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Fabric Friday

It’s hard to ever go wrong with a floral fabric like Windham Fabrics, Moonstruck, Bursting Blooms Navy. Speaking of, have you jumped on the floral fashion trend this fall? There are many ways you could add a touch of floral to your outfit with one yard of this cute fabric for you or your mini-me…. Read more »


Make Embroidered Mason Jar Labels

Here’s my entry into our Borderline Brilliant contest (in which we are giving away a Brother PE500 embroidery machine): Mason jar “labels.”

I thought embroidering a label with the date the mason jar was packed and a cute design would be a fun way to perk up some fall hostess gifts (like these pickled tomatoes). If I stopped by your house, would you like it if I brought something like this, or would you just roll your eyes at me? Ha. It was so easy, check it out…


Borderline Brilliant Contest: Brother PE500 Embroidery Machine- 7 Days Until Voting Begins!

There are 7 days left to enter your embroidered beauties into the Borderline Brilliant Contest for a Brother PE500 Personal Embroidery System and then public voting will begin. See this machine in action with our How to Use An Embroidery Machine (And Pretty Felt Frame Coasters Too) and Jacinda’s How to Applique on an Embroidery Machine video tutorials. We want you to be a part of the judging process, so gather your best friends around (and their laptops), maybe a drink or two and have a Borderline Brilliant voting party starting October 1st!

To enter for the chance to win a Brother PE500 Personal Embroidery System, you have to embroider (by hand or machine) any design that includes a frame – meaning a border that goes all the way around either the outside of your design or the outside of the object. It’s as easy as that. Click here to find out where to enter.


How to Turn Any Shorts Pattern into Ruffle Shorts

I know what you might be thinking, shorts? It’s practically fall. You’re right, however, for some of us (Hello fellow Southern Californians) September is just another word for dreadful heat. For those of you that are skipping through fall leaves already, there’s no way you could pass up putting chubby baby legs into these shorts with a pair of tights.

Jill from Homemade by Jill is the genius behind this pattern hack. She will walk you through the super easy steps for turning any ol’ shorts pattern into the cutest shorts you’ve ever seen. She’s also prepping for fall on Homemade by Jill with her Glitter Wreath and some Felt Trick or Treat Bags, you gotta check them out.

Keep reading to learn How to Turn Any Shorts Pattern into Ruffle Shorts after the jump…


Fabric Friday

It’s hard to ever go wrong with a floral fabric like Windham Fabrics, Moonstruck, Bursting Blooms Navy. Speaking of, have you jumped on the floral fashion trend this fall? There are many ways you could add a touch of floral to your outfit with one yard of this cute fabric for you or your mini-me.

To enter for a chance to win one yard of Windham Fabrics, Moonstruck, Bursting Blooms Navy tell us what you would make with this floral fabric. Tweet, Stumble, or share on Facebook and leave another comment letting us know. Come back every day for new entries. We’ll randomly select a winner and announce right here next Friday.

Find out who won last week’s Fabric Friday after the jump…



Prudent Advice, Ankle Boots, and Nude Snack Time: It’s Friday I’m in Love

One week countdown until: My Prudent Advice is in stores! But you can order it with a pre-sale discount from amazon now, and get started making your daughter the greatest gift you could ever give her (at any age).

Favorite pin of the week: this amazing kid’s toy army guy costume from wildinkpress.com.

Cute kids’ clothing alert: Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Mini line for target is always a favorite with Scarlet. Sneak peek here.

Also check out this sneak peek of what else Target has in store for our minis this holiday season here.

Fashion advice of the week: What Shoes to Wear with What Jeans: Ten tips for pairing the right shoes with your jeans

What to make this weekend: Ten Crafts to Say Goodbye to Summer and commemorate it, like these instagram photo pillows.

Instagram Photo Contest Funtime:  We have become obsessed with Instragram since signing up a couple weeks ago, so we want to play with you there (Follow us @prudentjaime and @prudentjacinda.) Each week we are going to do a silly photo contest with a theme. So last week’s winner is…

This week it’s all about #afterschoolsnacks. Grab a shot of your fave afternoon treats. Upload your pics on instagram and hashtag them #thisweekonprudentbaby, along with the week’s theme, #afterschoolsnacks. We will pick a winner based on no discernible criteria, and post the pic and instagram handle here in this column next Friday.

Here’s my first entry. We made it last weekend but ate it after school pretty much every day. I know, I know, where’s the healthfulness? I’m a sucker for that smile…

THING YOU WANT TO WIN: Have you started planning your entries to our contest to win a Brother PE500 Embroidery Machine? Get the deets here and start crafting. We can’t wait to see your entries!


Bringing Home Baby: Sewing Tutorials for Keepsakes & Essentials

Handmade gifts are always the best keepsakes for a new little one. Perhaps some Reversible Baby Booties with Free Pattern will be the gift of the year.

What about a Crib Sheet?

Cool weather is coming so I think a Beginner’s Baby Blanket is just what the little one would need.

Keep them nice and cozy with a Swaddle Blanket.

Stay lovely and dry with a Hooded Towel and of course nice and clean with Reversible Baby Bibs with Free Pattern.


How to Appliqué With Your Embroidery Machine

machine embroidery appliqueWe are about 1/2 way to the September 30th deadline of the Borderline Brilliant Embroidery Contest. We can’t wait to see your beautiful entries! If you are stuck on what to make, maybe this How to Appliqué with Your Embroidery Machine video that we put together will get your creative wheels turning. At the very least, it will make you drool over the grand prize, a brand new Brother PE500 Personal Embroidery System. All the projects in this post were made on this perfect little machine but remember that your contest entry can also be embroidered by hand or on your sewing machine. So, have you ever wondered how easy it is to appliqué on an embroidery machine? Here’s the scoop.

And if you like our videos, head on over and subscribe to our channel for the latest video updates from Prudent Baby!

Love these designs?: Texas, Camper, Crest, Cloud (included design on Brother PE500)


My Backyard DIY Extravaganza

Last year I re-did my back patio on a budget, with so many DIY details. I still get so many emails about it, I thought I’d round up all the different DIYs we’ve posted on Prudent Baby so you can get to creating before the summer is out. Above you’ll see the whole thing happen in time lapse (that song everyone is obsessed with is by Twin Sister). Here’s the scoop…

How to Build a Pallet Daybed

Build yourself a place where you can kick back and relax. It’s really not that hard to make, I promise.
Click here for the Pallet Daybed Tutorial.

How to Block Print Fabric

Block print bench cushions and pillows to give them a handmade feel.
Click here for the Block Print Fabric Tutorial.

How to Make a Fabric Tassel Garland (No Sew!)

Tie your patio together with a colorful tassel garland.
Check out the Fabric Tassel Garland Tutorial.

Check out the rest of the tutorials from my backyard after the jump…