Thread Thursday: Tiny Frogs

 

Wait, it is already Friday and I forgot to post my Thursday post. Yikes.
Well, better late than never 🙂 And the same goes for the little onesie I made.
Months ago I started cutting the pieces for this adorable little wrap onesie and now I finally finished it. As expected it is now too small for my baby to wear 🙁
But that is ok, as I have multiple friends who are pregnant or have younger babies.
I used the fabric of a pajama pants my friend didn’t want anymore.
Unfortunately, I cannot give you the link to the pattern because the site seems to be gone.

Now that the weather is getting more fall-like, I am working on a crochet sweater for my little one.
I got my hands on some nice merino wool in great off white and blue. I likely have it done for next week’s post.

Sunday Impressions – When in doubt: flowers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This weekend, I did not take any pictures so I dug out a bunch of flower pictures for you to look at as my Sunday Impressions. It also reminded me how great the Chinese Lights festival was, and that I want to go this year again.

Somehow, I ended up with new yarn just as I am decluttering my sewing room. Decluttering craft supplies is the hardest decluttering there is.
At least for me. I need to allocate them to concrete projects and come up with a deadline of how long I can sit on them before they have to go.
I think 2 years should be my deadline for now.
I think I will do a few more projects now that it starts to get colder again. Summer is not a good season for craft projects. They are far more important for the cold months.
Especially up here, where we get so little Summer time, we have to use every minute of it.
This weekend seems to be a little preview of fall with rain and brown leaves. All around a gloomy weekend but filled with fun activities.
And I noticed, I am not ready for fall yet, although I am looking forward to it.
This fall is going to be a lot of mixed feelings. I wonder if that is the reason some ideas cropped up.
I want to do some cabin travel next year, do more drawing and painting and restart my poetry.
Oh, and I do have a Thursday threads post for you this week, so stay tuned.

Thread Thursday 7: I’m back with a bonnet

Yes it is happening. Thread Thursday is back!!!
Summer is almost over again, and I don’t know how. The weeks seem to just fly by.
But I am picking up sewing again.
My little one needed a sun hat, because her current one is almost too small and otherwise we only have warm hats. So I printed a bonnet pattern and whipped up this little beauty from some quilting squares on Monday. It’s just plain cotton fabric, but I made it reversible.
You can get the pattern right here: Sun Bonnet Pattern
And there is also a tutorial from PurlSoho.
Here is my step by step process. I did a few tweaks.

Materials

  • ¼ yard  of the outer fabric
  • ¼ yard of the inner fabric
  • ¼ yard Interfacing
  • Thread
  • Bias tape maker (optional – I just used the iron)
  • Pattern (see above)

Step by Step

First of all, the size I used did not match with the actual age of my daughter. This is usually my issue with patterns. They are sized in months but that does not account for babies being all over the place in size at different months and my baby being pretty tiny. That is why I love patterns that are based on centimeters or inches better.
Anyways, I measured her head circumference and took the pattern where the side piece width was about 1/4th of that. I ended up using the 0-3 month pattern and she is 6 months old 😀

I cut out the pieces of the pattern per instruction. I also cut out a rectangle for the back of the head from each fabric. Here are the dimensions based on size.
0-3 (3-6, 6-12, 12-18, 18-24) months: 3 ½ by 9 ½ (3 ½ by 10 ¼, 3 ¾ by 11 ¼, 3 ¾ by 12 ½, 3 ¾ by 12 ¾)–inch rectangle from both the outer and inner fabric.

Then I cut a rectangle from the pink fabric 1 1/8 inch wide and 12 inches long for the ties. You could use either fabric but if you don’t do it reversible then use the outer fabric. The longer you cut the rectangles, the longer the Ties will be.

Different than the pattern I did the visor first. I just felt this would be easier later.
I layered inner and outer fabric right side together and then the interfacing on top.
Then I stitched on the line just catching the interfacing every now and then. You could also use fabric glue to hold it in place. Then I clipped the seam. You need to do that with curved seams so the fabric will lay nice and flat after turning the piece right side out.

I turned the visor right side out and fused it all together with an iron because the interfacing is fusible. The technique of catching the interfacing with a few stitches allows you to also use non-fusible interfacing.

Then, I pin together the head pieces of each fabric, sew them and clip the seams.

Next I was doing the ties. Here you can use the bias tape maker to have it easier folding the strip. I just used the iron and had to make a few more runs: first fold in half and iron, then fold sides toward the middle crease and iron, then fold in half again and iron.

For each tie, I picked one end that will be the outside end and fold it inward so there are no raw edges.

Once I got the strip all nice and folded, I top stitched close to the open edge.

Next I pinned everything together:

  • The two back of the head pieces in different fabric right side facing. 
  • In between, the visor right side out and right side facing each back of the head piece.
  • also in between the two back of the head pieces, the tie with the remaining raw edge pinned in the bottom front corner.

After all was pinned, I sewed around the edge leaving a gap in the back for turning.

I turned in side out and pressed a little.

Then to close the gap in the back, I top stitched along the lower edge of the bonnet.

Last but not least, I added a little pucker in the back for shaping by folding each back seam toward the visor by about 1/4 inch. I sewed along the bottom edge and up by about 1/4 inch.

And here is how it turned out. Cute little reversible summer bonnet. I love it.

And so you can see the fabric a little more in detail, here a couple close ups.

I had to try it on her the next day to get good light for the pictures. I think it also looks cute with the visor folded back 🙂

Thread Thursday 6: Preemie Sleeper

It has been over a month since my last thread Thursday, but I have a very valid excuse 😀
We had a Baby!!!
Our little Saya already went from a little bundle to a one month old. Crazy how time flies!

She is still in the hospital with feeding issues but the doctors promise that she will flip the switch soon and “get it”.

Just prior to her birth I made a little sleeper for her. I have to see if this one still fits her when she gets out of the hospital though. She does not need it in there because they always have it super warm.

It is a Dutch pattern that I found here:
Een jumpsuit om zelf te maken – Kiind Magazine
It’s in Dutch but Google translate works on it very well.
It comes in multiple sizes but this one is the preemie size (she is very small).
Here some in progress shots. I am planning on making more in other sizes but I want to wait till she is actually home.

Pieces cut

Bindings attached

Sleeves added to the front and back body

Almost done. Missing side seam and Velcro on the bottom

Thread Thursday 4: NICU Preemie Baby Gowns

My most recent project is making some little preemie gowns. I don’t know that I will need them with my little one, but they are pretty simple and I am planning on donating them either way to the NICU.

As my pattern sources, I used the pattern provided by the Miracle Baby foundation of Australia.

I also used a blog post from the Badskirt Blog for the tutorial. 

Project NICU – Baby Hospital Gown Tutorial.

They however cleverly modified the pattern to make just one big pattern pieces out of the 3 of the original pattern and that I cut. I thought that was a great idea but did not work for me because I used old Paul Frank pajamas from a friend and had limitations on how big the pieces could be.
So here, I first cut out the pattern pieces from the pajama fabric and plain white cotton sheets for the lining. I cut pieces for two gowns per size (small, medium, large preemie).

Then I sewed the sides of the outside pieces together and the same for the lining pieces.

Next, the corners. My advice: don’t cut corners, cut the corners! 
(Ugh, what a dork. 😀 )
Cutting the corners of the seam allowance after sewing will help reduce bulk inside the piece. But careful not to cut too close or through any seams.

Now I ironed the seams flat. They will be in the inside. If you had done the pattern modifications above, steps up until now would not have been necessary. So if your fabric allows it, I strongly recommend it to save time.

Then I pinned the lining and outside fabric right side together and sew all around, leaving about a 2 to 3 inch opening for turning. I clipped corners again and also clipped little triangles into the seam allowance of any curved seams. This is necessary so the seam will curve correctly without bunching or bulk once the piece is turned.

Here you can see the little opening for turning:

I pulled the fabric through the hole to turn in right side out. This can be quite tricky especially for the smallest size. I used a crochet hook to push out the corners .

Followed by another ironing sessions to make everything nice and flat.

So all will stay in shape better I top stitched really close to the edge once around the whole piece.

Last, I added some buttons on the straps and one in the back. You can use snaps, buttons, Velcro or similar but it cannot be metal as this may heat up too much in the incubator in the NICU and cause injuries to the baby.
I used some old tiny plastic sew on snaps I had bought a very long time in bulk on eBay. For  the large size I will use press-in snaps because it is easier but I only had a larger size, too large for the smaller gown sizes.

And here the first of the gowns done. This is the smallest size:

I have a picture of all of them as far as I am at this point as the header of this post. I still need to top stitch them and add the snaps.

If you sew, this may be a quick project for you too. And the NICU always needs some preemie stuff. I think I will do some preemie hats as well.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Tune back in next week for some crochet again 🙂

Thread Thursday 1 – December 2016 recap

I have been sewing and crocheting a few things lately. Especially in anticipation of the new baby.
Because of that and because I like the alliteration with days for blog posts, I am starting Thread Thursdays. 🙂

For the first one I am doing a recap of the projects I have done in December 2016 that I have not posted about yet.

Baby Crochet Cardigan & Vest

I created two pieces from patterns off this book:
Crochet One-Skein Wonders® for Babies: 101 Projects for Infants & Toddlers
They turned out very cute. The cardigan is from finer yarn and I used some wooden beads as buttons.

The vest is from a yarn I salvaged off an old sweater I didn’t like. I had some cute buttons with an eagle on it that give it a nautical / navy feel.

Harry Potter Robe

In December, I went to a Harry Potter themed Yule ball with a friend and we HAD to have Harry Potter robes.
I used a Jedi robe pattern and added a stipe of colored lining for the front as well as lining for the hood.
Here the robe pattern:

Rebel Legion :: View topic – Jedi Master’s Robe Tutorial, by EeanLedgor

The colors were matching with the houses we each prefer.
I picked Ravenclaw and my friend picked Hufflepuff.
We also bought some patches to iron onto the front of the robes.
Here some pics of the robes in action.

NYE outfit & Leggings

Lastly, I also did two projects were I traced the pattern from clothes I had.
The first one is leggings, for which I used some interesting fabric left over from a past Halloween that looked like a mermaid tail.
So of course I called them mermaid leggings J
Here the leggings with detail of the fabric and how they look worn.
I also made an outfit for New Years. It had a tulle skirt which I made by cutting the tulle bottom of a dress that I thrifted but did not fit and using some of the top fabric as the waist band.
It is glittery, yay. I also made a top in silver knit fabric but then decided to wear the original black top I traced it from because I could not wear the really high heeled silver shoes I had being pregnant and such, lol.
But  I will surely wear it some other occasion or if I get some silver or nude flats.
And that was the recap! Hope you enjoyed it.

Future Projects

Currently I am working on more sewing and crocheting projects for the baby. I will show the results in the next weeks.

Aztec Pattern Skinny Pants

The last week was pretty busy and there is one more week like that. I am still trying to squeeze in some drawing but have not gotten very far.
I was however able to fit in a craft party with some friends during which I started a new project (of course can’t just finish any of the unfinished projects floating around…nooooo).

I have this pair of gray pants which I really like especially because the fabric feels really nice.
Unfortunately I had a black ink pen leak onto it and for the life of me could not get that stain out.
So I decided to paint a design onto the pants to cover up the stain. Pretty ambitious, because I need to paint the whole pants, oh boy.

I looked up some Aztec style patterns ass a reference and started drawing with sharpies. The sharpies should withstand the wash as well. This is how far I got:

But I also wanted to take in the pants. With a pattern like this on it, I think they would only really look good as skinny jeans.
I used a pair of skinny jeans I already have and lined the legs up on the top stitched seam. I did not want to have to mess with that seam trying to recreate the top stitch. In my case this was the inside seam.

So I pinned the new seam line and put on the pants inside out to see if it would look good. I have to re-pin a couple of times as it was a little wide yet. Which probably means I’ll have to take in my existing skinny jeans as well =O

I opened up the hem before sewing the sided because I wanted to hide the seam in the hem after. Then I just sewed along the line and added a zigzag next to it to stop fraying. I used a roller cutter to cut of the excess material next to the zigzag.

And that was it. Skinny jeans done and I am pretty happy with them.

Now just need to finish drawing the pattern. Once that is done I will update the post with a picture.