Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Purple sweater

This has been in progress for quite a while, but I finished it up on a trip to Wisconsin! This pattern is from Sunset's Beautiful Things to Make for Baby and the yarn is Lion Brand Jamie Baby. This turned out very cute! Simple cluster stitch repeated, I like the way to yoke and sleeves make for a rounded shoulder instead of 90 degree angles like a lot of baby sweaters have.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cross Stitch Framed

I got this all framed up and it's ready to take to the fair in July! I've never taken a big framed picture so this will be something new for me!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Crochet bib

Another crochet cotton bib, this one with ties is from the pattern at Peanutzmom's Pattern Place. Easy to follow, made a nice proportioned bib. It's the reverse colors of this one.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pacifier Leash/Clip

I was at Target shopping for a baby gift and I saw these pacifier clips. I'd seen them online, but when I felt them in person and realized they're just ribbon (and not even very good quality ribbon) with a clip and some velcro, I thought I could surely whip a few up. I made these two with a length of ribbon 8 inches long, a mitten clip (left over from my old ironing board cover) and some velcro. Then I saw these online and thought "Snaps, even easier!". But just how many of these things does a kid need?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Crazy Stitch Baby Hat

Unlike this hat, this one turned out very tiny! The pattern (from Marine Corps Kids) says sport weight yarn and that's what I used but mine looks preemie sized. It's very cute, adorable even, because it's so wee! I like the stitch, it makes a fun scalloped, tessellating design.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Failed shoes

These little cloth shoes are the first project I didn't even bother to finish. You can see in the picture they are little mary jane type booties with a button closure. But they were just so...ugly. The shape is kind of like a muckluck, so the light floral print just wasn't working for me. And the shape is very clunky, they remind me us shoes for Cabbage Patch dolls, with their huge club feet. Not worth all the top-stitching involved. Bleh!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Baby basket

I have a deep love for BBC period dramas! I recently started watching the Lark Rise to Candleford series, which I am thoroughly enjoying. In season 1 episode 9, I learned about a most wonderful custom! Miss Ellison (the Reverend Ellison's daughter) delivers the parish Baby Basket to an expectant mother in Lark Rise. Apparently, the ladies of the church donate all sorts of baby items to a communal basket which is loaned out to a family while their baby is in need of such things. What a brilliant idea! And back then, when everything had to be handmade I imagine it would have been quite an undertaking to prepare for a baby without hand-me-downs.

Mrs. Arless, the recipient, moaned that nearly every butt that walked down the road had worn the nappies in the basket! But isn't that a grand plan? Since babies are rarely in the same size long enough to wear out clothing and such (you only have to go to garage sales to know that) they would pass them on and on. Nowadays, I would hardly think this idea would fly, though. People are so obsessed with hygiene and germs, but I thought this was a really lovely idea.

I tried researching the custom but I can barely scratch up a mention if it. Maybe I don't know the correct term, they just called it the baby box on the show. I found one mention of the "parish baby basket" in the book The Rise and Fall of Art Needlework: Its Socio-Economic and Cultural Aspects by Linda Cluckie. She mentions that it is a charitable purpose that ladies might embroider for. I wonder how widespread the practice was.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Blackberry Stitch Booties

These booties turned out so cute! They are so cushy and soft thanks to the blackberry stitch! This pattern is from the book Sunset's Beautiful Things to Make for Baby. I picked up a big bunch of books from the public library and copied the patterns I wanted, they should keep me busy for the rest of the winter!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Project Linus

Why no new projects for a few days, especially over a weekend? This weekend I spent concentrating on one of my favorite charities! I attended my third Project Linus Make-a-Blanket-Day. Throughout the year, I always have quilts and afghans in progress to drop off at the donation site here in town. But once a year there is a HUGE get-together where we all bring our sewing machines, crochet hooks and TONS of yarn and fabric. It's really inspiring and rejuvenating to see all of these wonderful people working toward the same goal.
I started this quilt two weeks ago and finished it up right before the deadline to have it entered in the competition that is always held at Make-a-Blanket-Day. I think that's a record for me! I didn't win anything but that doesn't matter, the quilt was fun to make and they all get donated to Project Linus so it was just an excuse to get another quilt done before the big day!

What charities do you craft for? Are you interested in seeing more of my quilts and blankets on here?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Ear flap hat

This is crochet from the Brrr Baby Beanie pattern by CraftyRahRah. Find the pattern here. This turned out rather large, larger than I thought it would be. Of course, I don't do gauge swatches so it's not the pattern's fault. :) Still kind of cute.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Panda Pants

These pants are from the book Beautiful Things to Make for Baby by Sunset. It a simple one-pattern-piece pattern, like adult lounge pants, with a roll-up cuff on the bottom. I think I'll make more in soft cotton knit!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

This crochet bib is from a pattern in the May/June 2009 issue of Crochet Today. (Pattern by Maya Mackowiak Elson.) It was SO FUN to work and easy, too! You'll need to iron it when you're done stitching but don't be too forceful or you'll loose the definition in the stitches.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cross Stitch Complete

It's all done!! I ran out of the charcoal floss for the outlining so I had to look up the color conversion chart for the company that made the kit and buy some. Now to find a frame for it and it will REALLY be done.

Jingle Ball

This little ball turned out nicely! The pattern is from the Winter 2003/2004 issues of Family Circle Easy Knitting. I added a jingle bell inside so it has a nice, gentle jingle. To avoid the muffled jingle of the ring toy, my husband devised a genius solution. Put a small jingle bell inside of a larger jingle bell!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Baby Gown from T-Shirt

I LOVE this pattern! It's from Rookie Moms, a website I also love. They give awesome how-tos, article and advice without sounding like a parenting book or commercial for a million baby products. (Both of those are major pet peeves of mine when it comes to mom websites.)

This gown is made from t-shirt material left over from making the gray baby hats. I thought the gray was a little boring so I added a strip of polka dot fabric to spice it up! I will definitely make a couple more of these!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Handmade With Love Giveaway Winner

Our winner, chosen by the Random Number Generator, is

Trisha D.

I've sent an email to our lucky winner, and I've heard back! Congrats, Trisha!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Teddy Bear Blanket

This is a small blanket, about 12 inches square, more like a woobie or lovey. It's crocheted granny-square style and then the adorable bear head and arms are put on!
This pattern is from the October 2009 issue of Crochet World magazine and is by Ashley Ivey.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Handmade With Love Giveaway


Handmade with Love Winter Giveaway
Welcome, giveaway hoppers! I will be giving away a prize made my myself! One lucky winner will receive all the items in the picture:These items are a gray baby hat, teapot burp cloth, a pair of green knit booties, a crochet cotton bib, a spacecats burp rag, a mushroom bib, and a crochet ring toy. (For more info on each item, click to see the individual posts about each item.)

This would make a great baby shower gift. You can even pretend you made it all with your own two hands, I won't tell! Some items are made with recycled materials like old t-shirts so if you have qualms about using (thoroughly washed) recycled material, do not enter.

Two opportunities to win:
Mandatory entry- Leave a comment telling me a baby/kid item that you think I absolutely MUST make and link to a pattern or tutorial if you know a great one! (FYI: I DO NOT sell these items, this blog is about items I am making for my own personal use.) If you email isn't available in your profile, please make sure it's in your comment(s).

Bonus entry-For a second chance at the prize, follow Destash Baby Cache via Google Friend Connect.

Entry for this giveaway ends February 6, 2011 at 11:59PM. This giveaway is open to ANYONE, no matter where you live. Winner will be chosen by random draw from all eligible comments. After I email the winner, they have 48 hours to respond or another name will be drawn.

Here is the linky for more Handmade With Love Winter Hop blogs!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Jingle Rings Toy

This is from the LOOP baby toy pattern here. Very easy to follow and so cute! The large ring has a jingle bell inside, but it doesn't jingle very much, muffled by stuffing.

Cross Stitch update

All the cross stitches and half cross stitches are done! Now on to ALL the outlining.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lotta Jansdotter Snuggler

This is an infant swaddler from Lotta Jansdotter's book Simple Sewing for Baby. But you can get this particular pattern free here from CRAFT magazine. I made mine with some cotton fabric and lined it with soft jersey knit. (Yes, my snuggler matches my ironing boards!)
Without a baby to model, I relied in my Fisher Price My Friend Jenny doll, she's about 16 inches tall so she's a little smaller then a typical newborn but she was the closest thing I have. (I did briefly consider trying to get the cat into it, though!)
I think this is an awesome item but the pattern was not exactly flawless. Maybe the PDF pattern is different from the one included in the book, but there were some minor discrepancies between the directions and the pattern. The directions (clearly scanned from the book) say to transfer your marks for placement of the velcro as labeled A and B. But nothing in the pattern is marked A or B. The directions also state to sew from the placement mark on one side to the placement mark on the other. I assume she's talking about the line marked "notch" but that isn't terribly clear. And for probably the hardest part of the whole project, sewing the corners where the flaps meet the front of the pouch, she simply says "Ease your way around the corners where the pouch meets the top of the snuggler." Thanks a heap! There's a diagram on how to sew the darts (duh!) and a diagram on how to pin part one to part two (duh!) but no diagram on where or how to sew these two pieces? It came together, I'd use it, but it's not something I would give as a gift because it's just not quite refined enough.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Another Feedsack Burb Cloth

Here I am modeling another burp cloth from the same Make Your Own Baby Stuff pattern. And again, it's flannel backed with three layers of those bargain feedsack towel. I like this mushroom fabric, I thought I would make mushroom pajama pants for me someday (and I still have enough to do that!).

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pink and blue blankets

I'm ready! I completed the pink blanket a while ago, but just finished up the matching blue blanket. Whichever one is not needed will be donated to our local Project Linus chapter. This crochet pattern is from Crafts 'n Things magazine, February 2008 and is by K. J. Hay.

Mushroom bib

This bib is two layers of flannel, fringed on the edges so it will get nice and soft and raggy. I thought it looked a little plain so I added an applique mushroom accent.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Gray baby hats

These two hats are made from an old t-shirt! I used this tutorial and I have enough of the t-shirt to make a baby gown! Why two? One will be included in my giveaway! (Again, recycled materials, if you're germ-a-phobic then you'd best not try to win.)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Pink teapot burp cloths

I've generally deduced that the majority of baby items are for mopping up and wiping off. So MORE burp cloths! These are made using this tutorial and are made from a pair of old sweatpants and flannel. Old sweatpants? That's right, I've raided my rag bin to come up with more absorbent materials! I test out all the fabric I use for the burp rags and these sweatpants soaked water right up. (I test out new fabric too, because water beads up and rolls off of some flannel.)

The gray looked a little boring so I added some applique patches of the teapot fabric. And there are two because one is for the giveaway of course! (If you are a germaphobe and can't fathom wiping up your kid's puke with someone's old sweatpants then don't enter. They're been wash, I assure you, but I know some people are quite particular about things like that.)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cross Stitch update

Both hares are done! Now on to the green grass and ALL the outlining!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Green Booties

Another pair of knit booties from this easy and free pattern, this time with crochet chain ties instead of ribbon. This is an acrylic yarn but it is really soft! You will see these again very soon because they are part of my giveaway! Check back on February 2nd!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Kimono Baby Shoes

These are the Kimono Baby Shoes from Homespun Threads. The PDF pattern and tutorial are free but you have to "purchase" it from the shop and then download. These were simple, but I opted to add a layer of fleece for batting and I think it made it harder to sew then it needed to be. I wish this pattern had some basic measurements for different age babies but it only says you can resize as needed. I am not well-versed in baby foot sizes!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Burp cloth (feedsack towel)

Another burp rag from the Make Your Own Baby Stuff pattern. This one is flannel backed with a triple layer of feedsack towel. I bought a bundle of these towels to embellish for Christmas presents but after washing they turned out to be pretty poor quality. When folded they remind me of gauze diapers though so I figured they would make good wiping-up rags.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Quilted bib

I made a mistake by not reading the complete instructions on this one! Do NOT cut out the fabric using the pattern provided! The pattern is where you sew, not where you cut. The tutorial is the Quilted Patchwork Bib from Sew She Sews.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tag blanket

I had made one of these before for a baby shower and it was really well received. I may have committed the sin of crazy-go-nuts baby color scheme here but sometimes you just have to go overboard! This is from the tutorial for the Snuggly Ribbon Blanket at My Spare Time.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Knit booties

These booties are actually orange, even though they look kind of red. I LOVE orange, it seems like such a great color for a boy or girl! These are knitted from this pattern, available for free from fabulousyarns. I have used this pattern many times in the past. (Are we noticing a pattern? I'm remaking all my old stand-by baby shower gifts!) They are tied with ribbon because I was being too lazy to make i-cord! Not to worry, we'll see this pattern again!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cross Stitch update

You can tell what it is now! Two bunnies! (Ok, two hares!)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Snap bib

This is from the Fold-Up-and-Snap bib pattern and tutorial found on Sew Mama Sew. The pattern is actually from Made By Rae who has some other cute patterns on her blog! I made this bib a few days ago and it earned me a yard of free fabric in Rae's Falalalafabric giveaway! I'm not too patient with hand sewing, so I was a little wary of all the sewn-on snaps on this one. But it went pretty fast and it's really a neat bib. (It doesn't photograph well, though!) The fabrics are a vintage cotton print and wafflecloth.

A note on wafflecloth: I pre-wash all fabrics but it is especially important for wafflecloth because it shrinks up like the dickens! So buy extra and pre-wash before cutting.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Crochet bib

This is Lily's Sugar'n Cream Baby Bib done in some cotton yarn I frogged from a half-finished yoga mat bag I started knitting probably 8 years ago! This bib worked up so fast, I made a second one exactly like it for an upcoming GIVEAWAY! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Simple Bunny

This bunny is from the Mooshy Belly Bunny pattern at Chez Beeper Bebe. He's very small and very mooshy! I liked the pattern of this vintage (80's probably) knit enough that I didn't add a face. Is it creepy? Or just keeping it simple?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Cross stitch update

Here's what it looks like now. I've started in with the second color! I think my goal will be to get it done and framed in time to take to the county fair in July.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Grab Ball

From the Baby Grab Ball tutorial at Sewing.About.com, this turned out really cute. BUT it is a ton of hand sewing since each little football has to be stuffed and then sewn shut! And there are....36 of them! And then you have to hand-sew them all together to form the ball. I made it through, but wouldn't do it again.