My second project in the class was a purse. I use it all the time as a mini diaper bag. I love the material.
My first big solo project was a fun one. We were going to a birthday party and the theme was a princess party. Since it was April, it was hard to find a costume for a baby, so I thought I’d make one. It was a challenge! I made a pattern, by tracing the outline of one of his onsies and designed a tunic based on that sizing. Then, I looked on Pinterest for some ideas. It was really fun to make and I was able to learn some new techniques to create the tunic, belt, and crown. I think Little C had fun wearing it too. He was all smiles when he had it on. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make his Halloween costume for him this fall.
Since then, I’ve been making a lot of baby stuff. I thought sewing would be a nice way to make personal gifts, and a way to make some fun things for my son. They’re also small projects, which give me the chance to practice, and I can do them during nap time. Here are some of the projects I’ve made:
|taggy blankets, soother/toy tether, bandana bibs, stroller lap blanket|
My absolute favourite baby project is the bandana "dribble" bib. I've made a ton of these! I found the pattern on Pinterest and love it. Instead of having a snap or Velcro to attach the ends, it uses a single button hole on one side, which you pull the other side through. It’s really easy to remove, and there aren't any scratches from Velcro, which has been a problem for my son. They're great for teething babies! Here is the link to the pattern: http://leafytreetopspot.blogspot.ca/2014/02/free-pattern-and-tutorial-baby-dribble.html
|back of the bandana bib|
To start practicing for a baby outfit quilt, I’ve been working on a simple quilt. I found a pattern on Pinterest (here is the link: http://neverenoughhours.blogspot.ca/2010/08/fat-quarter-baby-quilt-tutorial.html) and have been working on it on and off. There's good and bad to this quilt. The good? It's been fun and I've been learning lots. It has also been a budget quilt, so a great one to start with, in case I mess it up! It's made of fat quarters, which I was able to get really cheap. I am using a piece of leftover flannel for batting, and got a piece of fun fabric for backing at a good sale. It is probably costing less than $15. The bad? I've got a lot to learn! Sometimes have no idea what to do. When I start to get stuck or frustrated, I take a break. Currently, I’m at the quilting stage and on a break. I feel like it’s turned out pretty well up to this point, and I really don’t want to mess it up. It’s a bit scary. Because I have zero hand sewing skills, I’m trying machine quilting. My hope is to eventually try some hand sewing, but not yet. This is what it looked like when I made my “quilt sandwich” with the top, batting (I used a piece of flannel), and backing. It doesn't look like much now, but hopefully (fingers crossed!) it will come together soon.