Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Messenger Bag for Bug

When I noticed how much Bug liked playing with my bag I thought it would be a good idea to make him one of his own. I followed the kid's small messenger bag tutorial from  Craft Buds.  Bug seems to love the bag.  I think it is a nice size for a toddler.  I used a yard of webbing for the strap.  It is a smidge longer than might be ideal. When Bug first unwrapped the bag he put it on and immediately took off for a trip to the "store" followed by several trips to the "museum".  I love that he can put the bag on independently and  open the flap to take out his treasures.

Monday, August 29, 2011


I'm excited that most of the knitting projects that I made for Bug will work nicely for Ladybug.  Of course, I will knit some items that are just for Ladybug but it will be nice to get some more use out of her big brothers knit items. 

Top Row: Baby Yoda Sweater, Pebble (Henry’s Cobblestone-inspired Manly Baby Vest), Little Bubbles Pattern
Middle Row: Bunny Tail from Itty-Bitty Hats by Susan B. Anderson, Knit "Suede Baby Booties", Five Fruits
Bottom Row: Baby's Pure & Simple Pullover & Cardigan from Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick, Child's Placket-Neck Pullover by Joelle Hoverson from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts Baby Yoda Sweater

Projects notes on Ravelry. Are you on Ravelry?  I'm auntielouisaknits

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sprinkle Shirt for Ladybug

I really loved the K sprinkle shirt that I made for Bug.  Since he's started wearing the shirt he has been pointing out Ks.  I love that it has helped him learn his letters.  It has also held up well through several washings.  I decided that Ladybug needed an E onesie so she could be like her big brother.  Maybe it will help him recognize the letter E.
Perhaps I should make her another that coordinates with her big brother's.
 I love coordinated sibling outfits.  What are some of your favorites?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Dyed Onesie Tutorial

I wanted to dye some of Bug's onesies pink for Ladybug to wear.  The dye I chose wasn't as vibrant as I'd hoped so I wanted to brighten up some of the onesies that I had dyed.

I used doilies as a resist for sprayed dye.  It was lots of fun!  I wonder if anybody else would like to give it a try.

Materials - onesie (or other item to dye), dye (I like Tulip One Step Dye), spray bottle, freezer paper, tape, plastic bag

1.  Most dye works best when fabric has been washed and dried without fabric softener.
2.  Dyeing can be messy.  I like to protect my work table by taping down freezer paper with the shiny side up.
3.  If I am going to be dyeing multiple items I like to tape a plastic bag down to this surface so I can have a clean surface for each item I dye.
4.  I place some folded freezer paper inside the onesies to make them easier to work with and to ensure that the dye would not bleed through.
5. Place a doily or other resist to the onesie. 

6.  Prepare dye as instructed and pour into a spray bottle.  I used screwed my sprayer onto my dye bottle.  If that won't work for you it is probably best to mix the dye and then pour it.  Spray the onesie with dye.
7.  Remove the doily and let the dye sit for an hour or so (if you have directions with your dye follow them) before rinsing out.  

I like the result.  I'm excited to try using other things as resists.  I think it would be fun to try lace, netting, berry baskets, and tape.   What would you use as a resist?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Beanbag Chair

The big thing on my summer to-do-list was to make a beanbag chair.  I'd been thinking about beanbags ever since I'd read about using them for newborn photography.  I didn't really like the idea of buying ones because the ones I could find locally were made with icky materials.  I found a tutorial from Stardust Shoes this spring and decided to give it a try.  I decided to use some denim I had in my stash.  I ended up using two different fabrics.  I did my top stitching in orange to add some interest. 

I am happy with the results.  I imagine Bug will enjoy having a cozy place to read books when he comes to visit and it will be nice to have a place to place Ladybug so we can take her picture when she comes to visit.  

Have you completed any big projects lately? 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Baby Girl Knitting

I haven't had much of an excuse to do baby girl knitting in the last few years.  It has been a treat to do some knitting for my niece.   

So far I've just done some brand new baby sized knitting.  I've done a few photo props.  I love how cozy she looks in them. 

She seemed to like being all snuggled up.  I thought it might be silly to make things just for a photo shoot, but I figure they can be shared with friends or I can recycle the yarn into hats. 

On the way to visit Lady Bug I knit up a little hat.  I think it is the first time I've knit a hat small enough for a newborn. 

I think I'll add the Welcome to the World Newborn Hat to my standard baby gift list.  Do you have any standard baby gifts you like to make?   I have a few favorite gifts to make.  I'm always on the look out for new ideas.  I'd love to hear about what you like to make. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Faux Vest Onesie

I didn't know if I would have a new niece to craft for or a new nephew.  I decided to make a onesie for both.  As I have a sweet new niece she has the baby girl onesie I made.  I didn't snap any pictures before sending it off.  I do have some pictures of the baby boy onesie I made. 

I followed the idea of making a Lttle Gentleman's Faux Vest Onesie from B is for Boy!  What a fabulous idea!  I love it!  I had a hard time making a pattern from the onesie so I folded it in half and copied it with my scanner.  Then I drew my cutting lines right on the print out of the onesie.  Nice and easy. 

I really love the onesie!  I wish I knew somebody with a summer newborn boy to give it to.  I used a seersucker striped fabric.  I think it makes the perfect little summer outfit. 

I've made lots of tie onesies in the past.  I love them for little guys, but I think this onesie vest is much more fun. 

I love the idea of faux vests for babies.  I'm thinking about adapting it to make a faux vest tshirt for toddlers.

August Crafting to Do list.

The other day I turned my calendar from June to August.  I'm wondering what happened to July.  I've been busy with work and other commitments and haven't had much time to be crafty.  I think I'll be able to carve out some August crafty time.  My sister had a baby girl this weekend so now I can add some baby girl projects to my to do list. 

I'm thinking about making some girly onesies.  I really love the idea of adding a doily at the neckline.  My sister asked for a onesie with a fabric necklace.  I'll make one of those but I also love this idea for a fabric paint necklace.  I plan to take some slightly stained onesies and dye them.  I love playing with dye.  Do you have any other great baby girl onesie suggestions? 

As she has a big brother and will likely wear a lot of his hand-me-downs I think it will be fun to make her a bunch of hair bows. Does anybody have any favorite tutorials?
Her big brother is fond of bags and back packs lately.  I'm planing to make him a messenger bag and a backpack.  Hopefully I can make the messenger bag look boyish.  I haven't done bags for boys before. 

Big brother has grown out of his hooded bath towel so I'd love to make him a new one.  I want to make it super cool so he won't be sad about sharing his favorite towel with his little sister.

What's on your crafty to-do list?