Baby, It’s Cold Outside

It has been a cold (and I mean cold) December and January. There are only a few things in my life that benefit from it being so cold out, and my sewing is one of them.  I finished all of my self-imposed Christmas sewing projects.  I was able to finish baby gifts for three baby showers.  My kids and husband got some new pajamas.  And my machines are dialed in and ready to rock.

My teaser from last time was my tree skirt.  I got it finished with time to enjoy it this Christmas season.  I love how it turned out!

My kids were the recipients of some new pajamas on Christmas eve, as was my husband.  That’s our tradition at this point: pajamas and a new book on Christmas eve.  My husband is not in the pictures online.  The picture with him needed to be censored.  Let’s just say my adult male pattern making skills need some work…

I used the Alex and Anna PJ pattern from Peek-a-Boo pattern shop for the kids.  It’s my favorite pajama pattern for knits.  Now that I’ve made it several times, it is quick and easy.  I may or may not have finished these on the 23rd of December.

I also made a few A&A PJs for baby gifts in size 3 month:

The baby shower gifts did not stop there!  I whipped up a few Lullaby Line baby gowns and matching hats, as well as burp cloths, bibs, and a car seat cover.  My sister is expecting her first and quite a few of the things I sewed were for her. She raises snakes and lizards as a hobby.  You might notice a theme with some of these gifts.

I think that about wraps up my sewing for the last few months.  I’ve been productive with the weather being so cold!  I also managed to find time to study for my Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship exam (I passed!), and will become a Fellow at the ceremony this summer.  I am excited about the award, but the ceremony is in Vegas…in July…enough said.

In other cold weather news, the boys went downhill skiing at our local ski hill for the first time last week and loved it!  They also started swim lessons.  They have been busy boys!

I think that’s about all I’ve got for cold weather news!  Happy New Year!

~Ingrid

 

It’s Beginning to Look…

Like I don’t blog here anymore 🙂
All joking aside, another year down, another triathlon or two in the books.  I love training for those races, but man, it eats up my sewing time.

The family update: My family and I have had a fun summer and fall!  We’ve taken several family trips, had a few local getaways camping and to hot springs, and enjoyed our Montana summer and beautiful fall.  My oldest boy started kindergarten this fall and has already lost his first tooth!  My youngest started sleeping (through the night) at the end of the summer, has been at the same Montessori preschool this fall, and is becoming quite the entertainer. The sleeping has been a huge change for us.  I think it had been 5 years since my husband and I slept through the night.  I am finally feeling like a human again without the aid of high amounts of caffeine to function!

Besides the gym bag, I really haven’t done a whole lot of sewing.  I trained for another Ironman 70.3 that was in June, followed up with some local races, and just haven’t made the time for my sewing.  Not that I don’t have numerous projects that I want to get done.  No excuses, I just haven’t gotten to it.  Here’s what I have been up to:

I made a toddler backpack for G’s first day of preschool back in February.  The only modification is the zippered pocket on the front.  img_2207 img_2211

A Peek a Boo Lullaby Line baby gown for a gift.  img_2483 img_2482

And I am currently working on a quilted tree skirt for Christmas for our tree.  It’s my own design, with inspiration from Pinterest.  It has 8 blocks of quilted trees on a white background.  The backing will be red, as will the binding.  I love how it’s looking! This is just a teaser until I get the whole thing done 😉img_2787

And with that, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Cheers and happy crafting!

~Ingrid

 

 

2015 in Review

Yes, it’s February.  I have a million reasons why I haven’t posted in 9 months, but I’m sure we all have a million reasons why we don’t keep up with everything in our lives all the time.  I’ll try to post more this year.

Last spring, I decided to train for an Ironman 70.3.  It took up a lot of my free time that is usually reserved for sewing.  The race was in August in Lake Stevens, WA.  I trained with a good friend.  We took selfies biking 40 miles before work, swam in lakes, and raced until we almost dropped.  Going into it, I thought I’d do one and be done, but now I am planning on doing another 70.3 in June.  It’s addicting.  (For those who don’t know, an Ironman 70.3 is a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run…and it’s as crazy as it sounds.) I had some serious bike envy at the race with all of the NICE bikes there.  But at the end of the day, it’s a hobby, just like my sewing.  I don’t need a seven thousand dollar bike or sewing machine to get the job done, but boy, they sure look (and I’m sure function) nice!

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I did end up doing some sewing throughout the year, I just didn’t find the time to post it.  Here’s my year in review in pictures:

Numerous Peekaboo Alex & Anna Winter PJ’s:

 

And several Peekaboo Lullaby Baby gowns created for gifts:

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And a ruffled diaper cover, appliquéd onesie, and crochet hat, also for a baby gift:

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The ruffled diaper pattern is a Tie Dye Diva pattern from Craftsy, I believe.  The crochet beanie is a modified pattern from Inner Hooker, which can be found on Etsy.

That about wraps up my sewing for 2015.  I started making a tree skirt at Christmas time, but have yet to finish it.  It will be lovely once it’s done, but it still needs to be quilted.

I believe that’s about it!  Shoot me questions in the comments if you want!

Ingrid

 

Big Butt Baby Pants

More baby clothes!  I bought the BBBP pattern from Made by Rae when F was a baby.  I don’t think I ever got around to whipping up a pair for either of my little chunks, but finally did for a friend’s baby shower.  They are super cute AND easy!  Bonus points for the instructions being easy to follow and pieces easy to assemble.  I think the instructions had even been edited for troubleshooting.  So awesome.

My gift recipient’s nursery has a retro/bike theme, and I just happened to have the perfect flannel sitting on my shelf for it!

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The pants turned out great!  The big butt part accommodates a cloth diaper nicely.BBBP close up

I added an appliqué onesie of the bike to make the outfit complete.bike appliquéoutfit

A couple matching burp cloths and bib later,burp cloths

and this baby gift is good to go!

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You can find instructions on how to make the appliquéd onesie here, and I believe I’ve mentioned how to make a bib here.

Happy sewing for your wee ones.

Cheers!

Ingrid

Baptism Bear

Super-sweet bear that I made for our godson’s baptism.  I hadn’t made a stuffed animal since I was a kid, so it was kind of a new project for me.  I scoured Pinterest for stuffed animal patterns, but came up empty-handed.  I went to the quilting store, and didn’t see anything I liked there.  Finally settled on this pattern (5461) from Simplicity to make the bear:

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Of course I had specific fabric that I had in mind to use.  Remember the baby quilt I made a while back?  Well, turns out I had enough of the gray minky material from the back of the quilt for the bear,

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and enough of my leftover bridesmaid dress for the ears and soles of the feet!

It turned out to be a much simpler project than I imagined.  In fact, it was down-right quick and easy to sew this bear together.  And I LOVE (LOVE!) the way it turned out.  So sweet.  IMG_0583

I think the hardest parts were hand-embroidering the nose and the extra embroidery I did on the soles of the feet.  But I love it.  And I should probably make my own boys a teddy bear, but they already have their stuffies!

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Cheers to Sammy!

~Ingrid

Baby Gifts Galore!

The last few months have been busy.  Baby gifts coming out of my ears.  Well, not really out of my ears, but out of my sewing room.  Most were easy basics like burp cloths and bibs, but I did get a cute hat made for a dental friend.  And when I say cute, I mean super cute!  I can’t wait to make a couple for my own boys!

Burp cloths

These burp cloths are my favorite.  Super absorbent, large, and multi-purpose.  I was given a few when my oldest was born, and have been making “knock-offs” since!

Bib/burp setBib, burp cloth and onesie set, just in time for an Easter babe!

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Flannel applique on onesie, using my appliqué t-shirt method.IMG_0119

Flannel burp cloth…another favorite!IMG_0117And a flannel with terry cloth bib.  When making bibs, I just trace a store-bought bib and add 1/2″ rough seam allowance.  Super easy and awesome!

Baby girl hatThe cute baby hat.  I am in love with this hat!  I had all of the fabrics on hand. The main body was a fat quarter I had on my shelf, while the purple and pink were remnants from other projects.

IMG_0180A slight gather in the lining…but it still looks great, and it’s in the lining.

The boy’s version of this pattern is pretty much the same, but without the ruffle.  I think my boys need super hero hats and matching pajama bottoms!

Cheers!

Ingrid

T-shirt into Baby Gown Refashion

I am sure that you have gathered that I enjoy making things for the babies and kiddos in my life.  I absolutely adore something handmade for a brand-new baby!  Whether it’s clothes, hats, burp cloths, car seat covers…I love it all.  Not to mention that most baby projects are pretty fast and easy, which works for me these days!

One of John’s band member’s is expecting his second child in May (or rather, his wife is expecting…).  The little pup’s gender is currently a surprise.  I wanted a gift that was fairly gender neutral, but definitely wanted to use a Clinton’s T-shirt.

I found the Rockin’ Baby Gown Tutorial awhile back and knew exactly which shirt I was going to use for it.  This is a great tutorial from thismamamakesstuff.com.  It was easy to follow and the pattern didn’t have any hiccups.

I used my Sellout Tshirt, but of course didn’t take a before photo.  (Shameless plug:  you can find your own copy of Sellout at www.clintonsband.com)

But here’s the after:

Sellout gownThe main body is from the original t-shirt.  The blue sleeves and collar are from a second t-shirt.

Gown backThe pattern came with the fold-over sleeve modification, which is perfect for new babies so that they don’t scratch themselves.

IMG_0073Just a close-up of the sleeve.  I used a twin needle to hem the sleeve and neck, which gives it a nice professional-looking finish.  The blue material was a little more difficult to sew because it stretched a lot.  I had to decrease my presser foot tension to feed it more evenly.

Folded sleevesI modified the neck edge slightly to accommodate the contrast knit ribbing instead of hemming the neck edge.  Other garment finishes included serging the edges after sewing the seams at the proper seam allowance.

All in all, an easy tutorial to follow, and great up-cycle.  The finished product is also awesome!  I loved these type of gowns when my boys were newborns!  They made middle of the night diaper changes super easy–no snaps or zippers to deal with!

~Ingrid