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post #1 of 27
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Who else has big plans to make clothes for the baby?

My SIL had baby in October and we knew we were hoping to be pregnant again soon, so we worked out a deal where she paid for fabric and I sewed a lot of newborn diapers plus some shirts, gowns, and sleepers. Now she'll give all that stuff back to me. I got to make things while I felt good and she didn't have to pay for labor and now I have baby clothes for only the cost of my time. If I have a girl, I'll really be in luck because these days I'm sewing my niece lots of dresses.

I'd still like to sew at least another dozen newborn fitteds and start on 2 dozen or more small/mediums.

I have lots of longies and soakers from my first two kids but might make girly ones if I find out I'm having a girl.
post #2 of 27
AmyRobyyne you rock. My mom sewed all of my clothes until I was 13. I also sewed and knitted before parenting. But since I was pregnant with my daughter I have not been able to get my sewing groove on. I always envisioned having a belly and knitting booties but I have fallen short. So how do I get back into it. I have more time now. I used to know alot but I don't know were to start. I would love to follow your work and get inspired.
post #3 of 27
I most definitly have big plans for knitting lots of longies and covers for this lo. Also maybe some booties and a couple hats. As far as sewing, I'll be making a lot more cloth wipes and blankets. If I can get my act together with the 3 I already have running around I would love to sew a few onesies and sleepers, too.
post #4 of 27
I'll be knitting longies, hats and booties for this baby, and hopefully be able to sew...DH got me a sewing machine for Christmas so we'll see. I love handmade stuff!
post #5 of 27
I am hoping to do some homemade stuff for this little one. Knitted hats and maybe booties to match, and a blanket! I am a beginner at sewing but I may try a blanket, or quilt ... we will see! With my last 2 I tried to find out the sex and it just never happened so this one will likely be the same surprise, I am just sick of yellow, orange and green!
post #6 of 27
As soon as I find out the gender my needles will be working as fast as possible to make blankets, longies, shorties, soakers, hats, booties, etc. I have all sorts of grand plans, but in reality will be lucky to complete 25% of the projects I'd like to. It doesn't help that I have a good friend and a SIL who are both due within 2-3 weeks of me that also need knitted baby goodies.
post #7 of 27
elphaba, I have the same grand plans. i think that I'll try to stick with some GN items for the newborn and 0-3 mos sizes, just so we can hopefully hand down for our next child. am I alreaddy thinking about that?! (yup, after this little one, never preventing again.. but thats another thread.)

I got a few patterns at JoAnn when they were on sale for like $0.99 each! But, I havent followed a sewing pattern since junior high. (read: many many years ago) I have a sewing table and machine, and have been fantasizing about a serger for diaper projects. we'll see if i can fit that into the budget now. maybe Santa will bring me one?

So, I might take a sewing class, or ask my cousin to come teach me to use the patterns, and then I will make things.
I'll definitely make wipes, some fitteds, and soakers (got a great deal on MF for some soaker inners) and at least one or two receiving blankets, plus a quilt.

My goal is to also make a stroller/carrier quilt (smaller, not so bulky as a regular size quilt) some sleep sacks, and maybe if I am really nutty, some PUL covers, pocket dipes, and assorted other diaper paraphrenalia. can you tell i've been waiting for this?!

I also have some little jingle bells that are dying to be a part of little hand made stuffed baby blocks. (another MDC mama actually inspired these)

OK, so those are the "few" items... plus the things I want to crochet and use recycled wool. wow. i better get working!
post #8 of 27
I am so psyched about knitting stuff for my next little one. This is the ONLY reason I want to find out the sex of the baby.

I want to make some soakers, soaker sacks, longies, booties, hats, blankets, sweaters. But considering that I only get about 10 minutes of knitting time per day, I'll be lucky if I get a couple soakers done before he/she arrives.
post #9 of 27
i'm planning on making quilts and bedding for the baby, but i haven't decided if i'm going to cd this one. we're not doing any ultrasounds, so i've picked a neutral pallet to work with.

http://www.etsy.com/favorite_listing...ser_id=5511799

the first ten listings are the color pallet i'm going to use.
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by the elyse View Post
i'm planning on making quilts and bedding for the baby, but i haven't decided if i'm going to cd this one. we're not doing any ultrasounds, so i've picked a neutral pallet to work with.

http://www.etsy.com/favorite_listing...ser_id=5511799

the first ten listings are the color pallet i'm going to use.
I love those colors, very nice, that amy butler fabric near the end is great.
post #11 of 27
i want to knit somethings for the baby. i'm tempted to do longies, they intrigue me. probably also hats, a sweater, maybe booties.
post #12 of 27
The only thing I sew (and sell ) are mama cloth. I really would love to learn how to knit, I've tried just don't really have a whole lot of time to devote to it right now and also would love to be able to sew from a pattern... for some reason I find that very complicated to do.
post #13 of 27
I've already started planning my baby crafting in my head. I know I'll probably make several longies, although I knit a bunch when my 14 m/o was in utero. I am thinking maybe some in gender neutral colors, as I am not into finding out if this bean is a he or a she this time.

There's this super cute soaker I found on ravelry that I think I might knit up next. These just came off the needles so I can start another project.

I'm also going to make a baby kicking bag. I just need to find some yarn that I love to knit it up in.

I've got a bunch of sewing to do, too. I'm made all my kids a quilt before they were born so I've got to plan what I want to make and buy fabric for it. I'll probably make some summery shirts and bubble suits, too.
post #14 of 27
I have lots of knitting plans for the baby. I'm not finding out the gender but happen to have a lot of "girly" colors in my stash...so if it's a boy I will just gift those that I don't think will work. I want to knit a few sweaters but for an August baby, newborn size might not be the best idea. I'm thinking 3-6 month sizes. I have a cool blanket planned, and want to knit this one-piece jumper thingy that is so cute...etc!
post #15 of 27
I'm pretty sure we're not going to find out the sex of this baby, so I'm not sure what colors to pick for my knitting. White seems rather boring. And neither of babies looked great in yellow. Maybe green/brown/cream? I've been looking at longie patterns on Ravelry and they look so cute in stripes and worn with shirts.

I took out my box of baby clothes and realized I got rid of lots more than I thought. I have a few girl, a few boy and a few nuetral clothes in sizes 0-3 and 3-6. Definitely not enough for those early days of spitups and diaper blowouts. So I guess I could just make striped longies in whatever colors I like and buy shirts to match afterwards. I think I need to go look for a color palette inspiration...

For those of you who've used longies before, I assume I want super soft wool? and you wear these instead of pants right? how many do you find you need/use? and is superwash wool a good choice for longies? I'm thinking of getting some of this yarn.

eta: found my inspiration here . cream, celery green, oatmeal, brown. those colors all can interplay in many delicious combinations. i'll try to do 0-3 and 3-6 mo sizes before the baby's born. if this baby is a boy then i will have to get to work making 12mo and 18mo clothes.
post #16 of 27
I have plans to sew it up too but I'm not very motivated lately since I'm tired all the time and lay on the couch after work before going to bed super early. I'm sure it will pass. Does anyone recommend any sewing patterns? I saw a diaper cover patter ad in mothering magazine I looked at...that's all I've seen. I'd like to make some onesies and stuff. I just made longies for a friend so I'm going to start a pair for my little one over the holiday. Are any of you on ravelry? It would be fun to have a side DDC so we can see what everyone is working on...
post #17 of 27
I am on ravelry, dara00 over there too.
post #18 of 27
I will be starting the new beans diaper stash soon--newborn sizes to start, all gender neutral until we find out the sex. I'll also make some outfits as well. If I get really inspired, I'll try to reteach myself to crochet and learn to knit and make some soakers/longies and shorties for the new bean.
post #19 of 27
lets resurrect this thread!

who's started their projects?!

I made a pattern and cut fabric for one fitted diaper last night, in a fit of energy (that didnt last long enough to sew. ) I used a super soft t-shirt that was my dads for the inside, and one of DHs old polo shirts for the outside... and old towel for soaker.

I also made a pattern for a snap conversion for BGs last week. I'm all about the dipes these days.

other things I'm thinking of making are a wrap-style carrier/sling, and maybe one made of a non-stretchy thin fabric for next summer?

Might try my hand at making some preggo skirts too, just out of stretchy cotton.

we should post pics as things are completed... any interest?
post #20 of 27
yes. let's share pattern names/books/locations as well. i'm intersted in making stuff but am NOT motivated to do anything lately.
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