Monday, August 15, 2011
i haven't been able to do much sewing lately. but i have been able to squeeze in some very small projects here and there whilst the little snowdrop is either napping or spending quality father/daughter time with c.
one project was quite necessary. see, our bassinet/moses basket came with a lovely organic cotton pad, which i ruined pretty much right off the bat by putting it in the washing machine. apparently this thing needed to be hand washed but i neglected to notice that (don't get me started on why people even make baby products that can't be put in the washing machine. seriously, this thing was covered in spit-up within just a few days and who has the time to hand wash and line dry anything when there's a tiny baby to attend to?) so when i pulled this thing out of the washing machine it was a giant, balled-up, unrepairable mess. quick, to the sewing machine!
i whipped up this simple new bassinet pad with anna maria horner's folksy flannels. i used a double layer of batting, and even though it's a bit thinner than the original, ingrid seems to like it. plus, it's double sided so i change up the print whenever i want, and hey! i can also put it in the washing machine, easy peasy lemon squeezy.
the other quick project was a gift for our doula. for our labor she asked us to have some heating pads on hand, so i made a microwavable rice bag out of muslin. cheryl liked it so much (it had baffles to keep the rice in place) that i decided to fancy it up and make a nice cover for one for her to use with her clients. if i'd had more time i would have done some nice patchwork for the cover, but since i only had an hour or so i kept it simple and used the same anna maria horner flannels that i used for our bassinet pad. it has a simple envelope closure on the back to make it easy to take the rice bag out and wash the cover (again, see how important being able to wash things is?).
i know neither of these things are fancy, but at least i've been able to work on some minor projects to keep up my sewing chops.
fabric: lizzy house pearl bracelet in green (from the 1001 peeps collection)
and, look, our little girl is six weeks old today! i can't believe how much she's changed over the last few weeks. she's been smiling up a storm and is (ohthankgod) sleeping a bit better.
i am smitten.