Saturday, January 29, 2011

Decorating Soap

When I made the hooded kid towels, I also added some handmade soap bags. (I just forgot to post the directions. Oops.)

So if you need a super simple project, and I mean simple and quick, for gifts favors, or just to add some fun to your bath time, here's how you can make soap at home.

I purchased a glycerin block at Michael for $10 (but used a coupon!) and some small plastic lollipop bags. Then found some fish decorations at my local party store. (They were really sandwich picks, but I broke off the pick part.)

I cut up the glycerin into the squares.
I took a microwaveable cup/bowl with a spout and put in about 3.5-4 squares and microwaved it for about 20-35 seconds. (You might have to test this out with your microwave to see how long it takes to melt without bubbling.)
Once it was melted, I took a plastic funnel and put the funnel inside the baggie poured in the melted soap. (I recommend doing this over the kitchen sink. I did drop it once and at least if you do you can just wash it down the drain rather than have it all over your counter.)
Once the soap is in the bag, I took my fish and added one to the bag. I had to kind of coax it into place and hold the bag for a bit the way I wanted the fish to float into it.
Then just let the soap harden, I put mine in the fridge for a while.

Add to a towel, or give as little gifts. Super easy. I think I might be making some more with hearts in them!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Zippered Wet Bag & Diaper Tote Tutorial

I love the SUPERSTORE Joann Fabric Stores. So much fun to see the racks and racks of fabrics and sometimes score some adorable fabrics in store that I would normally have to buy online :)

Such was the case with this project. I knew I wanted something a little different from my last diaper case sack, and something close to a wet bag. So I made a zippered diaper bag/wet bag out of this super cute 2D Zoo print fabric.

I love that the inside of the bag is made with PUL (used in reuseable diapers so it is waterproof and easily wipes down and washes out) there's a zipper closure and a hand strap on it.

The finished bag measures 8"x10" and the bag has no exposed seams inside of it.

I cut two pieces of fabric and two pieces of PUL to be 9"x11" and I cut one piece of fabric to be 9"x10" for the pocket. I used a 9" zipper and had a 1/2" seam allowance.

I folded over the top of short edge of the pocket piece down 1/2" and ironed it and repeated so that there was no exposed seam at the top and stitched across the top. Then I laid the pocket (face up) on top of one of the other top fabric pieces and did a baste stitch around the sides and bottom to hold it in place using an 1/8" seam allowance.

Now my confession.....I HATE ZIPPERS!!!! I hate them with a passion, mostly because they scare me and I don't really know how to sew them well. So I  followed Ashley's directions on her zippered bags for the making of the zippered portion and getting the lining in place. (Awesome tutorial!)

Once I got this far, I went ahead and cut a piece of fabric to be 1.5"x6", folded it in half lengthwise, stitched the long edge and turned it out. Then I ironed it, folded it in half and stitched it into place against one of the fabric pieces so that the strap was face up against the right side of the outer fabric.

Then I went back to Ashley's directions and sewed the outer pieces and lining together with right sides touching and sewing along all sides with a 2" opening in the lining. Trim edges, clip corners, turn out and stitch the opening in the lining and pull through.

There you have the zippered wet bag that doubles as a diaper tote on the go! I used some of the remnant fabric to make a burp cloth that will go with part of the gift set as I'm using this for an upcoming baby shower present.

Also love that the pocket holds one of the travel wipes cases with plenty of space in the bag for diapers and a change of clothes.

If you want it slightly smaller (which I might try next time I make one, just to compare) then you can use a 7" zipper and cut the fabric to be 8"x10" and adjust pocket likewise.

Ribbon Rings Giveaway Winner :)

Well ladies, the winner is up for the Ribbon Rings giveaway!!!!!!!

Drum roll please for the lucky lady who will be the new owner of an adorable ring....
                           JILLIAN!!!! (thanks to for making the choice.)

If you didn't win a ring, worry not, you can come by the First United Methodist Church here in Port Charlotte this Friday and Saturday for their craft fair and see the talented Ms. Ashley show off her ring creations and purchase one of your own.

Or, you can take her up on her offer and host a HOUSE PARTY and earn free ring credits with purchases from other people!!!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Making a Hooded Towel

Making your own hooded towel monster:

To create the towel hood: 

I bought one hand towel and cut the hand towel in half width wise. (The top of the towel is where the edge is raw from being cut.)

I used some Heat N Bond to attach the ribbon across the width of the towel where I wanted it and added a monogram initial on the top with my machine. I went over top of the ribbon with my sewing machine and stitched it into place. (Not that Heat N Bond isn't great, but for multiple washing and usage, I like to sew everything in place.)

Then I folded the towel so that the right side of the towel (with all the decorations) were touching and did a straight stitch down the raw edge and then went back and did a ziz-zag stitch on the edge to help prevent fraying.
 (Sewn edge is here on the right side.)

To Complete the Towel Monster: 
I laid out the body towel length wise and opened up my hooded piece so that it would be centered on the body towel. I laid the hood on top of the body towel so the two seamed edges would lay on top of each other and pinned them in place. (Refer to photo.) Then I stitched on top of them with a straight stitch to secure it in place and a zig-zag stitch for more security and decoration.

Now just add your own little monster and enjoy!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ribbon Rings Giveaway!

Well fans....another giveaway is up and going! 
So if you missed winning the last one, or just want to enjoy getting another goodie then keep reading.

Ashley of Ribbon Rings creates these adorable hand crafted rings decorated and fashioned with ribbon and embellishments on adjustable ring bases. So no matter your style, size or preference Ribbon Rings has something for you.
And at an incredible price of $5 a ring, they are super affordable for everyone's budget!

To help her start off her business she is offering one of The Woobie Shop's lucky readers their very own choice of one of her rings.

So check out some of her samples below.....and read the details of the giveaway:
  1. Make sure you are a follower here on The Woobie Shop blog....
  2. Head over to Ribbon Ring's FB page and become one of her fans. (More rings samples are shown there and she updates all her new inventory.)
  3. Leave a comment here below on this post and tell me which ring you would like to win, or how you would like Ashley to customize one for you!
Right now she's also offering a special promotion.....$5 per ring or 5 rings for $20. So if you just can't wait to see if you win one of the rings, or need to get some presents for anyone, send her a message on FB and order yourself some rings. 

Hurry up and leave a comment, this giveaway closes on Jan 26th!!!

Towel Giveaway winner

Giveaway closed today! Using the Random Generator (I had hoped to get my kid to draw a winner, but alas I am sick in bed, so back to a website.) the lucky winner is Casie!

If you didn't win the towel giveaway, stay tuned this upcoming week. Another cute vendor is lined up for some a jewelry giveaway! Posting on that coming up soon.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Ekkk! Elephants have arrived....

With less than 100 days until my new little boy makes his arrival, my house is slowly but surely becoming a house filled with small new elephant accessories.

Yup, I'm redoing our guest room into a nursery for our little bean and decided on using a green and brown color scheme and elephants as the motif.

Some fabric I ordered over the Christmas holiday showed up.  I love! Always a great selection to choose from and always great service!

I can't wait to turn these fabrics into fun baskets and accessories for his room!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Let the fun begin! Giveaways are here!

Well with a new year, I wanted to try some new fun....what can be more fun than a free giveaway!

During the holiday break I made several of these kid towels for presents. They were fun to make, simple and let's just say, the one that stayed in our house has become a hit!

I know this is only the back view, tried to get a photo of him with the hood over his face, but he was too quick and enjoyed running away from me with his "towel monster" on.

So to pass along the fun to my followers I am offering a free personalized towel in green (with your choice of pink or brown accents) and a handmade kid soap set to the winner of this giveaway.

Here's how you can enter- you must complete all three requirements.
  1. Become a follower of the blog.
  2. Become a fan on The Woobie Shop Facebook page.
  3. Leave a comment on this blog posting with your preference of color accent and the initial you would like embroidered on your towel if you win.
There are great not only if you have small children, but make for great presents too, so don't shy away from participating just because you don't have a small child.

Giveaway ends on Jan. 15th at 12 noon. Winner will be drawn at random and contacted for a shipping address.

Don't worry, if you don't win this giveaway, there will be more....and I'll be posting a tutorial and some links on how to make the towel and soap yourself after the giveaway closes.