Category Archives:Children

Holey Pajamas, Batman!

Holey pajamas got you down? Unfortunately, the fabric used on the bottom of those much-loved pajamas is thin and wears out quickly with those pajama Saturdays. I have picked some up from thrift stores where the only problem is a hole in the foot at a great price.

For those who have a sewing machine, quick repair of those feet can make the pajamas last for another two kids! If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can still hand stitch to make a quick repair of those holey pajamas.

The Repair:

You will need some spare fabric, being a crafter, I usually have scraps of flannel, but if you need to visit a store that sells fabric (Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, Hancock Fabrics, Michael’s) you could get 1/4 yard of fabric and have enough for a few pairs of pajamas. Flannel is easy to work with, and I feel like it might keep their toes a bit warmer.

Turn the feet inside out, and lay it on top of your fabric piece. Apply your pins so they are poking down through the pajama foot first, and then back up through the replacement fabric. For this example, I didn’t bother to cut the replacement fabric to the size of the foot, but if you need less fabric to get in your way while you work, you can trace the pajama foot onto the fabric.

When you are ready to sew, have your needle stitch right through the zigzag stitching (serger stitching). By sewing over the current stitching, you will ensure that you don’t decrease the size of the foot on the inside.

Finally, just trim to the edge of the pajama foot, and turn right side out! Voila; second life for those pajamas, and for your kids to wear more holes into them!

And if you don’t have a sewing machine, don’t sweat!

You can always hand stitch the fabrics together, again sewing through the zigzag (serger) stitching that is already there. The stitches don’t have to be as close together as the current stitching since this extra piece of fabric will be on the inside of the pajamas.

New additions for the beginning of 2018!

The new year has already brought two new additions to the Children and Chickens homestead.

First, we welcomed a new son to our family in January!

And second, we brought the loom home in February!

So with some practice I will have some new items for Marie’s Craft Corner, and some new blog posts about my weaving mishaps and achievements.


Unexpected Toys

10 “toys” you may already have on hand for your little one

  1. Bowls

     This one is not new. Many children have grown up playing with pots and pans; I happened to receive these bowls as a house-warming gift, and my son prefers them over the ring stacking toy.

  2. Shoes
    Mr. E comes up and takes my shoes off my feet just so he can play with them!
  3. Hangers

    Doing laundry is always a fun affair, especially when my hangers just happen to walk away.

  4. Dining room chairs

    Not only a jungle gym, but Mr. E loves to move all the chairs away from the table. He also likes to sit on the floor just moving them back and forth for the noise of it.

  5. Boxes

    A blessing and a curse: recently our washing machine broke down needing to be replaced, but that box makes a great fort! Mr. E also plays with empty cereal, tissue, and shipping boxes.

  6. Dog Bones (toys)

    Our beloved Fendi only has toys that aren’t easily ripped apart because she eats them. To combat this, we buy her Nylabones which Mr. E picks up, walks around, then gives back to her.

  7. VHS tapes (DVDs)

    Yes this makes a giant mess; once he makes the mess he usually moves onto something else to make a mess of.

  8. Exercise equipment/Yoga mat

    Every time we get ready to work out, Mr. E is there ready to help out- especially when it comes to moving your equipment!

  9. Hardware

    Not everyone has an old furnace damper chain to play with but we do! We also made a hardware board with a springy doorstop and a handle for Mr. E. You can’t go wrong with a good old dowel rod for a walking stick!

  10. Drawers/Cabinets
    Kitchen time is fun time for Mr. E. He loves opening drawers and cabinets to pull out kitchen towels and tools.So before you go out to buy another toy for your toddler, check your cabinets!

Baby Wipes Recipe #2- using coconut oil

Time to try another recipe!

This recipe comes from a pin on pinterest (the website is currently down).

1 cup water

1 Tablespoon Coconut oil

1 Tablespoon Baby wash
Since the website is down, I prepared it the same way I did the first recipe of wipes.

  1. Saw paper towel roll in half
  2. Double the recipe above (I added two drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil just for kicks)
  3. wash-2

  4. Place each half into your containers of choice- I just used some from Walmart
  5. Pour half of the recipe on each paper towel roll, close it up, flip it over, and let it sit for 5 mins
  6. turn-over

  7. Pull the middle cardboard out (if it doesn’t pull out easily, twist in the direction the cardboard is already twisted) twist and your set for you next diaper change!
  8. out

After using this recipe, it works just the same as my first recipe with the commercial baby oil. It just depends on if you want to try to use more natural products, such as the coconut oil.