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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Margie’s Quilt

These photos have been hanging out in my computer for a while now, just waiting for Margie’s birthday! And now that she has turned another year older I finally get to share.

This quilt was created several months before Margie’s birthday, when I found a jelly roll of fabrics in her favorite colors on sale at JoAnn’s. I discretely asked for design advice on a quilt for “somebody else” to make sure she would like the pattern I picked, but never showed her the fabric because it would have been a dead give away …sometimes it’s fun to be devious!

I can’t remember exactly which tutorial I finally went with, but it might have been this on:

http://beesquarefabrics.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-to-make-zig-zag-quilt-without.html

It was great because I didn’t have to cut or sew any odd angles which meant less fabric waste!

Scalloped Edge Button Up Skirt

I don’t usually like to make clothes for adults, but lately I’m changing my mind! This was a project I started yesterday because I really wanted to use this fabric I got at JoAnn’s. It took me more time to scroll through photos and pick the pattern than it did to actually make the skirt! I started out thinking I would do a full circle skirt… then changed to half circle skirt… then looked at some other patterns…and then decided I wanted to do something I had never done.

Eventually, I used this pattern I found on Pinterest:

http://nettevivante.blogspot.com/2011/05/diy-scallop-button-up-skirt-pattern-how.html

The blogger who made it mentioned that is was her first attempt at a pattern, and you could tell. Overall the pattern pieces were good, but the instructions were confusing. She didn’t leave any seam allowances, but I added them by taping two pens together and drawing a double line elementary school style.  Also, there isn’t a good way to re-size. You have to make your own new waist band and add scallops one at a time. Basically, I wouldn’t try this unless you know how to sew already and can puzzle piece things together on your own. But I am looking forward to seeing what she comes up with as she matures as a pattern maker. I like he style!

I was excited because I got to do pockets, buttons, belt loops (not part of the pattern), and a scalloped edge. And I got to use my surger to finish the pockets. Threading a surger takes some rocket science, but this morning Spencer and I watched the instructional VHS together and finally got it going! (yes I said VHS).

Most likely, I won’t start selling any adult skirts in my Etsy store because fitting adults can be such a pain, but if  you like this skirt and think it would sell let me know. Maybe with a little more practice I will be able to make clothes for other people! And test dummies get a good price 🙂

 

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