Sewing for me is an absolute joy. I LOVE it. Mostly because you turn bits and pieces of fabric into something functional, beautiful, enjoyable. It’s a hobby that you can get increasingly better at, there’s always something new to learn and try.
I’ve been working on a lot of fun projects lately. One of my most favorite, was plucked out of my vivid, ever-changing imagination. Without a pattern, you are challenged to think through dimension and get creative with what you’ve got. My new little niece Sayla had a party coming up, and I knew that was the perfect opportunity to make something altogether new.
I’ve had a yard of pink paisley minky lying around my house, which I thought would be perfect for a blanky project. But how to make it original and fun? I sketched out some ideas, and ultimately created a snuggly owl blanky.
The inside of this little owl here is made from a precious old daisy pillowcase, which belonged to Sayla’s recently passed Great Grandma. Loops of textured ribbon are great for babies self soothing skills. They love to play with them.
Layered pieces of felt create dimensional sleepy eyes that look like they need a snuggle. The blanky is big enough to wrap a little one up nice and tight. If you’d like to know how to make your own snuggly blanky, just say so and I’ll put a tutorial together! In the meantime, what from your inspired imagination are you going to make reality this week?
It’s a funny thing, thanking people for letting me make them stuff.
But really, it’s flattering just to be asked. I not only feel awesome because people love something I’ve made, but gift-giving is a love language of mine, so it gives me an opportunity to express it. Usually I get to challenge myself a bit and make something I’ve never made before.
Little dresses are quickly becoming one of my favorite things to whip out. “Whipping” a dress out usually takes about 3 hours, but that’s quick enough to still give me a sense of instant gratification. This pattern (See & Sew Dress B5629) was really easy to follow. I would suggest it for anyone who wants to try clothes-making for the first time. My advice no matter how easy the project: read slowly and thoroughly before you sew. Make sure you understand the concept.
This dress was made for a little one named Daphne. She is set to be born in September, and my hope is that she will be able to wear it next Spring.
The rose ribbon along the yoke wasn’t a part of the pattern, but I felt like the dress needed some pizzazz.
I made sure to use easy care apparel fabric and ribbon that was busy-family friendly. It’s designed to be tossed right into the washer and dryer.
I’m so happy you’re coming into the world soon.
I hope you like the dino I made for you to snuggle with.
You should be super excited. Your mommy and daddy are some of the funniest and most genuine people I know.
I expect you to be just as charismatic as they are.
Also, if you’re anything like Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes you’ll be the cutest and wittiest kid on the block.
Just remember, your parents love you more than life itself.
Love, “Auntie” Haley
Some Calvin & Hobbes quotes for your enjoyment:
“Who was the first guy that look at a cow and said,” I think that I’ll drink whatever comes out of those things when I squeeze them?”
“Some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants won’t help.”
“What fun is it being cool if you can’t wear a sombrero?”
“Life’s disappointments are harder to take when you don’t know any swear words.”
One of the best things about having family with kids, is that you can make tons of kiddo stuff and it doesn’t matter if it’s perfect or not. My niece and nephews get a lot of “firsts”. And most the time they come with a disclaimer like, “I dunno, I just thought it looked cute. Tell me if it doesn’t work and I’ll make it better.” If it breaks, rips, is totally nonfunctional, I don’t feel bad. I would feel bad if I gave it to someone else as a gift for their kid and it disintegrated. My own family…meh, I’ll just make another one.
This is one such object.
I remember with my first nephew, my MIL and I experimented with baby booties. It was decided that the ones with elastic in the back works best, something to synch up the heel. I’ll need to add something like that to these.
I found this pattern online and it just looked so simple. It was simple, it just took a while to stitch because I was out of practice. But I can sit and watch Hercule Poirot while I stitch them up, so all is not lost.
Uncle Matt suggested I make some with little felt footballs on them. Maybe I can teach him to sew and we can assembly line it.
I’ll let you know when I’ve perfected them. After using my nephew as a guinea pig. :)