Cropped Top Tutorial

I have seen so many cropped tops lately. I thought it would be so easy and fun to make one, since it is basically a square or rectangle.

I had some of this polka dot fabric which I picked up at the fabric store last year. I just never got around to making anything.

I gotta say, I am really liking it.
I want to make at least one more for myself, perhaps in a solid color.
Next time I will have to cut the fabric a little wider so I can make the sleeves a little longer.

If you want to see how I made this top, stick around

First determine how long and wide you want your top.
I cut my rectangles 29X23

Next I found a shirt where I liked the neckline
I used it to trace the neckline on my fabric

(eek... I am using a permanent marker, hubby stole my fabric marker, his excuse was he loved how smoothly it wrote )

I made sure my front and back lined up at the shoulders

My fabric was kind of silky
In order to hem it, I folded down once and sewed

I used small scissors to cut of any extra fabric

Then I folded the fabric over twice and ironed the neckline/shoulders/and back

I sewed down the edge

After sewing the neckline, I ironed everything down

Here is how the finished neckline looks like

I bought a 7 inch heavy duty jeans zipper at Walmart for under $2
I folded the back portion in half and cut down about 6 inches to fit the zipper

Here is how I finished the zipper hole.
I think it would have looked really pretty with a button to.

Then I sewed on the zipper with matching thread.
Exposed zippers are so easy!

Here is the finished zipper

This is how the inside looks like:

Then I sewed the shoulders together and ironed open the seams

Then I eyeballed how I wanted the "sleeve" to look and marked it with a pencil.
I sewed along the line and then cut off the access fabric:

To make sure both of my sides matched up, I folded the shirt in half and marked where I needed to sew the other side

Once I sewed that side together I cut off the access fabric

I used a small zig zag stitch to finish both of the sides

Then I used an old shirt of mine with a rounded bottom as a template for the hem.
For the front I just flipped the shirt upside down to get the "cropped look"

I cut the "cropped" front and longer back.
Then I just hemmed the bottom using the same method I did with neckline

That's it!

I managed to sew the top and take the pictures all during my little mans nap time.
That should tell you how fast and easy it was!

Here are a few pictures




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This week in pictures...

This whole month has not been the best month.
It seems that every week someone in our house has been sick.
First my husband, then me, then my son and now my daughter.

Just when I think, whew.. that's over, someone else gets sick.

Anyways, here is how our week looked like

So, I am going to start my week off with last Saturday night
No one was sick anymore, everyone was finally better, I really wanted to get out of the house. So we all went shopping. Got a little something for everyone.

Saturday night we had my favorite vegetarian pizza!
(my hubby thinks its weird that I eat pizza with a fork, is it?
am I weird not to want my hands to get dirty? )

We went to a birthday party on Sunday!

Little Em wanted to hold the present :)

Daddy and the little man.
I made him a dinosaur hoodie after I saw this post

@ the party, we had this chocolate, fudgy birthday cake. was delicious!

I decided to start a vitamin regimen this week
I want to become more healthy. Doesn't everyone?

Then my poor baby got sick :(
running a fever and runny nose

My daughter won't drink medicine, she literally just spits it out on the floor. The only thing she will take are these chewable pills. They help her temperature go down, so that's good.

We went on a walk on Thursday since the rain stopped and the sun came out.
We did a scavenger hunt

Since my daughter is sick, I made two of her favorite things
(which I have been snacking on, which probably wasn't the best idea)

I am planning a little valentines day party for the kidos, so I started working on some things this week
Bought this Raspberry coffee cake this week, it was amazing with my morning cup of tea :)

Well that wraps our week up. What did you do this week?
I pray my little baby feels better soon and this virus is gone for good.

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Zucchini Boats

Oh my goodness! If you love zucchini, cheese and basil, you have to try this!
I saw it here and had to make some.

I am speechless, these are amazing.

I didn't have all the ingredients as the original recipe called for, so I kind of winged it my way, and it turned out amazingly!


6 small zucchinis (will make 12 boats)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded parmessan cheese
2 cloves of minced garlic
olive oil
Mini tomatoes (sliced)
Basil (chopped)

Preheat your oven to 350
wash and slice your zucchini in half
scoop out the center where the seeds are
brush the surface with a mixture of : olive oil, garlic, salt/pepper
bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes
remove from the oven and sprinkle the cheeses and layer the tomatoes on
broil on high for 5 minutes

sprinkle with chopped basil when done.

Then enjoy..

Ruffle Skirt out of old t shirts!

I am a girly girl who loves ruffles.

I have always wanted a ruffly skirt/petticoat which I could wear on its own and under too short skirts/dresses. My sister has a ruffly skirt which I borrowed while visiting her last summer, I loved that skirt (I even offered to buy it from her :D, she said no off course)

Anyways, I had some time on my hands last week, so I decided to make my own ruffly skirt out of old t-shirts. This skirt did not cost me anything. I already had everything on hand.

Here is the finished product

For the base of the skirt I started out with this flowy top which I got from Target a few years ago. It has seen better days.

I carefully cut off the sleeves and the top portion off.

I ended up with a skirt base

Then I dug up some old t shirts, most of them were my hubby's old work t shirts which he put in the donate pile. Some were mine
Completely off the topic, but every summer I buy myself at least two plain white t shirts and they always end up shrunken, augh!

I cut three inch wide strips

I do not show you how to ruffle fabric since there are so many tutorials out there.

But I ruffled all of the strips

I sewed on the top ruffle and then I sewed on this trim I had on hand

Then I marked where I wanted the strips to go and went to work sewing them on.

Whew. All done

LOVE it!

Total cost: $0.00!

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Valentines Wreath

I took off my evergreen wreath since the holidays are over, but it is too early to put up my spring wreath. So I decided to make my first ever valentines day wreath

Here is what I created with an old sweater and some felt

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Lets Talk Cloth Diapers!

WARNING! This post is VERY LONG, It is EVERYTHING I know about cloth diapering.

Last week I talked about how I cloth diaper on the go, I got a few responses from my readers who wanted me to go more in depth on how I cloth diaper. I am more then happy to share this with you.

First I want to tell you that I used disposable diapers on my daughter 4 years ago. I hated every minute of it! I hated spending so much money on diapers and wipes. I also hated that at the end of the week our trash can was overflowing up with dirty diapers. I started potty training my daughter when she was 2. At that point I realized that the pull ups were even more expensive then diapers.
Soon my daughter was potty trained during the day, but still needed pull ups for naps and nighttime.
Some times she woke up dry, sometimes not. There was no way to predict if she would pee in her pull up's or not. So what do you do with a dry pull up? I reused them once, then tossed them since they started to smell.
I then started doing some research online on some sort of night time training underwear. That is where I found out about cloth diapers.

I ordered 3 one size bum genius diapers and she used those for naps and nighttime.
At that time she was about 28 pounds and they still fit her.
I was so happy!
Shortly, I got pregnant with my son, and I was so excited to try out cloth diapering!

I watched a lot of YouTube videos on cloth diapers (especially the cloth diaper channel)
There are so MANY cloth diapers, I was getting over whelmed.

After watching many videos and reading lots of reviews, I was torn between the fuzzi bunz and the bum genius one sized diapers.

So I ordered two fuzzi bunz diapers to test them out. Needless to say I was not happy with the fuzzi bunz. They were much smaller then the Bum Genius (They claim to fit up to 30 lbs, but my daughter could not fit into them and she was less then 30 lbs at that time)

I also didn't like that you had to size them with the elastic, it just takes longer then the Bum Genius Diapers whereas you would just snap the front snaps.