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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Recycled waffle-knit sleep sacks on: January 10, 2013 11:37:48 AM
XXL adult size shirts, the largest I could find. 

We swaddled in regular swaddling blankets for a long time, but once they outgrow swaddling, sleep sacks are still nice.  There is theoretically a reduced risk of suffocation (and SIDS) since a baby is not wiggling all over and moving loose blankets around.  Even though my kids are past the SIDS high-risk age, we're still using sleep sacks since I don't think they'd keep blankets on all night.  This way I know they're warm! 
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Recycled waffle-knit sleep sacks on: January 08, 2013 06:02:58 PM
My kids are a year old (20lbs), and needed a "large" sleep sack. I brought the largest shirts I could find: XXL. For smaller babies, you can use smaller shirts.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Recycled waffle-knit sleep sacks on: January 08, 2013 06:46:51 AM
So it's getting cold, and babies aren't supposed to use blankets. 

Hmm...$22 each for polyester fleece sleep sacks...or $2.50 for two cotton waffle-knit shirts from Salvation Army + $2 for two 22" zippers = these awesome snuggly sleep sacks?



They were just basic waffle-knit shirts to begin with.  I traced a sleep sack for the shape, bound the armholes in bias tape, and used the zipper on the bottom, not up the front, for ease.  That way I could use the original neckhole, and churn two of these bad boys out in an evening.  They're super soft and cuddly. 

I have two wool sweaters awaiting the same treatment.
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / A window upgrade on: December 28, 2012 07:38:29 PM
We've lived in this house for almost 4 years, lived with Venetian blinds in various states of dysfunction.  Some tilt, but don't raise; others raise, but don't tilt.  All are dusty, loud, and hideous  They have received a stay of execution only because they provide the basest level of privacy. 

Until now.  I purchased fabric at JoAnn (with copious couponage) back in July, and DH gave me a year to complete all 6 targeted windows (3 in our bedroom, 3 in the living room).  He was being generous.  We laughed.  It's December, and I just finished the first one. 

Hey, I have twin babies.  Things take a while.  But on Christmas Eve, we mounted the first of what (I hope) will be many new window treatments.  Behold, the before, in all of its ugliness:



Behold, the after, a Roman shade, only slightly crooked.  When I asked DH if he thought it would be okay to "cheat" a bit and only use 24 rings instead of the recommended 48, he bade me look at what was currently covering the window.  Anything would be an improvement, and I hope you'll agree that this is a vast improvement. 



Hopefully just the beginning of many such improvements. 
15  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Mobile app? on: December 12, 2012 08:23:03 AM
Are there plans to make a Craftster mobile app? I woud be on here so much more if there were an iPad-friendly version. Everything has an app these days, where's the Craftster one?
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Monster Butt pants on: November 22, 2012 11:52:59 AM
If you're still looking for a pattern there's a free multi-size pattern with an E-book with lots of pictures (but German description) at http://www.roswithapax.de/monkeypants
I always wanted to try this for my daughter, but I'll wait till she starts to crawl Smiley

I"m on it.  Just give me a few nap-times' worth of time, and I'll have it.  Awesome pattern.  Just what I've been looking for, and great for cloth-diapered big butts!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Beginning Sewing: Easy to Sew Top on: November 15, 2012 11:17:52 AM
Firstly, you did a great job.  The top is super cute!

You're probably right about the interfacing for the yoke.  Usually it's attached only to one side (lining or outside).  Interfacing comes in different weights.  For all projects, you have to decide what effect you need.  I usually have a generic "lightweight", but even that comes in different varieties, such as woven, non-woven (I hate this stuff), fusible, and non-fusible.  Some patterns specify you're supposed to trim away the seam allowances of the interfaced pieces, so it won't get caught in the seam.  Others don't.  It will add bulk. 

Exposed seams on the inside don't have to be finished.  If I'm making a gift, I might try to finish them, but usually, if it's for me, I don't bother.  There are a couple of ways to finish inside seams if you want.  You can zigzag over the edges, which will catch some fraying.  If you have a serger, that's the easiest way.  You could also tuck the seam allowance into itself, iron it down, and stitch it down.  Tedious.  And very pretty.  French seams seek to avoid this problem altogether.  Or, when you have a fabric that doesn't fray so much, just leave it be.  Or, you can take pinking shears to the raw edges.  Super easy. 
18  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A veggie patch on: November 15, 2012 09:37:34 AM
Being a parent of twin babies, I missed the chance to submit these to the Craftster Challenge this month.  It's hard enough to find time to make Halloween costumes, let alone photograph them, upload said photos, and post them. 

But I did it!  (if a little late).  At least the costumes were done on time!

Peas and carrots:


Stinker little boy, smiling because he pulled a Halloween sock off:


And sweet little girl, unsure if she will tolerate the hat.


The costumes were based on ones I saw on Etsy, but didn't want to pay $135 for.  They're basically polar fleece tubes with loose elastic at the neck.  Little boy is wearing pants made from the sleeves of an old shirt of mine. Little girl's tights were store-bought.  The hats are lined so they can wear them all winter, and they're based on this snow pixie hat, yet I modified the shape and construction to meet my needs: http://sewliberated.typepad.com/sew_liberated/2010/12/the-snow-pixie-hat-tutorial.html
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby cardis and hats on: November 15, 2012 08:07:00 AM
I know I posted these pre-baby, but I don't think I ever got around to posting pictures of my actual live children wearing the sweaters I knit when I was deep into maternal nesting pregnancy insanity. 

The "newborn" size fit them when they were about 3 months.  This was our standard go-to outer wear, actually.  The stretchy knit fabric made it much easier to dress them for outings than little fleece jackets.  Plus, I knew it was warm, being Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Chunky. 

My son:


My daughter:


A friend crocheted the flower for her hat.  It's a 3-D daffodil. 

These were my first knit sweaters ever!  I wish I had time to make them the 12 month size this winter... Tongue
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Baby headband bauble on: August 18, 2012 12:44:15 PM
So, I have 8 month old boy/girl twins, and people are always asking if they're identical.  Clearly, they're not; they look nothing alike, and even if they did, they're BOY/GIRL twins.  My daughter has the most amazing eyelashes, but is bald.  My son has much more hair than she does. So even if she looks like a girl in every fiber of her being, people see No Hair, and think BOY.  I don't always help them out by dressing her in whatever I feel like (read: anything but pink).  On one fine day in June, however, I decided to help out the errant passerby, and I crafted her a huge honking flower/bow thing to attach to a headband.  It sure ain't pink, but I think it fairly screams, "GIRL!"

It was admittedly a bit heavy, but cute nonetheless.



Doesn't she look chuffed to be wearing it?
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