Thursday, October 30, 2008

Baby Sewing

I know, I know...'not more baby projects!' But, yeah, that's what I got. I've been meaning to share these for a couple weeks now, but I've been spending more time in front of the sewing machine and less time in front of the computer.

First up, I made a couple pairs of cloth baby shoes. I was originally inspired by these since I had scraps of the same line of Heather Ross fabrics leftover from this quilt. The inspiration shoes use this tutorial, which looks like it puts out a very nicely made finished project. However, since my scraps were smaller than I thought and I didn't have any of the fleecy stuff for the soles, I ended up using the tutorial here for 3-seam baby footies.

Fabric Shoes

The finished product

I also wanted to show photos of the insides, since I added little 'details' with some of the smaller-scale images on the fabric:

Fabric Shoes - Dogs

"Leetle Doggies"

Fabric Shoes - Horses

"Leetle Froggies"

These came together really easy and I was able to use stash for everything but the gripper fabric for the bottom of the shoes, which I had purchased on sale when I originally thought I would be making the other cloth shoes. (I'm notorious for only reading instructions half way, I read about the gripper fabric but not the fleecy stuff and I didn't feel like going back to the fabric store right then.) I still plan to make the original shoes, but I also want to make some like the booties from the Little Stitches book. You can see some nice ones here.

Fabric Shoes - soles

I also made a bunch of bibs out of scraps from various projects. I followed this tutorial. In some cases, I even sewed fabric scraps together to make pieces big enough to make the bib front or back pieces. Here are the fronts:

Baby Bibs - fronts

And I matched each front fabric with a back piece of flannel in one of these three prints as best I could:

Baby Bibs - backs

The only cost associate with the bibs was the remnant of monkey flannel I bought for $2 (I'm a sucker for monkeys :) and the pack of snaps...The snaps are key by the way. I opted for the hammer-in kind and I'm glad I did. They look more 'professional' and seem like they will actually hold up to lots of on and off tugging and use.

Anyway, that's all for now. I'm currently looking into tutorials for baby slings and hope to have one worked up pretty soon.

9 comments:

Kara said...

For goodness sake, could those booties be the cutest thing ever?!

Octopus Knits said...

The booties are insanely cute, and the bibs are great, too!

Melissa said...

Super cute! Wow, you were churning those bibs out. Were they relatively easy? I might try some for the larger print fabric I have.

Nonnahs said...

So freaking cute!!

Theresa said...

Adorable! You're full of energy. Hope to see you soon.

amandacathleen said...

omg I'm overcome with all the cuteness. nothing could be sweeter than those booties and those bibs! The best thing about bibs with snaps, baby's can pull apart a snap like they can with velco and stuff can't stick to snaps like velco.

mle said...

Oh my those booties are cute! I love the fabric pairings you used!

Jennifer said...

Those booties are so darn cute! I like the bibs too.

ponyknit said...

Adorable!!!