Sometimes you’re just SO tired…

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Appliqued Tie Onesie Tutorial


  • Baby bodysuit or tee
  • Tie pattern (see link to pdf at end of this post)
  • Fabric scrap for tie – you could get away with as little as 4″ X 8″ or 5″ X 6″ if you’re cutting the tail piece at an angle.
  • Wonder Under, same sized as your fabric
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle

Fuse Wonder Under to wrong side of fabric using the directions on the product. (Already done in picture.)

Print tie pattern and cut out. It prints to scale for me, but for reference…the tail portion measures approximately 5.5″ from top to point and 3″ wide at the widest point and the knot portion measures about 2″ wide at the top and is 1 3/8″ tall in the center.

Trace both pieces onto Wonder Under paper backing. Depending on the print, you may want to rotate one piece 45 degrees (I did this in the example pictured).

Cut out. Remove paper backing.

Line the “knot” piece of the tie up with the neckline of the shirt and center it. I like to slide it under the neckline a tiny bit. You might want to just touch the top of the knot with your iron to keep it from moving but BE SURE not to iron down the bottom edge of the knot.

Slip the “tail” piece of the tie under the knot piece about 1/4″.

Fuse both pieces to the shirt.

In theory, you could stop now because Wonder Under is supposed to be washable. I never dare chance it, though I hear Alissa did once and she lived to tell about it. I sew a straight stitch around the tie, about 1/16″ from the edge, by machine to finish mine. You could zig zag, but I think the straight stitch looks neater. You could hand sew a backstitch as well (I sometimes do this with stuff with sharp turns but this tie is WAY easy to do by machine). Just make sure to keep the rest of the shirt all wadded up so you don’t catch it in your stitching.
If you want to be able to sew the outline in one shot — without stopping and starting or sewing the same line twice — you’ll need to pay close attention to this next part. Start on the left hand side where the knot meets the tail (green dot). Sew straight across the bottom of the knot (1/16″ from the edge of the knot piece, on the knot side so you’re sewing through both tie pieces). Turn and go up the right hand side of the knot then across the neckline edge. Come back down the left hand side of the knot. Pivot at your starting point and continue down the left hand side of the tail. Finish sewing around the edges of the tail. You’ll end on the right hand side where the knot meets the tail (purple dot).

Clear as mud? Leave any questions in the comments and I’ll clarify.

And here is a link to the pdf in Google Docs. I’m hoping that Mac users will be able to print it now.

***For personal use only. Make ‘em, gift ‘em, please don’t sell ‘em!***

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Whilst I was away….

We went to Bear Lake for a while. Pre-emptive answer: No, it’s not particularly warm there this time of year. In fact, it snowed a little on Monday morning.

We baked lots of round loafs of bread, this variety and Irish Soda Bread.
We made 2 kinds of donuts.
My boys got $4 haircuts. BC’s was $5. He’s a big spender.
Keller learned how to tie his shoes.
I daydreamed about buying this house. Too bad BC doesn’t have a job in Logan.
We made Kit Kittredge another Helen Keller dress, as the old one is on loan. (Sidenote: Tricia, if you’re stalking this…you can keep the doll dress. It’s been replaced.)
We took naps.
We made a zipper pouch (similar to this) to hold Scrabble tiles. Seriously people, if you’re still turning them all upside down at the beginning of every game….STOP! Put them in a bag of some sort.
Campbell split his face open 3 times.
We watched American Idol.
We ate dessert every night.
We debated the difference between cherubs and cupids (the jury’s still out).

We put a baby on a Lazy Susan and spun him ’til his eyes went wacky.

We rode bears.

And now we’re home. We had a great week.

(The spacing on this is giving me fits. Stupid Blogger. It looks fine ’til I hit publish.)

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Boys = sick

So, we went to the Draper Temple open house this morning. As we were getting ready, Keller came in and said…

“Don’t worry, Mom! I changed my undies so my butt won’t stink at the temple!”

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Third time IS the charm

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Current obsession?

Bread. Not Wonder Bread…..this bread.
I made some Thursday and it turned out OK — delicious, but ugly. (SO many directions for jokes on that one, but I’ll leave it alone. It’s Sunday.)
I made some again today and it looks better.

See that wonky party on top? Totally stuck to my towel. And see how it’s kind of flat? I think I need a smaller, rounder pot. Mine’s like 9 quarts and oval-y. Bread flour worked better than regular flour. See? Obsessed.

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Value Wall

I got this idea from a friend several years ago, it’s just taken me forever to get around to getting it done. We’re coming up with 10 family values and we’ll be putting one in each frame. I figure we can talk about one a week for FHE and kill 2.5 months of my New Year’s Resolution right there. Frames from IKEA, vinyl from here again. And the silhouettes found a good home.

In other crap making news, several ladies from my neighborhood came over yesterday for a sewing group. We made a dozen or so school bags for the LDS Church Humanitarian Center. If you’re my neighbor and you’re reading this (I hear my blog was discussed in Relief Society a couple of weeks back, which makes me giggle a lot), come join us next time!

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No-Rinse Wall Cleaner

1 cup ammonia
1/2 cup vinegar
1 gallon hot water
1/4 cup baking soda

Mix together and wash your walls. No rinsing is required.

We tried this on Saturday. I made half a batch and put it in spray bottles and turned the kids loose. It appears to have worked pretty well. If my paint starts peeling off in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sure to let you know.

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