July 29, 2014

Nerd Alert: DIY Starwars Baby Bodysuits

Just to get this out there: yes, I am a Star Wars fan. And I am having a girl, but who says baby girls can't be Star Wars fans too? This one is going to be!

Using my Silhouette and some free stencils I found online, I made these bodysuits for her. Here is the Darth Vader stencil. And here is the Yoda stencil. The font was also free. You can find it here.

I've found that when cutting freezer paper with the Silhouette, it works best to cut with the shiny side up. That means when you go to iron it on your fabric, everything gets flipped. So make sure to mirror image your font in Silhouette Studio before you cut!

 The Darth Vader shirt says "Who's Your Daddy?" There is a story behind that for my husband and me. We met in physiology lab at the beginning of the winter semester. He had just gotten a (gag) gift of a shirt with a picture of sugar daddy candy on it and it said "Who's Your Daddy?" for Christmas. So his icebreaker was "Isn't this a great shirt?" And I thought "Poor awkward guy." So no, it wasn't love at first sight. But he did wear that shirt at the birth of our first child. He doesn't have it anymore, but now our little girl can have one that's (sort of) just like Daddy.

The other bodysuit was newborn size, so I had to make the words pretty dang small. But it says "Judge me by my size do you?"

And just in case the pink lettering isn't enough for people to realize she's a girl, I made a pink and black headband to match.

July 18, 2014

Linen Blanket and free itty bitty Betty skirt pattern from The Shaffer Sisters

We have someone here that wanted to say hi and came just in time to make her first debut into the blogging world and be a part of the Sewing for Baby Series at Mama Says Sew. She is so sweet and mellow and soon we will be giving her a formal introduction at Shaffer Sisters.
This time around I decided to hit my most basic baby needs first and then go back if there was time and do the hard stuff (never really got around to that). The floral blanket was made from 1 1/2yd of super soft linen cotton. I love the vintage feel of it and that no baby around has a quilt like it.
To make it, I originally serged around the edges and then double rolled with the iron all the way around around it. To keep the finish, I stitched the hem at 1/4" seam allowance. I kept it simple because 2 sided would mean that I'd made a blanket that was too hot for a July baby and the fabric was beautiful enough to stand on it's own without help from me.
Besides her super soft floral blanket I decided to give her an outfit that would coordinate. The floral blanket was putting off serious nature vibes and so Scary decided to fabric paint a baby deer silhouette on the front of a white body suit. To complete the outfit, we needed one sweet little skirt.
You may not know it, but the Betty Skirt has been undergoing a major revamp and serious addition of sizes (doll, baby, girl, and teen). Inspired by all the work that we've been putting into it, I decided to make my own Betty skirt that was just the right size for a newborn straight home from the hospital. I did a slight embellishment by color blocking and adding piping between the skirt and yoke.
The awesome news is that you can make one too! We are giving away this itty bitty Betty skirt pattern free on our blog today. It is sized for newborns (so think the first couple of weeks after they come home before you have to put them in 0-3 month clothes). This gathered skirt took about 30 minutes to put together.
It's funny how much cuter things are when they're in miniature, especially when you throw in cute little upset faces like these.


Don't forget to come pick up your free itty bitty Betty skirt pattern over at Shaffer Sisters.

Perfect Peasant Dress from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop

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Like I said in my last post, I seem to be on a turquoise and gray kick. At least this is a dress! It's the Perfect Peasant Dress from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. This isn't specifically a baby pattern, but one thing I love about Peek-a-Boo patterns is most of them start at size 3m.

The flower can be attached with a clip, so you can also use it as a hair accessory. I didn't want to accidentally poke baby with it, so I opted out this time. It's just going to be sewn on permanently.  
A note on the flower: It calls for hand stitching. Don't be tempted to cheat and use your machine. It doesn't work nearly as well. Trust me. 

To cover up the little diaper bum, I made some ruffled bloomers from another pattern. I don't have a serger, so I had to hem the top and bottom of each ruffle. Someday I will get one. Believe me, it is at the top of my wish list!

As part of the Sewing for Baby Series, Amy is giving away the entire Lullaby Line Bundle Pack. Go here to enter!

July 17, 2014

Monkey Pants from Terra's Treasures

 I tested the Monkey Pants from Terra's Treasures, and ever since, I've been in love with them. I knew this baby girl needed her own pair. Or two. Or probably more.

They come with several different appliques (or you can make them with a plain contrast panel), and you can purchase either the cloth diaper or regular diaper version.

This is the owl one (I hope that is obvious!) I find myself drawn to blues and grays, so I am kind of thinking this poor girl is going to be mistaken for a boy. But that happened with my other girls when they had bows in their hair, so really, I don't think there's anything you can do about that.

This one is the monkey. I'm thinking I may put a bow in the monkey's hair, because it doesn't even have the pink that was on the owl. But still, stinking cute right?

I made both pairs with french terry, so they'll be super warm and cozy for winter. I'm ahead of the game! My husband was wondering if I just wasn't planning on sewing at all after the baby comes what with everything I'm making for her now, and I said, "No, this is nesting!"

If you want a chance to win a copy of this pattern (or any three of your choice, it doesn't have to be this one) from Terra's Treasures, you can head here.

Storing KAM Snaps

A little while ago I purchased the snap and pliers starter kit from I Like Big Buttons. I was excited to get them and try them out, but I was worried they were going to end up all over the place (which they did when one of my children decided to throw them everywhere, but that is another story).

Then I remembered that they make storage cases for beads. And since KAM snaps are about the same size as beads, I was pretty sure that would solve my problem. And it worked perfectly!

I actually bought two cases, so I could separate the snaps by size as well as by color. They were super cheap, only about $3 each.

And when I'm not using snaps, there they are, all nice and organized.

Have you entered the giveaway yet? You can win some KAM snaps of your own from I Like Big Buttons.

Go HERE to enter.

July 16, 2014

Anytime At All Tee from Shwin Designs

Disclosure: I was provided the pattern at no charge in exchange for my review. My opinions are my own.

This is the Anytime At All Tee from Shwin Designs. When I was looking for things to sew for my new baby girl, I knew this had to be one. It's a regular tee pattern that goes up to a size 8, but the 3m, 6m, and 9m sizes are bodysuits.

There are so many options with this pattern, but my favorite is the optional ruffle at the sleeve. It just adds a sweet and feminine touch for a little girl.

There are also color blocking options. Just a note, for the color blocking options, you'll need to add the seam allowance yourself. 

I have a confession to make. I've been scared of using a double needle. I used one once in the sewing class I took in high school, and it was a complete fiasco, so I've never tried again. Well, I finally decided to try with this bodysuit, and I'm so glad I did. It's a little hard to see, but I used a double needle for the topstitching. It turned out much better this time around, and I'm glad I finally gave it another go!

The binding around the leg openings was a little short for my personal preference. If that's something you care about, I'd recommend cutting it long, and then trimming any excess.

The cuffs are pretty generous. Here they are rolled up. I'm hoping this will allow for some growing room.

This pattern is designed for both boys and girls. I think it would be perfect for coordinating siblings' outfits. You can go here to get your copy.

Baby Sewing Projects Round-up from Made by Me. Shared With You.

Leather Baby Shoes
I love this series, and I am so excited for Terra and her family to welcome another sweet baby girl to their home.

Like many others, when our first baby joined our family, I wanted to welcome our baby with beautiful things.  Prior to welcoming our first son, sewing really wasn't an interest of mine, but  as part of the nesting phase, I began making bibs, baby shoes, changing pads, and blessing outfits.  And soon I fell deeply in love with our sweet baby boy, and consequently, my sewing machine.

Sewing for babies is still my favorite kind of sewing.  I tend to go a bit overboard when it comes to baby showers, because there are always so many nice handmade things that I like to make for them.  I thought that today I'd share just a few of my favorite baby sewing projects, and maybe they'll make it to your nesting "to sew" list.

Top Three Baby Blankets:

One:  Self Bound Baby Blanket

Each of my new babies gets their own Self Bound Blanket, flannel or minky make this blanket soft, and cuddly, and perfect for wrapping up a new baby. As a bonus, they are polished, and sew up in a flash, and are a nice change to the basic two sided flannel blanket. (Original post self bound blanket, Tutorial)

Two: Faux Chenille Blanket

Tutorial courtesy of Dana of Made.  This blanket, though labor intensive, is so impressive, and with a corduroy backing, is perfectly heavy for a winter baby. (Faux Chenille Blanket Post, Original Tutorial)

Three:  Sweater Knit Swaddle Blanket

This blanket has a beautiful lettuce leaf edge, and made out of lightweight sweater knit material, is breathable, stretchy, and perfect for wrapping up a new baby.  Using an open weave knit makes the fabric airy, and perfect to use as a nursing cover. (Original posts:  Light Weight Swaddle Blanket, and Sweater Knit Blanket tutorial)

Baby Essentials List:

Wipeable Changing Pad

Fortunately, but unfortunately, ever baby needs a diaper change.  It's one of those necessary evils.  Making diaper changes a little bit easier, is the wipeable changing pad.  It slips easily into your diaper bag, and cleans up in a flash. Every new mama will appreciate a nice, and cute, changing pad for those stinky diaper changes. (Wipeable Changing Pad Tutorial)

Fleece Backed Burp Clothes

Speaking of baby messes, spit up is another unavoidable part of parenting.  These fleece backed burp clothes really absorb moisture, and will protect your shoulder, and your clothing from any leakage.  I also love to back these in minky cuddle fabric, which will also provide a good moisture barrier.

Dribble Bandanas

My last baby has been a serious drooler, and these dribble bandana bibs have kept him clean, dry, and stylish.  I have a free tutorial and pattern on my blog, available for your personal use. (Dribble Bandana Tutorial and Pattern).

The Bapron

When it's time to start feeding baby solids, by far my favorite meal time bib is Jessica from Craftiness Is Not Optional's pattern for purchase, The Bapron.  It provides great coverage, and can't be pulled off by little hands.  Not only that but the sleeve like design prevent it from turning backward with wear. (Original Bapron post, Pattern Link).

Now the fun stuff...

Favorite Handmade Baby Clothing:

Well Dressed Man suit

With three boys at home, I don't get to play around with girly fabrics quite as often as I'd like, but this cute bow tie vest onesie and coordinating shorts set does something for me.  It is so sweet, and a perfectly comfortable way to dress up baby, be it for a wedding, church, or simply a photo session. (Original Vest Onesie Post).

Buttercup Skirt

This double layered skirt, has a slight paper bag waist, and is perfect for slipping on a sweet baby girl.
(Buttercup Skirt and Tutorial here).

Lapped Front Infant Hoodie

A simple baby hoodie, with extra wide opening for that delicate head, is perfect for a fall or winter baby. (Free pattern and tutorial for personal use).

Thanks so much for having me Terra.  I'm so excited for you and your growing family!