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Some things I’ve made lately!

Mochi rattle

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smc-select-solavitaThe 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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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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belly30wsmallGuess 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.

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

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’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.

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

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

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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!

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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’.

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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!

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Christmas home decor

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I didn’t have any red invisible zippers, but I think the white turned out cute!

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Above pillow was refashioned from this $2.92 shabby interesting sweater.

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Christmas gifts

for myself :). Pattern here.

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a tiny gnome for my grandma. I used the tiny Santa pattern for this with mods suggested by a fellow Ravelry user.
I added a mouth similar to tiny Santa’s mouth after taking the pictures.

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Mr. Snowman was made in 2011, but it illustrates perfectly how tiny gnome is.

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my own Santa corsage, carefully looked after by Spike

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A lost pumpkin (forgot to take a picture of him during the appropriate season). Free pattern here. It comes with instructions for arms and legs, but I refrained from adding these, I like them on other people’s creations, but it just didn’t work for my Russet the Pumpkin.

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Freestanding machine embroidered lace reindeer for my secret Santa. I got this pattern from Urbanthreads.com. Love this site. Lots of machine embroidery sites are somewhat dull/oldfashioned, but this one has fun designs. I got this pattern for $1.50 during the Thanksgiving sale.

The mini brads still needed to be added at this point.

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Rinsing out the water-soluble stabilizer! The trick to making freestanding lace!

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Several baprons for 3 precious newborns

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