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Iowaorganic- mama to DD (1/5/06), DS1 (4/9/07), DS2 (1/22/09), DS3 (12/10/10), DD2 (7/6/12) and a new kid due in early 2014
This is really beautiful! I am impressed!
I just made this for my nephew's first birthday and it doesn't look as nice as yours. It took me a long time to make, too! I had planned to make one for my daughter's first birthday as well, but after the frustration that went into this one I'm not sure I can handle making it again so soon. Hopefully nephew will have fun with it even if it's not perfect...
Next time (if there is a next time) I would use a better quality coordinating set of fabrics instead of cheapie random colored prints, and maybe would try to sew on some of the ribbon trim. Your suggestion about using the ladder stitch is a good one. I whipstitched the gussets and pole with invisible thread, and it still looks a teensy bit sloppy.
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