Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Onesie Dress

Still more baby shower gifts to share...

This was probably the quickest and easiest of the clothing items I made. Prudent Baby has a very easy to follow tutorial for a onesie dress, and I knew I wanted to make one.

I decided to combine the idea with the necklace onesies that have been all over Pinterest. I really didn't follow any of the tutorials, but there are plenty out there if you want one. I just sort of eyeballed it and went with what looked good.

This was such a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to personalize one of those plain white onesies. Hooray for craftiness!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Embroidered Onesies

More baby shower goodies!

When I thought about practical, yet fun, gifts for the family and expected baby- clothes came to mind, of course. But, I wanted to be sure to make something that would be unique.

I took fabrics and colors from other projects and worked from there.

The onesie in the back left is an "S" in the owl fabric for the baby's first initial. Back right is a cupcake- in colors pulled from the owl fabric. And the front one, is my favorite.

I screen printed the skull and crossbones onto the fabric patch first. I used my Cricut to cut the shape out (from the Mini Monsters cartridge) of vinyl. Then I put the vinyl on the fabric and painted the fabric paint over that. I wasn't sure it would work- I was a little worried about the paint bleeding under the vinyl, but I shouldn't have. It worked like a charm!

Plus- I used the shape that it cut out as a tattoo for my sewing machine.

I'll definitely be trying the Cricut vinyl for screen printing single items again.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


More baby shower gifts to share today.

I think I found this idea on Pinterest (are you on Pinterest? Man, that site is like a wormhole for me- but I've found some amazing ideas there.).

Since we've recently started feeding Noodle solids, I've noticed that bibs are a fun toy/challenge for her. She wants to eat the bib instead of her food. She has yet to yank a bib off, but they definitely don't keep the food off her clothes when they are in her mouth.

When I saw this, I thought it was genius. It's part apron, part bib- bapron! It has armholes and ties around the neck, so baby can't take it off.

The pattern and original idea are from a great blog called Craftiness is Not Optional. The pattern and tutorial are super easy to follow. Just pick out some fun fabrics that you love, and away you go!

I made this in two different patterns- the owls (from yesterday's post) and a blue and purple flower print I had in my fabric stash. I made the bias tape that is on the owl bapron, and used store bought (from my stash) for the flower bapron. It's funny how different the bapron can look, depending on the fabrics and colors you choose.

I have a few cut out at home for Noodle, but I haven't had time to stitch them up yet. I need to get on that!

*Feel free to find me on Pinterest, I've got a link over there on the right*

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Alright, I know I've been gone a while- again. But, I have been crafting while I've been away. It's just getting difficult to find time to craft, photograph, edit the photos, and blog.

The next few entries will show off some baby shower gifts that I made last month. Hooray!

Some good friends are expecting their first baby (a girl) in January. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to make for their new family member. Originally, I'd planned to make a blanket, with some matching loveys. Prior to starting the blanket, I learned from the mom-to-be that she had already received several lovely hand made blankets. So, I decided to rethink my gifts.

I made the loveys anyways, because I guessed that she had not received any yet. I know the mom-to-be will have to go back to work, and the little one will be in daycare a few days a week. Loveys are really helpful to have any time baby is sleeping away from home/in an unfamiliar place. Mom can sleep with them for a night or two before giving them to the baby, so they smell like her (and thus like home and comfort).

Of course, you can't have just one because if it needs to be washed baby might be upset to go without. So, I made two matching loveys- using this tutorial as a starting point.

I used a cotton print on the front and a minky fabric on the back. The minky is irresistibly soft, I wish I had my own grown-up size blanket like this.

I read a lot of things online about minky being ridiculously difficult to sew with, but that wasn't the case for me. Now, that could be due to my gorgeous new sewing machine (I got a Brother 294 stitch Project Runway machine for my birthday), or it could just be that I went slowly and was extra careful because of the warnings I'd read. Who knows.

I chose this cute owl pattern, because I remember the overwhelming influx of pink when Noodle was born. It was like a Peptol Bismol bomb went off in our house. Don't get me wrong, pink is fine- in moderation. But, I am always more than happy to get an item for Noodle that isn't pink.

These 10x10 loveys are super easy to stitch up and make a great gift. I'm planning to make some for Noodle soon.

Later this week, I'll show off some of the other gifts I made.