Baby Tights DIY – Repurpose

This morning was such a nice morning. I heard different birds chirping, saw a little bunny in the melting snow, and had enough time for a relaxed breakfast and coffee. So I got some writing done. This is what I had planned all month, but each day there was something that sucked all the time away. Usually, I just got stuck social media browsing.ย  The worst!

Recently I have been tackling a few crafty sewing projects that I had been laying around. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is still more than a lifetime worth of craft project backlog, but I am starting to chip away at it.

I am doing some sewing projects for the baby. I have to do them via hand sewing though, because they have to be able to be done in the nursery, watching the little one play in a safe environment. The living room has become a hazard again, as she is now a master climber *sigh*. We cannot wait for the Pikler Triangle that my husband is building to be done. If you do not know what a Pikler Triangle is, check out this one on Amazon:

Pikler Triangle / Children’s Wooden Climbing Structure / Great for Montessori Toddler Classroom or Household (Foldable – 35″H x 26″W x 4″D made w/ Pine and Cherry)

We have decided to make one ourselves, which is turning into quite a project and will not look nearly as good LOL.

Anyways, when I have to be in the babies room for crafts, I seem to be most successful, aka drawing the least attention, with hand sewing. I tried drawing, but she wants my pencil and paper within seconds. So hand sewing it is. I am currently working on a dress as well as a onesie re-purposed from a shirt. But I have recently finished some baby tights from a gray sweat shirt of my husband that he no longer wears. Baby tights are pretty easy. I also made my own pattern from another pair of tights. I am writing below how I did it and also have some pictures for you.

Materials

  1. A pair of currently fitting baby tights
  2. A very stretchy fabric (e.g. from old leggings, thin sweaters etc.)
  3. Thread
  4. Something to draw your pattern on and with ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. About 1 foot of elastic for the waist band (measure the width of the pattern tights)

Instructions

  1. Lay your tights flat on top of the pattern paper, or if clear then below. I used clear construction paper so I put the tights underneath
  2. Trace along the seams, flip and repeat
  3. Add seam allowance to each pattern piece. I did this on the fabric.
  4. Lay out your fabric and trace around the pattern. If you haven’t added the seam allowance to your pattern, add it now on the fabric. Be mindful of the fabrics bias, but it should be pretty stretchy in both directions.
  5. Sew side seams
  6. Fold over upper edge and sew leaving a small opening to insert the elastic
  7. Insert elastic in top seam and pull through. sew together both sides of the elastic, then close the hole in the waistband seam.

Pictures

Here are the pictures to the process, with a little mistake that I had to correct along the way ๐Ÿ˜€

Baby Tights Pattern
Pattern traced from existing baby tights
tracing tights pattern
Tracing the pattern onto the fabric
Cut Pattern Pieces
Seam allowance added and pattern pieces cut
Rounded Tights Foot
Noticed that I could not have a heel and toe on my pattern, or the seam would be right under the foot and uncomfortable. So I rounded the foot.
Baby Tights Front
Front view of finished baby tights
Baby Tights Back
Back view of finished baby tights

Thread Thursday: Rompers vs. Robes

 

 

 

Ha! Again it is Friday, and I am posting my Thread Thursday post. I just got done with this piece and it was just way too late to write the post last night.
This one is a little up-cycle project, and I am making another one this weekend.
We got some baby robes (or however you call them) which always just slid up when Baby was wearing it. Probably because she is already too mobile but she wears a 3 month old size ๐Ÿ™‚
So all I did was used a long-leg romper that fits as a measure for the length of the torso and then just cut out a piece in the middle to make legs. I used a strip of old T-Shirt as the binding tape and added some metal snaps. And Voila, a romper! Super easy! It took me one afternoon – maybe 2 hours?
As I said, I am making one more. Otherwise I am still crocheting the sweater and I am finishing some small Waldorf dolls I started in a craft event at GenCon.
I will try to post the next Thread Thursday actually on a Thursday, LOL.

Thread Thursday: Tiny Frogs

 

Wait, it is already Friday and I forgot to post my Thursday post. Yikes.
Well, better late than never ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™
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

  • ยผ yard  of the outer fabric
  • ยผ yard of the inner fabric
  • ยผ 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ยฝ by 9 ยฝ (3 ยฝ by 10 ยผ, 3 ยพ by 11 ยผ, 3 ยพ by 12 ยฝ, 3 ยพ by 12 ยพ)โ€“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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Thread Thursday 6: Preemie Sleeper

It has been over a month since my last thread Thursday, but I have a very valid excuse ๐Ÿ˜€
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. ๐Ÿ˜€ )
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 ๐Ÿ™‚