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How to Make Bias Tape

It’s been a while since we have talked about one of our favorite sewing room supplies, Bias Tape! Bias tape is great for two things: stabilizing curves and finishing edges. While you can pick up a pack at the store in a variety of colors, it’s so much cuter to make your own with pretty… Read more »

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Giveaway: Sewn Hats by Carla Hegeman Crim

This Sewn Hats giveaway could not have come at a better time. With all this cool weather heading our way (I think it got down to 95 degrees in LA, woohoo!) making a new hat is the perfect fall project. Sewn Hats has got you covered on 35 hat patterns to choose from. In the… Read more »

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How to Preserve Tomatoes: Three Simple & Delicious Ways

Enjoying a bumper crop of luscious fresh tomatoes? Not sure how to store your tomatoes so you can use them all winter long? Wondering what you can do with cherry tomatoes to make them last? Come into my garden with me, and I’ll share three of my favorite simple and delicious ways to preserve tomatoes…. Read more »

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Fabric Friday

It’s been a hoot here getting all ready for fall. Jacinda (@prudentjacinda) posted on Instagram that she has started making her fall wreath and Jaime (@prudentjaime) photographed a bountiful fall harvest. Sewing projects are also quickly adding to the list of fall crafts and David Textiles, Hoot Owl, Owls On Branches Cream would be perfect… Read more »

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Puffy Clouds, Melty Cheese & Leprechauns: Friday I’m In Love

Person for whom we are cheering: Our talented friend Jahje from Baby Jives is on the top 20 of Martha Stewart presents American Made Awards. We adore her stunning hand-crafted mobiles and wish her every success. If you admire her work too, head on over and vote for Jahji. One American Maker will be selected… Read more »

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How to Make Bias Tape

Bias Tape Tutorial

It’s been a while since we have talked about one of our favorite sewing room supplies, Bias Tape! Bias tape is great for two things: stabilizing curves and finishing edges. While you can pick up a pack at the store in a variety of colors, it’s so much cuter to make your own with pretty fabric.There are a ton of projects using bias tape on Prudent Baby so here is a refresher course on making your own. It seems a little complicated, but do it once and you’ll be hooked.
Bias Tape TutorialRecognize these spools from my latest Antiquing Adventure Video? They are perfect to store my new bias tape on my pegboard wall.

Read on for the Bias Tape Tutorial and a few of our bias tape making secret weapons. (more…)

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Borderline Brilliant Contest: Brother PE500 Embroidery Machine- 13 Days Left!

Have you been stitching away your embroidered masterpiece? An embroidered footstool or some coasters would be a great project to start.

Click here to find out How to Enter.

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Start the Season Off Right: Sneak Peeks, Lunch-Packing Tips, Cutting Costs & Tuts for You


I could not resist holding back this Sneak Peek: The Very Best of Target’s Holiday Look Book for the Home. I’m loving their new selection of knit throws and the cutest holiday ornaments. In a matter of minutes you can have your holiday gifts pre-selected so you can just click and buy when the time comes.


No more pulling your hair out 20 minutes before school starts because you don’t have their lunches made. Pre-pack the refrigerated items in separate plastic baggies for each day of the week. Cut costs by using a frozen sponge to keep their lunch cool instead of an ice pack. The sponge will absorb the excess water and can be used for lunch clean up. See more 25 Totally Clever Lunch-Packing Tips & Tricks.


Cuddle up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and some of these 25 Tutorials for a Cozier Fall Home. I particularly love the faux sheepskin rug, fall leaf coasters and these scrap fabric pumpkins.


Always remember to do something special for yourself like make one of these 10 DIYs for Fringe Lovers.

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Giveaway: Sewn Hats by Carla Hegeman Crim


This Sewn Hats giveaway could not have come at a better time. With all this cool weather heading our way (I think it got down to 95 degrees in LA, woohoo!) making a new hat is the perfect fall project. Sewn Hats has got you covered on 35 hat patterns to choose from. In the cover image alone you can see the array of hat styles to choose from – warm winter hats, caps, even a cute 1920s cloche hat. How much fun would it be to make these party hats below? They are my favorite, along with the Do-Rag. Why? Oh, just because they are a little Prudent Baby contribution to the book!

Sewn Hats is a collaboration of hat designs from 29 of the industry’s most-loved fabric designers, pattern designers, and bloggers (yours truly). The collection features a variety of hat patterns for all genders, sizes, ages, and fashion sense. Seamstresses will find options in a vast array of styles that use a wide variety of fabric types, from felt to silk, corduroy to cotton, and everything in between.

Check out the adorable Little Engineer Cap and find out how to enter for the chance to win a copy of Sewn Hats after the jump…

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How to Preserve Tomatoes: Three Simple & Delicious Ways

Enjoying a bumper crop of luscious fresh tomatoes? Not sure how to store your tomatoes so you can use them all winter long? Wondering what you can do with cherry tomatoes to make them last? Come into my garden with me, and I’ll share three of my favorite simple and delicious ways to preserve tomatoes.

For the complete step-by-step recipes visit these posts: How to Can Tomatoes, Slow Roasted Tomatoes, and The Best Pickled Tomato Recipe.

pickled tomatoes

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Fabric Friday

It’s been a hoot here getting all ready for fall. Jacinda (@prudentjacinda) posted on Instagram that she has started making her fall wreath and Jaime (@prudentjaime) photographed a bountiful fall harvest. Sewing projects are also quickly adding to the list of fall crafts and David Textiles, Hoot Owl, Owls On Branches Cream would be perfect for a good handful of them.

To enter for a chance to win one yard of David Textiles, Hoot Owl, Owls On Branches Cream tell us a fall project you would love to use this fabric for. 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…

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Puffy Clouds, Melty Cheese & Leprechauns: Friday I’m In Love


Person for whom we are cheering: Our talented friend Jahje from Baby Jives is on the top 20 of Martha Stewart presents American Made Awards. We adore her stunning hand-crafted mobiles and wish her every success. If you admire her work too, head on over and vote for Jahji. One American Maker will be selected by our audience for the Audience Choice Award. The winner will be honored at the American Made event in New York City, will appear in Martha Stewart Living magazine, and will receive $10,000 to further his or her business.

 Thing I have acquired that I adore: My husbands respect! By way of Notre Dame T-shirts sent as a little surprise from Tailgate Clothing Company. He finally understands that I am very, very important. ha. These t’s are super soft with a great cut. Not feeling sporty, spice? Their vintage collection might be more your thing. Go Irish!


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Video I am Crushing On: Farewell Summer from House of Habit. Such a sweet family, yellow VW Bus of my dreams, hammocks, beaches, what more could you want out of summer?

Song Stuck in My Head All Week: We are the Dinosaurs by The Laurie Berkner Band. I won’t even realize I’m humming it and the kids start going nuts. Have you marched around the house to this one yet?

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 @Mrs_Chunk captured #craftykids with a shot(s) of her artisté getting into some artwork. This week it’s all about #workinprogress. Grab a shot of something that represents a project in development. An embroidery project perhaps? Upload your pics on instagram and hashtag them #thisweekonprudentbaby, along with the week’s theme, #workinprogress. We will pick a winner based on no discernible criteria, and post the pic and instagram handle here in this column next Friday.

 Fabric I love: Cloud9 does it again with these crisp Geocentric Print Canvas fabrics.

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!

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Fall is in the Air: Back-to-School, Birthdays, Babies and Doors


Let’s kick off this round up with some back-to-school tips. Since picture day is almost here, why not have some girl time with your little lady and try out these 25 Quick & Easy Hairstyles for Little Girls. Take a 10 to pamper yourself too with 25 Totally Pretty 10-Minute Make-up Tutorials.

Switch gears to parties…


Anyone you know have a fall birthday coming up? Check out these 25 Themes for Fall Birthdays for some inspiration. Footballs, woodland gnomes, plethora o’ pumpkins is all in the mix. These Planes, Trains & Automobiles: 25 DIY Transportation Toys make great and very inexpensive gifts.


Gender reveal parties are the hot thing this season, so whether you’re throwing one or attending one you’ll definitely want to check out the 25 DIY Ideas and Inspiration for a Gender Reveal Party.


There are plenty of perfect party ideas like picture frame centerpieces or rainbow cake in a jar in The 10 Best Things Made with Mason Jars. Throw the birthday girl (or boy) for a loop and hand them one of The 10 Weirdest Things Made with Mason Jars, like a hamster home or jet engine. Seriously, you can really make a jet engine from a mason jar.

To top it off…

Celebrate the seasons changing, back-to-school, cooler weather and football by decorating your door with inspiration from these 25 Autumn Doors to Fall For.

How are you getting ready for fall?

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