Pinterest: I Tried It

Here we go again- Pinterest Thursday!  Last week was my first link-up for anyone who tried something out from their Pinterst boards and blogged about it.  The lovely Melissa from All Sewn Up was my first and only participant, who linked up the family hands embroidery she made (go check it out if you haven't seen it!).  Thanks, Melissa!  This week's link-up is at the bottom of the post; I'd love to have you join in so I can see what you've been trying out!

For the past three weeks, I've pretty much stuck to my food board, mainly because tackling recipes is pretty easy as long as I've made sure to have the ingredients.  I decided it was time to stray away from the food and delve into some of the actual projects that I've been pinning.  I headed to my sewing projects board, on which I have many, many things pinned that I don't know if I'm actually capable of making, but they were too cute not to pine over.  I decided to try this one out:

This one looked to be a pretty easy and uncomplicated sewing project for me to start with, and would be something I could actually use.  For those who may not understand what it's supposed to be, it's a fabric and velcro strap used to hold together a diaper and some wipes for when you're on the go and don't need the whole large diaper-changing apparatus that so many of us have.  Plus, it would actually be a great gift for dads, who don't tend to have any kind of bag with them, and this keeps all the necessary supplies handy without being bulky.

With Gus and the hubs in mind, I found this prefect orange gingham fabric in the Wal-mart remnant bin for something like 66 cents, and the muslin-like fabric that goes inside came from the Jo-ann bin (when I found that dump truck print for Gus) for about $1.25.

It was indeed a simple project (all stright line sewing!), the tutorial is super-easy to follow, and I'm pretty excited about how it turned out!

Now, I think if I were to make another one, I might shorten the length and width by about one inch each, just to make it a little bit more snug, but overall I love how it turned out.  I used sticky-backed Velcro instead of just regular Velcro because that's what I already had on hand from my teacher supplies boxes.  It was great because I didn't have to pin and hold the Velcro in place, but it did make the needle a little bit sticky.

This is the type of product I would love to be able to make and sell on Etsy.  I think it's handy, useful, and if you have the right kind of fabrics, it can be universal for moms and dads.  Problem: my shop is a paper shop.  Does it go against my "theme" to list fabric items?  Is a second shop (someday) necessary?  I wish you were able to alter your shop name without losing all that you've built up.

So how about you?  How were your pinning experiments this week?  Link up below or leave a comment!  And remember- same time next week!  I had a lot of fun trying this one out and may stick to the sewing board for a little while.

Feel free to grab a botton to add to your post to share this link-up with your readers!

life by the book

If you link up, please leave just the name of what you made this week.  Thank you for participating!


  1. I love the simplicity of a diaper strap! I'll put this on my long list of shower gift ideas!

  2. I love functional sewing! And, Pinterest!!! This is such a great idea for a link-up!

    I hope you stop by my way!

    :) Maureen

  3. so cute! i'm visiting a friend who's due in october in a couple weeks, and i totally just sat down and made one with some scraps! but i am going to have to start doing this pinterest: i tried it...rather than pinning a lot of ideas that might never happen.

  4. awesome, nice goin!!! I really need to make somethin... I pinned some smores bars maybe ill go make those so I can link up! :)

    -rachel w k


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