Today I thought I’d share the crafts that I tried to cram into the last weeks before Christmas last year. Though I love how they turned out, and how much they’ve been used and loved ever since, I did not like the stress of trying to get them completed at the last minute! Thus, this year’s inspiration for starting to think of Christmas in July!!
Last summer, we welcomed our baby boy into the family. And although the girls loved playing with their baby dolls before, after his arrival, they each found a new excitement in caring for their dolly and wanting to be just like mommy! So, I wanted to make them their own little baby doll diaper bags. I searched for the perfect pattern and was so excited when I came across a tutorial on the Twelve Crafts Til Christmas blog. I loved that it looked like one I’d carry myself, because then I knew they’d love it too!
I searched high and low to find coordinating prints in their favorite colors. Light blue and purple was incredibly easy…
But pink and orange? Not so much. This was the best I could do.
The only thing I changed from the tutorial was that I attached a piece of ribbon to the inside lining seam and sewed a snap closure at the other end of it so the girls could clip their baby doll’s pacifiers to their bag when they weren’t using them. Anything to help those little things from getting lost! There are many more fun baby doll tutorials on the Twelve Crafts Til Christmas blog too! The little pouch of wipes shown in the first picture can be found here. And she has created other fun diaper bag accesssories like a taggie, changing pad and dolly diapers too!
After making the girls their fun bags, I wanted to make something special for baby boy too. One of my dilemmas at the time was keeping his clean toys separate from the dirty ones and the other junk that I carried around in my bag. So I found this wonderful tutorial for a drawstring backpack on the Noodlehead blog. Not only did it have a drawstring pouch for keeping toys clean, it also had a little zipper pocket that was perfect for clean pacifiers!!
As an added bonus, it’s even somewhat sentimental…I took the little car patch and the strip of striped material from one of the first little sleepers that baby boy outgrew!
And as he’s grown older, it’s become the perfect little size for him to carry around with him when he wants to be just like his big sisters!