A friend of my husband just had a baby on 11-11-11… I know, so cool, huh? He wanted me to make a diaper cake and “maybe some of those clippy things?” hahaha.
I dug through my fabric pile and found the space invaders and pac man ghosts, and thought it was totally perfect for this baby of a geek, which in turn will most definitely be a geeky baby.
Space Invaders bib with matching minky clips
Pac Man bib with matching minky clips
I don’t know how I scrounged up enough scraps to do all of these clips AND back the bibs, but I did some creative placement! I think it’s safe to say that the minky is not necessarily all on the grain…
For a 5th clip, I used some of my treasured Tetris fabric that I got from Spoonflower last year.
And lastly, a receiving blanket to tie the entire cake together… bicycle flannel… I didn’t have anything geeky and Michael Miller flannel is just so soft after it’s washed!
I had a request from the person that received these to do some more for a baby shower. The only instructions given were that the colors were green and brown, they didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl, and she liked the damask patterned one. Not a whole lot, but more than enough to get creative.
So I started searching around my stash for green and brown, everything green and brown i could find in any fabric, even if they didn’t go together or weren’t the same shades, even if it was just a scrap. I came up with about a dozen fabrics and carted them all to my sewing table (aka, “the kitchen table that hasn’t seen food in probably close to 2 years now”). I started laying them out, moving them around, pulling some, putting some other ones in, just visual brainstorming. I had the wonderful thought to make one side minky because I had some stringy minky scraps from cutting around blankets and bibs, and I hardly ever throw a scrap away. So here’s what I came up with:
Not too girly, not to boy-y (yes, it’s a word now), and hopefully sorta co-ordinate-y (again, now a word).
I ordered some cute michael miller flannels and I’ve been having a whole lot of fun with them. Good quality flannel is just so soft after you wash it, I just love it!
I made this taggie block from 3 different prints and 3 different types of ribbon that I’d managed to collect that matched the block. I stuffed it lightly and inserted a plastic egg taped up with a couple of pennies inside to make a rattle.
I made this block for a friend of mine with a 6 month old that was in town… but I forgot it at home! Arrrrg! So while at breakfast with her I was trying to describe it to her, she said what she REALLY wanted was to score some more of those pacifier clips.
Check out all the cool fabrics! The little cars worked so well (and it’s a boy too!). The guitars didn’t work… I should have cut the other way, or on the bias. The green universe on black looks really hot! The words are all children’s toys and games – I found it in the remnant bin. Some of them have clips at both ends, good for attaching blankets, books, and plush toys. Some of them have a snap on one end, good for going through toys with loops, easier to clip small pacifiers. I whipped these all off in a single night!
A very close friend of mine had a baby on the weekend. When she went in to be induced on Friday, I started sewing. We didn’t know whether it was going to be a boy or a girl, so when he was finally born on Sunday, I kicked it into high gear. I’m going to go see her tonight, so I’ll be taking everything with me, but all told I have:
- A very large (approximately 60″x60″) Curious George flannel blanket
- A smaller (approximately 45″x45″) frog flannel blanket
- Two minky (approximately 36″x42″) rockstar blankets
- a reversible nursing cover
- 2 coordinating clip straps
- 4 coordinating wash/burp cloths
- a Fraggle (I didn’t make that one 😀 )
rock'n'roll blanket (michael miller & minky)
groovy guitar blanket (michael miller & minky)
reversible nursing cover
So I’m getting my first real nephew this month. Not just the honorary kind where you get called “auntie” just because, but a real, blood (in-law) nephew. So to commemorate the occasion (and since I really don’t want to be depressed about my own lack of child when it seems like the ENTIRE world is pregnant all at once, I started sewing. I found this adorable sock monkey print at a local fabric store and already had some of the minky red hearts and minky blue dots. What came next was nothing short of a miracle.
I think I managed to finish two bibs, two blankets, and two pacifier clips in two nights, one night of which I was also packing and both of which I was also working on a programming project too!
My cousin hasn’t picked up her bag yet, so I started playing with the leftover fabric to see what else I could get done before it was picked up. This piece was made from the corners that were cut out of the bag (a corner cut out of each side gives it a flat bottom so it will sit flat ). It’s got soft and fuzzy flanelette on the back as well:
made from the cut-out corners of the bag...
and soft and fuzzy on the back...
and pacifier clips...