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02-22-2012 08:18 PM
cameragirl I cursed fleece until I got a walking foot and roller foot. I still don't like sewing it, but it doesn't make me scream anymore. I think I might start on a cuddle sack for the little guy tomorrow if I have the chance. I have some bulky weight yarn leftover from making my sister a cowl, and it should knit up pretty quickly on the loom.
02-22-2012 05:45 AM

I also have trouble quilting with velour or fleece since they stretch out.  Do you have a walking foot?  That may help some.

Otherwise tying really can look cute and is by far the fastest!!  Take a big stitch every 4-6", clip the stitches, tie, and trim.


02-21-2012 10:44 PM



I'm not against using a machine, I actually tried once but the velour makes the fabric pucker in places and look odd.  I was told to start in the middle and use lots of pins... so I think I'll try it again on the machine.  I really don't have time for hand quilting anything at this point lol! 

Originally Posted by sh118 View Post

Everlong, are you totally averse to tying it?  It can look cute with a coordinating pearl cotton thread, and much faster than hand quilting (not that I have ever hand quilted...)

Edited to those prints you used for the dress!


02-16-2012 06:02 PM

Everlong, are you totally averse to tying it?  It can look cute with a coordinating pearl cotton thread, and much faster than hand quilting (not that I have ever hand quilted...)

Edited to those prints you used for the dress!

02-16-2012 04:42 PM

I finished up a maternity dress for myself 



and did this quick quilt in a few hours.  it's 30x30 and made with some scraps of bamboo velour and cute mermaid fabric.  The back is flannel so I hope to use it as a burp rag, changing blanket, floor blanket et. 
Any suggestions for finishing up the quilting?  Because of the bamboo velour it want's to get all shifty in the sewing machine.  I was thinking I could hand quilt some basic shapes ( bubbles and waves) but i have some carpal tunnel acting up, how long would that take? I normally do not hand quilt. 
02-16-2012 04:35 PM

sh118- wow that is some major craftiness! Love the chair, so impressive. 

02-16-2012 07:24 AM

A sign I made for my SIL who had her 1st in December.  Thinking I need one too, for the UPS guy etc.  I hate when they knock really loud and walk away!



Got some new cloth wipes made for the baby, figured he could use some new soft ones.  The ones we have used with DD for over 2 years are still holding up, but not so soft anymore. 



And finished re-upholstering the platform rocker that will go in the nursery (when it is ready,...someday)

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01-21-2012 05:43 AM

cute top, that neckline/yoke looks crazy complex!

01-20-2012 10:17 PM

I made this top the other day.  It was 20 pieces and not originally a maternity top, but it was worth it.  It's super comfy~

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12-13-2011 05:57 PM
cameragirl I found some I think I'm go1.5" grosgrain for the cases at Hobby Lobby. It wasn't an exact match, but they ribbon was 50% off! Not bad to spend $4.28 (plus supplies I already had) for two Kindle cases. I have plenty of the black polka dot and pink flannel, so I think I will make a purse to match. I'm thinking I'll trace DD's hand and applique it onto the black polka dot for the outside of the purse. This pattern looks super easy, too. I should make Mom more purses. She likes to show them off and tell people that I made them, but I just haven't in a few years. smile.gif
12-13-2011 03:14 PM
madeitX2 Wow you all are so crafty. I have not posted as I was still gathering my info and supplies for wool soakers using soft real wool sweater and yarn to crochet. My mom just came for a week and we crocheted two soakers three hats they turned out so cute.

Plus I have been working on solstice gifts for my older girls. Out of old shelving I built two wardrobe closets for their Bitty baby and American girl doll clothes. I can't wait to give these. I covered each one with fabric that I picked out to fit each girl and even covered the shelves too. Added a dowl rod and ordered little hangers. So fun!!!!

12-12-2011 09:00 PM
cameragirl Thanks. smile.gif I like the edging on that. My sister got our Mom a Kindle, so I'm making her a couple cases for it. One is white eyelet, and the lining is a champagne satin that I used to make the flower girl dress for my niece when she was in our wedding. The other I'm making out of a black fabric with little white polka dots, and a pink flannel lining. I might put a pocket on the black and pink cover. I just need to get some ribbon, and possibly some felt or batting for lining if I don't already have enough. I'm using this pattern, but scaled up a little for the Kindle Touch:

(I'm also not bothering with the iron-on vinyl.)

12-04-2011 01:47 AM

Jillian, I saw this super easy, cute blankie on Pinterest. Maybe something DD could help you with?

12-03-2011 11:41 PM
cameragirl I'm going to attempt to finish the blanket I got started for my nephew's shower. Everyone signed the yellow broadcloth I got for the back, and the front is a couple of really cute patterns. It is simple...but it got stashed on a high shelf and I couldn't find it for a long time. Then my loving husband did it again. So, between that and me being less mobile, it just hasn't gotten done. It is seriously oh, about a year. At least it is big, so it'll still be perfectly useable for awhile now. I'll probably wrap it up for Christmas and make him something else to go with it. Maybe a taggy blanket? DD wants to help design something, and a taggy might be good.

I'm also going to task DH with getting the terrarium glass washed, and he needs to figure out how much of the aquarium rocks, charcoal, and soil we need so he can pick them up from the store. Then we'll go plant shopping after that is taken care of. I need to figure out where to store that many terrariums, though...hmm. Especially since bright, indirect light is scarce in this house.
12-01-2011 11:13 PM
cameragirl That tank is SUPER cute! I have got to get some cone yarn so that I can try the knitting machine that I inherited. It came with all sorts of pattern cards and what not, and I feel bad that it has been sitting there. I've heard they're really easy once you get the hang of it, so I'd at least like to make a baby blanket. My goal is to actually get some apparel done with the machine by next year. I've got all of the projects my grandma was working on when she passed, but unfortunately it has been so long that the skeins she had were toast.
12-01-2011 07:30 AM

you ladies are so talented! i love all the little woolens. i have crocheted one baby hat so far. i am in a christmas crafting frenzy atm, but after the holidays i plan to sew all kinds of baby things. does anyone have a link to an easy crochet longies/soaker pattern? i am dying to make some for my girls. i spin yarn and have tons, so i need to get crafty with it. :)

11-29-2011 09:42 PM

OMG that is adorable!!

Originally Posted by Everlong753 View Post

Finished the first of many knitted items the other day.  It's handspun and the pattern is Milo (you can find it on ravelry) with xoxo cables.  Fits my 8 week nephew really well and was super quick!




11-29-2011 09:33 PM

Finished the first of many knitted items the other day.  It's handspun and the pattern is Milo (you can find it on ravelry) with xoxo cables.  Fits my 8 week nephew really well and was super quick!


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11-29-2011 09:31 PM

Mollsworth that is super cute!


11-29-2011 06:48 PM

I am so jealous! You ladies are crafty! I started a doll for DD for Christmas and so far that's about it. I have to get a little better at knitting before I tackle a hat (so far I can only knit stitch, no purl-ing at all). I really want to be able to make a pair of booties or something similar before the baby comes. We'll see. Just got a sewing machine so I anticipate diapers in my near future. Those are adorable!

11-26-2011 11:56 PM

Oh I want one!  CUTE!!

11-23-2011 08:13 PM

So excited! I wanted something super comfy and non-restricting to wear during labor so my mama and I made a birthing skirt today. For all of $4 we made this sassy little number. Slits for squatting and all. Sooooooo comfy, had to share.


11-14-2011 08:04 AM

I love this thread!  So inspiring.


So far I've just got one little thing done--a small changing pad.  I like it because it's cute, all cotton, and thin enough to stick in my purse.  And totally washable.


This is our first girl, so next in the lineup is dresses, and more dresses, lol.

11-14-2011 07:32 AM

Thank you!  They are cotton tshirts or knit on top, one layer of OBF, two layers of bamboo/cotton batting (probably overkill for most newborn/infants, but I have heavy wetters so far) and a last later of OBF by the baby's bum.  I LOVE the OBF... it's the first time I've worked with it and it is the softest material ever!  love.gif  I used indian PFs for the other girls which are great, but these are like luxury prefolds in comparison.  Do you think baby will notice??? Nope.  Haha!  They are just as bulky in the center due to the extra soaker layer, but all over, they are a bit trimmer than a cotton prefold and MUCH easier to fit!

11-13-2011 10:26 PM
madeitX2 Those are so darn cute. Nice job. What material did you use for the pre-folds? I love diapers too. My 3rd baby I bought the Chinese prefolds then used Mother Ease covers but this time I am crocheting wool soakers along with my mom and mother n law. And wool yarn is not cheap. But I did score finding two real wool sweaters to make some from too. I am so excited.
11-13-2011 10:11 PM

Prefolds!!!  I'm so excited about them... which is ridiculous, I know, but what can I say.  I modeled them after Megaroos extended tab prefolds and they are so cuddly soft!!!  The firetruck/dalmation print is from Joann's, but the rest are repurposed tshirts.  Some of you might recognize the giraffe print from the cloth diapering world... it's pretty popular there... but I was SO surprised to find it on a shirt at Salvation Army!  Score! 


Bottom picture is my newborn stash so far.  Well, not really newborn since the prefolds will fit birth to maybe 14 lbs and the rest are flats that we can use until potty training.  The prefolds are in pairs... one folded to newborn size, one at infant size.  The other side is Ikea flats.  I'm planning on coloring the white flats after baby is past the newborn stage... give them a good sunning to get newborn stains out and dye them pretty colors.  :) I'm waiting on a bunch of covers my friend is mailing me at some point and half of my pins which should be here in the mail soon.


Oh yeah, one ooga booga print newborn cover in the bottom pic is my creation too, but it was my first attempt at a cover and I got the gussets and snaps in the wrong place.  I don't think I'll use it much, even if we have a girl.


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I also knit a "newborn" girl sweater and a boy sweater vest/booties/hat combo.  The boy set somehow did not get photographed yet, but here's the girl sweater.  It actually turned out 3-6 month size, so I have to make a newborn girl sweater still!

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11-13-2011 12:10 PM
cameragirl Anyone working on Christmas presents? I should have started earlier this year...but oh well. I think we might go to Goodwill later to look for glass containers. I'm thinking I'll make some terrariums for gifts. The littles can get small terrariums with a fanciful theme, and fancier ones for the ladies with begonias and what not. Should be fairly inexpensive, and not a lot of work for the receiver. Gotta love plants that need water once every 2-3 months.
11-13-2011 06:49 AM

I've only ever used flannel wipes and have never had a curl issue.  Some of them are serged, some fake-serged (straight-stitch edge plus wide zig zag stitch over the edge), some double layers that are turned and top-stitched.  All are fine.  I hate the fake-serged ones as it is thin flannel that is cut too small, but they're ok in a pinch.  Otherwise, no issues at all.  There are probably more cuddly choices out there though.  Oh wait, I do have some hemp fleece ones too... those are nice as well.  The fleece takes off poo a bit faster, but I wouldn't actually spend money on the difference.  I'm an old cheapskate.  :)  Most artificial fabrics are going to be less effective, so don't make your wipes out of Joann's fleece for example, and I tried to use some polyester baby washcloths before and they were worthless too (I think they might be worthless at everything!).  I have some flannel to make more wipes this time, probably double-layer serged???  And I've been making my prefolds and have lots of knit fabric left over, so after I'm done making soakers, I'll turn the rest into double-layer serged wipes.


Pictures of my prefolds coming up soon!  And hopefully pictures of my other projects too.  I am SUPER excited about my prefolds though, they are turning out better than I hoped!  Plus, the OBF (organic bamboo fleece) is a-mazing.  It's like heaven for my baby's skin.  If only I could afford to make myself some panties out of it!  ROTFLMAO.gif Oooooooooooh.... maybe I'll top my post partum pads with the spare pieces.

11-12-2011 05:22 PM
cameragirl I'm working on an album I've been meaning to pull together. Earlier this year, my grandfather gave me all of his ancestry files, including pictures. The pictures have been stored in manilla folders. I thought it would be better to keep them in an acid-free album that I can pull out for holidays and what not. I got a scrapbook album, page protectors, black textured card stock, silver photo corners, and some nice white labels with silver trim and scalloped edges. It'll probably take me awhile, but it will be nice to have it finished.
11-12-2011 04:30 PM

Originally Posted by cameragirl View Post

How do the flannel wipes hold up with washing? Does it curl much? I'm tempted to do this with some of my husband's worn out pajama pants. He wears them until the crotch is so worn it gives out, but the legs are fine.

To be honest, I'm not sure how they'll go in the wash in regards to curling, I hope they'll be alright.  I saw them being sold online as two pieces sandwiched together and overlocked around the outside, so I just copied that, lol.

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