Tuesday, 11 June 2013

I Made That: Kind of... Baby Stuff for Other Colour Lovin' Mothers

So it's "Kind of..." in the title, because I can not claim to have entirely made these items. Let's just say, I enhanced that. And I started the other one (and my Mum finished it).

image: Simple Sewing for Baby by Lotta Jansdotter
So with a new baby, it's time to restock the muslin drawer. And as number one child is somewhat attached to his cloth, I had to do something to identify them as different. So I bought these muslins from Marks & Spencer (the softest in the shops FYI*) and, inspired by Lotta Jansdotter's burp rags in her Simple Sewing for Baby book, decided to edge them.
I dug out some fabric I had in the cupboard, strips from a quilting jelly roll (I believe it was by Moda, definitely bought from this lovely shop on Columbia Road), which meant that while they are not the same, they all match thematically and in colour scheme. Then I cut the edges off the muslins - you wouldn't need to do this if you didn't want to, but I didn't want the edges super thick once I had re-edged them. Finally, I ironed and pinned the strips and whipped them under the sewing machine.

You may be asking why would you bother, when essentially these items are for wiping up dribble, snot and who knows what? Well, if I have to live with these for at least the next two years, why not?

And now we know whose cloth belongs to whom. Not that it stops Max stealing the new soft cloths that have appeared in the house.

The second thing that I made, well I half made, is this nursing pillow cover:

image: Simple Sewing for Baby by Lotta Jansdotter
Nursing pillows are so useful, especially this one, as it is so firm, holding the baby so high up, you can basically feed it hands free - and definitely helps your posture. Again, I was inspired by Lotta Jansdotter's pattern for a nursing pillow in the same book. Her pattern actually makes the whole pillow, but I already owned this one, so I made a new cover for it using Lotta's Choma and Lena fabric. Well, I cut out the fabric, and my Mum stitched it up including zip. Hence, "Kind of..."

*Before I had Max, I asked my sister where to buy the best muslins for my new baby. Her response was "It depends how attached you want your child to get to it" She was right. Ikea muslins: funky patterns, but quite rough, even after 2 years of washing, and not a snuggling favourite. M&S: soft as clouds and hard to pry from Max's sleeping hands. He doesn't mind us taking it away to wash it, but if he sees it in the wash basket he will still take it out to give it a quick snug, even if it is sopping wet. I'm sure there are others, equally good, in different shops, but that's my tuppence worth.

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