Here’s a quickie to share a tip I came up with yesterday when I was cutting out pieces of cr0tch lining. You know how sometimes the selvedges on knits want to pull tight and make wrinkles? I used to cut the selvedge off, but then later it would be a pain to find the proper layout on my small scrappy pieces (I try to leave the selvedge on the pieces if possible.)
Here’s how you fix it.
Yup. Just a few little snips along the selvage and the fabric lays flat. Now if you’re wanting those selvedges to stop rolling, I can’t help you. Sorry.
Hope this helps you!
See? I’m not dead. Somewhat zombie-like maybe, but not dead.
I got sucked in. I love this sort of thing, and since I missed Jungle January this year *sob*, I decided to try and do something simple and small for Blue February. And I’m proud to say that in between feedings I managed to scrape together enough time to sew up 5 new blue burp cloths for the little guy.
I did the shark ones first, and then one evening I snuck down while hubby was home and did the 3 monkey ones. Not terribly original, but it’s the best I can do with a 1 month old! They’re so fast and are perfect for getting familiar with your machine again, because it’s sort of like riding a bike–you may not forget, but you definitely still need a bit of a refresh-your-memory session before trying the bike equivalent of motocross.
Last week I also whipped up Kwik Sew 2997, since I didn’t get to make the car seat cover before the baby got here I had to make up for lost time. It turned out pretty good, I didn’t have any ribbing and didn’t really have a way to get any, so I just used the same fleece I used for the rest of the cover. I can’t decide if the ribbing would have prevented the distortion of the opening, or if it’s just because my car seat has a slightly different shape than the pattern is designed for. Overall though, the pattern was easy to make and went together without a hitch. I may add a flap to cover the opening, even though there isn’t one included in the pattern. The cold is probably nearing it’s end for the year, but the prairie wind is a killer.
Currently I’m working on a pair of undies (boring, I know!) to replace the stretched out “ungrown” ones that I currently wear, but I’m out of scraps to make more with, so I guess I’ll be having to make up a couple of tees (tragic, I know ). I’ve got a couple of nice pieces of rayon jersey and no ideas of what to make with such a soft drapey fabric. I’ll have to paw through my stash to see what I even have for patterns, but feel free to suggest your favorite pattern that would be suitable for a lightweight drapey jersey, because any excuse to buy more patterns…..
So if you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably already heard the news that the new baby is here. And he is! He’s about 20 days early, but all the critical systems that they worry about in “preemies” are go with our little guy. We have to make sure to wash our hands often, just in case, but lungs/heart/etc. are all in fine working order. (Especially the lungs–he can really scream when he’s upset!) Our only issue is jaundice, but yesterday we went from the 95th percentile to the 75th percentile in about 6 hours, so they deemed us ready to head home. And he’s eating good, so hopefully, he’ll be over it soon.
Since it’s kind of a thing, here’s the stats:
- ~5:30 AM
- 6 lbs 11 oz
- 19 inches
- Boy (you probably got that by now, LOL!)
It’s rather interesting how it came about, since I was on bedrest from a trip to L&D a day or two before. I had a doctor’s appt. in the morning, came home and spent all day in bed (and on Twitter) alternating between sleeping and goofing on the computer. By dinnertime my back, hips, and butt were so sore and achy from sitting/laying in bed for two days that I decided to grab a bite and take a shower. I thought maybe a shower would make my muscles relax a bit and I’d go back to the bed. But apparently my body had other ideas. Immediately after my shower, I got out and my water broke–which is a very interesting sensation, and one that I missed the first time around–so we hurried and got loaded up and headed in. Everything went pretty well–no horror stories here, but I’ll spare you the recount just the same–aside from being sore and tired, I’m doing pretty good.
So anyway, I’m ready get back to staring at my newest creation…babies are just pretty darn amazing. And so, so hungry….all the time…
Firstly, even though it’s a few hours away for most of my readers, I want to wish all of you a happy and blessed New Year! May the challenges be surmountable and the blessings many.
I know that we’ve got a lot of big changes coming with the new year, with a baby due in January, a move to a new city, and a major career change for my hubby–and that’s all before Spring is even over!! It will be exciting, to say the least, so I’m going to try to keep my resolutions to the do-able level.
My resolutions for 2014 are:
- Treat people with the same courtesy and goodwill throughout the year that I exhibit during Christmas. Why should it be limited to November and December?
- Do a better job of giving to charity. I always give the excuse of not having much to give, but I think it will help me remember that I am blessed–I have a home, a nice car, a healthy, beautiful family, and a wonderful husband who provides for us. Far too many others aren’t so lucky.
- Purge my closet. I have so many things that I can’t/don’t wear for a multitude of reasons (mainly they don’t fit my body/lifestyle). Someone should be putting these clothes to good use!
- Get out of my wardrobe rut. I feel like I’m constantly wearing the same thing–I need to break free! Especially if I’m going to be helping hubby with his new job, it’s probably a good idea to dress more appropriately, just in case.
- Get out of my sewing rut. I’d like to challenge myself with at least one garment this year–a blazer, perhaps? Or maybe a cute fitted jean/moto jacket?
- Learn a new sewing technique, or at least master one I’ve tried before unsuccessfully.
- Be better organized. I’m terrible about planning anything from a menu to a sewing queue. It makes my life unnecessarily hectic, and with a new baby, that’s likely to spell disaster and a blown budget. I actually did a pretty good job on that with my sewing room this year, which helped my miniscule productivity immensely, so I’d like to expand it beyond the sewing room.
- Be a better mom. I’ve got a fantastic boy who’s already 7 and growing so quickly, I need to spend more time with him and less time plugged in. Sometimes I feel like my life is ruled by my computer, and I need to switch more of that focus to my kid (soon to be kids!) and even to my sewing and home life. I guess I need less inspiration and more perspiration.
I think all of these resolutions are reasonable, since most of them are a mindset change. What resolutions are ya’ll scheming up?
I took it easy on myself this year, I figured I had enough going on that I didn’t need to stress myself out trying to make up gifts for people. Thank goodness too, since I’ve recently caught myself a lovely cold. Which is a fantastic thing to have so close to the holiday season, let me tell ya.
So the first thing I made was a couple of pairs of hot pads using the tutorial found on the CraftyAsianGirl’s blog. One set was K-State (already wrapped before I thought to take a pic) and the other are these purple ones. Both sets used the same grey fabric as the “gonna get dirty” side, and you can see the K-State fabric I used in the picture. A couple of things I thought I might mention–there is only one “pocket” doing it the way she instructs, I changed it to add a second pocket because that’s how some premade ones I saw were. The second thing of note: if you are making these and a man would be likely to use them you’ll need to make them wider–they fit my delicate female hands just fine, but they don’t fit my hubby’s.
The next thing(s) I decided to make was something I’m calling “sleepover pillows”. Basically, they are just a rectangular pillow with a handle on one side for carrying around the house (or to a friend’s house). The covers come off for washing, and I just used pillow forms from Jo-Ann’s–they are smaller than a bed pillow and easier for kiddos to carry around with them. I did 3 of them; one for my brother, one for my little sis, and one for one of my sisters’ “step daughter”. Brace yourself for some eye-searing psychedelic goodness!
One thing that completely escaped me was making a gift for my son’s teacher. I had planned to make her either a baked potato bag or a rice heat pad. But, then I got sick and the kiddo got sick and it just never got done. It’s a bummer, but hopefully, other parents got her something cool and she’ll never miss something from us.
In the near future I’m hoping to sew up some more stuff for the baby, we’ll see how long it takes me to get to that, since the recipient hasn’t made it into the world just yet, and I’m a world class procrastinator. Previously that plan was to whip up a couple of swaddle wraps from here and a car seat cover (Kwik Sew 2997) for the baby. But then, Struggle came up with the Sewing for Little People Sew-Along, and I fell in love with the little newborn pants pattern she found on another blog. So now I’m hoping I can get all that stuff sewn up before the little guy gets here!!
How did everyone else do? Forget to get something made up like me? Plan everything well in advance and had a stress-free Christmas (NOT like me)?
Hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!
To my fellow US sewists, I want to wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving. May you have many blessings to be thankful for.
So my (well, actually my hubby gave me the idea) peeve today is the Thanksgiving day parade. It would really be nice if we could actually see more of the parade and less of the yahoos behind the table. So CBS, if you are listening, cut down on the camera time for the goofballs and give us more of the actual parade. Does this annoy anyone else?
Anyway, keeping it short and sweet today so that I don’t miss out on getting stuff in the oven on time! Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving, start of Hanukkah, or just a fantastic Thursday!!
Well, OK, it did have hairballs. I cleaned them out a couple of days ago. All that fleece from making burp rags for a customer and myself made a disgusting little quilt under the needle plate and made my sewing machine sound more like a jackhammer. And if we’re being honest, I suspect I’ll be cleaning it out again here pretty soon because either there is a lot of fleece fuzz floating around in my sewing room or this quilting cotton is more linty than I anticipated, because my presserfoot looks like it’s trying to participate in no-shave November. And it’s been quite successful, I might add.
Since I last blogged, I’ve made a dozen burp rags for a customer, another couple of bibs/burp rags for myself (I decided to hold off on making too many, just in case I ended up with more from friends/family), and pieced together most of a quilt.
Yes, you can back up and read it again if you like, but it really does say the words “piecing” and “quilt”. And I know that I said “never again” very emphatically after my last one, but….well, quilts that are ready made are not to my taste/style and expensive. This one is only expensive. Pictures or it didn’t happen, you say? Fine. Here’s a shot of it in it’s current unfinished state in my messy basement.
It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I think it’s rather pretty myself. I really like the combo of the teal and the different shades of grey. There are actually going to be strips of white between each square, with little black squares at the corner of each of the big squares. As you can probably tell, there’s one more row that isn’t finished yet, and all of my white columns are still “in progress”–partly because I decided after laying it out last night that it needed to be a bit longer. This is going on my queen sized bed, and since my hubby is a “covers thief”, I want there to be some extra so that I don’t freeze!
Wish me luck on wrapping this bad boy up here over the next week, I’m probably gonna need it! Also suggestions for backing would be appreciated. I was thinking a king-sized flat sheet? And the plan for quilting was using a twin needle on the outside of the “ditch”, would that look stupid or cool?