Showing posts with label baby item. Show all posts
Showing posts with label baby item. Show all posts

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Newborn Hat

Here's a baby knit hat I made for my nephew on the way - he was due last week and still hasn't decided to arrive yet :).  It was really easy and fast to make - tutorial here.
I did an applique star on the front to give it more umph - and then did some "x" stitches on the sides to keep the brim folded up.

A Baby Apron - the bapron!

If you follow Craftiness is Not Optional, then you've seen her "bapron" tutorial.  I knew I wanted to make one for my sis-in-law who's due date was last week and is ready for that boy to arrive!

It's a bib, but it's sort of an apron at the same time.  It covers more of their body/clothes from spills and ... my favorite part is that it ties in the back.  My daughter pulls off her velcro ones mid-meal every day, so this would be a nice feature.

Make sure to check out the link to the tutorial so you have an idea of what it looks like on . . . it didn't really fit my 18 month old when I tried it on her, so make sure to check out the pics in the tutorial. 

Here's mine...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Owl Stuffie

I wanted to make an owl stuffie for my sis-in-law's baby shower.  But I looked all over blog land and couldn't find an owl pattern that I liked.  So I decided...why not draw up my own pattern?  And I love how it turned out.
 It has a long strip of fabric between the front and back so that it has dimension . . . you can kinda see that in the pic below.  I hadn't hand sewn the opening closed yet, but you get the idea.  I love all the different textures of fabric that I found in my stash - suede, corduroy, fuzzy, and felt.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Baby Shower gifts

I already posted the self-binding receiving blanket I made for my sister-in-law.  Here are a couple other things I made her as well:

Tie Onesie - There are 2 patterns I like here and here. . . one is smaller and works better on infant onesies and the other is a bit bigger and works best on 12month + sizes in my experience.  I don't remember which one I used this time since I just have the patterns cut out and use them over and over.
Denim Baby Book - more info here.  I love the piping added around the edges - it gives it a softer look.  And Kari had given me some of my brother's old shirts to re-purpose, so I used them in the applique shapes of the book.  How fun is that - the baby will have a book made from his dad's old clothes!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Self-binding receiving blanket

I had the idea in my head to make a blanket like this when my son was born ... but he just turned 3, so obviously, I never got it figured out.  I wanted the back to wrap around the front to give the binded edge look on the front, but I couldn't figure out how to make the corners mitered and I gave up.

...but, I found a tutorial for a self-binding blanket that a friend had used for her daughter's blanket. 
It was a bit tricky to work with since I decided to use a flannel backed satin for the back and binding.  It was slippery and gave me all sorts of problems.  But I think if you used 2 pieces of flannel, it would work out fine.

I made this one for my sister-in-law's baby shower last weekend.  I knew my mom was making a lot of receiving blankets for her, so I wanted to try a non-traditional baby blanket.  I like how it turned out, but the standard receiving blankets are a lot less work in my opinion. :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Burp Cloths

I wanted to try making these burp cloths when my daughter was born, but now she's not "burp cloth" age, so I made these for a friend.  I took some "pre-fold" cloth diapers and sewed a strip of flannel to the front to make it cuter.
I just measured the size for the strip of fabric and added a little for folding the edge under, like so...

Then sew into place.  I opted for a decorative stitch that looked just like baseball stitching.  If you are using dark thread, it will show on the back, so make sure your stitch looks nice from the back too.  Some look messy on the back side, so I would suggest to test it on a scrap of fabric first.

I didn't get a picture, but I made a receiving blanket out of the same fabric as well - with rounded corners and the same decorative stitch around the edges.  The blanket was made the same as this one...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Baseball Banner

I made this banner for a friend's baby shower.  She's decorating his room in sports theme, so I thought it would be a great decoration for the baby shower and his room.  I decided to make it out of fabric instead of paper so that it would have a longer life.

Here's what I did:
  • The white fabric was canvas and the blue was a soft type of denim - I wanted it to have some stability and I wouldn't have gotten that with standard cotton
  • I traced a bowl to get the circle shape, and then slid the bowl to each side to trace the line where I wanted the red stitches to go
  • I used embroidery floss to hand stitch the baseball lines
  • I used wonder under to applique the letters and stars and top stitched around the edge of the letters
  • Each baseball and pennant has a back side that I top stitched to the front to hide the stitching on the back of it
  • Before I sewed the backs to the fronts, I pinned the twine in place and then sewed through it when I stitched the backs and fronts together.
It was fun to make this, I may end up making another one to match my son's room.  I love how it turned out.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

More baby blocks

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My cousin had a baby earlier this year, so I made another set of baby blocks. His name was shorter than the date, so I added his height on the side this time.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Hand-Made Baby Quilt

My Grandma makes the most amazing quilts. This is her latest (I just got it last night). This is the Baby Quilt she made for my Daughter. And the thing I love about her quilts is that they are 100% hand sewn. She doesn't use a sewing machine for a single stitch. That's a labor of love!!
Another fun thing about this quilt is that some of the pink pieces are scraps left over from the twin-sized quilt she made me when I was 10 years old.

Here's a close up of some the applique and stitching. And she did a light scalloped edge around the whole quilt - which is about 45"x45"

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Baby Shower Onesies

These are 2 onesies I gave as a baby shower gift.

The tie onesie was made using the template from Trey and Lucy.
The striped onesie has the number 3 on it because this is their 3rd child. On the back, I also appliqued "OTTO" and a big "3" for his last name like a baseball player . . . but my computer decided to shut itself down when I was trying to rotate the picture and now it's lost. So you'll have to use your imagination on that.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Denim Baby Book

During Dana & Rae's "Celebrate the Boy" month in February, I found this idea. I adapted it for my little girl though. My favorite pages are the front cover and the back. I used cookie cutters and text/images I made for all the pages.

I also rounded the corners and added piping along the outside edges. This was time consuming to make, but I really enjoyed making it last weekend. I also made a boy one for a baby shower I'm going to tomorrow. I used cookie cutters and images I drew for that one as well. I'll post that later this week with the rest of the items I made.

Here is the front: Here are the inside pages: Here is the back:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Baby Info Blocks

I made another 2 sets of the baby name blocks. I made one new set for my daughter and another for a friend's baby.

I also cut out vinyl butterflies with my cricut to add detail.
Here's the first set I made for my son last summer.
I've been asked for the dimensions of the blocks and how I made them . . .

The tall block is 2.5"x4"
Top long block is 5.5"x2.5"
Bottom long block is 5.5"x1.5"
  • Basically, I designed the vinyl layout for my Cricut using the "Sure-cuts-a-lot" program on my computer and then cut the wood to fit the sizing of the letters.
  • Sand, paint, and distress the wood with an ink pad
  • apply the vinyl

Monday, February 8, 2010

Guitar Onesie and Tutu

I had a baby shower I went to over the weekend, so that means the week before was my creative time. I always try new things when I have a deadline - like a present to give. So that way I don't put off the project.

I used the guitar applique pattern and tutu idea here - and i used the tutu technique of wrapping it on cardboard here - made it much easier.

The headband is a knee high that I cut the toe and elastic top off and sewed together - adding a ribbon loop at the seam so that the hair clips can be interchangeable.

I keep a pack of onesies in my fabric stash so that I can use them when I need them - it's hard to not grab from that stash to use on my kids instead of doing laundry when they run out of clean ones :) I suggest getting a pack of gerber onesies at Jo-Anns when you have a 40% off coupon. Some days I'm just wandering the store with nothing imparticular that I need so instead of letting the coupon go to waste - I buy some onesies. They're usually in the isle with the fabric paint - in my store, it's next to the yarn isles.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Baby Shower Gift Set

I made a baby shower gift set last week . . .
Side Fasten Bib - my own pattern. Download the pattern here, and the instructions are linked from this post. The red square on the top, right of the bib is the velcro attachment (which doesn't show when it's being worn)

Rounded Burp Cloths - my own pattern. Download the pattern here, and get the tutorial from this post.

On the bib and the burp cloths, I used wonder under to attach the strip of brown fabric and the red fabric dots to the base piece before I sewed the backs on. It's hard to see in the pictures, but the red dots are different sizes - they get smaller from left to right.

Pacifier Clip
- instructions in the previous post.

Tie Onesie
- I used the pattern & instructions from Trey & Lucy. I've also used the pattern from Crap I've Made too. They are my 2 favorite patterns out there, but they are different sizes. One I like using better for new born/infants and the other better for toddlers because of the length difference. But that's just my personal taste.

Here's my son wearing the one I made him to wear to church on Father's Day.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pacifier Clips

I had a pacifier clip for my son that I got at Target. I never liked it because it wasn't cute and it always felt too short. So I decided to make some of my own.

The snap end snaps to the pacifier, and the clip end clips to the baby's clothes.
First, I found ribbon I liked (the double sided ribbon looks the best in the end). I didn't want them too long otherwise it becomes a choking hazard, so I cut the ribbon to the length I felt was functional, but safe at the same time (the length ends up shorter than you cut since both ends fold in).
On one end, I attached a suspender clip (I actually bought some suspenders at the thrift store that looked brand new and cut off the clips to use) It was only about 75 cents for 4 of them compared to the $2+ for a set of 2 at Jo-Anns.

I looped one end through the slot and then folded the ribbon under and stitched near the clip to secure it.
The other end was a bit trickier. I used my Mom's "Snap Setter" to attach these - combined with the muscles of my husband to hammer them together. I tried, but aparantly, I am not strong enough. Her snap kit came with instructions on which pieces to pair together. But I also folded the end of the ribbon in before attaching the snaps so it was a cleaner edge.
The spacing between the 2 sets will depend on the pacifier you use. I use the Avent ones that have a really thin ring/handle thing. Other brands have a thicker handle, so you would want the spacing to fit the brand you use.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Diaper Bag

I made this diaper bag from Simplicity 2924 . . .
The pink fabric is one that I had be eyeing at Jo-Anns for months, but couldn't bring myself to pay the $10 a yard they were asking. Well, my patience paid off. I found it in the red tag clearance section for $5 a yard . . . but even better, they were having a 50% off sale on red tag fabrics . . . so it was only $2.50 a yard. The green striped fabric was left over from a Ralph Lauren sheet I've been cutting up for months (bought at goodwill). And the interfacing and ribbon are scraps left over from other projects. So all in all, this probably cost me about $4 in materials (and I got the pattern for .99 cents at the last sale).
It was the most detailed/involved pattern I've used before. It was easy, but took a lot of attention. I used lining, interfacing, elastic, made interior pockets, side pockets, pleats, and a fabric flower. It took me several days, but that's just cause I run out of energy quickly being 8 months pregnant, and trying to fit in the cutting/sewing during nap times. I'm very happy with how it turned out.
The pattern called for a ribbon bow on the front, but I decided to take some of the fabric scraps and make a flower instead. I put the green fabric strip on top of the pink one, and sewed a gathering stitch down the middle. Then I wound it into a circular shape as I sewed it on.
Side pockets for bottles or sippy cups.
There are 4 interior pockets . . .
For my son, I had been using a diaper bag my sister made me from an Amy Butler pattern. She told me she will never make that pattern again - I guess it drove her nuts. Anyway, that diaper bag has been beat up over the last 18 months, plus, this time, I wanted a diaper bag that had the flap to close - I drop things out of my current one too much and it's huge, so I tend to over stuff it.