Thursday, January 28, 2010

Use What I Have-- Thursday Challenge-- Old Man Sweater Turned Newborn Cocoon

Like most crafters I know I have WAY, WAY too many projects unfinished. Even more than unfinished projects however, are supplies I have purchased and either never used or are leftover from my unfinished projects.

Then, inevitably, I come up with an idea and that idea requires more craft supplies. It's ridonkulous, really. So my new challenge for myself is to use what I have.

I figured that many of you have old man sweaters laying around and also need newborn photo props. (Ok, could just be me too.)

I was saving these really nice Woolrich sweaters that were handed down to me from my dad to make sweater dresses out of for the girls. My dad is the ultimate sportsman...

What I did:

1. I cut off the sleeve. I made sure not to cut the seam at all, my cut is along the body of the sweater. I then stretched open the seam between the sleeve and body to expose the yarn holding that seam together.

Using sharp scissors, I very carefully unpicked that seam. The result is a finished sleeve edge that won't unravel.

2. I tied a knot and pushed it down to the very bottom of the sleeve. And I put the baby in it.

Grandpa's sweater... grandma's quilt...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Valentine's Designs

This has been swirling around in my head for a while now, actually since October! We had a new baby this month, so with the time I should've spent showering or cleaning, I put together three Luvbug costumes for my little ladies.

Introducing our new addition in the newborn sized Luvbug and the newborn pettiskirt (patterns available in my Etsy store.)

And in the toddler size, my little runner... notice the stop sign in the background? I think it suits the picture.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

No- Sew Sleeping Bag-- Zhu Zhu Pet Inspired

What you need:

Fleece scrap that measures 14 inches by 9 inches

What you do:

1. As mentioned above, cut your fabric to a 14 inch by 9 inch rectangle. Fold it in half so it measures 7 inches by 9 inches. The 7 inch side will be the sides of your sleeping bag.

2. Make cuts in each side at every inch, 2 inches deep. Cut the last inch strip at the bottom of the bag at the fold. When I did this I folded my fleece in half again to get the cuts lined up on either side.

3. Now tie your strips together at each side in a double knot.

4. Leave the top strip untied. Fold the fabric to the inside at the top of the sleeping bag and pull the remaining strip on each side through the first and second knot. I did my best to take a picture of this. Tie those strips together in a knot.

5. That's it, you're done!