Baby Blanket

With some pretty flannel in hand I turned to Pinterest to get some baby blanket inspiration. The only thing that really caught my eye was this tutorial from Anna Maria Horner’s site.  It uses flannel on one side and cotton voile on the other. I imagine this would really be a perfect combination. Voile is my new favorite fabric. It feels like slik and sews like cotton, what’s not to love? After ordering several voiles that I thought I might like with my flannel I wasn’t satisfied. Then, at Joanns some regular old quilting cotton caught my eye. Not the right type of fabric, but definitely the sort of pattern/color I was looking for. I didn’t want to wait around forever to make this thing so I decided it would have to do. Here’s what I ended up with.

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The bias edging is voile in a solid pink and I used a zig zag stitch to machine bind it. I could have used the pink for the backing, but really preferred a pattern. Besides, I don’t love that much pink, even for a baby girl. I don’t hate pink, but I also don’t understand why EVERYTHING for girls has to be gobs of pink.

The tutorial for the zig zag stitch binding is from Rachel at Stitched In Color and can be found here. It’s so much easier than hand binding and I really like the look of it for a baby blanket.

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As I said the backing fabric came from Joanns.

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The flannel is Anna Maria Horner’s Folksy Flannels.Image

All in all I’m pretty pleased with it. I can’t wait to wrap up a sweet baby girl in it!Image

Inspired

This past week I was really inspired by Kids Clothes Week. If you haven’t heard of it you should definitely check out the blog: http://www.kidsclothesweek.com

It’s basically a bunch of people spending an hour each day for one week sewing clothes for their kids. I would have loved to participate, but with a 3 year old, 11 month old, and 32 weeks pregnant I do not have the energy! I’m doing a good bit of sewing for that sweet baby girl due in June, but can’t commit to an hour each day. They do this with the beginning of each season, so maybe next time I’ll participate.

To really see all the amazing stuff you’ll need to check out the flicker group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1293871@N23/

I’ve also been discovering new patterns and bloggers through this event which I love. I think these Number 9 Trousers (http://gotopatterns.com/products/number-9-trouser) from Go To Patterns might just be the inspiration I need to sew something for my boys… as soon as I get some less girly fabric in my stash!

This week I’ll be sharing some of my recent projects: A baby blanket (which of course is not the one I was planning to make at all!), a baby circle skirt, and hopefully a little baby gown that I’m working on currently. Baby on the brain! It’s hard to think about much else when your stomach is this big!

From My (son’s) Sketchbook

My 3 year old is just getting to the point that he draws actual things instead of just lines and scribbles. I haven’t really pushed it to be honest, because I don’t want him to start thinking that every piece of artwork has to look like something. I think that line of thought leads to 10 year olds who complain that their drawings are perfect realism. Maybe that stage is unavoidable. We’ll see.

Anyway, here’s what he drew recently.

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It’s 3 fish. If you still can’t see it, check out his inspiration.

ImageThis is a toy fish that came in a little bento box set from Ikea. The middle strip is velcro and there are pieces that can go on top of it like this.

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It really is quite cute and clever, and the kid LOVES it.

I love his drawing of it.

Thread Catcher

I hate the way little snipped threads tend to gather around my sewing machine. They get stuck to everything and drive me nuts so I finally decided to do something about it.

It started out simple. Just a circle and a tube with some interfacing to make it stand up. I traced a random toy laying around for the circle bottom and then measured the circumference to create the tube. After sewing the tube together I realized that I had measured wrong and my circle was too small. I didn’t really want to start all over and scrap the lovely tube, so I set out to determine the radius of the tube so that I could create the correct circle.

Math.

Not. My. Thing.

In fact, let’s not tell any of my former math teachers that I actually succeeded at this endeavor. Most of them wouldn’t believe you! I recall a middle school teacher once finishing the lesson and immediately turning to me, “Ok, Holly, what don’t you understand?” It was a rare day indeed as I did understand the lesson, but it took several minutes to convince her!

However, I am determined that my kids will not be bad at math. I don’t want them to know that being bad at math is even an option, so I have to tackle these things with a smile on my face.

Here’s what I ended up with.

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The fabric is from Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane collection.

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All those lovely threads and scraps out of the way.

The lining is just some cheapo cotton from JoAnns.

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I added a little ribbon loop to the back so I can hang it, but I’m not sure if I actually will.

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And the bottom. Not perfect, but I don’t think It will be getting a lot of viewing.

From My Sketchbook

Any time I’ve been looking at lots of fabric, I find that if I close my eyes I see patterns. It doesn’t happen when I’m trying to think of ideas. It’s more like I’m putting a baby to sleep and close my eyes for a second or two and there it is, some very specific design. Sometimes I can figure out what influences have mixed together in my mind to inspire the image and sometimes I can’t. Occasionally, one will stick with me and I just have to put it down on paper. That happened yesterday. With one child napping and the other playing happily I sat down with some oil pastels to get it out.

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Oil pastels would not have been my first choice for this design, but they were handy and had the yellow ochre color I was looking for. It ended up a little thick, but records the thought enough that I’ll be able to go back to it in the future. I also did a charcoal sketch of the design that captures the line quality I wanted a little better.

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Side Note- I also discovered my new favorite medium for removing such oily art supplies from hands: Coconut oil. According to my Pinterest feed it’s all the rage so I had some in the bathroom to try as a shaving cream alternative (which I highly recommend). It didn’t take much to rub around on my fingers and remove the pastels.

I think the inspiration for this came from two places:

The new bedspread, throw pillow, and cloth napkins (to make more throw pillows) that we just bought:

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and Anna Maria Horner’s new linen collection, specifically this fabric:

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(You can read more about the Field Study LInens here: http://annamariahorner.blogspot.com/2013/04/la-la-la-la-linen.html)