Some friends of ours are about to have a baby girl. Their nursery is yellow, black and gray. What a cute combination! (Of course, anything involving gray is wonderful to me.) I considered making one of my flannel rag quilts to match the nursery, but I didn't have much luck finding enough patterns I liked in these colors. Well, I found some, but they were way too expensive. Between all of the baby showers, our friends' registry was pretty picked over. So I decided to make a few items I thought would be useful to them and their baby girl while coordinating with their colors. Here's what I've been up to:
|A taggy block|
|A nursing cover|
|2 hooded towels|
|Trim on the towels made with my new bias tape toy|
Taggy block- I used way more ribbon and sewed the blocks together in a different pattern. I also put a jingle bell in the middle to make it sound like a rattle.
Pacifier clips- I didn't use interfacing or a serger. I should have followed the tip about sewing the velcro on before sewing the material sides. It would have looked much better.
Nursing cover- I only used 1 piece of fabric so it wouldn't be too hot. I added my pocket as a triangle in one corner. Also, I used D-rings instead of velcro to make the adjustable neck strap.
Hooded towels- easiest project ever! I used adult sized towels so they can be used when the baby outgrows those tiny hooded towels that you can buy in the stores. I also sewed across the point of the hood and cut off the extra material so that the kid doesn't look like a elf. I made single fold bias tape for the edge using this fun new toy. They sell machines that make bias tape, but I found this $4 contraption (w/coupon) did the job perfectly! I can't wait to make more bias tape (a fold down the center and a quick ironing gives you double fold bias tape in no time!)
I also attempted to make a wipeable changing pad, but my sewing machine was not cooperating. By the time we reached a compromise, the project was a flop. Here's the tutorial I was trying to follow. I think it needs to be bigger. Maybe I'll try again. I learned that sewing with vinyl takes practice and patience (and tape on the bottom of your presser foot.)
So what projects have been keeping you busy lately?