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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby carrier sucking pads on: October 25, 2010 03:46:48 PM
First off, sorry if this is in the wrong area, I couldn't for the life of me figure out where this should go (feel free to move it, powers-that-be)! I recently bought a new baby carrier (an Ergo), and I noticed they sold little pads for the straps for the baby to suck on. Brilliant! Except... $14? Bah! Never mind that this is like 1/10th of the price of the carrier, but somehow I was outraged enough to make some myself!

Here they are strapped to the carrier... The ribbon is to attach toys to. I wanted to put a D ring on it but I didn't have one handy.

I just used some cotton fabric I had (it was quilting fabric, I have no idea if that makes a difference) with a piece of a hand towel in the middle plus some velcro.  They're reversible!

If you ever get a carrier for yourself I highly recommend pads. Babies LOVE to suck on the straps. My old carrier's straps got totally stained by apparently (gross, sorry) him spitting up a little sweet potato on it and then mashing it in. I swear though that's not why I got a new one-- I had a mei-tai style carrier which was great except my baby is enormous and the back position really wasn't giving me enough support to be comfortable. The Ergo works great though!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Upcycled man's button up shirt and purse (plus hat) on: October 25, 2010 03:23:03 PM
That is so beautiful!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First quilt. Lessons learned! on: October 25, 2010 02:49:35 PM
Ha! Thanks all for all the kind comments, they are very encouraging! Cheesy

I forgot to explain the weird mini columns on the sides-- for some reason I thought it was going to be too narrow after I pieced it together and added the strips. After I did that, I thought the back would be too narrow as well and then added a vertical strip on each side to that as well. Turns out that I probably didn't need it. The back strips ended up being cut away as excess and only 1 cm of the front ones are visible. Whoops! I ended up measuring twice and cutting... like three times. Grin

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: batman apron on: October 25, 2010 02:33:24 PM
Wow I LOVE this! I'm a huge Batman fan and this is just too cute! Cheesy
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Whimsy Baby Quilt on: October 25, 2010 11:33:58 AM
I love those points! I'll have to make one for my baby, he'd go nuts for it. Great work!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: I finished my own Muppet Quilt on: October 25, 2010 11:18:35 AM
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First quilt. Lessons learned! on: October 25, 2010 11:07:45 AM
So my grandma gave me one of her old sewing machines and naturally I decided I'll make quilts for everyone. Little did I know how tricky they can be! I made a crinkly baby tag toy as practice (I'd never used a machine prior) before starting this quilt and let me say... I should have practiced more! Ha!  Cheesy

I had looked at some fabrics online, and wandered into my local quilting shop. I completely panicked once there because they didn't have any of the lines I was looking for. So I picked the only "jelly roll" they had and some brown and yellow fabrics to match it. Unfortunately the woman at the shop was totally unhelpful and only reinforced my panic. I ended up buying too little fabric under her instruction and she wouldn't sell me batting (I think she was maybe not a regular worker at the shop and didn't know how to cut it, but still!). I had a simple block with strips from the jelly roll idea in mind for a crib size quilt for my son, but these were not the colors I had planned and I was worried they looked too '70s. So I made up this pattern with little appliqud owls. Still looks kind of '70s but... too late.

The owls have faces painted on with fabric paint.

The quilting itself is a disaster. When people say to pin the layers together carefully... brother, they mean it! It's bunched all randomly and I probably shouldn't have quilted in that pattern. I started out by doing lines but figured that would take too long and this pattern was the result. I thought I should do a little more so I also quilted in a zig zag around the owls because I thought it would look cute if you saw owl stitching outlines on the back. I should have either done it by hand or way more carefully at least because they look really bad. And then for some reason I decided to do little embroidery circles in the brown blocks (not that I know how to embroider either, whoops).  Huh

The back. I had to do random pieces because I was too short on fabric to do what I originally wanted, and was too intimidated to go back to the store for more, and ended up using whatever. The orange piece was being saved for something for myself (sob) but I actually like how it looks.

In the end, sorry to my son for a crappy quilt, but it looks like he forgives me. I swear my next one will be better! My quilt in progress at the moment is one for our king sized bed. Good thing I started small! Grin

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: I finished my own Muppet Quilt on: September 24, 2010 12:04:14 PM
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Totoro Baby Quilt on: July 10, 2010 06:23:41 PM
Adorable! This rocks!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Tan, Pink, WoW, & Pooh [for swap] on: October 22, 2009 02:40:59 AM
Those are so great looking. The WoW stuff is hilarious, I have to start working on some of that for our future son at the request of my husband. Smiley
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