My family is wonderful. Really. They annoy the heck out of me, but they do fabulous things like give me bags of vintage fabric from estate sales. In one of the recent bags, there were all these fun plaid shirt weight fabrics I have a little guy who is skinny, but long, so pants are a struggle-- thank heavens for summer and shorts, I can just chop off all the too-short pants and make them into board shorts-- so I decided to use some of the plaids for making him some lightweight pants.
I have the book Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner that has a really cute pant pattern in it that I've been wanting to try, so yesterday, after finding a ridiculously cute remnant fabric with whales all over it, I cut out the pattern pieces and went to town making the wee man some pants.
I think they turned out really well. I love how the fabrics coordinate and that they are reversible. On the side with the whale print as the main fabric, I added a plain black cuff, as I didn't want upside-down whales when I folded up the cuffs on the other side. I also used 3/4 inch elastic in the waistband instead of the recommended 1/2 inch, as that was what I had on hand. Other than that, I made no changes to the pattern.
Whale side (uncuffed so you can see the black part at the bottom):
This was a really quick and easy pattern, and I would have finished it in a couple of hours if I hadn't been sewing them only during baby naps. And I think he will be able to keep wearing them for a while since they are made long so as to be cuffed. He'll be able to wear them this fall without the fold-over-- especially since he's skinny.
I've gotten tired of trying to remember to grab everything I need for a walk with my little one. I've also gotten tired of having to lug the diaper bag or transfer all the crap I tote about into my purse. I also found a remnant of a fun fabric that I really wanted to use right away (totally weird for me, but I had a major crush on this fabric) and a ton of coordinating bits at home, so I found a pattern and started chopping away! Here is the result:
The navy print fabric is the one of crushes. There was also the least of that one, so I had to be strategic about using it.
Here is a close up:
The ric rac separates the front pocket into two pockets. It also serves the purpose of masking a seam where I needed more length of that orange swirl fabric. I had enough... just not all in one piece of the right size. Creative sewing.
It has side pockets that I'm sure are supposed to hold baby's things, but which will likely hold a water bottle or travel mug for mama, and a pacifier fob:
And seriously, look at all that real estate! I can load groceries in this thing!
It's held onto the stroller with snaps, so it's easy to take off and wash, as I will inevitably spill coffee on it.
Some notes on the pattern. There is an error in step 5. If you decide to do this pattern and can't figure out the error, send me a message, and I'll let you know so you can avoid the seam ripper. Also, I made the bag 15x15 instead of 18x15, as I just have a tiny umbrella stroller. It was an easy adjustment, just change all the 18 inch pieces to 15 inches. Finally, I wish I would have thought to put some batting into the straps that attach the bag to the stroller. It seems a bit flimsy, but we'll see how they hold up. The nice thing about homemade... you can just fix it if it doesn't work the first time around.
I'm not one for big knitting projects, usually, but with a baby on the way this fall, I'm feeling the maternal need to make cute things for said offspring. So, I knitted a pair of pants.
They're done in Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme Batik in the Farmer's Market color. The yarn is so plush and soft, but it shed like crazy! I'm going to be vacuuming up red fluff for weeks. The pattern is from Ravelry and is the Baby Bell Bottoms pattern by Allison Hansel. I would rank it an intermediate project, despite it being pretty much only stockinette stitch and seed stitch. The legs are done one at a time and then joined at the hip and continued knitting, which may be a bit confusing. The seaming of the legs and crotch is also a bit tricky, so you want to make sure you have experience with seaming. There are also a lot of ends to weave in, so takes some patience.
I found an awesome bassinet at a garage sale last month for only $10. It's gorgeous, vintage, wicker, and perfect for my future little bundle. Only problem is, there's no way to buy bassinet sheets for it. Good thing I can sew! Here are the sheets I've made so far...
This one is a yellow minky-type fabric. I have no idea when or why I bought it, but I found it in my stash, so figured I'd use it. Since the babe is due in November, it will be nice and cozy for him or her.
And this pretty one is flannel. It actually turned out much better than the yellow one. I was sort of guessing on my measurements for the yellow, so it ended up a little too long, and not quite wide enough, so I had to add a little "buckle" to go underneath the mattress to hold the sides down on the yellow one. I figured out the sizing for the second one, so it fits perfectly.
For the Creepy Cute Swap, I made my first attempt at a clutch purse, which also involved my first attempt at sewing with fake fur and the first use of magnetic snaps. I decided to make a monster clutch, and after some initial sketches, I raided my stash for the random black fur that I bought on remnant probably 2 years ago. I'm sure there was a reason and I wasn't just craft-store-crazy. Right.
Anyway, I also found some cute fat quarters that someone gave me at one point in time, that matched the felt I wanted to use for his eyes. I probably should have used some stabilizer to make him a little more solid on the back and inside front, but I'll know that for next time. For a first try, He turned out pretty well:
A view of the magnetic snaps:
And the liner fabric. I didn't have enough of one, but because it was a fat quarter bundle, there were two which were very similar.
Any suggestions on what to use for stabilizer for future clutch projects?
For the 80's Cartoon Swap, I made some Rainbow Brite gloves for my partner.
I did find a pattern, and used that as a general guide, but altered it quite intensely! The main thing I took from the pattern was to knit the wrist section of the gauntlets inside out, since I would be knitting more rows than purling, it helped to get the "bubbly" look without making me crazy by having to purl that many rows consistently.
Once I was done with the wrist section, it was time to turn it right side out:
The seams where I switched between needles were a little wonky, so I had to even those out later on. Not too bad, though. I love how the "bubble" effect turned out. Totally 80's! I did a slightly muted version of the red and yellow, as my partner was not big on 'warm' color tones, so I didn't want them to be too overwhelming. I also thought the pinker tone looked better next to the purple.
Then I knit the hand of the glove. Pretty standard:
The original pattern had a colorwork star on the back of the hand, but I both HATE color work and thought the star looked a little weird, so I decided to do the gloves without the star and to sew on a felt version after the fact:
It just so happened that I had a star shaped cookie cutter that was exactly the right size! Sewed them on with blanket stitch (my fave) so that there was a little bit of give and the back of the hand could still stretch out.
I think they turned out AMAZING! I already have three people asking for a pair for themselves!
(P.S. I found the pattern on Ravelry by searching Rainbow Brite if you are interested.)
I found the project instructions on Ravelry, but did have to adjust the pattern a bit based on the materials that I had on hand. The bottle caps are pretty quick to crochet over and I found it to be a nice, easy project to work on while watching t.v. after work.
I also found that having a cool beverage was quite nice inspiration during the process, since I was recycling the caps from my bottles.
Funny enough, in that last picture, you can see a photo on the book shelf of my grandma who was my inspiration for learning how to crochet. She would have enjoyed this project, I think.
I made these two little friends for some co-workers with collections. They are felt, no pattern, just eye-balled. I think they enjoy living in my house, and am pretty sad to see them go. Here are the pics:
Here are the two of them. Mr. Gnomie and the Owlet. They are very good friends so far.
Mr. Gnomie's hat is free-form embroidered with chain stitch and has french knot eyes. The buttons are some beads reconned off a crazy necklace I got at a garage sale for cheap beads.
Owlet has spots embroidered in chain stitch on his belly. The eyes are buttons... I love when I happen to have two sets of buttons that are exactly the right size and color! The little leaves are on there because I thought he looked a little spare. You can't really see it in the picture, but there is a little vine dangling from the leaves done in stem stitch.
I'm a noob to the embroidery, so any comments and feedback/tips are much appreciated. I realized after the fact that onesie material is not the best material for learning, but it didn't turn out too bad, so I was relieved. I embroidered on top of the applique material and a bit outside. I was not sure what stitch to use to do the letters, and I had a little problem with the fabric tearing a bit, so my back stitch is a bit messed up. Back stitched around the birdie, and if you can see it, I embroidered a little wing for him. The plume is stem stitch.
Here is the whole onesie. It is from the thrift store, and I dyed it. It was supposed to turn out teal, but you never know what you're going to get fabric wise, so this one turned out sort of a light greyish teal with brighter accenting around the legs and neck. Always an adventure!