20 Minute Baby Dress Tutorial

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My family are all currently awaiting a new arrival to our already crowded bunch. My cousin (grandchild #7) is expecting his first baby with his girlfriend – a girl and we are all super thrilled about it. Now that little Ella is due to make her arrival any day now I thought I’d share a few projects we’ve been working on for her, starting with this super gorgeous little shirred dress I whipped up in literally 20 minutes the other day. I’m in love with the gorgeous black and white stripes and with the ribbon ties it makes it super easy to put on and take off if by any chance Miss Ella decides to use it as a vomit rag. I also added a super cute sequin letter ‘E’ to the front which I’ve got listed as a new item in my shop available for purchase! (I’ve also got an exclusive illistyle deal below!)

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For this cute little dress I used what I already had on hand and it took me literally 20 minutes to make and I’ve got plenty of material left for more as well as lots of un-shirred knit for other projects!! For this dress I used pre-shirred knit/jersey but you could easily purchase some elastic thread and shirr your own but I’ve never quite gotten the hang of shirring and I wanted a quick and easy sewing project. Along with the knit/jersey, you’ll need some ribbon or fabric scraps for ties, pins and a sewing machine! It’s that simple – so let’s make ourselves a dress with this 20 Minute Baby Dress Tutorial!

You’ll need:

· Knit or jersey fabric
· Elastic thread (if your fabric isn’t pre-shirred)
· Ribbon or scrap fabric
· Item of similar sized clothing (to get the right size)
· Pins
· Scissors
· Sewing machine
· 20 minutes!

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1. Start by laying your item of clothing down on your fabric. I used a little vest we picked up for Ella. Mark where the garment ends and fold it over so you have double thickness at the right size. Add 1 cm for seam allowance

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2. Measure how long you want the dress to be. I based mine on the theory that most babies are 19-22 inches long and made mine 14.5 inches + 0.5 inches for seam allowance. Mark your measurements with a fabric marker or pins.

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3. Cut out your fabric. Make sure your fabric is smooth and even.

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4. Double fold your hem up and pin in place. Don’t pull or stretch the knit/jersey just work slowly and carefully. You can choose to leave the hem unfinished since knit doesn’t fray but as this was a gift I chose to hem for a more professional look.

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5. Sew your hem, backstitching at the start and finish. Some tips for working with knit: don’t pull! Place your fabric under your machine foot and start sewing, let the machine move the fabric for you and just guide it in the right direction with your hand. And take your time! It doesn’t have to take exactly 20 minutes!!

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6. Pin your fabric right sides together and sew down the edge. Make sure you backstitch at the start and finish.

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7. Cut your ribbon. I chose to cut mine about 10 inches long but depending on the age you can make this longer or shorter. I would have probably made it a bit longer so that they can be tied in bows.

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8. Pin your ribbon onto the tops of the dress, making sure you line them up on each side.

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9. Sew in place. Backstitch over this a couple of times. Since this will be on the shirred section of the dress it doesn’t matter if the stitching is a little wonky as you won’t notice it with the shirring! Tie up your ties and YOU’RE DONE!!

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CONGRATULTIONS!! You just made yourself a pretty new dress! The great thing about this dress is that it is SO versatile – you can make it for any age, from newborn to adults and the process is exactly the same!! I hope you liked this tutorial and I’ll be back next month with another one – in the meantime feel free to pop on over to my blog and say hi! I’d love to have you over!!

- Danielle


2 Minute No Sew Fabric Pumpkins

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If you love fall and are short on time (can I get an amen?)  then you will love these easy 2 Minute No Sew Fabric Pumpkins.

Supplies (for each pumpkin):

1 – fat quarter of fabric

1 – roll of toilet paper

1- brown lunch bag

6 – plastic grocery bags

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Place flat quarter pattern side down

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Place toilet paper roll on top of your fabric

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Pull your bags straight and stack around toilet paper roll

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Pull up sides of fabric and tuck into the center of your toilet paper roll

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Twist paper bag tightly and insert into center of toilet paper roll to form your pumpkin stem

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Easy, right? I love to make a grouping of these pumpkins for my hearth.  It’s so easy to change up each year (depending on your mood or color scheme) and the best part is: when you change over to your Christmas or Hanukkah decor you can dissemble the pumpkins, put the fabric back in your craft stash, and use the other elements as they were originally intended, so it is a simple no waste project.  My husband loves that he doesn’t have to store them in the garage with the Fall Decor, space saver!

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Do you make your own fall decorations?

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Wood Burned Coasters

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Hello darlings.  I have so many home projects that I have been putting off since moving into our new home.  So I have been trying to check all those little things off the list. Last week I went to IKEA to look at desk systems for the studio… sadly, I left without a desk, but I did leave with new trivets and placemats. Score.  Another project I completed recently were these wood burned coasters.  This project was surprisingly simple. I love the verse Micah 6:8 I decided that the daily visual reminder of that verse would be good for me. You can make whatever you want with this, but if you want the same verse, I have included the template for you.

Here’s what you need:

– 4 Birch Coasters (available at Michaels)
– Wood Burning Tool (I use this one)
– Silhouette Cameo
Repositionable Vinyl
This Silhouette Studio Template of Micah 6:8

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I designed the above Silhouette file (which is free for download and personal use – for all other use please email april{at}illistyle.com), and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out onto my repositionable vinyl.

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I then placed the cutouts onto the birch coasters DIY Wood Burned Coasters and then used my wood burner to color inside the lines. (Please be careful with the wood burner and keep it away from children, it makes the hot glue gun look like and ice ray… this bad boy gets HOT!)

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and ta-da!

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Who’s that? Oh, just my cute little old man Chihuahua. Sitting next to the coasters, with some cold brew coffee, in a mason jar, with a paper straw. He’s too hipster for you. And for me. Geez.

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Nautical Fall Mantel and Garland Tutorial

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Happy October!!!! Let’s kick this month off with a little Fall Decor.  I created this Nautical Fall Mantel and Garland Tutorial for you guys.  I know you might be thinking… “Fall AND Nautical? What?” Lemme explain: I love nautical decor.  I love fall decor.  Some people think the two styles aren’t compatible … I beg to differ. Lots of natural woven elements, white, the boat paint-by-number, and the round mirror (think port hole) make it nautical.  Pumpkins, leaves, and black chevron say fall. The elements all work together because neither is over-emphasized.  Plus, white on white is dreamy, am I right?

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The woven Nautical ball garland is easy to make:

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1 package Large Woven Balls (available at Michaels)
1 package Small/Medium Woven Balls (available at Michaels)
1 length thick Hemp (available at Amazon)
Thread (neutral color)

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Sew the woven balls onto the hemp. In order that the balls do not slip on the hemp, sew the balls to the hemp by pushing the needle through the hemp and then wrap the thread around the hemp.  This will ensure the balls will stay where you put them.

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Pair the garland with white pumpkins, leaves, and anything white and you can call your fall mantel decor done for the season!

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What’s your design asthetic? Does Nautical + Fall work for you?

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DIY My Little Pony Masks with Printable Templates

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Hey yo to all the My Little Pony fans out there!  If you have ever dreamed of being Twilight Sparkle or any of her pony friends? Well, now you can!  I made these felt masks for Ava’s 5th birthday (if you wanna check out the other MLP crafts I made, check out this post.)  And because I L.O.V.E. love you guys, I made printable templates so that you can make them too! Check em out- DIY My Little Pony Masks with Printable Templates (10/17/14 All Masks are viewing and printing correctly, please let us know if you experience any trouble and we will fix ASAP):


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Felt in desired color (indicated by photos above)
Printable PDF of desired Pony Mask (available by clicking desired Pony Mask above)
Fabric Glue

Black Sharpie

General Directions:

1.Click on desired mask
2. Download PDF
3. Print PDF
4. Cut out peices
5. Using a pencil, trace around peices, onto felt
6. Using fabric glue, attach pieces to main mask
7. Using sharpie, draw on lashes as shown in photos above
8. Using glue, attach string
9. Wear with Pony Pride

All of the masks can work for kids and adults.  I realize that Rarity looks funky around the eyes in the photo above, if you are making the Rarity mask for an adult, please feel free to widen the eye holes in order to get your peripheral vision back.  Also, you will want to cut the top of Rainbow Dash’s head to connect to her ear (as shown), this will serve as the backing for her bangs. Trust me, it is a necessary thing.

All of these masks are free for personal use.
I would love to see the photos of your masks!
Tag @illistyle in your FB / Twitter / Instagram photos!

Who are you gonna be for Halloween?

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DIY My Little Pony Cutie Mark Temporary Tattoos

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Welcome to day 5 of My Little Pony Week on illistyle! If you missed any of our other posts check out our MLP Party, the MLP Birthday Banner, an easy DIY Tassel Banner, and how to make Giant Confetti.  Today we are learning to make DIY My Little Pony Cutie Mark Temporary Tattoos. I search high and low for cutie mark temporary tattoos for Ava’s bday party so each of the kids could have a cutie mark on their cheek, and ya know what? I could not find them! So, I did what any self-respecting craft blogger would do: I made them! Thankfully, our friends at HASBRO were not only totally cool with me using their images, but were super excited and supportive of it.  I love a company that values true creativity, but what do you expect form the makers of Play-Doh? Right?! (This post contains affiliate links.  illistyle provides free craft and DIY tutorials to readers.  We sometimes use affiliate links in order to sustain our crafting habits and continue to bring you free content, so be aware, some links below lead to affiliate sites, meaning we get a small percentage of the sale. Thanks for keepin us alive!)

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1. for traditional printer and scissors
2. for use if you have a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine



Silhouette brand Temporary Tattoo Paper
Cutie Mark reversed image PDF (download here)
Color Printer


1. Download Cutie Mark reversed image PDF (download here)

2. Print image on shiny side of white Silhouette Temporary Tattoo Paper

3. Take the clear plastic sheet from the Temporary Tattoo package and press the sticky side on top pf your printed images

4. Use scissors to carefully cut around each image

Put those on your kiddos cheeks!

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Silhouette brand Temporary Tattoo Paper
Cutie Mark Silhouette file (download here)
Color Printer
Silhouette cutting machine


1. Download Cutie Mark Silhouette File (here)

2. Open Silhouette Studio on your computer

3. Open Cutie Mark file

4. Open Silhouette Temporary Tattoo Paper. Load white sheet into your printer so the image prints on the glossy side

5. Print image from Silhouette Studio

6. Take the clear plastic sheet form the Temporary Tattoo package and press the sticky side onto your printed images

7. Place the now plastic-covered tattoo images into your Silhouette cutting machine

8. Using your Silhouette software, cut the tattoos out

9. Put those on your kiddos cheeks!

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Thank you to our friends at Hasbro for their support and permission to use these designs.

DIY Giant Confetti (with Silhouette Cut Files)

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Well hello again! Here we are with Day 4 of our My Little Pony Week and today I am going to show you how I made this DIY Giant Confetti. Actually, I am just gonna straight up give you the Silhouette cut files to make your life easy. You’re welcome. Each piece of confetti is approximately 1.25″ in diameter. On the whole sheet you can cut 65 of these bad boys. I made these using my Silhouette Cameo, and since I am a hippie at heart and don’t want to waste, I actually made them at the same time I made Ava’s My Little Pony Happy Birthday Banner and used all the extra space around the pennants for the confetti.  Instead of wasting that excess card stock around the pennant piece I got 35 pieces of large confetti out of it.  Boom. I obviously expect a Thank You card from Mother Nature any day now.

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Card stock in your party theme colors

Silhouette Cameo

Full Sheet of Giant Confetti (cut files)

Pennant and Giant Confetti (cut files)


1. Download the desired Confetti cut file (either the full sheet or pennant banner sheet above)

2. Open your Silhouette Studio software

3. Open your cut file into a new document

4. Load your media into the Silhouette

5. Cut

6. Confetti the heck outta your life

It’s so so simple.  If you are making a banner for a party … then you obviously need confetti too, so use the Pennant Banner cut files (above), and have coordinating confetti. Peer pressure. But if you are anti-confetti and just want the pennant banner cut files you can find those here.

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How to Make a Tissue Paper Tassel Banner

Hi guys! Welcome to day 3 of My Little Pony Week here on illistyle.  If you missed day 1 or 2 you can find them here and here. Today we are talking about how to make a tissue paper tassel banner like this one I made for Ava’s 5th birthday. This banner looks great and sis o so festive.  I have seen for sale online and in stores for sale for a LOT of your hard earned dollars… but why, when you can make so easily and tailor it exactly to your party’s color scheme/theme.  Here’s how we do it:

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Tissue Paper in desired colors (3-4 is usually enough, unles syou want each one a diffrent color – which is cool too)

Instructions (to make one tassel):

1. Take one sheet of tissue paper and lay flat

2. Fold in half toward you

3. Fold in half to the left

4. Fold in half again to the left

5. Cut up the folded edge of tissue, stopping 1.5″-2″ from the top seam

6. Fold in half a third time to the left

7. Repeat Step 5

8. Cut line up the middle of the tissue, stopping 1.5″=2″ from top

9. Unfold tissue

10. Starting from the side, tightly roll the tissue along the middle (uncut) portion of tissue

11. With tissue in a cylinder shape with tassels at both ends, graps the tissue at top of each tassel and twist

12. As you twist the tissue a natural loop should form, go with that

13. Secrure loop by twistting tissue back on itself

14. Repeat as needed

15. Hang all tissue pompoms from a string

16. Get this party started

What colors would you use?

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(PS don’t forget, I will be back tomorrow with DIY Cutie Mark Temporary Tattoos for you guys!)