Scrap Sunday: Sleeping Bag

Just a quick one for this Sunday, but a cute one.

Mr. No Thank You agreed on my suggestion on a mummy made sleeping bag for his dolly as I thought a plastic bag is not the appropriate choice. So he chose the fabric, I took the measurements and my little assistant (the girl, Mr. No Thank you was totally exhausted from the decision making) helped me draw the design and then the pattern.

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I decided to line the sleeping bag as facings on such a tiny scale would be a nightmare and even if it is only a sleeping bag for a doll, I still want it to look nice. Even as a child I always found the doll dresses cheaply made. I guess I already had an eye for top quality.

After the slight inside out problem last week, I decided to make a tiny sample first, just to see that I leave the right seams open this time. And I managed. Hard to believe, I know, but I did.

IMG_4624The sleeping bag went down well with the new owner – not only had the doll to sleep for three days non stop but he also requested a few new clothes πŸ™‚

And I am rather happy too. It is actually cuter than the one for the life sized baby.

And I am seriously considering to create an e-book – except that I do not know how to do this or where to even start. But never mind. I am the proud owner of a brand new computer, surely there is a button for E-book creation. I’ll just put it on my to do list πŸ™‚

 

 

Scrap Sunday: the homemade tag blanket – a tutorial

I am really busy these days businesswise and I actually have to follow a rather strict time table in order to fulfill all pending orders. That sounds spectacular, I know. And I like it. Even if it is slightly, just slightly exaggerated. But I do have to make a few yoga bags (manly ones. I hope I will achieve this goal this time round) and knit a cardigan plus a birthday dress for my niece (ok, that is a private matter but it definitely has a deadline). Plus I have to write a scheme of work for my class “numeracy through knitting”. So while I was busy doing the latter, thinking a lot about numbers, shapes, patterns and spacial sense, I needed a break and thought finally making that little tag blanket might be a welcome change.

As super-ambitious teacher and generally smug person I thought I’ll spoil my readers with a little tutorial as I am clearly an expert of turning things inside out as I had recently experienced with the coat.

So here is how it is done properly πŸ™‚

You’ll need two nice pieces of fabric, I went for woven cotton, I guess, jersey might be softer but I wanted to use the cute animal fabric from the advent calendar. I also cut a really broken and scratchy face cloth into shape to add some texture. For the tags you can use all bits of left overs, ribbons, labels, bits of fabric,…. Just make sure you’ll have all the edges sealed. The easiest will be to fold them and have the open edges inside the seam.

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You could also add some crackling material, either in the main part or, as someone had commented last time, just in some of the tags, which I did for this one.

As one of the fabrics features unsuitably dangerous sharks, I cut (twice) a few blue waves and stitched them together with some of that crackling foil.

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I left the piece open at the bottom to be able to turn it inside out and that open side will later be inside the seam of the blanket anyway.

Next, you carefully arrange the layers. It works best if you smugly explain your baby or any other person present how brilliant you are that you whip this up during a “numeracy through knitting scheme of work” break, just before you’ll have to go shopping. And that you are going to take some pictures for your blog readers to explain them how things are done.

Basically, all you have to do is to put the layers in a random order on top of each other not caring about right and wrong side as long as you are taking pictures of the process. And pin everything in place. Make sure that all tags are looking inside, in line with the seam. There is no need to take pictures of the five tags that you pinned sticking out in the first attempt as you will realise early enough which way to place them. You are a clever and well rested person after all.

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Take an other picture to show your readers that the right side of the top layer is facing down as you are going to turn the whole thing. You are not stupid after all.

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Stitch around the four sides. For added safety, you should secure each tag by going back and forwards again. Actually, don’t go around the whole thing. Leave a gap of a couple of cm for the turning. Be proud of remembering that. I’d take a few pictures of that really.

IMG_4593Even if by now you might be realising that you actually hadn’t payed attention when you put the first layer of fabric on the table. And that the sharks will be facing inwards after turning. They are inappropriately dangerous for a small baby anyway and it might be better that way. No need to get the seam ripper out. You only have about 5 min until the baby sitter comes anyway.

IMG_4594Just make sure your readers will see that gap properly. That is the only important thing here.

And then turn the inside out. IMG_4595This might now be the moment where you are slowly realising that not only the wrong side of the sharks but also the old and scratchy face towel will be on the outside and the cute animals will be completely hidden. But possibly give the whole thing some added stability. And that scratchy face towel will really have a very different feel and the baby will enjoy that. At this stage it is all about different textures. After all this is why you created all these different tags.

So you could just keep turning the whole thing. Or you do take that seam ripper and take the whole thing apart.

No it is probably time for shopping. A bit of fresh air might not be the worst at this stage anyway. So do that and continue with this quick project later.

When reassembling the layers, just remember one thing: The two sides that are supposed to be on the outside later, need to be on the inside, with the tags in between them. The middle layer can either be underneath everything or on top of everything. Doesn’t matter. As long as the two pretty sides are facing each other and have the tags in between them. Easy. And actually follows the same principle as the crackling material in the waves. Remember when you stitched them together correctly in only one attempt?

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The benefit of this slightly longer process with the few extra steps before this one is that you will actually have a line of dots from the previous stitches showing you where to sew. Which is really helpful. So just be proud of it again.

Shorten the seam allowance, especially the corners.

And turn the whole thing inside out. You can either close the gap by hand or top stitch around all sides and close the gap during that process.

Now, it is optional to iron the whole thing. I decided not to take pictures of the ironing process as I would like to leave a bit of room for imagination to keep my readers active.

Time for more pictures. And to be proud. Before you finally go back to your numeracy scheme of work and all this thinking about spacial recognition and logic.

IMG_4597IMG_4598Needless to say that the baby was most impressed by the cleverness of his mum. And the crackling waves are so much fun. I really enjoy playing with them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrap Sunday: tag blanket

Today’s scrap post is just a quick picture of an idea how you could use up some scrap fabric and small pieces of ribbons and trimmings. Again, I didn’t make it. Don’t have time, sorry. I really need to finish my coat.

Yes I said my coat. And yes, I said my coat. Nothing for the children. No, for me. Yes, a coat. It is still cold enough to wear a coat. Which vomiting baby will destroy it in seconds? I have no idea what you are talking about. It is my coat, I will wear it every day. At least when said baby is nowhere near me. Or turned 18 and stopped ruining my clothes. And I will just put those button holes in today, that should be doable and then I will show you my coat. As soon as I have taken pictures of it. Possibly with me in it. So I just need someone to take the pictures and the baby in a different part of the country. Easy.

Oh, yes, the Sunday scrap project. Something for theΒ  baby this time. (You see, I need to make up for all the things I just said. I don’t really want the baby in a different part of the country. Just no vomit on my coat).

So, my older ones have kindly surprised me with all the baby toys that were still safely tidied away at the far back of the wardrobe. They wanted to help me by getting them ready for the baby who can not hold toys yet. Thank you guys.

They found this tag blanket.

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Not a new idea. But a good idea. I am a big fan of toys made of fabric. They are easy to wash, the unattended baby can not hurt himself. It can be chewed on and I prefer chewed on fabric much more than chewed on plastic made in China.

A little bit off topic: There is this little shop in Vienna. Galerie Sonnenschein in Neubaugasse. It is a great shop and the owner makes the cutest toys out of fabric – not the one in the picture but other lovely things, rattles,…. If you ever are in Vienna, go there and get some baby toys.

So, I will make one of these once my coat is done. Did I mention that I am currently making a coat for myself? Yes? Are you sure? Cause it is a beautiful coat. For me.

I will do a little bit of research about noise making devices for baby toys. I am thinking of putting in a crinkle material or possibly a rattle thingy rather than that little bell. That doesn’t look that healthy to eat. I’ll show you once it is done.

 

Scrap Sunday: and yet another neck warmer

I am really trying to post more often, I have so many exciting things going on. And a lovely babysitter which would normally allow me to sew, just sew, every Monday from 9 to 12.
So, I am very excited and started several projects at the same time: The BIB project (sounds like a new and upcoming indie pop band but really it is about creating the perfect bib before the young man outgrows his reflux), a little red riding hood costume with added welt pockets to practice welt pockets before making my own coat, the perfect breastfeeding top that is not a pregnancy-breastfeeding combo as I am NOT pregnant anymore and certainly do not want to look like it, a couple of baby presents for all these babies recently born, a knitted dress for my niece’s first birthday and a knitted cardigan for a 2 year old (an actual order!)
I should be able to finish all of them tomorrow between 9 and 12, no?
And I will write 500 posts about them in the next couple of days. To be ready for new projects next Monday.

But back to Scrap Sunday.
I was lucky enough to get my preordered copy of Kinderleicht! Naehen mit Jersey fuer Babys and Kids by Pauline Dohmen (klimperklein) a couple of weeks ago (oh, I almost forgot, you can add a babycoat to my list) and finally managed to make a little triangular scarf out of left over fabrics. It is very pretty. I didn’t intend to let Mr. Reflux wear it as it would be a waste, plus it is a bit unsuitable for our needs. But it is pretty and I kind of want to keep it for myself him.
So we will see. But I really made it to be teamed up with a little hat and to go to one of those new babies as a welcome present.
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IMG_4519As you can see, it is double sided and therefore reversible.Β  And will make a perfect little baby present together with one of klimperkleins cute little hats, like these if you remember:

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I seem to not have shown you our current one yet, we are getting lots of compliments for this one. Also a proper Scrap Hat, actually:

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