Friday, April 24, 2015

Out to Sea baby ensemble


Today's post is part of my marathon crafting I have been up to lately. I have spent more time in my craft space than I have in a long time!  I have had a lot of fun and I'm still not done, but I wanted to share these things with you. If you want to see a little bit of some of the other things I have been working on you can see them here. There a few sewn projects you might enjoy looking at.

 I didn't really plan to have two nautical/sailor baby boy ensembles to share, that's just how things turned out. I had another boy shower to go to and I had so much fun working on the projects on my last post, that I thought I would just pick up from there. The theme of the shower is "under the sea/nautical" and I am helping with the decorations, so I thought I would have the gift match as well.

I saw an awesome quilt block that I decided would make a fantastic nautical bib. I didn't have dimensions or anything so I just got to work cutting, sewing, trimming and piecing and finally ended up with this bib. It turned out super cute, I think! There were a few places where my points didn't line up, but I'm finding that perfection is hard to come by these days!  Ha Ha!
 I laid it out flat for this picture so you can see the design better. I think I may try an entire quilt with these blocks sometime. It was fun to put together.
 I went searching for nautical flannel but came up empty handed so I decided just to grab a few different colors and patterns and get to work. It looks so fresh and summery! I think it will be perfect for lazy days outside or trips to the park.
 The squares on this quilt were 5 by 5 and I did 9 rows of 9 across. It is a little bit bigger than what I normally make, but I am sure it will work out great to lay down baby to play, etc.
 More bow ties...what little gentlemen doesn't need a nice set of bow ties? I love these three different fabrics and they look so cute together.
 There is something so precious about a baby in a bow tie, right? So dapper and sweet!  I made these with elastic neck bands so they can grow with baby!
 The shoes...one of my favorites. The first time I made these felt booties was in my last post and I decided to add the extra step of adding the strap. So glad I did...aren't they adorable? I really love it with the anchor button securing the strap in place.
 These booties were made using PTI felt and I have found that is the best to work with for these shoes. It is thicker than any other felt I have used and it seems to stitch up the best. I keep having problems with the holes tearing...don't know if that is a ME problem or a design problem. I think I will contact PTI and see if anyone else has had the same problem or to find out if I am doing something wrong.

 You can see them all packaged up here ready to go!  So boutique-y! Love it!   I also had a last minute decision to quickly make a binkie clip so I just whipped one up. It is quite long, I just folded it up for packaging. I like them to be a little long so that the baby doesn't feel too tethered! LOL!
The last project here is something that I put together to decorate the shower with, but will double as a gift. It is something I saw on Pinterest that I thought would be super easy to re-create. I just bought a canvas, paint and a star fish at Hobby Lobby and then added the vinyl lettering from a sister of a friend.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Ahoy, Little Sailor!

 I have so much fun creating handmade items for baby showers. It seems like I go to ALOT! It seems like it has been girl after girl lately, but I finally needed a boy gift. One of Emma's dance teachers had a sweet baby boy. I purchased two little outfits that would look adorable with a bow tie and some booties to make it *squeal* worthy!  There is just something about making baby boys look like little gentlemen that is so precious.
 I have experimented with different bow tie techniques over the years and finally came up with something that works the best for me. If you are interested in a bow tie tutorial, let me know and I can put one together.  I chose some fun nauticalish fabric that looks great with the two outfits. I packaged it up so it would have a nice a boutique feel.
 You all know how much I love making baby girl shoes but for boys, I really haven't done any. I bought some patterns at Hobby Lobby a few years ago, but haven't even cracked it open. I decided that I would take the easy route and purchase the PTI baby bootie die cuts. Easy, Peasy and I love how they look! This was my first pair so I kept things SIMPLE so that I could get the hang of it. The only embellishment is the anchor buttons that I picked up at Hobby Lobby 2 years ago.  I'm sure they still have them.
I am excited to keep making more of these sweet booties, boy OR girl! I did another post here where I talked a little bit more about the paper projects if you are interested! Have a wonderful spring day!