Showing posts with label for baby. Show all posts
Showing posts with label for baby. Show all posts

Saturday, February 25, 2012


I've been doing some knitting. This cap (still needs to have the ends woven in and ties added, but let's call it finished just for now) was one of those troubled projects... first, I had to do all sorts of fancy math to get the gauge right. Then, I made a mistake and decided to start over (but that happened all of 15 rows into it, so it wasn't such a grave loss). Then I made another mistake later that required some really focused thinking to figure out how to repair. Then I took the whole project to San Diego with me, only to discover that one of my double-pointed needles was missing. Once I found that needle (after some semi-desperate searching and frantic emailing pleading with people to look for my needle at their houses), I finished the rest of the hat without incident. Yay!
Except - that's supposed to be sized for a 6-months-old and it's almost big enough for my 3-year-old to wear.
I like the pattern so much, however, that I've decided to keep trying to recreate it smaller. Knitting goes well with watching Downton Abbey, so I've been rather productive on that front - I think the one I started this weekend will be a good newborn size.
A friend of mine is having a second baby - a baby doctors told her she would probably never have, which... yay! For her baby shower, I decided to get a little something off the registry and add in a few little handmade things. I always have the compulsion to give something I made, but I always doubt that it's "good enough." It's kind of silly - people are usually impressed (or pretend really well that they are) when I give them something I made... I should really get over it.
So - I made a cute little owl onesie (the shower had an owl theme, and there were tons of owly items on the registry, so I decided to go with it). I couldn't find cute owl fabric to sew something from, so I bought an iron-on transfer instead and ironed it onto a onesie. To go with that, I made a cute little pair of shorts out of some knit fabric I had in my stash. To top it off, I added a teeny pilot cap I knitted a while ago. It's mercerized cotton yarn (fair trade organic, blah blah blah), so it should be just right for a California spring baby - not too hot. Cute, no?!

This is crafting-unrelated, but cute. My most recent photo trick is to tell Noah that he CANNOT be in the photo. "NO!" I tell him. "Go over there! You can't be in this picture! What... NOAH! Get out of my way!" I get the best photos of mischievous giggles this way.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

starting over

Noah is almost one (!), and I'm starting to get a decent amount of crafting-time in. I've been busy! I completed 3 quilts, a bunch of baby hats, a few pairs of pants... the list goes on. Now all I have to do to make those projects count is to blog about them!
Here we go:
Two matching quilts for two completely unrelated baby girls:

Pinwheels for my friend Grace's soon-to-arrive little girl, and...

...zig-zags for my friend Jamie's little Natalie.

I was inspired to pair my charm pack (Moda Wee Play) with the plain white fabric by a swap project at Chickpea Sewing Studio. I love how it makes the colors pop! The blue binding was binding tape I stumbled upon at the store one day. As far as I can tell, the only real advantage over making your own binding is that it fit all the way around the quilt in one piece. It wasn't cut out 100% straight and it wasn't ironed super-neatly either, so I ended up ironing it flat, then folding it and ironing it again. I was sort of annoyed about that, but it did turn out very nice, so I will probably consider using it in the future.
I think she approves. :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

nursery alphabet

Originally uploaded by girlwithgreencard and fabric!

For the so far still bare nursery walls: hodgepodge alphabet.
I stole the idea from a nursery tour on apartment therapy's nursery site and then got to work.
The letters came from different craft stores (the larger the store, the better the selection of different font types, materials, and sizes). Some of them are simply painted (like the P), others are mod-podged with papers (tissue paper works best, but I also used pretty sturdy scrapbooking paper). A few are painted on little canvases, others are covered in buttons (because we all know I love buttons). I covered some with fabric, others with paper (though watch out - I glued the letter to the paper and then cut around it with the exacto; you have to choose the right letters for that - nothing with tons of tiny corners!), but my favorite is the V - it's decoupaged with little pieces of fabric.
After I had collected my letters, it took me about two days to decorate all of them. It was a great distraction from the "when will I finally go into labor" thoughts I kept having. :)

ETA: Look! The ABC is featured on Rookie moms!



Friday, June 13, 2008

good news, bad news

ring sling
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girlwithgreencard and fabric!

Good news:
The ring sling has been completed! I used Amy Butler fabric (bought on Etsy) and this pattern. The rings are from I had some minor issues with the smaller pleating, but overall, this was an easy-peasy project, which made it ever so much more fun to work on.

latest finished project
I got inspired looking at chickpea sewing's sidebar and promptly followed two of her super-easy tutorials. Voila: two cloth diapers turned burp cloths and a reversible bib to go with either of them.
(I slightly altered the bib pattern: instead of cotton fabric and terry cloth, I used cotton quilt batting and two layers of cotton fabric, making the whole shebang reversible. Also, I had bought flat diapers, not prefolded ones, so I had to add the folding, which wasn't all that tricky. Next time, I'll buy the prefold diapers for this project because the seams of the diapers weren't all that straight, which made the folding look sort of messy.)

Bad news:
Right after finishing these projects, MY SEWING MACHINE BROKE. I took it to the shop, where they told me that it would take up to a week and a half to fix, and that they would probably need to order a part, which puts the repair cost in the $200 range. *sigh* I was pretty literally distraught for the rest of the day - those lovely pregnant hormones make "dealing with stuff" NOT EASY.
Now I will most likely have a baby before I'll have my machine back. Which? *sigh* but also YAY! BABY!

Friday, May 30, 2008

snoozing bear

snoozing bear
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girlwithgreencard and fabric!

I'm on maternity leave and loving every minute of it!
Today, I made my own sling using this super-easy pattern.
Next up is the same thing with a manly pattern - for daddy.French seam & pocket

French seam and pocket

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I wasn't going to be like this...

It's happened. I've started to overdo it, I think. To wit:
I've begun stenciling little insects onto the nursery walls.
Also, we used the same stencils at the babyshower, when my guests were forced to (in lieu of party games, because YUCK!) design onesies. So, technically, I've not only "gone cutesy," no, I'm also well into the territory of "extreme matchiness," both of which are things I wanted to avoid.
And you know what? I don't care. I like the bumblebee!
More photos when the rest of the vermin is done. :)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

in the projects

On Monday, once I'd had confirmation that I do indeed have a job for next school year, The Husband told me we'd do whatever I wanted that evening.
So I took him to JoAnne's (duh!). I decided to use the last few weeks of freedom to make a queen-sized quilt for our bed. I'm a little afraid of working on such a large project, but I figured that it was "now or never" and decided to just jump in.
Naturally, I've been knee-deep in quilting and sewing projects ever since (I'm planning on cutting the pieces for the Big Quilt today).
The projects, they are numerous. Curtains, chair cushions, place mats, a blouse, another skirt... the list goes on.
The one thing I've actually completed (and within less than 24 hours) is a quilt for another friend in Germany who is having a baby in September. They're not finding out if it's a boy or girl (which, to the quilter in me is incredibly frustrating because of color choices, but whatever), so I decided to use the 10" squares of the Dick and Jane collection I just HAD TO HAVE a few weeks ago.
First, the quilt was going to look like this:
squares and sashes
Then, I realized that I made the white sashes and yellow squares really small because (SMART!) I forgot to add seam allowance (should have had breakfast before starting!). With time constraints and my need for this project to be FUN (rather than the inevitable fudging of corners and ripping and re-sewing of tiny seams), I decided to go without the sashes:
just squares
I chose 15 of the large squares and cut each of them into four 5"squares. Then, I arranged them "randomly" (making sure to mix them well and not make the pattern look like the pieces are arranged "on purpose").
Once the top was completed, I ran to JoAnne's (after all, it had been two days since my last visit!) for batting, backing fabric, and yellow quilt yarn (okay, and a fat quarter, BUT HOW CAN I HELP IT? THEY ARE STILL ON SALE!). By 8:30 last night, the three layers of the quilt were safety-pinned together and I was quilting and watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Your mother was a hamster, and your father smells of elderberries! I fart in your general direction! I pick my nose at you!).
Two movies later (Serendipity and Calendar Girls, FYI), the quilt is done:
bubble quilt
Now on to cutting the Big Quilt...
(PS: Pictures are larger on flickr!)

Monday, July 16, 2007

quickie sewing

I made this little outfit for Hannah (since the dress I made her won't fit for another year or so). The denim was left over from my skirt (which is also done - pictures to come soon) and the red-and-white fabric is some of that delicious Alexander Henry stuff I scored on sale at JoAnne's a while back. The pattern is pretty basic and uncomplicated (yessss!). It's out of print, but they have a very similar one in the Easy stich'n'save line.
I still have to add elastic into the pants' waist (I'm out - how lame!), so I'll have to go to JoAnne's, and you know how much I hate that... ;) (99cent fat quarters, here I come!). I love me a quick and easy project!

Friday, June 22, 2007

That's how I roll!

My first project in the new room has been completed! I found a cute onesie here (via Miss Zoot's daily links). It immediately made me think of my friend L. - the phrase "That's how I roll" is an inside joke with us AND she is pregnant. The decision was obvious - I had to make that onsie!
And so I tinkered with good old clipart and font types and finally had a chance to use the iron-on transfers I bought a while back.
What I learned from this project: Read the iron-on transfer instructions. I didn't have to flip my image, but most iron-on transfers will require it (unless you want the mirror-image on your clothing). Also: Be careful what kind of IOT you purchase: I bought IOT for colored fabrics, so the background is white. Had I known this, I would have added a border to my image and cut it out more nicely. You live, you learn, right?!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

fabric for addicts

fabric for addicts
Originally uploaded by girlwithgreencard
Well, friends, I'm glad I'm not participating in a certain challenge (though I could probably really benefit). I was in a fabric store on Monday ($5 grab bags!!!), bought some delicious fabrics online on Tuesday, and ended up at JoAnne's again on Friday with my new friend Lary. She's pregnant and I seized the opportunity to have someone to quilt for immediately (cause I'm giving that way) and offered to make her baby a blankie.

Irritatingly, she's not finding out if she's having a boy or a girl, so unisex was the order of the day when we chose fabrics. We settled on a vintage Americana theme, and I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THESE FABRICS! If only I didn't have to focus on finding a job and do silly things like "grocery shopping" and "cooking dinner"...

Anyways, as soon as there's a break in the depressing job search routine, I'll be quilting.

Friday, April 27, 2007


I've been having quite the week with allergies and job-related drama and PMSing, but am happy to report that I'm feeling much better today, and that I've gotten quite some crafting done. See for yourselves:

item #1: Purple Dress
I finished the pants and the hat. I decided to improve the pattern by making the hat reversible, which turned out a wee bit crumply, but mostly fine and definitely reversible.
hat outside
hat inside
I'm calling the whole thing a success!

item #2: Knitting
I needed something to do while watching a movie last week, so I dove into my yarn stash and taught myself to cable from this book. I had somehow thought that cable-ing was extremely difficult and only to be attempted by knitting super-heroes, but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was and by how well I did with it.
My First Cable
The yarn was an inherited left-over, so the one ball I got was all there was. The pattern I was working with is for a jacket, and since I didn't want to end up with a one-sleeved jacket or anything similarly embarrassing and frustrating, I decided to turn this first attempt into a little clutch purse, lined with satin or some other fun fabric.
Then I moved on and bought this lovely green cotton ease, which I'm very much in love with even though it's only 50% cotton. It won me over with its pretty colors and soft softness. I'm making this jacket. Cute, huh?!
green cable
It's turning out well, isn't it?!

item #3: Quilting
I have a friend who had her second baby on Tuesday. I'm making dinner for them next Sunday, so this should be done by then. So far, the progress is promising...
Sawtooth Stars
It's going to be a nursery wall hanging, and my plan is to quilt the two boys' names into it. Thankfully, they're both short names. :)
(individual star pictures on flickr)

item #4: boldly going to where I've never gone before
I'm getting an application for a booth at the annual local craft fair this October. Booths run upwards of $150.- and I don't have anything to sell (at this point). But I made the call!

Thursday, April 12, 2007


newborn hat and mittens
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The purple dress is being a bit of a headache (the instructions are worded so strangely!), so I turned to knitting to give my brain a little rest. I've had the yarn for a while and I've been thinking about what project would be worthy of the material - it's just so gorgeous! Now I decided that instead of waiting for a special project, I'd just choose a project and make it special with the material. So I don't have a tiny recipient planned for this gift, but I had a good time making it.

yarn: Patagonia Nature Cotton
pattern: hat is from
Stich'n'Bitch, mittens are my own with some inspiration from Adorable Knits for Tots

tiny mitten close-up
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