Itty Bitty Sewing

I had the great pleasure of attending a baby shower yesterday for my good friend, Jennifer, who will be welcoming a baby girl just a couple weeks after our Little Man is due.  This friend and I have similar histories and have traveled long roads to reach parenthood, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for them and their little one on the way.  And I especially couldn’t wait to unpack my sewing machines and get to work on some sewing for baby girl!

First on the list – the Divided Basket pattern by Anna at Noodlehead.  Her pattern is fabulous and  it was such a quick project.  I even took inspiration from her posts and photos here and here by filling one section of the basket with a simple flannel receiving blanket and some pre-fold diaper burp cloths, per this tutorial/idea from Probably Actually.  From my experience with my girls, I share Gail’s sentiments on wanting to maximize the usable surface area of a burp cloth, so the trim idea is right on target.  Into the other section of the basket I included a stack of newborn-sized diapers (not shown).

Jennifer’s nursery theme is travel and they’ve chosen a lovely neutral palette with little details of vintage postcards and script and a little pop of color from some adorable mini turquoise suitcases.  I’m super-pleased with the fabric choices for this basket (thank you, Joann Fabrics!)

Next on the list is a teeny tiny Geranium Dress, pattern from Made by Rae, paired with a matching diaper cover from the tutorial and free pattern at MADE, both in size 0-3 months.  The pale pink print is an Anna Griffin print that I picked up on one of my last runs to M&L Fabrics before we left SoCal, and the lining for the bodice is a simple black with tiny white polka dots.

Very satisfying sewing for a sweet baby girl on-the-way!

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It’s in the bag

I feel like I’m racing against the clock lately… we move in two weeks, and my sewing room has to be mostly packed by the end of next week… and I still have projects to finish!  First and foremost, a Quiet Book for my lovely little niece, of which I hope to be sharing pics very soon.  I made two of them a few years back but I seem to have misplaced the memory of just how long it takes to knock out the details.  A labor of love most definitely, but time consuming.

Speaking of labor, I’m now 28 weeks pregnant and I have a wicked cold that my munchkins passed onto me about a week ago.  I very rarely get really sick, but this thing has truly knocked me on my arse.

In the midst of my usual chaos however, I was able to knock out a couple of cute chevron totes last week for Teacher Appreciation week for the girls’ preschool teachers.

I was inspired to do tote bags with that cute little “pun” tag from an Instagram post by Homemade by Jill, and the bag pattern is the Reversible Tote tutorial (minus the color blocking) from MADE.  I scored this fun chevron print duck cloth from Hobby Lobby and the lining is a basic bottom-weight twill.  I was in such a hurry when I cut these out that I didn’t do the best job of matching the chevrons on the side seams, however by happy accident the straps ended up perfectly on the diagonal.  Score!

Allow me to digress here momentarily to talk about this tote tutorial.  I’ve been following Dana’s MADE blog for years but recently my sister-in-law refreshed my memory about this tutorial.  It is fabulous!  My first try at it a couple months ago, using the color blocking detail, resulted in this lovely little pink and green number.  I even added an interior pocket, perfectly sized for a cell phone.  It’s such a roomy bag, and when made in heavier duck cloth/canvas it is super sturdy!  It would be a great beach bag… if we weren’t about to move away from the beach.  Boo!  😦

But back to the chevrons… I was able to get two totes of each color from the yardage… so to go with the second red one I made this cute little open wide zippered pouch from this fun tutorial by Noodlehead.  This tote and pouch set made its way to my bestie this week as a very belated birthday gift.  I won’t say just how belated it is… it’s downright embarrassing.  And now I have one tote left… and I may just keep it for myself.

Now back to Quiet Book land…