I have been losing a lot of baby socks lately. On our Washington DC trip, strangers kept coming up to me and either handing me fallen off socks or letting me know the baby was missing a sock. Whoops! Socks don't work so well to keep baby's feet warm but these little shoes do the trick.
I cruised Pinterest to find a free pattern but then just decided to search on Etsy "baby shoe pattern PDF" and this great pattern by Petitboo appeared in the results. They are adorable and totally functional. The clever construction makes them fully lined too. By the 3rd pair I had them done in 1/2 hour.
I made them in 6-9 month size and they are a little big (since she isn't 6 months yet) but they still work great. Yeah for a useful baby item that I could sew up myself! There are lots more baby shoe patterns that include frills and ruffles but I just wanted a shoe to keep her feet warm and wouldn't fall off!
She sits! Loving this stage. Just in time for spring- I can just plop her down and be outside. Thanks to PetitBoo for such a cute pattern. I'll be making more when she grows out of these!
Since I am having the bunny sale this week, I was trying to think of a way to make more versions of the pattern. In the past I made the bunny smaller by printing it at 65%. You can read about those here. Very cute! I have gotten lots of emails by sewers saying they are excited to use the pattern to make bunnies for the easter basket. I thought, why not make Bunny the easter basket?!
This was surprisingly easy and fun. I thought it would be perfect for the baby this easter too since she is obviously not going to be eating chocolate or jelly beans! I am thinking the easter bunny can fill the pocket with baby toys and onsies.
To make the pocket in the bunny, you have to just make a couple adjustments. First, give yourself some extra width so the pillow will stand on its own. Add about an inch to the base and backside when you are cutting out your pattern. Like in this fuzzy camera picture below!
Follow the pattern instructions with interfacing, sewing the darts, making the ears, and all that other stuff. Next cut out a rounded piece of fabric for the pocket. I didn't take measurements here but from the picture below you can get the general idea of size...
Before you sew the 2 bunny sides together, attach the pocket pieces to each side of the bunny like in the photo above. Then, flip up the pocket piece and layer the 2 bunny sides together and sew all the way around the bunny edges and, instead of going straight down the bunny back, sew your seam around the pocket edges. Trim your seams and clip the corners around the pocket.
Turn it right sides out and push the pocket inside. See? works! I then used a funnel and added about an inch layer of rice to the base before I stuffed the bunny with polyfil. This gave it a nice weighted bottom so it stands up easily.
Stuffing the polyfil was a little extra work since you need to keep your hand in the pocket but it doesn't have to be perfect since the bow hides folds in the neck area and when you stuff your items in the pocket it fixes problems there too!
I stuffed it with the super simple bibs I made a couple weeks ago. I went to a baby shower over the weekend and I thought this would have been a perfect gift! The kids are loving trying to figure out what they can stuff into the pocket. It would be fun to make one for a big kid that has velcro and is like a secret pocket, huh??
My sweet little Marion is almost 4 months old. She is precious but the girl can slobber! And spit up all over me and her clothes several times a day. My other babies were not big spitters/ slobberers so I always looked a little sideways at the moms whose babies had bibs on all the time. I found a small bib pattern I drafted years ago that worked great for her size and should be good for a few months at least!
Also, I try to contribute to craft hope projects when I can and figured I could make extras and send over bibs for their current project. So even if you don't have a baby to sew for right now, making these little bibs is fun and fast and you can contribute your work to craft hope's excellent cause!
I made mine reversible and with pearl snaps. This way baby can slobber (my 8 year old, who is always dying to hold her, says "MOOOOOMMM! She slobbered on me again! Come and get her please!") on one side and then she can slobber on the other side too. OR, you can switch the bib around to match her outfit if you care about that (and I admit that I do...).
First gather your materials~
2 pieces of cotton fabric that measure 9.5" x 12"
1 piece of cotton batting that measures 9.5" x 12" - flannel can substitute
pearl snaps (or velcro, regular snaps, or ties)
chopstick to poke out corners
sewing machine, coordinating thread, scissors, & iron
optional- rotary cutter & self healing mat
1. Print pattern pieces, cut them out and tape A & B together.
2. Use pattern piece to cut out mirror image pieces of the 2 cottons. This is important since the sides of the pattern are not symetrical! Maybe layer the fabrics right sides facing and cut them out together. Also cut out a piece of matching cotton batting.
3. Layer the materials together- starting with batting, then a piece of cotton face up and then the other piece of cotton face down. Pin together. Sew the 3 pieces together with a 1/4" seam allowance and leave a 3" opening to turn the piece right side out. Trim the seams down to 1/8" except at the opening.
4. Turn the piece right sides out and poke out tip with a chopstick. Iron it nice and flat and match up the opening edges. I use a piece of steam a seam to close up my opening but if you don't have any around, just be careful when you top stitch. Top stich around the bib about 1/4" from the edge.
5. Follow the directs to attach the pearl snaps. Make sure you have one side of the snap facing up and the other facing down!
Now you have a pretty little bib! One thing I noticed is that a quick ironing after washing seems to shape them up really nicely. If you want to put in the extra time, you could easily quilt the top to give it some added interest and probably eliminate that ironing after washing. I made a bunch at once and it was so fast and easy!
If you want to make these to sell, go for it! Just give me credit for the pattern with a link back to this post. Thanks! Also, please share your creations in my gingercake flickr pool!
It is not spring here yet! Yesterday we had a foot of snow- thick heavy late winter snow. The kids were home for school and Travis spent most of the day home too- and outside with the kids. I needed to make myself a new bag but I couldn't quite bring myself to use bright spring fabrics. I know in another month I will be more inspired but for now, this is my March bag! It only has a hint of spring...
This is Noodlehead's 241 bag. Great pattern! The green is a thrift store find- I think it's a corduroy with no whaling (non whale???) The leaves are the tiny bit I have left of a cloud nine fabric I bought long ago. The interior is drop cloth canvas. Have I told you how I have been sewing with drop cloth canvas? It's from Lowes! I just wash it before using and one cloth has lasted me for tons of projects.
Hope you are having more spring weather than me!
Baby Books! Love em or hate em? The pressure of filling them out makes me aprehensive. I am fine with the initial info about when baby was born, what was happening, what the birth was like, etc. It's just the follow up that gets me! All the other kids have half filled baby books- great at the beginning and then lots of blank pages! Life gets in the way and I forget to stop and fill out baby book info. This is where my big girls will be helping future Marion. They are PSYCHED about the baby book.
I purchased the whole set of pages from the lovely Shanda over at CustomMemoryBooks. These are so nice! Shanda customizes the cover page and all the pages just for the baby. Check it out if you are in the baby book market. So so sweet. You can either have her print the pages and send to you or she will customize a set that you can print out yourself. They are clean and simple with modern graphics. Brilliant.
I bought a binder and clear protector pages from Office Max- an invest of about $15. At first I thought I wouldn't like using the protector pages but they are actually really nice. You can insert photos and cards in with certain pages and it keeps the whole thing more organized. You scrap bookers probably already know about this trick but it was new to me!
So, were you good about your baby books? Does it really even matter? All I know is that when I mentioned baby book to the big girls they were so excited. We brought out their baby books and it turns out that I filled in just enough to make them happy and together we talked about their baby times. Phew! Hopefully we can give that gift to Marion too.
Yeah!! The pattern is ready and in the shop. No big surprise that pattern writing and testing takes a lot longer with baby in the house but I am proud of myself for finally getting it done!
I love this project mostly because it is so useful. I have used mine a bunch of times already and it works so well! I love folding it back up and doing the cute tie. The tie is awesome because you can stuff it with diapers and wipes and don't have to worry about it being too full to close up. Also, you can get as creative as you want with the pad and pockets- patchwork, quilting, whatever!
The wipes pocket requires PUL which was really easy to work with and does a great job of keeping the wipes moist and ready for baby. It is available at Joanns or online. Head on over to the shop and take a look!
Here is a little something I have been working on. It was only a matter of time before I started with some baby ideas! I wanted a changing pad with the diaper & wipes pocket attached.
I like the ties but I also made a version with a flap. The flap was nice but the ties are more fun to me. What do you think? The best part is that the pockets are attached and you can put your wipes directly in. I love that since I was carrying around a loose diaper and plastic baggie with wipes since she was born and it just wasn't looking cute in my bag!
A couple weeks ago, my friend Amy Frank asked me if she could use the Lola Owl Sewing Pattern for a class she is teaching at the Studio at Contempo in Boalsburg PA (near State College). I said yes (of course!) and please send me some pictures. I have heard from past customers that girls this age love to sew up Lola and I wanted to see some proof!
I wish I could have been there to take this class too! I bet these girls had a blast sewing up their bags. You can almost hear all the giggling and chatter as they choose their fabrics and work on the sewing machine.
For more information about the classes, visit the facebook page of the Studio here. Amy is teaching several classes and having a wonderful time sharing her love of sewing with kids and adults.