Hello there! I’m overjoyed to share with you my projects from the sweet new book, Made for Baby, by the talented Ayda Algin – on my stop on the blog tour today! This book is full of delightful projects for sweet gifts and precious little ones. And the lovely photos and charming details that Ayda poured into every project make my heart so happy! There are so many wonderful things to make in this book, it was hard to decide which project to start with first!
In the spirit of Father’s Day quickly approaching on June 18th, and inspired by all the boys that live in my house (two littles and one big (my husband)), I decided to start with the Tiny Bow Ties pattern using material from my boys’ outgrown dress shirts. I made one, then two, three, then four … these sweet little bows were fun to make (and addicting!) – soon I had a heap of them and added a pink gingham and floral fabric ones, too.
The bow ties make darling gifts and I thought they would also be sweet gifted on a card from my boys to their dad for Father’s Day. I created some simple cards in the shape of their dad’s collared work shirts using some colored card stock I had on hand. I adorned the cards with the bows, then I added a few wooden buttons for some extra fun! I’ll have the boys write a special message to their dad on the backside before Father’s Day arrives. I think it will be a sweet surprise!
If you’d like to make these Tiny Bow Ties from the book and place them on your own card, I’ve included the instructions for making your own dress shirt card below, too.
And of course, I couldn’t stop at just one project from the book … I want to make them all!! My second project was the precious Bib with Pocket pattern. My friend has a new baby girl arriving this summer and thought the bib would be a wonderful gift for her. I remember how much I adored the handmade bibs given to me when my boys were little. In fact, I still have and treasure a few of my favorites!
I created the bib using a cheater print and floral from my Strawberry Biscuit collection with a dash of pink gingham and terrycloth on the back. I loved the pattern and plan to make a few more before the baby arrives!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects from this darling book, Made for Baby. Thank you so much to Ayda for creating lovely patterns and this sweet book for us to enjoy. Also, Ayda is offering a wonderful giveaway, including a copy of the book and some goodies. Follow her IG at @cafenohut and her blog for the giveaway details!
Next up on the blog tour tomorrow is the talented, Samantha Dorn, at aquapaisleystudio.com/blog. I’ve enjoyed seeing all the beautiful projects and can’t wait to see what Samantha has in store for us tomorrow!
A list of all the stops on the tour is below – you won’t want to miss a single post! Thank you for stopping by, Elea
May 3 Ayda Algin cafenohut.blogspot.com
May 4 Jemima Flendt blog.tiedwitharibbon.com
May 5 Sarah Edgar alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk
May 8 Lisa Cox aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com
May 9 Ange Hamilton alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com
May 10 Lauren Wright mollyandmama.com.au
May 11 Melissa LeRay ohhowsweet.com
May 12 Minki Kim minkikim.com
May 15 Faith Essenburg SaranaAve.wordpress.com
May 16 Kristin Esser kristinesser.com
May 17 Lauren Guthrie guthrie-ghani.co.uk/blog
May 18 Bridgette McNay thefamilyhearth.com
May 19 Torie Jayne toriejayne.com
May 22 Constanca Cabral constancacabral.com/blog
May 23 Stacy Olson stacyolsondesign.com
May 24 Caroline Husle sewcaroline.com
May 29 Nadra Ridgeway ellisandhiggs.com
May 30 Wynn Tan zakkaart.blogspot.com
May 31 Sedef Imer downgrapevinelane.com
June 1 Lauren Nash transientart.com
June 2 Jennie Pickett cloverandviolet.com
June 5 Amy Sinibaldi nanaCompany.typepad.com
June 7 Kim Kruzich retro-mama.blogspot.com
June 8 Elea Lutz elealutzdesign.com (you’re here!)
June 9 Samantha Dorn aquapaisleystudio.com/blog
June 12 Ayda Algin cafenohut.blogspot.com
Instructions for making Dad’s Dress Shirt Card for the Tiny Bow Ties
Colored card stock
Cutting instructions –
Colored card stock
Cut (1) 4 3/4 x 5 1/4″ piece from colored card stock
Cut (2) 5 1/4″ x 1″ strips from same card stock
Assembling the Card –
Step 1 – Glue one 1 x 5 1/4″ strip vertically down the center of the front side of the 4 3/4 x 5 1/4″ card
Step 2 – With the remaining 1 x 5 1/4″ strip, fold each short side of the strip inward until the top two corners meet in the middle and are pointing downward as shown in the above photo (creating a collar-look). Glue the collar onto one end of the vertical strip already glued onto the card.
Step 3 – Add a bow created from the Made for Baby book, using the Tiny Bow Ties pattern, under the collar, adhering the bow to the card using whatever method you prefer (glue, pin, tape etc).
Step 4 – Glue wooden buttons into place on the 1″ strip below the bow placement.
Step 5 – Write a sweet message on the backside! xx