Monthly Archives: July 2012

Little Girls DIY Summer Style Must-Haves

Today it’s all about your little girl! It’s not too late to look good at the pool or the beach this summer. We have found a couple of websites that show you how to make your own swimsuit cover-ups for your little girl! You could make one to match every swimsuit she owns!

Here is a cover up that you could make for a boy or girl of any age, using old bath towels! The materials you will need for your new Hooded Towel Cover-Up are :

1- hand towel
1- large bath towel
1- strip of fabric ( 4″ X 25″)
ric- rac trim ( 2 pieces – 25″ long)
thread
scissors
iron

Check out the link to learn how to make these awesome cover ups! http://thecottagehome.blogspot.com/2010/10/embellished-hooded-towel-tutorial.html

We also found one that would great for your little girl! Its the perfect dress cover up. The materials you need are:

  • 2 different towel fabrics from your local fabric store OR you can use an old beach towel
  • large piece of Velcro

This step-by-step tutorial tells you how to make this cute little dress cover-up!

 

Love the maxi dresses that you are seeing everywhere, but they just cost too much? Well we have a solution for you! You can make one yourself by using an old T-shirt or using a new one that you can get from Rock Bottom T-Shirts  and some fun colorful fabric from your local fabric store. This is a super cute dress for the first week of school!

What do you think?  Will you be trying any of these adorable outfits? If you do, post pictures of your crafts on our Facebook page. If you have any tips or other projects that you’d like to share with us, please let us know by commenting below.

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Buying Clothes for a Baby Girl or Baby Boy?

Baby T Shirt - Infant Lap Shoulder

Baby T Shirt – Infant Lap Shoulder

Guest post by Carlo with easyDNA

Shopping for your newborn is one of the most exciting and enjoyable aspects of parenthood. But buying baby clothes is not just about cute little outfits in different colors. There is more to it. Here is some information which can help you save time, money and stress.

The weight of your baby and the clothes you buy

Baby sizes go from Newborn and then from there they are in “Month” sizes.  Some are a range like 0-3 months and some are a single month size like 6 months.  The problem with baby sizes and size guides is that babies differ so much from one to the other. Some babies are far bigger than others at a given age. Also, every clothing manufacturer is different, so make sure to check and see if they have a sizing chart with weight or height requirements to help guide you in your search.  Moreover, the consistent, rapid growth in babies means that parents will be buying new, bigger sizes for their child more often than at any other point in their child’s life.

Baby Bodysuit - Short Sleeve

Baby Bodysuit – Short Sleeve

Some general advice about buying baby clothes

–          Because babies grow so quickly, you might want to consider buying clothes that fit them loosely.

–          Keep in mind the season – warm clothes can cause much discomfort to your baby in summer as would light clothes in winter.

–          Observe and touch the labels – these can sometimes cause itching to the baby and may also irritate the baby’s skin

Original ideas for buying clothes for a baby boy

Some companies offer customizable baby clothing which can tailored to your chosen colour, style and also embroidered with your baby’s name. Typically, they will produce clothes for both baby girls and baby boys. Remember that you should also be shopping for the occasion. You want your baby to have some special clothes for those family occasions or social events and perhaps cheaper clothes for everyday.

Camo Baby Bodysuit

Camo Baby Bodysuit

Original ideas for buying clothes for a baby girl

Besides the color (often shades of pink and purple) and the style of clothes (little dresses and frilled shirts) for a baby girl, little changes when compared to clothes for a baby boy. Baby girls, of course, look cute dressed in a feminine way. But first and foremost, the comfort of the child is always your priority so choosing the smoothest, quality fabrics is of pivotal importance when shopping for baby clothes of either gender. Remember that although girls can be a bit more exciting to dress, they too grow very quickly so the little purple dress you picked today might not fit her in a few weeks.

Gender DNA testing

Gender DNA testing offers you the opportunity to prepare for the birth of you baby girl or baby boy. They can save you much of the stress of shopping around once the baby is born. In fact, you can spend some quality time with your child by getting all the preparations done before the birth. Urine gender DNA tests can be done at just 9 weeks and offer an accuracy of 99%.

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Are Blanks Back? Is Fashion Moving Back to Basics?

Courtesy of E! Online

Throughout the past few years we have seen lots of prints.  Stripes, animal prints, text on tees and more.  Recently while flipping through E! Online’s photo gallery, I was struck by how many celebrities were out and about in “blanks” or plain t-shirts.  Men, women and children were all wearing basic tees and tanks.

There were a lot of people in white. Granted it’s a hot summer and white is a great color for keeping cool.  However, I saw pinks, purples and blues, too!  Click here to check out the full photo gallery.  If you want to dress like these celebs, we have some similar styles like Lindsay Lohan’s turquoise tank, Keira Knightley’s pink sleeveless tee and Jennifer Lopez’s black basic tee with some blinged out shoulders (which you could easily add on your own!).

What do you think?  Are Blanks Back?  Is Fashion Moving Back to Basics?  Comment below or post on our Facebook page and tell us what you think!

And if  blank tees are your must-have for the summer, head on over to Rock Bottom T-Shirts where we have over 150 styles to meet your needs.

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Home Decor Using Your Old T-Shirts!

Summer will be coming to an end soon, and it is time to do a little “Spring Cleaning” to get your wardrobe ready for the fall. What are you going to do with all these worn clothes from the summer or even the ones your cleaning out from last year? Well we have found the perfect way to spruce up your home for cheap, using your old clothes!

There are so many different things you can make, like pictures for your wall. You can use your old favorite shirts that you can’t wear anymore, they can have a design or something simple like stripes. If you like the idea but your uninterested in using a shirt with a design on it, use a blank shirt and stencil on an image you like using fabric paint. Click here to learn how to make these awesome wall hangings! http://craftsncoffee.com/2011/09/02/repurpose-old-t-shirts-and-wear-them-on-your-wall-instead-super-fast-t-shirt-wall-art-tutorial/

Maybe wall art isn’t what you need. What about updating the throw pillows on the couch or for the bed? You can use old shirts with designs or solid colors shirts for this one too! Try making a few of these throw pillows to freshen the look of your home. You could arrange the ruffles diagonally or use multiple colored shirts for more colorful pillows. If you like to decorate for Halloween, Christmas, etc,  you could make thee pillows orange with black ruffles for Halloween, or green with red ruffles for Christmas; the ideas are endless for these throw pillows! Check out the link to make them! http://floralshowers.com/sewing/ruffle-pillow-tutorial/

Need a new shower rug or maybe something cute and creative for your child’s room? You could or your child could make a Hula Hoop Rug! You can go from something childish and colorful to something more sophisticated and neutral, depending on what color shirts you use. If you like the idea of the rug but you don’t have use for it on the floor you could hang it on the wall for a splash of color in your living space. Learn how here: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/hula-hoop-rug-995304/

Now that you’ve cleaned out those old t-shirts, what are you going to wear? Stop by Rock Bottom T-Shirts to replenish your t-shirt supply and get quality tees on the cheap.

What do you think?  Will you be trying any of these projects at home? If you do, post pictures of your crafts on our Facebook page. If you have any tips or other projects that you’d like to share with us, please let us know by commenting below.

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Beautiful T-Shirt Poppies to Brighten Your Day


In our last blog we suggested saving your t-shirts that might have a small stain or hole in them for fabric scraps. So what do you do with all those fabric scraps?

There are tons of tutorials out there that utilize scraps in one form or another, but we came across this unique blog post from Melissa @ Until Wednesday Calls. We couldn’t resist these pretty little poppies. Just looking at them made us smile! Envision them attached to just about everything! Pillows, purses, t-shirts, canvas pictures. The application could be endless.

The supplies are simple. Fabric circles in varying sizes, eyelets and eyelet tool, contrasting fabric scraps and some fabric glue. You can get the full tutorial here, complete with step-by-step instructions and pictures.

http://untilwednesdaycalls.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-to-t-shirt-poppy.html

If you can’t resist them either, make a few and let us know how you used them. You can comment below or post on our Facebook page.

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My Shirt Has A Stain On It, Now What?

T-Shirt StainIt’s happened to all of us.  You’re doing laundry and you notice your favorite t-shirt has a stain on it.  Or your kid comes home from art class covered in “you’re-not-100%-sure-but-you-know-it’s-not-coming-out”.  You try and try and try to get the stain out, but it’s still there.  What about this?  You get home from the store and that cool, cheap t-shirt you just bought has a hole in it.  You’d take it back but it would cost you more in gas to go get your refund.  Before you throw the shirt away consider these 4 tips to turn that damaged shirt into something new!

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5 Tips on How to Beat the Summer Heat

Beat the Summer HeatIt’s hot outside.  Last week over 100 record temperatures were recorded and according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), “The first six months of 2012 were the warmest on record for the contiguous United States as a whole, and for many locations across the United States.”  And it’s only getting hotter.  Here in Georgia, our warmest months tend to be July and August, so we’re heading into the worst of summer.  With that in mind, here are 5 tips to beat the summer heat.

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