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…

baby dress refashion before Refashioned baby dress

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!

baby dress refashion after Refashioned baby dress

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

baby dress refashion after 2 Refashioned baby dress

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 :).

shrimp sushi costume1 Shrimp Sushi Shrimp sushi with wasabi and ginger

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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!

not so itty bitty giraffe1 Not So Itty Bitty Giraffe

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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octopus Little squid

Pattern: Inktvisje voor couveusekindjes. Click here for the pattern in English. Even though the pattern says squid, I think officially this is an octopus, but who cares :).

This pattern is from a big Dutch/Swedish/Danish preemie charity project.

The tentacles are great for premature born babies/hospitalized newborns as they remind them of the umbilical cord and prevent them from pulling out their tubes/IV.

Yarn: Non-pilling 100% cotton yarn is required (not the cheap kind), as short fibre yarn can be inhaled by preemies and their lungs are still vulnerable. Despite my ginormous yarn stash, the only thing I didn’t have was 100% cotton, of course!

I didn’t want to get my yarn at Michaels (that would qualify as cheap I think) and since the yarn store in Plano closed and the drive to Dallas would have been too far, I ordered my yarn from an Etsy shop in Scotland. Scotland, TX that is! Ha :).

I got Rowan Handknit Cotton in Mango Fool (‘dark yellow’) and DK Cotton in Gerba (‘purple’).

Time spent: Started on September 2nd, finished on September 3rd. Yay! I  cant imagine making more than one though, I didn’t enjoy making the tentacles at all…

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

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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!

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