Baby Stuff

My friend Lori  is about to pop! And I wanted to sew her something that would be both cute and useful when the baby comes. They’re waiting to be surprised, so I had the extra challenge of making something gender neutral.

The first thing I made was a baby swaddle. I’ve heard that they’re very useful for bundling babies up when they’re really little, and I’d seen them used at the hospital before. The free downloadable PDF can be found here (yes in MAKE magazine of all places!) http://blog.makezine.com/craft/craft_pattern_podcast_snuggler/

I lined it with a soft knit instead of fleece because it will be Texas summer during the months the baby can use it.

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The next project was for when the baby gets a bit older. I’ve heard several moms mention how great grocery cart covers are for babies (especially while teething), but couldn’t find a pattern I liked anywhere. They were either over complicated or called for waaay too much fabric (like 5yds). So, I improvised. I went the HEB to measured their seats (the biggest in town) and made sure that 1 yd would cover the entire hole (remembering that the fabric has to go down the sides and back up). It did, so I took my yard of cotton and my yard of fleece (2 yards total), laid them together, rounded the corners and sewed them together so that I could run elastic around the entire outside of the circle. Then I went back to HEB and used pins to mark where the leg holes needed to be and added those. Sorry if that sounds confusing, but feel free to message me if you’d like it explained more in depth or with photos). I also added toy clips and pockets to keep the pacifier and other toys off the floor.

The only thing I wasn’t happy with was that you couldn’t see very much of the pretty yellow fabric when I put it in the buggy, but technically it is reversible and I put toy clips on both sides.

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Barnyard Birthday Bash!

It had been a while since I’d done a big cake, so I jumped at the chance to help my friend Emily by making her son’s first birthday cake! Since it was a barnyard theme, I got to try something new and sculpt all of these adorable little animal babies! For his smash cake (cake all of his own that he could baby drool on) I made a little hay bale with his name and a baby cow. IMG_9706 IMG_9702

To continue the barnyard theme I appliqued these adorable overalls for him to wear! IMG_9630 IMG_9638 IMG_9632

Stuffed Love!

Ok…I know….What happened to Mondays? Doesn’t it seem like all my posts start this way? To be fair though, I do have another good excuse! Spencer stripped and rebuilt my computer (at least that’s my understanding of whatever he did). Also…I got a job! It is wonderful! Honey Bee Quilt Shop needed another girl to help out and I needed to get out more, so I started working there part time and I love it!

This last weekend was the Blue Bonnet Shop Hop and Grandma came up to go with me. If you’ve never been on a shop hop (and you love fabric), I highly recommend it. Basically, a group of shops sets aside a special week or weekend to stay open late and offer special prizes and snacks and people come from all over to go from one shop to the next. You get special prizes for making it to all the shops and they have challenges for designing quilt blocks. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I absolutely loved it! I got to finish collecting fabric lines that were hard to find and I learned a lot more about the fabric stores available in my area. Now I know where to go for a certain style of fabric if I’m having a hard time finding it!

At the last shop I found this adorable stuffed owl pattern and decided that it needed to come home with me. There is just something extra special about homemade stuffed animals. The designer is Jennifer Jangles and he is the Okey Dokey Owl (but I call him Hooty). Normally patterns and I don’t get along because I change them too much, but this guy was pretty close to perfect and the pattern was VERY easy to follow (photos and diagrams for every step)!

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This next creature was commissioned by a friend at church to be a door prize for family movie night. They were watching the Princess Bride and wanted an ROUS. This ROUS isn’t quite as terrifying as the real deal, but he does look like one of the Muppets from the season when budget cuts forced them to give up their dental plans (hahaha…bad joke).

I used this pattern http://sewingstars.com/mousepattern.htm blown up in photoshop about 10,000 X and added a mouth (you can’t have a blood thirsty rat without teeth).

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