Toddler Trucker Hat DIY

Summer has begun and the heat has definitely gone up a notch.  We spend a lot of our time outdoors.  For some odd reason, I have been having a difficult time finding cute trucker hats for toddler girls.  I decided I would go my own way and make one.  Here are the supplies I used….–toddler trucker hat, purchased on Amazon with Prime for about $6

–left over material I had from a blanket I made a few years ago

–embroidery floss, $.36 from Walmart

–embroidery needles, about $1 from Walmart

–sewing scissors

I cut out the cutest fish I could find on my batik fabric.  I had a hard time deciding if I should leave it square or cut out the outline of the fish.  As you can see, the fish shape won, but the square looked really good too.

I wasn’t too concerned with having everything flawless.  I like the little imperfections.  I left about a half an inch around the fish for my embroidery floss stitching.  Then, I centered my fish, pinned it down, and began stitching around the fish.  A little trick I did was that I started stitching from the bottom center of the fish.  On the inside of trucker hats, there is a little sweat flap that completely conceals the beginning and ending knots of my thread.

And, here it is!  I think its super cute!  I want to make more.  

I decided I am going to go back and rough up the edges with a toothbrush a little bit to give it more of a fringe look.

Yay for cute sun protection!

Twin Falls

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I was itching to get the kids out of the house and I wanted to take them somewhere they had never been before.  We met up with some friends and hit the road.

It had been 10+ years since I had been to Twin Falls.  I was shocked at how different it was…different in a mixed feelings kind of way.  Back in the day, people hardly even knew where to pull over on the highway.  You could find a handful of cars parked on the side of the road and that would be your marker to know you have arrived.   There was a skinny trail that you would have to push your way through the ever overgrowing bush.  The secret trails were barely noticeable.  We would have to go with our gut instincts and inner compasses until we could find tiny clues of an unmarked path.

Boy, have things changed!  The parking was kind of ridiculous.  They actually had a person monitoring the traffic and the line to the farm stand.  So. Many. People.  There had to have been hundreds of people there.  The caretakers of the land have commercialized the falls, big time.  I will say that it was kind of nice to have a wide open road to walk on instead of a skinny path… for the kids and my baby bump.  Also, the landscaping is beautiful!  People who don’t live here probably couldn’t even tell that so much of the colorful jungle they were walking through was put there.  It looks so natural. I think that’s why I loved it.

A couple of the falls that we initially walked to were overcrowded, but thankfully, my friend remembered a waterfall that was off the beaten trail…no tourists allowed.

Hallelujah!  We had arrived at our final destination!

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Overwhelming and under-crowded. Just the way I like it.

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It was perfect for the kiddos!IMG_8844

And refreshing for the mamas!

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