Friday, October 19, 2012

Crochet Cocoon/Swaddler

Recently, I visited a friend with a new baby girl. She had her little one wrapped in a little cocoon/swaddler that was crocheted. I loved the idea, so with my best friend due in just a few days, I decided to make one. 

Mine is a simple double crochet stitch with multicolored yarn for the main body and a black ring for the top  edge. 

It fits him just great!

Perfect for a sleepy baby. 

There are so many variations that these can be made into and I am excited to make more!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Onesies into T-shirts

A couple of weeks ago, my aunt asked if I have a sewing machine. When I said yes she asked if I could do a project for her. She explained that her daughter, who is 2 and now starting to potty train, has a lot of cute onesies, but those snaps just don't work with potty training. She asked if I could make them into shirts for her, and I said yes. 

A couple of days later, the package arrived in the mail with five long sleeve and five short sleeve onesies.

She also sent a shirt for the length she was looking for.

When I laid the first onesie down with the Americana shirt on top, I realized that even with cutting the onsies right at the hips, there would be no room to hem.

I made a cut straight across, as low as I could and decided I would work from there.

With the bottom cut off, I thought about the different ways I could fix/hem the shirt. I had the idea to just use another type of fabric to make a hem, when I realized I had all the fabric from the bottom part of the onesie that I had just cut off! It was the same fabric, so it would of course work perfectly. 
I cut along the dotted line (below) to use the edge of the bottom of the onesie as a hem for the shirt.

Laying those pieces straight out, there was plenty to work with! 

I cut the pieces about 1 inch bigger than the width of the shirt and pinned them together, right sides in.

Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, I sewed the pieces together on both ends, making sure to stitch back and forth a couple of times. I then turned this new "hem" right-side-out and starting with matching the seams, I pinned it to the bottom of the shirt.

Using my longest stitch possible, I sewed a straight line all the way around, attaching the hem to the bottom of the shirt...all finished!

I repeated this process for all the shirts and was quite pleased with how they turned out. 

10 shirts ready for potty training days. 


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Crochet Hats

Do you remember this post where I talked about an auction we had at our church? We moved to a new town in August, and about a month ago, we had an auction in our new church; however, this time it was just the women that participated. 

For this auction, I donated a crochet hat. My friend Ashley got it, and since she just had a little girl, I decided to make them matching hats! I love how they turned out. 

I have made some hats before, but they have all been adult size. (I used this video to make the hat and this video to make the flower.) This little hat was in instant favorite of mine. I just love all things little. 

And how precious is she?



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Crazy Busy

Well, it has officially been FOREVER since my last post! Wow...let me give you a quick run down of the past few weeks:

1. School is a lot of work. (At 18 credits in my senior year of a mechanical engineering undergrad, how could it not be?)

2. We love our family! We spent a weekend with Nathan's mom and had a lot of fun with her here. 

3. Our good friend Eric returned from his 2-year mission and paid us a visit! It was so good to have him here  for a few days before he went off to culinary school in New York. 

4. I got sick. Ugh...that was just not fun. It was pretty much every possible kind of being sick all in about three days. With my already busy schedule, that put me back a little bit in school work, but I am finally caught up again! Woo hoo!

5. Our best friends had their first baby! Oh my word he is just so cute; what a little bundle of joy. They are home now and doing very well.  

With all of that excitement, this blog got a little lost, but I have found it again. I have lots of fun projects to share with you so stay tuned!