Well…that was a long time to stay tuned :). Looks like my plan to make 25 items in 50 days is not going to happen, since it seems this baby wants to come early and I’m now on couch rest till next week. In contrary to her last-last minute mom, she’s more ready I guess :). Still have to install the car seat, finish the bassinet, the nursery (not that important for now), my suitcase wasn’t packed (now it’s about 90% packed) and some other things. Buy lots of stuff (I always thought babies didn’t need much, but in week 31 we only had about 10% of the must-have list, haha). Plenty of stuff to do, but I can do a lot while sitting on the couch (sorting fabric, yarn, papers, doing laundry).

I guess highest priority was finishing the bassinet mattress and crib sheets. Luckily I had been working on those before being put on rest, haha.

We borrowed this bassinet from a friend and to reduce SIDS risk I decided not to re-use the mattrass. The bassinet is an odd size, so a new mattress is not for sale anywhere, most are way too small, which is dangerous too.

Making one was the only solution. I bought 1″ high density foam at JoAnns for a total of $9, traced the old one and cut it. 1″ foam seems thin but high density says it all, it’s as thick as the Restoration Hardware original.

I made a flannel cover for it. Internet suggests using vinyl backed flannel to make a waterproof cover, but no way I’m using PVC on a baby mattress (off-gassing, you know). I opted to use a friendlier PEVA (PVC-free, chlorine-free, biodegradable) shower curtain from Ikea, but I’m just not sure if something plastic-y will make the mattress sweaty and noisy.

So I made a flannel cover and will use a thick flannel sheet (molton I think?? the US doesn’t know this word) on top of it. Hope that works. Otherwise, I’ll need to go back to JoAnn again after the first accident :P.

Here’s the mattrass and the cover. The cover required a lot of handstitching and it’s not as snug as I wanted. Hope it will work. I serged the edges, just to make myself proud and I like a professional finish.

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bassinet serged DIY Oval bassinet mattress and crib sheet   help needed

diy bassinet mattress cover DIY Oval bassinet mattress and crib sheet   help needed

So far, so good.

But here is where the problem started. Now I want to make a couple of quick crib sheets.
There are several options:

- an envelop pillow-cover-style bassinet sheet, but it requires a lot of fabric that you won’t see.
- a sheet with a band, similar to the actual mattress cover, for a better fit. Would require more work and still an elastic casing
- a sheet with elastic casing, but no band. The problem is, this is an oval shaped mattress…

The problem

Apparently I’m the only one with this problem, because I can’t find anything about this on the internet, but I have no clue how to make an elastic casing in a curved/oval bassinet sheet. You can’t -at least not in a neat way- make a rounded casing.

This is what happens if you do. Looks terrible. Yep here the casing is already stitched. Like I said, looks terrible.

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Despite the popular Stokke Sleepi crib that has a oval mattress, I can’t find anything about this on the internet.

With rectangular crib sheets, you cut away the excess of fabric, but an oval shape or round edge would require a lot of notching, but how much?? I’m quite clueless.

I tried attaching the elastic to the serged edge right away, which would have been the perfect solution, but I suck at attaching elastic while holding it stretched. There must be an easier way to make a better crib sheet.

I tried gathering the fabric, but I don’t know how that would help. Still leaves me with the same problem, it still looks messy in the corners.

I should have cut the top of the sheet just straight I think and made the rounded edge as small as possible. Maybe I’m just trying to make it too neat??!

I still want to make another one, after struggling with this problem for a long time. I think I’ll start of with a rectangular shape first and then see how that fits.

All my work on the oval crib sheet did work out in the end, and no one will see the messy elastic casing, but I’m just not satisfied with such imperfection :P. There must be someone with a solution for this!

diy oval mattress bassinet sheet DIY Oval bassinet mattress and crib sheet   help needed

This last picture shows how the permanent mattress cover could have been more snug, although I do admit that the sheet is really quite tight and barely fits.

PS1. The bassinet will not be put in front of the window, don’t worry :)

PS2 This is as much light pink as I can handle :P Haha.

belly30wsmall NestingGuess I really can’t deny this belly anymore ;)

The nesting sewing bug has finally hit me!

Baby, you need to wait a few more weeks to make your entry, I still want to make 25 items, haha.

But I will have time to sew while baby naps, right? Right, right? (Don’t say no, please! So many ideas, so little time).

Here are some things I’ve made the past few weeks:

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Changing Pad cover, pattern from Craftsy class, but same as shown here. Didn’t use my serger this time. Owl was made 3 years ago, my first sewn toy :).

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Changing pad cover number 2. No owls were harmed in the making of this picture!

I may end up making a 3rd, but will then use this tutorial to make the shape a little bit more defined/precise.

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Two nursing covers with boning (Dutch: baleinen), making it stand open and allowing baby to breath and the mother to peek in, while others can’t. These are sold for A LOT of money online ($50+ a piece), but are extremely easy&fast to make and the cost for these two was about $20 total. Fabric is home decor weight (left: Joel Dewberry, right: JoAnn’s).
Tutorial by Sew Much Ado.

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Sew Much Ado’s infant peasant dress (0-3months).

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Serged all the raw edges of these dresses, making them come together pretty quick! :) Btw I like funky serger thread combinations, white is just too boring :).

Now I’m left wondering how big (or small?) these dresses really will be on baby.

Stay tuned for more!

I’m back! ;)

Not sure what happened and why I haven’t knit or sewn much the past few months…oh wait, we were in multiple house bidding wars, finally managed to buy the 7th house, reno-ed the house, moved in…all while being pregnant and tired because of it. Only a few more weeks to go and baby will be here! Jaiks! :)

Here’s a couple of things I’ve made lately. I started these gifts for my little niece in Canada back in February, but only finished them last month. Just didn’t have the time, motivation, energy etc anymore.

baprons Kimia For Kimia

Notice the bump -on the right lower side of the picture- really getting in the way :) Dr Seuss and Dear Stella J’Adore fabric.

baprons Kimia2 For Kimia

skirt dear stella For Kimia

’10 min’ Baby skirt, tutorial here. 10 min…yeah right, took me more like 3 days to figure it out. Serging/overlocking helped a lot. Just wasn’t sure of the size, with giraffe being my only model.

dear stella skirt1 For Kimia

Left a larger amount of elastic (inside the casing) in case it’s too small.

dear stella skirt2 For Kimia

Finicky details, giving the skirt a little bit more pizazz.

The Woolie Ewe, a Dallas yarn shop, went out of business last week, offering 40-70% on the last few days. I still had a generous gift card to spend, here is what I got!

All yarn was flying of the shelves! There were lots of grays and browns left over, but I didn’t know what to make with it. They had some really pretty other yarn, but 40% of $30 a skein is still a lot of money to me, especially if you need more skeins. I got the more affordable yarns for various toy-knitting / home decor projects / I don’t know what’s. I like my colors! :)

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Made this little Doll & Me Apron Set for my 2 year old niece. Pre-serger that is :).
I got the idea in December, started in January, then couldn’t work on it for a couple of months (feeling queasy and not up for any sewing) and had to think about the construction for a little bit. The longer something has been in my head, the harder it is to finish. Finally worked on it and finished it early April.

I used Creating By Cami’s apron tutorial. I wanted something that would fit, but would provide room to grow. This apron is adjustable because of the use of velcro on both the neck strap and the waist strap. While making this I had no clue how big it would be on my niece, so I’m glad it fits well!

Here she is dressed in it :)))

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I did make a mistake in the construction and because there was some time between making the doll apron and the child apron, I made the mistake twice… why don’t I ever make notes… The mistake is most visible in below picture. Should have joined the longest piece of velcro on the inside of the apron, not on the strap, because now it shows as soon as more room is needed. Both times it was too late to adjust it, as I had already pieced the front of the apron and the lining together. I tried handstitching velcro, but man…that sucks, so I gave up. Let’s hope I’ll read these notes :), if I ever make another set.

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I’ve been planning on knitting this reindeer a sweater, but making this picture, made me think I’ll probably sew him/her an outfit!

I used the Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders book for the Child’s Chef’s Hat. It’s adjustable in size as well, but I forgot to take a picture. Here are the instruction pictures from the book. Smart!

Childs Chef Hat One Yard Wonders Doll & Me apron

For the doll version, I just made a smaller size hat and redrafted the apron pattern. For these reasons luckily I have a doll model, which was extremely helpful.

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Oops….it’s been a while since my last blog!
Been busy with lots of other things; maintaining and handing over the local sewing website, lots of house hunting and feeling queasy (doing better now :D).

But I have some really exciting things to show you soon, starting with my new ‘toy’.

bernina430e babylock eclipsedx Babylock Eclipse DX

Pretty duo, don’t you think? ^v^

I had been wanting a serger (= lock machine) for a long time now, but could never justify the purchase, until now! :D. I know I’ll use it loads and loads in the (near) future! I’m so excited!

Despite doubting for a long time, I knew two things; I wanted to buy my machine at a dealer, instead of online (not willing to drive 2hrs to the nearest repair point for internet purchases) and I wanted something worth its money. I hate spending $, $$ or $$$ on something that in the end will only break and disappoint. I’m spoiled with my Bernina 430e and don’t want to buy anything that will only frustrate me.

I was really set on buying the Babylock Lauren, after seeing it 8months ago for a certain price. However, when I got to the store, it was almost twice as expensive as before and I didn’t think the limited features of that model were worth it…

Many people advised me to get the Babylock Imagine, a dream machine, but FAR above my budget. Online I read about a lot of people who got a great deal on it, but my dealer (Babylock is dealer exclusive) wouldn’t budge….I went 3 times to the dealer. In the mean time I had my eyes on the Eclipse DX (model nr: BLE1DX-2). It’s still expensive, but there was a special National Serger Month deal for it. The Eclipse has similar features as the Imagine (jet-air threading amongst others), but no automatic tensions. Automatic tensions sound great, but what if you want to manually adjust something?

So in the end I test drove the Eclipse extensively, took a large variety of (minky) fleece, knits, lace, heavy weight fabric to the store and I didn’t need to change the settings at all! In my eyes that didn’t justify buying the almost twice as expensive Imagine. After approval from the hubby (I hadn’t quite saved up enough myself), I took it home and I really really like it! Should have bought it 1 year ago. This makes sewing so much faster and more fun. The only thing that is a bit of a joke, is the free cover that comes with the Eclipse. Way to go for making it big enough, not….You thought I was gonna un-thread my machine every night? ;)

babylock eclipse testdrive Babylock Eclipse DX Some of the samples I tested in the store. I played around with the settings a bit, so not all of them are perfect for that reason.

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Prior to getting the serger, I had been working on this baby skirt for my 2 month old niece for a couple of days. Frustrating those tiny seams! I used the serger and ta-daaa so much faster!

There is even a special foot to serge and put the elastic in right away, I tried to negotiate it into the purchase deal, but again the dealer wouldn’t budge, aargh haha.

titleCard 188x106 Babylock Eclipse DXEven though the dealer offers free lifetime classes with the purchase of the machine, I started the Craftsy Beginner Serging classes. I’ll probably  sign up for the Craftsy Creative Serging: Beyond the Basics Class as well.

Can’t wait to start making:

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Serger crochet edges! Cute on baby socks!

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Lettuce edge garments. Versatile for any age!

Let’s not forget demonstrating the Jet-Air threading! It’s awesome :).
(start the video at 50 seconds)

Well…., at least Julius is done in time for Xmas 2014 ;)

Free pattern here!

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As one of Santa’s secret aides, he needs his glasses to read everyone’s wish list :)

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