It’s been quiet here and on my facebook page for sometime now. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been crafty in one form or another, I’ve just been doing it quietly :)
We have some exciting news that I haven’t shared here or anywhere on the internet, but thanks to my husband posting a picture on facebook, well the secret is basically out…..we are expecting a little girl within the next month. Her due date is 3 weeks away, but for some reason I have had a sneaking suspicion she won’t stay in that long, but I’ve been wrong before, so we shall see!
A new baby means a lot of sewing in preparation. We knew that we would use cloth diapers, and since I had sold much of our stash a while ago, I needed to replenish it. I bought some (new and used) and I’ve made some. I don’t love making diapers for some reason, but I always love the end product. I will be over the moon excited if they actually work! I made a few pockets, a few covers, and a few fitteds. I made some flats….which saying I ‘made’ them, seems ridiculous…ok, I cut out some giant squares and then serged the edges of about 8 flats. And, can I admit that I am so excited to give them a try! You fold them in a million different ways and then when you go to wash, they are just one big piece of fabric, which means easier to wash, faster to dry, can’t beat that! I also cut out and serged about 2 dozen wipes, but I think I will probably need to double that amount.
Besides diapers I have made a few very simple outfits. I had to make sure I didn’t go overboard with the clothing because thanks to generous friends, and my own forgotten hoarding stash of baby girl clothes, she is practically set until we hit 18 months. I have had lots of help making these tiny little outfits. My daughter is becoming quite the sewist and she loves making things for the baby. I have lost count of all the stuffed animals, toys, and even little night gowns she has made for her little sister. She’s going to be such a wonderful, doting big sister, and I can’t wait to see that relationship blossom. My son is very excited too, and although he mentions making things for her, he loses steam quickly, which isn’t surprising about a 6 year old boy.
This is the gown Adelyn made, almost completely on her own. So cute, right?! I would be curious to see what you all think about this. She is dead set on selling her wares (to earn money for lego friends, of course!), and I was trying to tell her that this might be her ticket…simple style, easy for her to sew well, and really cute! So, who would purchase something like this from a seven year old, anyone?
My biggest project, and the one I procrastinated the most, was my diaper bag. I had an image in my head, and I tried to ‘pin’ lots of close examples, and wrap my brain around how exactly I was supposed to put this bag together….and I just kept putting it off, and putting it off and putting it off. Well, last week we had a horrible thing happen…my sweet Cosmo dog had a rough day due to having cancer, and I couldn’t watch him suffer anymore. I had to pack him up and take him to the vet to say goodbye, which was much much harder than I ever could have guessed. The guilt of taking him, but the relief of knowing he was no longer hurting was just an intense experience and made even more so by pregnancy hormones, I’m sure.
Anyways, to keep my mind off of everything I just holed up in my crafting space and started on this bag. I spent hours working on it, putting it together, taking it apart, swearing, putting it together again, and hoping for the best. I love everything about it, except it’s size. It’s enormous. Like, I could fit baby stuff for a week in there and still have room to tote the baby if I felt like it, kind of space. I would definitely classify it as a weekend bag or an overnight bag, but since I spent so much time and effort, I might just carry it as a diaper bag anyways. Maybe it will turn me into an always prepared mom, rather than the oops-I-didn’t-bring-that mom that I have always been. I’ll let you know!
Check out those handles!!! I totally made those! Note: I did not take an up close picture because one looks awesome and totally professional, and for some reason the other just wouldn’t cooperate…I could not redo it again though, I just gave in to the imperfections after working on it for so many hours.
It’s made out of laminated fabric, which is expensive and a bit of a pain to sew with. It made some of my stitches look ugly, and that really bothers me, but not enough to try to fix them at this point. I still need to order some snaps that will match the exterior, I think I’ll get gray because it seems like it would be easier to match than the florescent pink, plus I really want the snaps to blend in rather than stick out. The snaps will keep the front pockets from gaping open so easily, and to ensure that my stuff doesn’t slip out of those pockets. I think if I had used a heavier stabilizer that this wouldn’t be as much of an issue, but I’ve never sewn with this stuff before and I (wrongly) assumed it would hold it’s shape without needing so much extra support. Live and learn, I guess.
It’s so big it holds a weeks worth of clothes and about 15 newborn diapers, and there is still room at the top for blankets or whatever else I could possibly need. I also had plenty of room left over in the outside pockets, since all that’s in there is a wet bag.
I have also knitted a few things: diaper cover (pictured above with the diapers), a little short sleeved sweater, some ruffly pants, and a couple of hats. The ruffly pants were probably a dumb thing to knit, due to the heat here, but if we are inside she can wear them. They are wool and meant to be cute but also functional as a diaper cover.
So that’s mostly what I’ve been working on. I did manage to make a dog bed cover for a friend, which I didn’t photograph because it’s just a simple cover. And, I have an order for a lovely little girl’s pillow cover, which is going to be adorable as soon as all the fabric arrives for it. I still have a list of things I want to make:
- Crib sheets (I need to order this fabric, now that I’ve decided what I want)
- Receiving blankets (I bought some gauze fabric for this, although it’s not as soft as I was hoping)
- Baby quilt (no rush, it will be hot soon)
- More diapers in various sizes, or attempt some one size diapers…so many snaps to set though! (I’m so lazy)
- Knit some baby socks, even though it’s a million degrees here in the summer :)
- More baby night gowns
The list is getting smaller, it did have 14 or 15 things on it. Some I’ve scrapped, some I’ve completed. I’m sure I will think of more…usually at night, when I can’t sleep is when I start adding to my sewing list ;)
Is there anything I’m leaving out? Let me know in the comment section….sometimes pregnant brain keeps me from thinking about the obvious!