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Why I’ve been away

So, I had planned to be good and keep this blog updated this year. As it turned out, I had more important and exhausting things come up to distract me. Or, rather one thing. Or rather this:

Beckett announced to all of Target that I had a baby in my tummy about a week before I even suspected. He also insisted it’s a baby girl. It turns out he’s not quite as clairvoyant as it first seemed. It took a little while to convince him that the baby is, in fact, a little brother.  Finn wavered between being disappointed it’s a boy (he already knows how annoying a brother can be) and being happy to not have to endure princesses and Frozen. Especially Frozen.
Other details: He is due mid-Septemberish, so I’m currently about 24 weeks. This will be my first third-trimester Texas summer, so there will probably be much complaining about the heat. If you need me, look in front of the air conditioner. No name yet, although I have considered randomly picking up a Coke and naming the baby whomever I’m supposed to share said Coke with. I abandoned that idea when I would have had to name the baby Edgar Ashley.

Naptime Project–Hanging Cup Holder

I have a Jeep jogging stroller that I love. It’s made walking Finn to and from school with Beckett much more pleasant. I especially love that I found it at Thrift Town for $30. Yay!

There’s only one downside to it:

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Too small cup holders.

Sure, it has a generously sized basket under the seat, but sometimes water bottles get leaky, and carrying anything that isn’t 100% spill proof is out of the question. Thanks to this tutorial from Sew Can Do, I was able to remedy this problem during Beckett’s nap.

I did make a few changes. Rather than using laminated cotton, mostly because I don’t have any, I used some old jeans. (Yay for upcycling!)

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My straw cup is bigger than most water bottles, so I made the pocket a little bigger. If you’re needing to do the same, trace a circle about .5 inches bigger than your cup. To figure out the long side of your rectangles, use the formula 2 x 3.14 x r to find the circumference. (If you’ve slept since geometry class, r is the radius or half the distance across your circle.)

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I also replaced the snaps with Velcro. I had both on hand, but the thought of setting snaps through two layers of denim was not appealing. I have enough trouble setting snaps through thin fabrics. Besides, I figured it’s easier to rip out stitches if the Velcro doesn’t hold than it is to pry out the snaps if they don’t work out.

I’ll get to try it out this afternoon, but so far it looks good. If it doesn’t work out on the stroller, it does fit on my elliptical machine that also needs a cup holder. Smile

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Stay Puft Costume round up.

Here’s the final Baby Stay Puft (or Sweetpea or little sailor) costume. Not too bad. 🙂

To see how I did it:
Phase 1
Phase 2.1
Phase 2.2
Phase 2.3
Phase 3

Beckett’s Costume – Phase 3

Phase 3 is the accessories. Beckett was sick Friday night and Saturday morning, so I was in a rush to finish everything in between him needing mommy cuddles to feel better. I didn’t get as many step by step pictures, but really, they are just a bib and a baby hat. If you are trying to make a similar costume, there are a million different hat and bib tutorials out there by people better at writing tutorials than me.

I agonized the whole time  over how to make a hat like Mr. Stay Puft’s. I finally decided to make it easy on myself and do a simple baby hat inspired by the original. Honestly I think it looks a little wonky, so you may want to find a different way to do it. Here’s how I did Beckett’s, though.

I measured Beckett’s head (18 inches) and divided the measurement by three (6 inches). Then I traced one of Finn’s knit caps on a sheet of paper. I centered six inches on the bottom line and slimmed down Finn’s hat pattern to make my pattern piece. That probably makes no sense to anyone but me. The pattern piece is on the right side of the photo, so maybe seeing it will help.

 I cut three pieces from the leftover sleeve pieces using the pattern and surged them to make the hat.

I cut a strip of navy fleece to make a band/cuff for the hat. Before sewing it to the hat, I used iron on letters to write “Stay Puft”. Then I sewed it into a circle and attached it to the hat. I sewed red ribbon to the top and tacked it so it falls properly.

The bib is based on a pattern I made from one of Beckett’s bibs. I squared off the bottom similar to Mr. Stay Puft’s collar. I used some random navy fabric from my stash, white ribbon for the trim, Velcro for the closure and the same red ribbon I used on the hat for the tie.

 Rather than make the tie s separate piece, I knotted it and stitched it to the back of the bib.

Tomorrow I’ll take a picture of the whole outfit on my little marshmallow. For now, I’ll leave you with this:

Phase 1, Phase 2.1, Phase 2.2, Phase 2.3

Beckett’s Costume – Phase 2.3

FYI, snap tape is a pain to work with. It seemed like it would be simple to just sew it in, but I had a really hard time staying on the edge without hitting the snaps. I tried using a zipper foot as recommended, but ended up going back to my regular (zig-zag?) foot and raising it around the snaps.

Gratuitous Beckett pic.

 This picture shows my crooked stitching and that the snaps face the inside of the jumper.

Before sewing in the other strip of snap tape I serged the edge because this side won’t be folded under. Since fleece doesn’t fray that was really unnecessary, but I love my serger and make up excuses to use it.

Pinned.

Slightly less crooked stitching.

Front completed.

Giant baby-head clearance opening on the back. I had planned to use snap tape,but I ran out. I decided to make it a button closure, which was way less scary than I thought. I did the same perpendicular seam at the top of the back seam as I did at the crotch to separate the button placket.

More unnecessary serging along the cut edges and a straight stitch along the inside edge of the button placket. 

Mr. Marshmallow. I should have added a gusset to for diaper room. He is wearing a super thick nighttime cloth diaper in the picture, though, so it shouldn’t be as snug with a regular diaper. 

Marshmallow jumper complete. On to Phase 3 – the collar.

Phase 1, Phase 2.1, Phase 2.2

Beckett’s Costume Phase 2.2

I’m still in Phase 2, the jumper phase.
This picture is showing how I pinned the sleeves in.

This shows how I tapered the underarm seam to get rid of the weird hip points from Phase 2.1.

I wanted to shrink the width a little but leave it big enough to look like a puffy marshmallow. I used the jumper that fits Beckett as a guide and added about an inch on top of that to mark where I would sew the front and back seams.

I marked where to stop for the legs with three red pins.

Sewing…..

 Stop!

Front seam done!

Here I have the back seam pinned. I started it a few inches down to add a button closure for giant baby head clearance.

 I stitched a line perpendicular to each seam at the end of both the front and back seam.

I cut inside the seam to create a continuous strip for me to attach the snap tape.

Here I have the first part of snap tape pinned in. When I sew it, I will fold it in the width of the tape and stitch all around the edge. 

And here’s where Beckett got too fussy for me to continue for the night.

Beckett’s Costume – Phase 2.1

Beckett actually gave me a few minutes to work on his costume this morning. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

First I turned the shirt inside out and cut off the sleeves just inside the seams. Then I took a picture with my camera in need if batteries.

I folded the shirt in half matching all seams to be symmetrical. then I cut it down the middle along the fold.

Starting at the cuff, I matched the sleeve of my guide jumper to one of the sleeves and marked it about an inch longer. I cut it wiith a slight curve to match the jumper’s arm hole seam.

I used the first sleeve as a pattern to carefully cut the second sleeve while holding a cranky, teething Beckett.

Cranky, teething Beckett.

I don’t have pictures for this part, but I pinned one shortened sleeve into the arm hole with right sides together. (If you’re following along, remember that there is a top and bottom to the sleeve because of how it is cut with the slight curve.) There was hole under the sleeve since the new sleeve is smaller. Once I got the sleeve pinned, I sewed up the underarm hole and tried to taper it out a little. Then I sewed on the arm.

Beckett tried on the new sleeve. It’s a little big, but poofybunchy is good for the costume and it gives him a little room to grow.

Here it is flat. You can see I need to do something to soften the weird hip point. I will probably do the other side the same way first, though, and then fix them both at the same time.

Time to break for lunch and to replace my camera batteries.

Phase 1 is here.

Back to work

With Beckett getting better at entertaining himself for a few minutes, I’ve been able to make some new items for SubEarthan Cottage. After getting them listed this morning, I realized it’s pretty clear they have a “new mom” theme. Click on any of the images to see all similar items shop.

First, we have the coffee cozies, because, duh.

Is it just me, or does that look like a fried egg in the middle of the big flower?

Then we have bibs, because occasionally kids have to wear clothes while eating.

Mmmmm….

Finally, we have rice packs, because after bending over for the 5,740 time to lift your little ton of bricks bundle of joy, your muscles need a little soothing. Pick your favorite fabric!

My attempt at artsy.

And, of course I had to share a pic of my little model.

Doesn’t everyone wear a bib while sitting on the bedroom floor?

All items can be found in my Etsy shop: http://sophiecls.etsy.com

Awesome! Infant Romper Refashion

This is my first attempt at making a baby romper out of a child’s t-shirt. My method was based on this wikihow tutorial  with some changes made as I went along.

This romper started as a long sleeved 5T from Old Navy that I got in a bag o’ shirts from Thrift Town. I used a 6 month romper as a pattern to narrow the sides and sleeves. The length was perfect, so I was able to leave the existing hem alone except for a small half circle cut out for the crotch.

Missed thread and lumpy couch awesomeness. 

For the crotch part, I cut two 5″ x 3″ sections from the sleeve scraps and folded them in half to 5″ by 1.5″. I then hemmed both short sides, turned them and sewed them in to make room for the closures. I had planned to use snaps, but all I had were either huge or too tiny, so I went with velcro.

What happened to my neck!!!?!?!?!?!?

I left the neck and shoulders as-is, so that part is a bit huge. I may try to take it in a little with a dart in the back, but there’s a fine line between getting the neck to fit nicely and OMG-why-are-babies’-heads-so-big! So I may just let Mr. B go for the baggy comfy casual look. Any adjustments will have to wait anyway. As you can see from his modeling debut, Mr. B was DONE, so he’s still wearing it, baggy shoulders and all while he naps.

Ooooh! and today is Beckett’s 10 week birthday! and I actually got a pic posted!

Cloth diapering at 6 weeks

I started using cloth on Beckett at about three weeks. I have a mix of new and old Babyland pocket diapers and a few second hand Kushies All in ones. (cloth diaper types are defined here) I chose to start with the Babyland because they are cheap and I didn’t want to spend a lot until I was sure I wanted to continue. So far, we still have some leaks. Beckett is still at the lower end of the fit ranges for the diapers, so that may be part of the problem. I’m also pretty sure a big part of the problem is me trying to figure out the best way to stuff the diapers for naps and overnight. Beckett sleeps for long stretches, especially at night (don’t hate!) and he can soak any diaper to full capacity pretty easily. I haven’t had one poop blowout, though, which is amazing, if my experience with Finn is anything to go on. I don’t like leaks at all, but I’ll take wetness over poop any day.

Even with the leaks, I am totally sold on cloth. My neighbor gave me some disposables in Beck’s current size, so I thought I’d use them when we’re out or for nighttime since that’s when he leaks most. One time in a disposable left his diaper so red and sore that he cried when I tried to put ointment on it. I immediately went back to cloth and his hiney improved pretty quickly, although it still took a couple of days to completely heal. When I consider that he can be in a cloth diaper overnight without getting red, it’s worth the laundry and learning curve to use cloth.

I do plan to buy or make some waterproof covers to use over prefolds. They’re not as user-friendly because they have to be pinned, but I think they might be easier to adjust to his shape until he really fits the others. I also may make some fitted diapers for him from some of the free patterns available here. I really like the idea of repurposing old t-shirts and other materials to make diapers. I also like the idea of using up material from my fabric stash that is taking over my craft room.

For anyone who is interested in making their own diapers, my Joann’s now has a section with everything you’ll need to do it. I was excited to see that I won’t have to order everything online before I get started making some for Beckett. I’m sure the prices are higher than you’ll find online, but if you’re just wanting to try making a couple before stocking up on supplies, it’s not bad.

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