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, 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.