So lots of pics here, so I can show them all off! I've been swept up in great baby patterns available, wish I'd known about all these 9 and a bit years ago! Luckily they are all being received gratefully; unfortunately I want to give lots of handmade pressies, they want to pick my brain with all the parenting and baby help! Think I'll be able to do both....
All of these were soooooo fun to make, too! Not stuff I'd do everyday, which makes it interesting.
First up in the 'dad bag' as I call it from this book. One of a few things I'll be trying from this book, and I've already made a few things from it, so getting my value for money for sure!
I did this in heavy denim, so I could skip the interfacing and just used some fusible fleece on the lining.
I coordinated the denim with these fabrics from ages ago from Spotlight; spotty under the flap.
and a stripe for the lining. The zip at the front hides a nice big pocket in the flap, but I added this compartment pocket in as well.
The elastic is to hold bottles and items etc
I attempted the zip at 10.24pm on a Saturday night, and it was in in about 5mins! too easy! Next time my zip wont be as thick, as it was difficult when I needed to top stitch etc.
Then some baskets and change mat.
Change mat pattern is here. Another one I've been wanting to try for ages. This one has more of a vintage feel about it.
Bias binding that I made ages ago was perfect for this.
It has a layer of fabric, fleece and then chenille, quilted together.
I only had room for one folded over edge, then sewed to form pockets. I didn't even try for that great picture placement, it just happened!
And finally, some 'useful' baskets. I saw a link to this tute, and wanted to give it a whirl.The yellow/black/grey fabric was a fat quarter pack from Spotlight. It had a rough, quite yucky texture to it, and wasn't suitable for clothes etc, but great for furnishings!
I quilted each one a bit differently- a feathery stitch;
my FIRST free motion quilting! Very organic, as they say.
and some 'waves. very fun, and broke up the repetitive 'repeat 3 times' kind of feel!
Little quilted bottoms! teehee
I delivered them just in time for the nursery decorating- the room was fully renovated by my clever brother in law, carpet had just gone in, and my baskets were the first items in! They were filled with some of my sisters softies from when she was a wee one, awwww!
They're in the little nook that will have a few shelves in it, and become a bookshelf. But don't you think a padded cushion would make a great reading nook? Or maybe I just want that for me! The cross stitch is a really old one I did for my sister probably back in my teens! Egads!
A few weeks to go, and there'll be a lil bubba to show everyone! And then once I know the sex, a bit more sewing....????