DIY Bibs (the best and the easiest)

You know when you need bibs. The baby wants food, but is supper messy and you don’t want to be changing her outfit all day long. Yes, that’s the moment when you need bibs. The problem is that a lot of bibs just don’t cover enough surface area and are easily torn off. And then I discovered pullover bibs! They’re fantastic! They cover a lot of area and baby girl can’t rip the off. I also realized that they are incredibly easy and cheap to make, so I made a whole bunch! Here’s the finished product.IMG_20141001_171321

Want to make some? Of course you do. Alright let’s get started.


  1. Kitchen towels (also known as tea or dish towels)
  2. Ribbing fabric (can be bought at any fabric store. Its just a special type of stretch knit fabric. You see it most often on the sleeves and bottoms of sweaters)
  3. Scissors
  4. Sewing machine
  5. Matching thread
  6. Pins
  7. Paper and pencil


  1. Make a circle pattern for the head hole. Make it by making a dot on your paper and draw multiple lines of 2 inches from that dot. The diameter should be 4 inches, but you could make it bigger if you wanted.IMG_20141001_151213
  2. Cut your towels in half and hem sides you just cut.IMG_20141001_151938
  3. Using your head hole pattern place it centered half towel 2 inches from the top. Pin down and cut out.IMG_20141001_152431
  4. Cut out 13 by 3 inch pieces of ribbing with the stretch going in the lengthwise direction.IMG_20141001_154041
  5. Sew the ribbing together right side to right side, so that it forms a circle. Now fold it in half lengthwise, so that you can no longer see the inside seam.IMG_20141001_192909
  6. Strectch, pin, and sew the ribbing to the head hole right side to right side. (Be sure to be using a stretch stitch for this part) then zigzag stitch over the raw edges to keep from fraying. (I used a serger for my finished edge, but it’s not necessary. A zigzag stitch will do just fine)IMG_20141001_192811

That’s it! Your done. Now let that baby experiment with food. I know my baby girl certainly enjoys it. Here she is wearing her bib all ready to go. Happy sewing!IMG_20141001_181521


Menu For September

It’s a new month which means it’s a new menu! Which also means I am supper busy the first week of the month preparing, and shopping, but that’s OK cause overall my life is easier this way. Now, as all my menus, it are subject to change. It may be written in ink, but its never written in stone. Anyway, here it is. Feel free to use it if you like it. I have provided some links to some of the recipes I use.


September 1-30

Monday: Pierogies

Tuesday: Chef Salad

Wednesday: Lemon Salmon, Rice, Steamed Veg

Thursday: Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Friday: Garlic Baked Shrimp, Rice, Streamed Beans

Saturday: *Going out for dinner

Sunday: Sweet n’ Spicy Pork Chops, Roast Potato, Beans



Monday: Chicken and Broccoli Cheese Skillet

Tuesday: Bacon and Cheddar Quiche

Wednesday: Coconut Shrimp, and Tomato Basil Soup

Thursday: Crock Pot Chilli

Friday: Peachy Pork Chops, Mashed Potato, Corn

Saturday: Glazed Ham, Peas, Corn, Roast Potatoes

Sunday: Broccoli Stuffed Sole, Rice, Steamed Broccoli



Monday: One Pot Pasta

Tuesday: Crock Pot Corn Chowder

Wednesday: Fried Rice with Ham

Thursday: Sloppy Joe’s

Friday: Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Saturday: Ranch Breaded Pork Chops, Mashed Potato, Gravy, Beans

Sunday: Creamy Ham and Potato Soup



Monday: Jambalaya

Tuesday: Egg Drop Soup

Wednesday: Sausage Cajan Pasta

Thursday: Cheesy Salsa Sole, Rice, Broccoli

Friday: Spicy Veg Mac n’ Cheese

Saturday: Szechuan Shrimp, Rice, Steamed Bean

Sunday: Homemade Hamburger Helper



Monday: Spicy Chicken Rigatoni

Tuesday: Big n’ Easy Spicy Shrimp, Rice

DIY Nursing Shirt #1

Ever notice how ridiculously expensive nursing wear is? Yea, me too. I certainly don’t have that kind of cash to spend, so I have been making my own 🙂 Thus far they have turned out great and I’m excited to share them with you. So far I have only done alterations to shirts to get my results, but soon I will be making some from scratch. I will share those too once I have made them.

For now I will show you a very simple alteration diy nursing top. Its made from a men’s T-shirt and a tank top. The fished product looks like this. IMG_20140814_170155IMG_20140814_170041


1 men’s T-shirt one size too big

1 tank top or old shirt (I’ll be using an old shirt for tutorial)

Matching thread

8 inches of 1/4 inch elastic



Sewing machine

Fabric marker

Ruler or some straight edge



Step 1: Put on men’s T-shirt and place a pin at the bottom of your bust. Take off shirt (mind the pin) then measure and mark 1 inch below the pin. Measure the distance from armpit to the mark and then using that measurement make the same mark on the opposite side. Using a srtaght edge and fabric marker draw a straight line from one mark to the other. Cut along the line. Then set aside  bottom half.IMG_20140812_115802

Step 2: Cut off collar and cut down the center front. Use straight edge and marker as necessary.IMG_20140812_120131

Step 3: Using straight edge draw a diagonal line from the bottom to the neckline in order to make the front on an angle. Cut along line.IMG_20140812_120253IMG_20140812_120644it should look like this when done.

Step 4: Hem neckline. ***Make sure you use the stretch stitch on your sewing machine for this entire project! Otherwise your stitches will slowly rip as you wear the shirt. Don’t know about stretch stitch? Use this to help you figure it out.

Step 5: Put on the top of the shirt you just hemmed and play in the mirror with how far you want the two edges to overlap. Keeping in mind that it needs to have some room to be pulled over your breast so you can nurse. For me it was five inches. Take off and pin and stay stitch (regular stitch across desired area) the edges together so it overlaps.IMG_20140814_135515

Step 6: Time to put the bottom back on! Matching side seams (most men’s T-shirts no longer have side seams so if that is the case with yours simply match up the sides without needing to be too particular about it) pin the sides and then the top to the bottom everywhere except where the two front pieces that overlap. You should have more fabric than you need to cover the last small area.IMG_20140814_142554

Step 7: Pleats! This will make the shirt look great. Take the extra fabric and pleat it to make it fit the last unpinned area. I find 4 pleats look best. Try to make the pleats evenly spaced and the same size. For this one I did 2 big pleats the same size and two small pleats the same size. You can do it whichever way you choose. If you’ve never done pleats before, not to worry. There are many kinds of pleats, but this shirt uses the most basic pleat, which is simply pinching the fabric and folding it down. Pin down your pleats and then pin the last area of the top to the bottom and sew all the way around.IMG_20140814_142706IMG_20140814_142849

Step 8: Ruching the sleeves. This looks way more complicated than it actually is. All this is, is elastic stretched across the center of the sleeve in order to give it a bunched/ gathered look. On the inside of your shirt mark a line down the center of your sleeve. Sew 4 inches of the elastic to the line by stretching it across while sewing. (Tip: make sure your needle is facing down)IMG_20140814_165329IMG_20140814_165715this is how it should look on the right side.

Step 9: Get your tank top and cut off the side seams and shoulder seams (if your using an old shirt than cut off the sleeves well). Once you have only the front of the tank top make a mark on both sides using your previous measurement of under the bust and adding 4.5 inches. (Forgot that measurement? No worries just go back to the men’s shirt and measure from the armpit to the under bust seam and add 4.5 inches). Mark on both sides then draw a straight line across them and cut off. (Why is the tank longer than the the top half if the shirt? Good question its for a hem allowance and so that it’s more modest. Let’s face it if its longer its easier to tuck back in place and you don’t have to worry about it coming up when you reach for things.) IMG_20140814_151018

Step 10: zigzag stitch (or serge if you have a serger) all the unfinished edges of the tank top, so that it won’t fray. Hem the bottom of the tank top.

Step 11: Add the tank top into the men’s T-shirt by pinning and sewing the shoulders to the shoulder seams and the sides into the side seams.*** For the side seams do NOT sew any farther than 1 inch past the under bust seam. Otherwise your top will rise too much when you bring the tank top up the nurse (if the shirt does not the side seams mark the sides on the inside of the fabric to guide you) (if you don’t like the tank top being longer then you can make it shorter, but you will need to put a few stitches in the center so it doesn’t come up all the time.)  IMG_20140814_164207

Tada! Your done. Now go feed that baby 😉IMG_20140814_170155

Just in case a little review is needed… To feed baby simply pull side on men’s T-shirt over and pull up tank top over the breast. To be slightly more discrete once baby is latched pull shirts a little down and over.

Anyway I love these tops. Hope you find it useful for you! 🙂 Happy Sewing!

My Menu for August (Trying out new Recipes)

I am sure of all of you moms out there have experienced the horror of the question “what’s for dinner?” when the thought of food hasn’t even crossed your mind. Well to fix that problem and make my life a little bit easier I do menu planing every month. That way I can always know what we’re having for dinner. Though my menus are always subject to change (like I’m too lazy or tired to cook that today or I’m craving something else changes) (Oh and I always keep a frozen pizza and such in the freezer for lazy days), I generally make what’s planned. In any case, I thought some people might like to see my menus and possibly use them for their families. I’ve provided some links to some of the meals.

Here it is…


August 4- 31

Monday: Honey Sesme Seed Chicken, Rice, Broccoli ( )

Tuesday: Spicy Chicken Rigatoni ( )

Wednesday: Crock Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup ( )

Thursday: Crab Cakes, French Fries, Beans ( )

Friday: Honey Salmon, Rice, Steamed Broccoli ( )

Saturday: Chicken Tartiflette ( )[I’m just going to use normal cheese]

Sunday: Twenty Minute Tortellini Bake ( )



Monday: Cauliflower Chowder ( )

Tuesday: Mongolian Beef, Rice, Steamed Beans ( )

Wednesday: Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole ( )

Thursday: Chopped Chicken, Peanut Sauce, Mashed Potato, Corn ( )

Friday: Peachy Pork Chops, Rice, Steamed Bean ( )

Saturday: Chicken Spinach and Pasta Bake ( )

Sunday: Bagged Omelets ( )

Monday: Crock Pot Lasagne ( )



Tuesday: Blooming Onion, Chicken Caesar Salad ( )

Wednesday: Honey Soy Sole, Rice, Steamed Bean [no recipe link for this one, but its just 3 tbs honey, 3tbs soy sauce, 3 tbs balsamic vinegar the heated up in the microwave for 1 minute and put over fish that is then put in oven at 375 for 25 minutes]

Thursday: Sausage Cajan Pasta ( ) [I just use sausage instead of chicken]

Friday: Spinach and Gnocchi Soup ( )

Saturday: Crock Pot Chilli

Sunday: Coconut Shrimp, Tomato Basil Soup ( ) [then Campbell tomato soup with some added basil]



Monday: Crock Pot Corn Chowder ( )

Tuesday: Ranch Breaded Pork Chops, Mashed Potato, Beans  ( )

Wednesday: Spaghetti

Thursday: Garlicy Baked Shrimp, Rice, Streamed Beans ( )

Friday: One Pot Pasta ( )

Saturday: Pizza

Sunday: Tuna Casserole

Happy Cooking!