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251  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Split Pea Baby Bunting (several pics) on: November 23, 2005 09:35:26 AM
Does a baby bunting count as clothing, or should I have posted this in the baby gifts area?? 
Here's my first split-pea-soup-colored bunting I just finished last night for my little guy (who really is long, but not nearly as long as the bunting)- It's by far the most difficult thing I've ever made, and am so proud of myself I just had to share it with you:

There's my sewing "helper", LB (Little Bit, the 16-pound cat).
Here's a close-up of the hood, which gave me the most difficulty:

I used a Kwik-Sew pattern, which had great instructions, but for the life of me couldn't make sense of the picture for putting the hood on!  How simple is that supposed to be...
Close-up of the front half-way lined zippered part:

This is the little slit that the seat belt is supposed to go through, but if you make one yourself I would suggest making the slit wider than you might think...  otherwise it's like coaxing a whale through a hula hoop to get the baby buckled...

So what do you think???
252  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: my baby shower gifts on: November 16, 2005 07:44:35 AM
Those are soooo cute!  I love the little pompom on the hat especially.
253  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Baby Bather- easy to make, great gift on: November 16, 2005 07:39:47 AM
Thanks for the comments chattyKathi and Julieko! 
To chattyKathi:  I wonder if your Mom's beach coat is at all similar to a bathrobe I made for my son from a towel (from an old pattern I saw somewhere online... I would LOVE to give credit but can't remember the site!!):


To Julieko:
I'll post pics the next time my little guy takes a *decent* nap and I figure out how to do a tutorial, but here's the basic outline of how to make a bather:  You could probably do this by hand, just make sure you have a good thimble or something...
Supplies:
One good size bath towel (can be as long as you are, but not much longer or you'll trip)
One small washcloth (or half of one large washcloth)
One package of Extra-Wide Double Fold hem tape* to match/contrast with the towel
Thread
Scissors
Something to mark the towel with (doesn't have to be a fabric marker; it will eventually be covered completely- I use a sharpie)


*One note about the hem tape:  I only use this because I'm lazy and don't take the time to use good-looking fabric, so if you actually know how to sew binding-type stuff on, you could use fabric scraps instead.

Step 1:  Making the head hole
If your towel has a border on the short ends, make sure your head hole doesn't go into it.  If you want a V-necked bather, you can just draw the shape right onto the towel and then cut it out.  For a circular-shape (what I find is the easiest to do), lay the towel out flat, then fold the top flap (short edge) down so that there is about 5 inches or so between the fold and the start of the border (if no border, give at least 10 inches between fold and towel edge).  Then pick up the towel by the fold, and fold the LONG edges together (with the first flap on the outside).  Now you can cut an arc around the point (about 3 or 4 inches away).  Unfold and you should have a circular head hole!  This is messy, BTW, so I would keep a lint roller or some tape handy to pick up the little towel-bits...

Step 2:  Putting hem tape on the head hole
I'm not sure how to describe this very well, but I don't measure out the hem tape or anything.  I just start with the tape right out of the package (and stuff the rest of the package in my shirt to keep it out of the way) and apply it to the head hole, starting where the hole is closest to what will be the back of the bather.  Go all the way around the head hole and overlap the hem tape a little (trim off excess hem tape).  Keep the rest of the hem tape handy for your apron strings.

Step 3:  Putting on the apron strings
Cut the remaining hem tape into one long piece the same length as the long side of your towel.  Then cut that piece in half.  At this point I put the bather on and figure out where I want my strings to go, but if you have your hair done up and don't want to risk it, just attach them at about the halfway point on each side- using a pen to mark where that is.  I like to put my strings a little higher than the midpoint because then I can wrap more of the towel around the baby while holding him.  I also like to sew the hem tape shut, but I've made them both ways (open and shut) and who really looks at the strings anyways??  Voila!  Now you're done unless you want to add a pocket.

Step 4:  Adding a pocket if you want one (or ten)
Use an entire small washcloth or a large washcloth cut in half or whatever shape you want- just be sure to finish the cut edge with some hem tape.  Yes, I'm obsessed with the stuff.   Roll Eyes  Then figure out where you want the pocket and sew it on.  For mine, I place the pocket so that the top edge is just about (or a littler higher than) where the apron strings are attached.  This way the pocket doesn't sag open when the bather's on.   


If you want your bather to be reversible, I would suggest leaving the pocket off entirely (otherwise you might feel weird wearing a towel "inside-out"). 
Please let me know if this makes sense!!!!  Especially if there's a specific part you would like pics of!!
254  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: button up shirt to corset style top! on: November 14, 2005 08:17:06 AM
OMG!  That's awesome!  I love corset tops, but don't have a clue how to make them (until now!).  How did you make the holes for the ribbon/laces to go through??
255  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Sewing Machine Dive: Has YOUR Machine(s) Tried to Kill Itself? on: November 11, 2005 10:31:39 AM
Whoa!  Glad the machine AND the dog both survived!
My machine (a gift from my mother, or should I say my mother's 30-year-old my-God-I-can't-deal-with-this-piece-of-crap-anymore-I've-bought-a-new-one-just-take-it gift) looks beautiful on the outside- you know, lots of tape and nail polish marking who knows what.  I have no idea how the insides work, though, and have only been using it for a few months.  On my first serious project (a pillowcase or something) the machine started making this awful grinding sound.  Of course, stupidly, I kept sewing, and then it sounded like a gunshot went off... the darn bobbin had launched itself out of its casing right about the same time my needle snapped (I still have no idea why) and went flying. 
So I called my mother to see what the hell was going on, and she drove over an hour just to take a look.  Turns out I had been threading the needle totally wrong, and she had no idea how the thing was even working!  I'm amazed that machine works at all for me...
256  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: machine embroidered pro breastfeeding bib and burp cloth on: November 11, 2005 07:24:12 AM
I love the pumping slogan!! Cool  Do you know if you'll be putting it on anything you're making yet?  I shouldn't say I was entirely UTBF- I did pump for a while and remember the "horns"! 
This is a probably simple question, but one I've always wondered about embroidery machines- with the writing you have at an angle on these two pieces, did you have to emb. a second time??  Or can the machine do the entire design all at once? 
257  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: machine embroidered pro breastfeeding bib and burp cloth on: November 10, 2005 01:55:20 PM
Those are hilarious!!! And way cute.  As a mama who was devastated when I was unable to breastfeed, that burp cloth and bib STILL crack me up.  I don't know if you want to stay in the funny vein or not, but I've always liked the saying "Skin to skin and heart to heart".  I love your burp cloth especially- you've inspired me to make some of my cloth diapers decorated burpers with the rickrack edging!   
258  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Bather- easy to make, great gift- Now with How-To!! (scroll down) on: November 10, 2005 01:42:05 PM
I haven't seen anything like this on the boards so far, but I'm new and might have (probably) missed something...  I started making these as baby shower gifts after coming up with the design for my little guy (we have NO counter space and thus nowhere to put a towel when we bathed him in the sink).  My son's big enough for the tub now, and this is still a great help.  You can fold the bottom up and around the baby after you pull him/her out of the water, too!  I of course got all excited about maybe selling the thing, then saw something similar in a baby magazine a few months later... you know how that goes...  turns out the idea's not as original as I thought!!  Hope you enjoy- I'm glad to give instructions if anyone wants them. 

Yes, this was actually a TRIPLE baby shower...  no way could I afford three different gifts.  The bather-thingy's pretty much just a towel with a head-hole in it and some hem tape (sewn shut) for the apron strings.  The pockets in the front are made out of washcloths, and then stuffed with more little washcloths (since I bought them in a discount pack, there were plenty extras).  Thanks for looking!!!
259  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Newbie with a new bag on: November 10, 2005 11:18:13 AM
Thanks for the kind comments!!
I made the bag itself first, then realized I could use the magnets, so I sewed three sides of a little rectangle of fabric to the back of the flowered flap, then slid the magnet in and sewed the fourth side.  Then I did the same thing to the inside of the bag.  The magnets are pretty strong, so I lucked out with all of the extra fabric in between them- now they come apart much more easily without ripping (i.e. so much fabric it wouldn't have stuck at all if I'd just used my fridge magnets...  Smiley ). 
260  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Newbie with a new bag on: November 10, 2005 08:42:59 AM
I just finished this bag- a little too big for me to use as a purse (what I started out making- if I'd measured I would have know how big it would've been!), so it's now my diaper bag.  I used two old nametag magnets to get the flap to stay down.  I didn't have enough of one fabric to do the lining, so it's made from different fabrics in a fat quarter bundle.  Wink



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