Kristin Eldridge Photography specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, children, and family photography servicing Long Beach, Orange County, and Los Angeles.

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Kimono DIY

I’ve been seeing kimonos everywhere, so I decided to try a Kimono DIY!  Turns out it’s pretty simple.  Just 5-8 seams…depending on if you want to leave any of the edges raw.

The best kimono I own was purchased at Prism Boutique in Long Beach.  Dayna’s got an amazing selection of kimonos and the one I bought has the softest fabric and prettiest pattern.  I tried to find similar fabric downtown LA and got similar but not exact.  So, if you don’t sew or just want to treat yourself, you should check out her store!

Okay, on to the DIY step by step instructions!  First start with a piece of fabric that is approximately 50×50″.  If you aren’t exactly there, it’s okay…kimonos are so loose, so a few extra inches plus or minus won’t affect the overall look.  For this particular kimono, I used a gauzy cotton (and mine was only 48″ wide).  Then fold the sides together (selvage end to selvage end)


Cut the fabric in half lengthwise and the fold it in half.


Pin the right sides together half way down and sew them together.


I like to finish it with a french seam (which just means folding the edges in on each other so they don’t fray).  Then I cut a small slit where the seam stops half way down.


Pin and hem both of the open sides.


Fold your fabric in half (right sides together) with the seam in the middle.  The french seam will be running down the middle of your back when you wear it.  Now you need to sew arm holes, so pin 8 1/2″ down to the bottom (leaving an 8 1/2″ opening at the top for your arm) and sew right sides together.  You can finish with a french seam here.


I decided to leave my arm holes raw since the selvage won’t fray, but you can sew a seam here if you want.


You can also leave the hem around the bottom raw or finish with a trim.  I added a lace trim to mine.  Easy Peasy!


You can experiment with different fabrics and lengths of fabric for different fits.  Here’s a few other kimonos that I recently made!






DIY Coconut Oil & Brown Sugar Body Scrub

I was chatting with a friend about her coconut oil brownie disaster.  I love coconut oil, but to be honest with you I haven’t cooked or baked with it yet.  I currently love it as a moisturizer!  Mix equal parts brown sugar and coconut oil, with a squeeze of fresh lemon and you’ve got an amazing body scrub.  I’ve read that essential oils can be added, but to be honest with you, I think this concoction smells pretty delicious, so I’m leaving it alone.  I keep this little jar in the shower with a teaspoon and scrub scrub scrub away.  You won’t need lotion…the coconut oil soaks into your skin and leaves it baby-soft.






DIY Cloth Napkins

Cloth napkins are such an easy thing to make.  I’m not sure why I haven’t done it before, but Easter was the perfect excuse to whip some up!  All you need is a light-weight fabric.  Cut the fabric into 21″ squares.  You can either pin all 4 sides into a hem, or you can pin a side, then sew it and repeat.  Either way, you’ll end up with a hem around all 4 sides of the square.  Iron that square and you’re done!  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!









//photography by Kristin Eldridge at my home in Long Beach


DIY Zippered Clutch


Have you tried making a zippered pillow yet?  Here’s the tutorial.  If you can master the pillow, then you can make a zippered clutch!  All you need is a 24″x14″ piece of fabric and a zipper.  I got this fabric at Dorell in Fountain Valley.  They have an amazing selection of woven fabrics and the prices are decent.

Start by sewing your zipper to short end of the fabric (right sides together).  Pull up the other short side and sew the zipper to the other side (right sides together).  Now you have a loop of fabric, connected by a zipper.  The trick to sewing a zipper is using a light weight zipper and pulling up the needle to let the zipper head move to the other side, so you can keep sewing (and not run over it).  Trim the end of your zipper after you’ve attached it.

Now sew the other two sides of the fabric (right sides together).  Don’t forget to open the zipper a little so you can turn it right side out.

Iron the corners and top stitch the sides of the zipper.  Done!











//photography by Kristin Eldridge in Long Beach


DIY Child’s Tent/Fort with a Quilt [Orange County Family Photographer]

I’ve been wanting to make a little tent with sticks and what better place to bring it than the beach.  The idea started with a trip to a local park to gather sticks.  Long straight sticks that were strong enough to hold up a quilt was what we were looking for.  Once I found four, I looked for one skinnier straight stick that would go across the top.

Thick twine (from Michael’s craft store) wrapped around the sticks to secure them on both sides, then the smaller stick was just laid across the top.

The advantage of taking the tent to the beach is that you can sink the sticks into the sand for a stronger base.

I love the way this turned out for photos!  It was also so much fun for the kids to play with.  It would be worth a trip back with lunch so the kids could just play around in it!  Another advantage is the sticks store flat, so it’s easy to transport and store!