Puppy dog baby quilt

For my cousin’s little boy. First baby quilt finished before the shower (even if that means I stitched on binding while on the way to the shower)!

Boy quilt in progress

I used a fat quarter pack for the patches and yardage for the border and backing.

Baby boy quilt

Fabrics from Purl Soho and The City Quilter from a New York trip in January.

Baby boy quilt

Pattern from Quick and Easy Projects for the Weekend Quilter also used for this quilt. The puppies just make me smile, and I hope a little boy likes his quilt as I much as I enjoyed making it!

A dress for Katie

Itty Bitty Dress

My niece joined us a month ago, and I wanted to make something special for her. Can you believe this little dress is the first piece of clothing I think I have ever made? I was very happy with the pattern – super easy and well written! You might recognize the fabrics – it’s nice to have such pretty things in the stash! I have more fabric and more babes to make dresses for!

Itty Bitty Dress

Maybe we can convince Carrie to post a photo of the sweet babe modeling her new dress?

A gift for baby

Baby shower quilt project

Hosted a baby shower for a friend this weekend and came up with a fun quilt project in lieu of a guest book. The piecing is quite simple – made half square triangles with an antique white Kona cotton and a fun flower print on green. She is having a girl, but isn’t a pink fan, so I love this colorful print I picked up on Bainbridge Island. I haven’t decided how I will put it together, although I am leaning toward something like this one or maybe some pinwheels? Aren’t they lovely!

I made some instructions using extra fabric I cut into blocks. Even got to use some of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine. I am also going to add her name, but I didn’t have time to embroider it to the blocks, so I just used a color pencil to simulate it.

Baby shower quilt project

I’ll be making a few small packages to mail out to her family that couldn’t come to the shower, so I’ll have to make a simple instruction sheet and include this important direction.

Baby shower quilt project

If you are interested in doing a similar project – send me an email and I will be happy to send you what I come up with for the instructions. I have a few baby quilts to finish before this one is done, but I’ll post some pictures at that point. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Baby Bibs

My nephews recently started eating real food. Spinach, beans, carrots, and all the good stuff! So, needless to say, I’m sure my sister is going through lots of bibs these days!

For Christmas, I decided on this project at the last minute. I made 2 almost identical bibs for the boys:

Baby bibs with Tie

The fabric is actually an old Oxford shirt of my husband’s. It’s been in my fabric bin for months just waiting for the perfect projects. I used it once before for washcloths but had so much material still. These bibs seemed like the way to go. And since it was an oxford, I felt each of them needed a tie :)

Baby bib with Tie

The tie is made of plain blue fabric that I was going to use to make whales a while back, but abandoned that project. I cut out a generic tie shape out of 2 pieces of fabric, stitched it closed, inverted and top stitched again. The center piece is a separate piece of fabric that I sewed onto the tie. I wanted the tie to be somewhat interactive but not so much that it deterred from eating so it is stitched down to the shirt up to the center piece. The rest of it is flexible.

I didn’t photograph the back but it is terry cloth fabric. Easy for wiping up little faces after a meal! It closes with a simple velcro closure.

I hope the boys like them and maybe I’ll see them wearing these bibs someday soon!

Baby Lovey Blanket

Since I had no cakes to make this week, I had more time for other fun projects like a new purse, this baby blanket, and potty training – but that is another story…

While on vacation in Canada, I spent time with a friend and her 6 month old daughter, Lyla. Lyla had this really cool blanket and I told myself I had to make one when I got home. Finally I had time to do it!

This is super easy and I’ll walk you through the steps so you can try one too!

Baby lovie blanket

Pick out a super cute fabric that is super soft like a thin fleece. Cut it into two squares any size you want. Mine was about 25 inches square. Put the right sides together and sew all 4 sides leaving a 3 or 4 inch hole. Invert fabric and press.  Top-stitch 1/4″ around the edges.

Baby lovie blanket

This is where the blankie gets its lovey-ness, if that’s a word: Starting from one corner, sew a diagonal line to the opposite corner. Moving out about an inch, sew another line parallel to this one. Continue to the end of the blankie. Flip and starting from the center again, stitch parallel lines on the other side of the blanket.

Baby lovie blanket

In between each of your stitched lines, cut  down the center of only one layer. Sharp scissors make this easy and successful. My favorite just happen to be these: scissors2

But I digress… When you finish cutting every line, toss the blankie into the washer and dryer.

Last Roll - 15

When it comes out, the edges will have some fray and are easily grabbed by little baby hands!

Last Roll - 16

It’s soft, cuddly, and simpler than a taggie blanket. Plus – it’s a little newer and original!

Have fun making your blankies! I have one more to make for a friend and then I can give these away! If you make one, let us know! We’d love to see it!