DIY – Sleepsuit

Because I bought a yard and a half of the super soft pink material for the backing of my triangle quilt I had quite a bit of material leftover. After finishing the two bandana bibs I decided to make a little zippered sleep suit from that same soft material.


I used this white Sherpa Sleep Suit from Carter’s brand as a pattern.

I put the Carter’s sleep suit inside-out onto the pink plush material and cut two rectangles the same size as the suit. I then traced along the arm holes on each side of the suit and cut the rectangles to match. To make the rounded shape for the neck on the front of the suit, I folded the front rectangle in half and cut the corner from one end so that both sides would  would be even. With that rectangle still folded I cut down the fold to make two even pieces for either side of the zipper.


I bought a 22″ pink polyester zipper for the center front of the suit. I sewed the zipper face down onto the plush side of one of the front panels. I did the same with the other panel.

I folded and pinned the neckline and the armholes so that I could add a topstitch to stop the material from fraying.

I then placed the front and back panels plush sides facing each other and pinned them together. I stitched the shoulders together and then from under one armpit to the other. I tied off my ends and cut any excess material from the borders.

To finish the piece I used some scrap white binding around the neckline. I did this the same way that I did the binding on the quilt. The only difference is that I did spend some time folding the binding over to create a sort of ( v ) shape where the zipper starts.

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DIY – Bandana Bibs & Headbands

I had some leftovers from the triangle quilt that I made and decided that I would make a couple of little bibs to match.

Abby from Simply Small Wonders posted a wonderful tutorial and pattern for baby bandana bibs.

I also followed this tutorial from Coconut Love to make little fabric flowers as decorations for the bibs. These are super simple to make and look absolutely adorable.

To make these bandana bibs I used leftover triangles and backing material from the quilt that I made.

I used the pattern cutout 2 layers from the triangles and 2 layers from the plush material. I lay them pattern/plush layer facing each other and stitched around leaving a small space open to turn the piece right side out. I top stitched around the bib to close the opening and to flatten it out a bit. I then stitched lines following the triangles as I did on the quilt.

I used the last of the cut triangles from the quilt fabric to make some little flowers. I traced some small circles onto the fabric, cut them out and then stitched them according to the tutorial above. I made 6 of them – 3 for each bib. I attached them to the bibs using a hand needle and some thread.


To finish the bibs I used some permanent adhesive velcro ovals for fabric. It’s the first time that I’ve used these and I fell in love. They are so easy! You just peel them off, stick them on and you’re done.

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EXTRA: When I finished the two bibs I still had a few triangle pieces left and I decided to make a few more flowers.I also found a tutorial/pattern for felt bows. I still had some white felt left over from the hooded baby towel that I made and so I used some of that. I found some elastic cord at Walmart ($1 each). I bought a while and a gray. I cut the cord down to 12″ and stitched the ends together. I attached the patterned fabric flowers to the white cord and the white felt bow to the gray cord. This was a super simple and cute way to use up my leftover fabric and create something extra to go along with the quilt and bibs.




DIY – Baby Triangle Quilt

My sister-in-law is pregnant with a baby girl  ( ما شاء الله تبارك الله ) and so I wanted to make her a gift while I have some time here at home to do some sewing.

Before I began this project I did a lot of searching on Pinterest and Google to figure out what exactly I wanted to do. I didn’t follow any one tutorial/pattern, but I used different websites as references to come up with my own little baby triangle quilt. You can find the websites that I used and found helpful below:

There is a lovely tutorial and pattern available on a blog called SeeKateSew. You’ll find helpful instructions, a free triangle pattern that can be printed and used for cutting your pieces.

I found a tutorial and pattern in a post by Stacy from a blog called Freshly Handmade extremely useful. She includes all the detailed information that you need, along with helpful pictures. 

If you are new to quilting, like I am, or if you are not sure how to sew binding this PDF file on double fold quilt binding techniques should help for sure.

For this quilt I used:
5 fat quarters
A soft material as a backing
100% cotton batting
2 packets of double folded binding

I washed my fabrics and hung them to dry. After they were dry I ironed them.
I printed out the triangle pattern, cut it out and used it to make a pattern on a piece of cardboard so that it would be easier to quickly trace the shape onto my materials.
I put one of the fat quarters onto a flat surface and used the pattern and a pencil to trace on 15 triangles. I then cut out all of the triangles. I used what was left from the cut fabric to cut out half triangles.

Once I finished cutting out all of my triangles I started arranging them in rows until I had the design and size that I wanted for the quilt. One thing I will definitely suggest is taking a quick picture before you pick up the pieces to start sewing.

I then took each row and stitched the triangles together. When I finished stitching together all of the rows I trimmed the threads and I ironed them, so that the seams were flat. I began to pin the rows together, trying to match up the points of the triangles. I sewed the rows together one after another until the front of the quilt was complete. Once again I trimmed the threads and ironed the seams flat.

Next I needed to cut the batting and backing material to size. I put the backing material down on the table face down and put the batting over it. On top of those two laters I put the quilt triangles up. I pinned them together in a few places around the edge of the triangle layer, so that the layers would stay in place while I cut the other materials to match the size. I did a straight stitch all the way around.

I then did straight stitches following the lines of the triangles on the quilt (each line would have a stitch on either side). This made a pattern on the otherwise solid back of the quilt that mimicked the front pattern. It was also a way to keep the three layers together.

When the quilted stitching was finished I needed to trim threads and the edge of the quilt to get rid of any excess. I then needed to attach the binding to cover the unfinished edge. To do this I pinned the binding face down to the front of the quilt and stitched it. At the end of a side the binding gets folded up at a 90 degree angle and then folded back down to begin the next side. Once this step is finished the quilt is flipped over to the back side and the binding is folded over and pinned. I stitched the binding all the way around the quilt. (I had no idea how to use the double folded binding that I bought to finish this quilt, but the PDF resource above is excellent and I had no problems with the binding).


This quilt is by no means perfect, but it came together quickly and overall I’d say that the end result is quite pretty.



DIY – Phone Case

My hometown is small. There isn’t much to do and for me that means time for crafting.

I recently bought a few transparent phone covers on ebay for $0.99 a piece with the idea of creating some of my own designs.

For one of the covers I decided to make a gift for my sister-in-law who is a talented makeup artist ( ما شاء الله تبارك الله ).


I used her user image from her Instagram as the center of the design. On my computer I inverted the colors, flipped it horizontally and then printed it at the size that I thought would fit best. I wanted to paint the design from the inside, so that the paint would be protected. Flipping the image made it so that the letters would not appear backwards on the front of the case.


I cut down the design that I had printed and used a piece of tape to attach it to the front of the case facing in so that I could see it while looking at the inside of the case. I used a fine tip paint marker ($1.97) in black to trace the design.


I also found a few images on We♥It. I edited them a bit — removed the background color and rotated them as I wanted. I printed them out and cut them as best as I could. I arranged them around the painted design until I liked how it looked. Then I used a small paint brush and some Mod Podge (4oz – $3.50) to glue the paper cut-outs to the inside of the phone case (design facing out).


Once that was dry I painted on a little more Mod Podge around the paper designs and sprinkled a bit of silver glitter (0.6 oz – $1.29) on top of the wet glue. Once that layer was dry I painted one last layer over the entire inside designs of the cover.


Here is what the case looked like when I was all done and the Mod Podge had dried.

You could make a design with just the paint marker or just paper cutouts, but I would suggest the Mod Podge to seal the design. You’ll definitely spend a lot less money making these DIY cases than you would purchasing them from the store and they will certainly be a lot more unique!



DIY – Hooded Baby Towel

My dear friend T recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy ( ما شاء الله تبارك الله ), so I decided that I wanted to make a little gift to send for her new bundle of joy.

I found a lovely and simple tutorial that you can find here. This tutorial along with a few reference photos allowed me to create this…


You could do this by hand, but it was quick and easy to do with a sewing machine.
I used 1 large bath towel and a few sheets of craft felt (1 cream, 1 brown & 1 black).

I wrote out paragraphs on how I made this, but I didn’t feel that this post was complete without step-by step pictures. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures while I was doing this project because I wasn’t expecting to make a post about it. However, if you don’t mind a picture-less tutorial write me a comment and I’ll send you those directions that I wrote up. (update: you can find the written directions in the comments below)

I hope that you liked seeing my little creation and perhaps it has inspired you to try and make your own design!



Ow! Ow! Ow!

We recently took a trip meeting Y’s parents at the Jeddah airport and taking a taxi together to Makkah. We arrived, walked into the tower where our hotel was, unsuccessfully attempted to check in and finally decided to complete our Umrah before the weather became too hot. Concierge took care of our bags and we walked to Masjid AlHaram. We forgot to bring a small plastic bag to store our shoes in, so we left them in the corner. They were just rubber flip-flops, which meant it wouldn’t be a huge problem if we didn’t find them there when we finished. We entered the Masjid and walked inside to the center, where the Kaaba stands.

We started the first ritual of Umrah.  During Tawaf the Masjid was full of the sound of the call to Dhuhr (noon) prayer, so we paused to pray. I find this part of being in the Masjid to be the most amazing. You will stand waiting to begin the prayer and all of the empty spaces around you will fill up in a matter of moments, without any pushing or harsh words. I’ve never experiences any other kind of organization like it. After the prayer we finished Tawaf and we walked to the part of the masjid to perform Sa’i. When we finished we began to make our way out of the Masjid and back to the hotel.
Something really surprising about being in the masjid is that fact that you can walk barefoot on the sun beaten white ceramic without frying your feet. This was lucky for us as we didn’t find our shoes as we exited the Masjid. We just shrugged it off and continued walking. Just before the end of the white ceramic there was a woman selling rubber sandals. Y’s dad asked her how much and when she said “10 riyal”, Y came back with “How about 5?” She said “okay”, but Y shook his head in that we were almost back to the hotel lobby, so there was really no point.

In that moment we all stepped from the white ceramic tiles to the colored marble that lined the path to the hotels. My first step was uncomfortable. The second step burned. By the third step the bottom of my feet were on fire. Y’s dad immediately started sprinting to the door. Y’s mom hopped around for a minute in a hilarious sort of dance before following dad up to the door. I decided to follow when suddenly Y grabbed my arm and pulled me back to the soothing cool white tiles. I looked at him and started laughing. He had a smile on his face as well, especially when he mentioned his mom’s little dance. Y decided to do business with the flip-flops lady, who smiled and stated, “10 riyal”. Y chuckled, purchased 4 pairs and we walked up to the door where we found mom and dad sitting, also laughing about what had just happened.

I swear it was the sort of thing that you could just imagine happening in a cartoon. I love these kind of memories. It’s the kind of memory that I can think about a year later and still laugh.



200 Posts!

I finally hit the 200 post milestone on this blog.
I started in September 2013 unsure of what I was actually going to use this blog for, but a few months later I got the opportunity to move to Saudi Arabia for work. Since then I have been trying to show others what life is like here in KSA and more specifically, give light to all of the fantastic and beautiful aspects of living in this country.

To those of you who have been around since the very beginning, thank you! To those of you who are new, welcome! I know that the last year has been very slow around here, but thank you for checking in or for going back and looking at past posts.

Anyways, here’s to another 200+ posts!



Caught up…

I could continue to give you excuses, but the truth is I am enjoying my life. That means when my laptop acts up or iMovie closes on me twice in a row, I just set it aside.  I’d love to be posting a lot more than I am and I have a lot of ideas in my draft folder, but I’ll be honest, it all takes a lot of time and more often than not, technology seems to be against me…the internet won’t work, or I can’t get my photos to upload, or my editing program isn’t cooperating.

I hope that soon I find a more efficient way to deal with the visual aspects of my blog. Be patient. Stick around. Know that I’m here and I’ve got plans.