Friday, September 27, 2013

Washed Earth Mosaic

There is a fun contest over at Stitched in Color. Making a fabric picture mosaic using the offerings at Pink Chalk Fabrics. The theme is Washed Earth or autumn and this is what I came up with:

Washed Earth Mosaic

It was fun to see the fabrics that are around at the moment and to make a little mosaic. I think my favourite of all the fabrics is the flannel in the first square!

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

baby in the hood

baby in the hood hoodie

Here is another project I made for V. from Handmade Beginnings. The Baby in the Hood jacket is so cute! I had fun choosing the different fabrics and buttons.

hood

It's lined with flannel which gives it a bit more weight. I think when making this pattern, I'd either use a bit sturdier fabric than quilting cotton for the outside or line it with flannel or possibly both.

hoodie detail

I really love this Japanese print! So much tiny cuteness!

hoodie buttons

I made this in a size 3-6 months before V. was born, and the sizing is pretty accurate, it fits for a nice long period of time (well, long for a speedily growing baby at least ...) due to the sleeves that fold back. I'll be sad when she outgrows it, but if I can manage, I'll make her another one in a bigger size for fall in a fine wale corduroy.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

patchwork sleeping sack

patchwork sleeping sack

There are some things I made during my pregnancy sewing frenzy that I haven't shown you, yet. One of them is this Patchwork Sleeping Sack, made following the instructions from Anna Maria Horner's Handmade Beginnings. I really liked making it, the instructions are very clear and the pattern is just so cute. The part that was most fun, of course, was picking out the fabrics. I went with children's prints on white, because I wanted a similar feel to this pillow. The fabrics I chose are mostly in rainbow colours and with high contrast, and I like the way they look all together!

bird detail

The size of the patchwork squares is larger than in the original pattern to showcase the prints a bit better. Other alterations I made was adding an extra layer of flannel in between the layers (wouldn't do that again, it was a tad too warm and also more difficult to sew) and hiding the seam in the inside bottom with leftover bias tape.

neckline detail

I took the pictures of the sack in the cardboard box V. slept in during the first weeks, as is the custom in Finland. The lovely embroidered crib sheet was first used by V.'s Finnish grandfather.

heart detail

The sleeping sack is much too small now, but I think it's nice to have something extra-special for those first weeks. Also, like this the size is small enough to keep a doll or teddy bear warm! :-)