Sunday, November 28, 2010

Free Patterns-Link+ Christmas Hat and Changing Blanket

I just found this site- Sewing Stuff - that has a HUGE amount of free pattern links for just about anything you could want to make. Thought I'd pass it along.

Recently I have seen several WAHMs making Changing Blankets and thought I'd give it a try. Here is what I came up with:

Velcro holds it together.

It's a nice size so baby does not have to touch yucky public changing table or floor. I made it out of soft fleece and flannel with a thin padding in between.  I think I will like it much better then the towel I would carry around with my first!

I also made my son a fleece hat, with left over Veggie fleece, to go with his Christmas Pjs. I used the tute from Made By Rae. She has some great stuff! I think I will make baby girl one with the flowers.

I am ready to get started sewing more. Now I just have to find the time an energy!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Very Veggie Christmas


My son is 23 months and is in love with a couple of vegetable movie stars. I have known that I wanted to make him some plush toys for a few months now and have been thinking and researching how to do it. I finally came across this fabric beach ball tutorial from The Purl Bee and it was perfect!

I used the Med size for the Tomato.

I "free handed" both their faces and the leaf top. I machine sewed their eyes and mouths but hand sewed the black part of the eye and the leaf top.

I used the Large size for the Cucumber plus added 3 inches into the middle. If I was going to do it over again I would add a total of 5 inches to the middle because his face should take up half of his body. With just the 3 inches, he seems a little short to me.

I'm sure my son will LOVE them!! Check out The Purl Bee for some great tutorials for all things crafty.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Not Sewing But Knitting!

I have taught myself how to knit! I've only used single knitting needles so far but find it very fun but a bit slow. I'm sure my speed will improve as time goes on. I bought some "round" needles but haven't tried to use them. I still need some double point needles so I can try out new patterns. This is one of the only newborn hat patterns I have found that you sew up the side.

I'm making 2 hats for Elliot (Here Comes the Sun). One baby blue wool hat and a bright yellow. The wool hat turned out much smaller then the others but that's okay because he will most likely be born early. I used the same needles and the same pattern so I don't know what happened. Maybe it's the yarn? We'll see about the yellow one when I'm done with it.

My next hat will be from this supper soft pink yarn. Next up will be baby booties!! Hopefully I will sew again one day. I have so many cute patterns I want to try out for the little girl.