, it is always a good idea to

bring a map. You never know what can happen, so be prepared.

Extra socks for everyone. The weather is an unpredictable force to be reckoned with and especially at

higher elevations; a nice sunny day can suddenly become a rainy or even snowy one. Making sure you

have dry socks to wear will be important not only for comfort but for safety and will keep the chance of

blisters down to a minimum.

Sunglasses and lip balm. Just as important as taking care of your skin in the sun is taking care of your

eyes and lips. It will be easier for you to see without glares and it will protect your eyes from harmful

UVB rays. Also, it is easy to get dry lips when at higher elevations due to decreased hydration and wind.

A flashlight or headlamp. While you may intend on going out just for the day and heading back before

it gets dark, it is easy to get lost in time when hiking as you will probably be having a lot of fun. Take

headlamps or flashlights for everyone in your party so getting back at dusk is much easier.

Cold weather clothing options. Even if it is warm now, it could turn cooler as you head higher up and as

the day gets later. Make sure to bring a jacket, hat and gloves so everyone stays warm and comfortable.

Most important, have fun and enjoy making memories.

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Easily Organize a Hectic Bathroom Space – Thrifty Tip

It is really hard to get a good picture in a dark bathroom!  Try it sometime!  It is almost as difficult as trying to get my kids to put their toothbrushes away each time they brush their teeth.  Is that the way it is at your house too?  I swear, if they aren’t on the counter in the way, they are on the floor after being knocked off of the counter!  Not anymore, now they each have a spot and no one has excuses for not being able to find theirs anymore!

You will need:

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In that package is Scotch mounting tape.  It is awesome, and works great for a project like this.  It will hold up to 5 lbs, so that is great for a small cup and toothbrush.  The sharpie is for writing what goes inside the cup, alphabet stickers or vinyl would also work for this.

I began by writing my kids’ names on the cups. I had bought a 4 pack and have 3 kids, so my extra cup is labeled “toothpaste and floss”.  That has a habit of disappearing around here too.  I realize it is hard to see, but those blue cups do have a name written on them.

On the side of the cup without the name written, take a small piece of the mounting tape and attach it to the back of your cup. There should still be something over the tape on the outside, this will allow you to rub the tape and make sure it is attached firmly.  If your cups are larger than mine, you may want to go with a smaller strip on the top and the bottom.  If you are using a small cup, one strip will be plenty.

Make sure your cupboard door is clean, and then stick the taped side of your cup onto the inside of the bathroom cupboard door.  Now you are ready to fill it up with whatever is designated to go inside of the cup!

Easy enough, and helped cut down on the chaos in the mornings with kids rushing to make sure they are ready to get ready before the bus comes!  It is a thrifty, quick way to solve a problem that I am sure isn’t just a problem at our house!

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Have you ever made the mistake of leaving a carrot on the counter or putting it in the refrigerator without a cover on it? Within 24 hours you will find a limp carrot that has lost it’s crunch!  No one wants to eat a chewy carrot, so here are a few tips on how to store carrots.

We have been picking carrots from our garden most the summer, but some days the kids are a little excited an pick  too many.  If you leave a fresh carrot with the green top on it will make the carrot wilt.  The carrot is the root of the plant and the green tops take its  moisture and nutrition from the root.  So chop those green tops off right away.

At this point you can keep them with the dirt on and store them in cool sand or sawdust in a root cellar, or even a bucket in a cool dark place.  BUT since I do not have one of those… I just wash them up and keep them in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator.   If the carrots have to much moister they will mold, so I poke some holes in the bag to allow them to vent.  Carrots can stay firm, and crisp for months at a time when stored properly.


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Lego Goodie Bags – Halloween Treats That Aren’t Candy!

Did you know that you can order Legos by the color?  It’s true!  Makes it perfect for today’s craft project.  These little goodie bags are great for trick or treaters, a fun surprise for the kids in your life, or give them to your kids’ class as a fun alternative to candy at the class party!

You will need

Legos in choice of color (you need about 25 per bag)

Here you can find the white for the ghost, the red for the candy apple and the orange for the jack o lantern. I used a variety of sizes, but these will get you the basic 2×4 bricks.

Rounded goodie bags

bakers twine or yarn

sucker sticks for the candy apple

Begin by drawing your face on your baggies for your ghost or jack o lantern with a black sharpie.

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Fill up your baggies with legos.  If you are doing the candy apple, you will want to stick your sucker stick into the open end of the bag,  and tie off the top of the bag with your twine or yarn.  If you want to add a leaf to your candy apple or jack o lantern, cut a leaf shape out of green paper and tie it onto your twine before you tie the twine onto the bag.

Now you have a perfect little surprise for the ghouls and goblins in your life!  Why not give them something they will love, will last more than a moment and that they will remember every time they play with it?

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Candy Apple

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Sewing Patches On a Scout Shirt – Its Easier Than You Think!

If you are like me, and have a scout, you have likely had a pile of patches collecting because they are a bit of a hassle to sew them on.  They take time, patience and you have to have some knowledge with sewing.  Fortunately if you know what you are doing with a sewing machine, you can actually whip through them pretty quickly!  The most troublesome part will be getting out your sewing machine!  Sound good?

You will need

Sewing machine


Patches to be sewn on


Sewing scissors

Begin by pinning your patches on.  I think the reason the task is so daunting for me anyway, is that I want them to be straight and attached well so that they don’t fall off.  Plus, my sewing skills are not great and if it is on something like that everyone can see my mistakes!  Ok, now that you know that I stress about really silly things… ;) on to the tutorial!

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Once your patches are pinned on, and your machine is thread with the correct color of thread, put your scout shirt in your sewing machine.  Make sure that you line up the patch as close to the edge as possible.  The great thing about scout patches is that most of them seem to have a rim around the outside that if lined up right, your machine will sort of use as a guide.  Be sure to hold your patch and straighten the fabric of the shirt as you go along to avoid any puckers.

Another bonus is how stiff they are.  That helps keep them in place somewhat. The biggest hassle with sewing multiple patches on is having to change your thread repeatedly.  If you are like me and procrastinated, be sure to sew all of your patches that are the same color on at the same time so you aren’t changing when it isn’t necessary.

Don’t forget when you are sewing, to begin and end by locking your stitches.  That just means to go back and forth with your machine so that the thread doesn’t come out, that would be frustrating!

You want to stay as close to the edge as you can without going off.  Be sure to sew slowly and hold your patch and shirt so that it is steady.

Once your patch is sewn on, you can trim your threads as close to the patch as possible so there isn’t a strand hanging.

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A new patch that I just recently learned about (I have been serving in my son’s scout troop for a while) are called Segment patches.  They are so fun!  You start with a circle patch that may differ depending on your council.  That is sewn on on the right side of the shirt under the pocket.  Leave it up far enough to still allow the shirt to be tucked in.

Once you have your round patch, each month the boys that participate get a small segment patch that is sewn on in a circle around the new patch.  You continue to sew those around each month and there are so many different segments for different things!  Seasonal, pine wood derby, service projects.  There are tons!  Not only are they cute, but then the boys that maybe haven’t earned any awards ares still being acknowledged and getting something for participating in the program.

So, are you into scouting?  Are segment patches something you do?  I have never seen them and I am interested in how many troops are using them!

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