Friday, October 10, 2014

the "Baby Makes" list

If you know me very well, you know I like lists.  And schedules.  And goals.  And grand plans.  I also kind of like to sew... a lot!  It's not an exaggeration to say that I have been pining to sew for my own baby every since I learned how.  In the time I have left before baby is born, there's nothing I would enjoy more than to stitch away at pretty things to welcome her!

With your suggestions and my list in hand, I have created a new Google Calendar Task list called "Baby Makes" where I can easily track and prioritize (and re-prioritize) these projects.   I'm prepared to be flexible and productive.  Here they are in order of possible attack, as of today!

Hooded Towel - I plan to repurpose these bright pink towels, combined with some Folksy Flannel for fun.

hooded towel project

Moses Basket Sheets - Sheets are an easy make and an ideal opportunity to infuse favorite fabrics into our home.

Pacifier Clips - I made some awhile back for a gift.  We are huge on pacifiers in this family (until they turn one), so clips are a nice extra.

Crib Sheets - Ditto on the crib sheets.  I have nothing against buying sheets, but know I'll have more fun making them, and especially choosing the fabrics!  I'm thinking some Cotton and Steel basics!

Bumper - I still think bumpers are useful.  Ever since I came across this alphabet print by Carolyn Gavin, I've been imagining it as a bumper.  Don't you think?  This project intimidates me a bit, but the visual payoff will be worthwhile.


Changing Mattress Covers - Here's another chance to put my fabrics in the nursery!   I'll also prepare some wool puddle pads for quick-change, mess catchers.

Curtains - Check out this Ikea fabric I bought for making nursery curtains!  It's so yellow and whimsical!  As soon as the room is floored, curtains will move up to the top of the list!


Closet Curtain - The nursery closet it smallish, so I'm going to try removing the door and working with a curtain instead.  Plus, I'll make it patchwork style, like my voile patchwork curtains!  Yum.

dang, I love these curtains

Voile Lovies - We use silky lovey blankets as sleep training objects when baby moves on from the pacifier.  They become treasured keepsakes.  I'm so glad I'll be able to make it myself this time.

Noodlehead Divided Basket - You all convinced me that this would be so useful by the changing table.  Interfacing.. ugh.  If I get worn out, don't worry; I'll let this go.


Alphabet Needlework Collage - I have this ambitious idea to embroidery and cross stitch letters in various fonts and sizes as individual works, and hang them on the wall over the changing table.  I'm going to start with the letter "e" and see how I like it. No pressure.

Double Gauze Blanket - I hardly ever have good reason to work with this delicious lightweight fabric.  Seems like a baby blanket would be the perfect excuse!  Thanks for the idea.

Booties - You suggested making cloth booties that stay on better than socks.  Makes sense, but I need to find a pattern.

Flannel Bibs - I already have 3 absorbent flannel bibs, but will make a few more to start us off.  If baby is a dribbler, I'll have to bust out more later (or buy).

 bib 1

Cloth Books - These are so sweet!  I've seen baby books featuring items like boats, ducks and bears.  Others focus on one color per page.  Sounds like a fun project (or two)!

Floor Quilt - Don't worry, I already have a few favorite baby quilts for Eleni stashed away.  This make would be a thicker quilt that's more suitable for our hard wooden floors in the stage where rolling over and sitting up involve crashes.

Oilcloth Baprons - I made this bapron as a gift awhile back.  This design seems nice for a solid food bib.  I've never sewn with oilcloth, but this could be the push I need.

reversible Bapron bib!

Boxy Pouch - Thanks for the idea of making a boxy pouch to store rarely used toiletry items. This would be nice to tuck away in a drawer under the changing table.

Embroidered Poetry Blanket - I have a luxurious cream baby blanket that's entirely plain.  Wouldn't it be nice to add some black script embroidery?

Sew Knit Baby Clothes - Honestly these aren't even on the actual task list because the are the most intimidating baby project for me.  But if I get lots done and still have energy, I could tackle knits for the first time.  Or, I could wait until after baby is born... 

Ok, so that might be a very long, very ambitious list... but I'm nothing if not ambitious!  I promise not to take it badly if I get only half of it done.  But, hey, I have five months and sewing is my job, remember?

My mama always says, "It never hurts to try!"


28 comments:

  1. Yay! I have a mental list for my little one, but I get quickly distracted by dresses (curse of the first girl). Will you share when you decide on a booty pattern? I love that idea for my winter girl, but I don't know what would be a good pattern.

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    1. These are great (and reversible) !!

      http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/other/baby-shoes---slippers/27369

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  2. So Eleni is due in about 2 years? That sounds about right for the length of this list. :D

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    1. Can I like this comment. Ahah this is hilarious !!

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  3. I need to make this list for my little girl as well, not so long I hope ;)

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  4. Wow, what a list !! Good luck making all that !

    As for the baby shoes, here's a great pattern (I made A LOT of these) http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/other/baby-shoes---slippers/27369

    They're reversible too !!

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Marika. That's not quite what I had in mind, but I could see coming back for it for a baby shoe =)

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  5. I love your list! Can't wait to see the nursery!

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  6. Your fabric choice for the bumper made me think of this book: Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration. They have a pattern for a crib bumper that can also be tied into a book, which would be perfect for that letter fabric!

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    1. Oh, I even have that book. Thanks, I'll take a look at the pattern!

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  7. Look at these precious little Mary Janes.
    http://thecottagemama.com/2014/09/mary-jane-baby-shoes-pattern/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheCottageHome+%28The+Cottage+Mama%29

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  8. 1) Everytime I see that Folksy Flannel print i think "WHY didn't I buy this when I had the chance?!" It is so perfectly girly.

    2) I added a divided basket to my list as well! I hope it really is fun and easy and I can make them for my (many) expectant friends as well.

    3) That ABC print would be great as a book, too. You've got me thinking...

    4) And yes, I agree, your list is CRAZY! but I've never been one for small, fiddly projects either. I made a bumper for my first and it about killed me (not to mention I was new to sewing and didn't know much about interfacing. The end result was rather droopy and kind of a bummer.) But I imagine if you actually enjoy these kinds of projects you could totally get them all done. And I'm glad we get to follow along with your madness! ;)

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    1. Yes, by all means, follow along with my madness. I enjoy the company! =)

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  9. I can't wait to see you whip some of these projects out. As always, I am super inspired by your sewing. Plus, I always love seeing baby girl stuff... My only girl came before I started sewing and now I seem to keep making boys. ;)

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  10. Yeah....I love the list but agree that your daughter needs to gestate for at least 2 years to enable you to make everythin on it ! I also love that Ikea print, first saw it when someone in blogland made a duvet cover from 3 widths of it. It was for the spare bed in a gray/yellow nursery. I loved it so much I had to make kitchen curtains - the only room in the house where the fabric remotely matched.

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  11. There is a baby footie pattern towards the bottom of this page.
    http://www.sewingsupport.com/sewing-how-to/free-patterns-and-projects/baby/booties.html

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  12. Wow what a list I hope you manage to get most of it done. This is a lovely shoe pattern http://thecottagemama.com/2014/09/mary-jane-baby-shoes-pattern/ I hope to have a go at making them soon.

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  13. Rosemary B here:
    I am so excited for you. My oldest daughter .... I am praying for her and her hubbs. They are having a tough time getting pregs, but I hope it is soon. You have so many good ideas.
    I love the ideas for the sheets.
    I am mad crazy in love with those curtains. Did you make them? and also cover your chairs? So darling.
    Keep resting and nesting. It is so fun.
    Yes, I enjoyed all of the ^^ comments. So sweet.

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  14. What fun it will be to work away at this list Rachel! So many cute things to have fun making!
    I just wanted to encourage you to try sewing with knits!! It's so easy and the knit fabric is so forgiving. Use a stretch needle and your walking foot. Lower your foot pressure if you have that option and it's the easiest thing ever. Much much easier than sewing voile! And if you have a twin needle option you can make knit garments that look very "professional".
    cheers to baby sewing,
    sara

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  15. Wow that is a list.... and all great stuff for baby.....

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  16. Great list - one tip I would give is to put a food catcher pocket on the bapron - to catch spills! It helps a lot in keeping you and your baby a little cleaner. There's nothing quite like putting your baby on your hip only to discover that she had a little extra food stored between her chubby little legs for later! And Amy Butler has a really cute little baby shoe pattern in one of her early books - I don't remember the title right now and I'm not at home to locate it, but you could probably find it. It's probably about 7-8 years old...

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  17. I'd skip the bumper! But I'm sure you've already had someone give you unwanted advice about baby sleep safety ;) On the bapron, I would replace it with http://doityourselfec.blogspot.com/2008/04/shirt-bib-with-free-pattern.html I don't know why bibs like these aren't used more.. they have been a LIFE SAVER for my son. He's been wearing them multiple times a day for over a year and a half (he's almost 2) and they keep him so clean. We'd have to change his shirt every meal if his arms were exposed! I'm due with #2 in spring and need to make my own sewing list :)

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  18. Safety concerns me. Bumper Pads are a no-no. There is a risk of suffocation. Please don't make/use these. This is not unwanted advice--as suggested above--but a proven safety hazzard. Period.
    Also, making your own sheets is also a problem. Cotton flannel is very flammable. I know some have said the chemicals in non-flammable sheets are not good--but you will find that the flannel off the bolt will state--"Not suitable for children." Please don't take chances.

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  19. I love the idea of the embroidered letters. I'm looking forward to see that materialise, and your inspiration. And all the curtains. That yellow! So lovely!

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  20. What a wonderful list. I can't wait to see you get all these made and then enjoy them with your bub. That Ikea fabric is perfect. Enjoy your sewing :)

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  21. I'm really excited for you, Rachel! Congratulations!

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