Friday, August 22, 2008

Baby Shower

I made a couple things for a baby shower we are going to tomorrow. Well, today really seeing how it's after midnight. By the way I finished them earlier, but I'm posting them now because Neal just got off the computer. Yes, you have seen this fabric before. I used it to make Kaitlyn a dress recently. I didn't have any "boy" fabric so I thought this blue and orange would have to do. The blue is actually darker then it looks in these pictures.
I took this picture pre-Velcro. I used iron on Velcro to keep there from being ugly stitches on the top side. I also put fusible fleece between the two longer pieces of fabric. I figured if it is used for a changing pad while the wipes and diapers are out being used then the pad should be a bit more comfortable then two pieces of fabric. You can find this diaper clutch pattern on Blessed Roots blog. I've made three of them so far and they are super easy. I have stolen her idea on how to sew seams when you must flip the project inside out; it really helps in pulling the raw seams in.
I didn't know this picture was blurry until I had already wrapped it. I've made three of these over the last month. Over Kaitlyn's first year of life we used a lot of tissues. I found flattened and falling apart tissue wrappers in my purse and diaper bag all the time. I figured a tissue case would keep my tissues cleaner and together longer. Our noses are fine right now so I have yet to carry mine around. The one thing I changed was instead of putting ribbon on top of a raw edge to camouflage it I actually wrap it around the raw edge. In the tissue case above I just used bias tape. I contemplated which color ribbon to use and saw the white bias tape sitting there and thought why not. As for sewing the ends I sewed it on the right side first with a 1/8" seam then flipped it inside out and sewed 1/4" seams. I wanted to case to hold up and not have strings hanging from it. Another thing I changed was the dimensions. The tutorial says to cut a 7"wide x 6" long piece of fabric. I found the 7" to be to baggy on the sides of the case and 6" to short for how I sewed it. The case above was cut 6.5" wide x 6.25" long and fits the tissues great. The instructions in the tutorial say to buy a certain kind of tissues. I bought the standard travel tissues and after putting them into the case I used a seam ripper to make a slit in the top of the package.

This isn't all the baby gift only the handmade part. I also made a "baby". If I remember I'll get pictures of him tomorrow before we go to the shower. I bought the Carter's gown/sleep-n-play outfit that comes with a bib, booties, and a hat in 3m. I also got a Carter's onesie, size 1 diapers, teething toy, and pacifier clip. With the help of rubber bands I rolled and stuffed the sleeper with diapers. He has stuffed legs and arms made from rolled diapers. When I made a couple of these before I put socks for hands, but this outfit had the roll over sleeves to cover the baby's hands. Also the first time the sleepers had feet in them, but this one doesn't so I used the booties as feet having the top of a diaper fill it up. I left the sleeper on the hanger and wrapped diapers around it so the torso and head of the baby stay together. The first two times I used a white onesie for the face (unsnapped with that portion going down the neck opening of the sleeper, arms folded back under the hat), but only had a blue one this time. It's a bit weird with a blue face, but that's okay. I clipped the pacifier clip onto the bib and connected the teether toy to it. I didn't get a chance to go to one of the local bases to buy a baby blanket to swaddle him with so I'm not sure what I'll do. My other two I swaddled. I may just wrap this guy up somehow and give him without a blanket. Oh, the first two times I attached a note to him. Here is what it said...

(this one didn't know the gender)

This is Alex the welcome baby

When you take off his sleeper and undo some more snaps
Release a few rubber bands and take off his cap
You will find a couple onesies, a hat, and sleepers too
A few diapers, some booties, and blanket to boot.
Alex doesn’t mind sharing all he has brought
Just add a bow to her hair if it’s a girl you got.

(Knew they were having a boy)
This is Alex the welcome baby

When you take off his sleeper and undo some more snaps
Release a few rubber bands and take off his cap
You will find a couple onesies, a hat, and sleepers too
A few diapers, some booties, and blanket to boot.
Alex doesn’t mind sharing all he has brought
Just wash it right up and a layette you have got.

As you can see with both I changed them according to what was included with the baby.

4 comments:

Grace said...

Great job!! Love this baby shower!! I am impressed!!

Hilary said...

I love the diaper clutch! The "baby" sounds tooooo cute! I would have never thought of that..
P.S. I love this Cinderella song..makes me happy and sad all at the same time :)

Emily B. said...

Oh my gosh, those are so cute!! Wow you do an awesome job.

So Blessed said...

You're a diaper-wrislet-making-machine. Love the mixed fabrics and unique alterations. :) K