Monday, June 18, 2012

babies and more babies

In the last 6 months there have been a lot of babies born into Darrin's family (and to their next-door-neighbor). Since I like making things and I also wanted to save money, I decided to make all the gifts that we gave them.  It has given me a lot of new experiences with sewing--sewing tiny things, re-purposing, re-sizing, etc. I thought I would share what I made.  It also gave me lots to work on as we lived in Payson to keep me busy. Warning: Lots of pictures!

This one was a while ago: My neighbor gave me some hand-me-downs and this cute sweater didn't fit, but I had to use it some way.

So I followed this tutorial on the Make It and Love It blog and made this:

Here is our sweet little niece wearing it:

My good friend Kaitlyn had an adorable baby boy.  I was invited to her shower so I made this rag quilt.  I used fabric I already had (left-over from Logan's bed skirt, curtains, and quilt). I got the idea for the design here

the back:

This was my first time doing a binding on a blanket. I did it by following youtube clips. I was really happy how it turned out.

The next two are not the same picture, just to clear things up. I made the first dress for Darrin's step-sister who had a cute baby girl and the second one for our neighbors in Payson who had her first girl. I made them both from a jersey knit tube dress that had stretched out on the top so I could no longer wear it.  The rest of the material was in good shape so I made these with it.

For the dress I followed this tutorial. (Yes! I love her ideas!)
And for the shoes this and this.

Darrin's other step-sister had a baby girl also, so I made her this outfit.  I made the dress a lot smaller than i had planned, but luckily it fit! I used this tutorial for the dress. (they have sooo many cute patterns and tutorials on their site...just so you know!)

These shoes were from the same pattern as the zebra ones above, but I love how they turned out with two different colors.

 And lastly, I had another friend named Kaitlin have a cute baby girl.  I took this shirt:

And made this dress:

I didn't follow a pattern for this one, just picked apart the dress in places and took it in on other places. Here is Logan modeling the dress. He was too wiggly to get a good shot.

And just for your entertainment...
Not for those easily grossed out...
When Logan was born early they had me pump and they gave him my milk through his feeding tube.  Well, they told me to pump too often so I made more milk than Logan would ever need. (sorry tmi) I heard about a breast milk donation program and I ended up donating all the extras to them. (They give the milk to babies that are born prematurely whose mothers for one reason or another cannot give them their own).  It was good to know I could help little babies. 
Anyway, as a thank you they sent me this cookbook. haha.


Kaylynn said...

WOW! You are very talented... I'm SO impressed. I need to have a baby girl ASAP so you can make her a cute outfit... haha! ;)

Alyssa/Jo said...

You are one talented lady!!! I love all the outfits you made!

Katie Matthews said...

Oh my, I love the dresses with the matching shoes. I will have to get the tutorial from you.

Elizabeth said...

Those are all so cute! It makes me want to learn how to sew.

Laura said...

BEAUTIFUL crafts! You are amazingly talented! I'll have to check out the shoe tutorial!

Tara said...

I need to learn to sew after seeing all those CUTE things you made! Hmm. . . hope Oregon is treating you well!