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Make these three low-budget toys (and then get into some open-ended play!)

One of the things I love most about this time of year is how excited so many people get to spend time with their families and friends over the holidays. In all the excitement, though, there are always some unexpected lulls. Whether you're their awesome uncle or their godmother from another state, here are some new ideas to help you have fun and connect with the children in your life. Make them in 30 minutes or less, toss them in your bag, and you'll be prepared no matter how unexpected the lull.

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A very photo-heavy guide to sewing a faux gDiaper cover from an upcycled shirt

Today I'm going to show you how I make my upcycled mock gDiaper cover. This tutorial features a size medium diaper.

For this project you will need:

  • A large knit shirt (or knit/cotton interlock fabric)
  • One 1-1/4" sport knit elastic for waistbands
  • 3/8" knit elastic for leg elastics
  • Snap tape — these are compatible with the brand name liners and can be purchased here (the evenly spaced tape with 1 1/8" between each snap)
  • 11" of hook and 5" of loop touch tape or Velcro
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Upcycle your old t shirts into baby bibs

When my son was born, I had the biggest distaste for baby bibs. I hated how "babyish" they looked, yet I knew how functional they were for drool, food, and so on. So, I came up with an alternative: bibs made out of upcycled shirts! So much better. You can make these with either adult graphic tees or toddler button-down shirts.