p02jb97w e1424794301931 The Great British Sewing Bee s3The Great British Sewing Bee is back! Oh, how I love this show! :)

Apparently though I seem to have missed the second season…that’s a bummer, as I can’t find it anywhere online…

With a proxy you can watch the third season on the BBC website or else, here on Youtube (the top banner is annoying, but if you watch full screen it’s fine). Happy watching!

I know there is currently a Dutch version of this show on RTL4 (Door het Oog van de Naald), it’s OK (in case my proxy works), but not quite as enjoyable. Also, I’m no saint myself, but there is so much vulgar language in it, it’s quite disturbing. The Great British Sewing Bee: it’s that BBC quality that no other channel can quite deliver!

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I would have liked adding a summary of the things I’ve made in 2014, but that doesn’t make much sense if that means an exact copy paste of my last 10 blog posts :P. I guess adding a baby and renovating a nest to that list, does make it my most productive year ever ;).

Instead of focusing on my lack of sewn items, I’ve made a summary of (more or less) everything I’ve made since 2011. Motivating myself to keep creating, as little as it might be and as slow as it might go. Hoping to one day put my sewing machine, serger, embroidery machine and all those Craftsy classes I signed up for, to good use.

Check my full list of finished projects here.

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With baby girl in my life, it’s a wonder if I have time to make something, so when I do, I don’t necessarily have time to make pictures of blog about it. Here’s a overview of things I’ve made the last couple of months.

Bumble Bee

I finished this bee 2 hours before my water broke! Great timing :).
I added a squeaker insert from this shop to the body.

The pattern is from FrugalHaus.com, but it contains many mistakes.

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Pleather Mary Jane’s

Too bad I only realized after making these that fake leather = pleather = PVC leather or else I would have never made these. Ugh, I thought PVC wasn’t used in consumer products anymore… :-/.

Pattern drafted with help of this tutorial. Getting both to look the same was the hardest part. Also at first they reminded me of unflattering wooden shoes. They never stayed on very well, they kept slipping off, even though I think they were fitted pretty well, so she never wore them that much.

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XXL Changing Mat

Public changing tables are gross. With an transatlantic flight scheduled, I knew I had to make a real big mat so my baby wouldn’t be able to touch anything. The mat is 25×30″ (64x76cm). The back is PUL (polyurethane laminate), so waterproof. Pretty nice, if she decides to soil the mat, which happened more than a few times already.

Let’s not look too long at the crooked front. Not sure how it happened…again.

Tutorial by HowJoyful, although I made the mat bigger.

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Fleece winterhat

A Texas baby visiting the Netherlands needs a warm hat!

Pattern from Fleecefun.com.

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Crib sheets

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Left: 2 yards of Annette Tatum – Suzani Flower, bought from Studio25Fabrics.

Right: 2 yards of  Lizzy House – Catnap

Heart amigurumi

Free pattern here. heart XXL pleather bumblebee

Frog teether clip

Pattern: Frog pacifier clip by Susan B. Anderson

Gift for Vera’s newborn who gifted us beautifully knit booties!

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Dachshund Sam

Pattern: Teckeltje Sam (free) by Stip & Haak

I used lovely DMC Natura 100% cotton for this toy, bought at Boekblad in Maarssen.

I need to find a better way to attach the head as it keeps being ripped off, haha. I made the toy especially to fit a larger rattle insert, only to find out…it didn’t fit. I ended up inserting 2 rattles, so it makes more noise.

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Emergency Diaper Bag

I whipped this up right before our trip, but still need to take pictures!

I would have loved to sew my girl her first Christmas dress, but I just don’t have the time…

I then found this summer dress at a resale shop on clearance for $1.75 (!) and liked the idea of pimping instead of starting from scratch. Ripped off the ‘worn’ ladybug (I never knew these were also called lady birds!) and the sunflowers…

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Looked in my huge ribbon&trim stash, but of course I had nothing that would work…JoAnns was there to help. After finding a pretty combination of 2 trims (for $3.18), I asked the cutting lady how would I sew it onto the dress? “Probably by hand” she said. “That makes sense” I agreed.

Then I went home and turned on my sewing machine and stitched it on! Well…in an ideal world that would have happened the same day but in a baby-world I needed to change a diaper and nurse and change the diaper again :). I have no time for hand sewing. It might be good that I have hardly any time, because it makes for much faster decisions and sewing…and blogging!

Tadaa!

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The black sequin trim looks kind of harsh in the picture, but not in real life!

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Tiny white tights - check!
Black or white cardigan or long sleeve – keeping my eyes open for one.
Cutesie shoes – not sure yet, may have to make them, because no way that I’ll find those for a she’ll-only-wear-those-once price!

sushi shrimp Shrimp Sushi Project: Shrimp Sushi Halloween costume
For: My one-month old to wear to a Halloween party
Pattern: I found the shrimp sushi outfit on Etsy and planned on copying it, but then found a tutorial on the Martha Stewart website.

Materials: A onesie and fleece remnants. Pattern asks for felt, but I like washable things, so I used fleece. onesie 164x188 Shrimp Sushi The pattern uses Heat’nBond, but I sewed everything onto the onesie. I had all the materials in stock, so I didn’t even need to go to JoAnns, yay!

I used a 0-3months onesie, although she still wears newborn size. I took out 3 inches of width (yay for serging), but it’s still way too big. Look at the ridiculous difference in width between newborn size (green) and 0-3 months (white). These are even the same brand. Ugh, how is that every gonna fit a tall ‘skinny’ baby? I foresee a lot of sewing in my future.

Time: With a newborn time is a luxury. I started this costume yesterday (party was today) and she napped for 3 hours, so I was able to pretty much start and finish it. I wanted to add the sushi grass this morning, but she didn’t give me the chance (that’s ok :)).

Tradition: I hope to start a tradition and sew my baby a Halloween costume every year :).

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Some things I’ve made lately!

Mochi rattle

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smc select solavita 188x188 More nestingThe Ravelry pattern is called Bunny ?, however this doesn’t really remind me of a bunny, just a cute Japanese character.

I added a small rattle insert to the head, bought from the While She Naps Etsy shop.

The yarn is the gorgeous SMC Select Solavita in Lagoon, bought last year at Hill Country Weavers in Austin.

Spikey has been so affectionate lately that I let him test (read: look at) the rattle for a while.

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Baby hats

Made a bunch of baby hats and no-scratch mittens. Wasn’t sure about the sizing so I made 2 different sizes. The baby hat tutorial is from Makeit-Loveit. I can’t find the mittens pattern anymore, but the instructions were very incomplete anyway, so I winged it as best as possible. I used extra soft baby elastic.
The hats are made entirely on the serger, the mittens are a mix between sewing machine and serger.

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Heart garland

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I made this heart garland about 6 weeks ago for my baby’s Panda Warmer. What is a Panda Warmer, you’ll say…well this! A hospital bassinet :). The tutorial for the heart garland (great craft for kids because you can use staples instead of a sewing machine) is by Betz White and can be found here.

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Bath apron

I saw this little idea on the web, to make a terry cloth apron for baby out of a store-bought towel. Seems like a good way to dry a slippery baby :). I didn’t use a tutorial, just used my own kitchen apron as a pattern. Excuse my lazy preggers outfit :)

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Monster quilt McCalls M6411

I started this monster play quilt 10 weeks ago. Don’t think I’ll be able to finish it before baby comes. I put it away while cleaning the house. Choosing the colors is the hardest part :).

I’m adding crinkly plastic and using mostly minky fleece.

These guys still need mouths:

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Baprons

Cut plenty of baprons in March and finished the ones for Kimia and these too for myself, but never got to posting them. I still have quite a few cut, waiting to be finished. These are about 80% of the original pattern so a 2-3months old baby should be able to wear them (while drinking from a bottle or something).

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Remember this squash? And Spike’s headless friend? Well, I finished him!

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It was the second knitting project I ever started (ambitious eh), but I lost interest more than a few times during the project. It nearly took me 2 years to finish him. I worked on him on and off, while knitting/crocheting 35 other things in the mean time.

The Not So Itty Bitty Giraffe (pattern by Susan B. Anderson) is huge!

(I made a second bassinet sheet too, I like the tiny stars :))

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The dumbest thing I did was never write down which size needles I had used, therefore the gauge of this project is all over the place. I used so many different needles, I think…The legs are more firm than the body etc. Bit silly of me! I have to remind myself to always enter the needle size on Ravelry! It’s so easy…

The thing I was most uncertain about was the face. I tried different faces (from creepy to sleepy), as I never liked the original sleepy face, but nothing worked out. I added a mouth, tried to make him smile as much as possible through his sleepy eyes and now I’m quite pleased with his look!

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from creepy to sleepy

Nov 5, 2012 – Started the giraffe

Nov 13, 2012 – Finished the body, woah, definitely a lot more work than I thought!

Nov 16, 2012 – Finished the head within a few hours!

July 11, 2013 – Time to finish the giraffe! Working on the legs! Frogged the head.

April 27, 2014 – Reknitting the head

May 29th, 2014 – Attaching the head, ears, tail. Also trying different faces, not convinced by any of them.

Late August/September 2014 – Rethinking the face. Guess I’m going with the sleepy look after all!

September 4, 2014 – Finishing the last few spots, made pictures. These btw are my first pictures shot in RAW. We got a Photoshop and Lightroom membership too to really improve our pictures.

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