• Baby

    DIY Flannel Nursing Pads

    It is not the most glamorous thing in the world, but when I was expecting the baby, I made 10 flannel and fleece breast pads using this tutorial on the off chance that I liked them. I was hoping to breastfeed, but not counting on it, since I know so many awesome moms and babies who didn’t have breastfeeding work out. The photo shows them after lots of washes – they hold up great! Anyway, so I made the flannel breast pads, because I in general like to be eco-friendly and so reusable instead of disposable is generally my preference. But I got gifted a few hundred unused disposable breast…

  • Baby,  Other Stuff I Made

    DIY Fabric Circles Mobile

    I have so many beautiful fabrics! And a baby needs a mobile, right? I wanted to find a mobile that would showcase them. I had a lot of ideas – like making little stuffed birds, or chubby little 3-D stars, or a rainbow with raindrops hanging from it – but as the time for the baby got closer, I decided to go really simple. Glad I did, because she was born several weeks early!  I found this very attractive and yet super simple tutorial – and it was hard to find, because a million people have re-posted the photo without attaching the original link. This project is actually no-sew –…

  • Baby,  Other Stuff I Made,  Quilts

    DIY Quilted Baby Play Gym

    I’m sure you’ve noticed that a lot of baby items are very unattractive and overpriced. Or if they are really cute, interesting colors, they are REALLY overpriced. When I was thinking about what to make for baby, I checked a bunch of books out from the library to get ideas of what I could realistically make and would definitely use. I wanted to make practical, pretty things, and my favorite book along these lines was Sew Modern Baby  by Angela Yosten. I recommend this book for the creative and totally practical variety of projects – plus she uses beautiful fabric combinations I’m sure you’ll find inspiring! I was pretty impressed by her…

  • Baby,  Other Stuff I Made

    Divided Baskets

    I’ve been enjoying the Divided Basket Pattern by Noodlehead. This is my third one! I am planning to mod the handles with snaps so I can hang the basket from the side of the changing table for extra storage space. We’ll see how that goes!  I got snap pliers and STAR SHAPED SNAPS for my Christmas present, so any excuse to use those. I wanted to make it 2 inches longer, but then my brain hurt thinking about it. I figured I could just make the entire basket using the pattern faster than figuring out the math of making the basket longer. Suffice to say, since I’ve made several of these,…

  • Baby,  Quilts

    Woodlands Baby Quilt

    I’m going to do a review soon of the Aurifloss thread I am using to hand quilt this little baby quilt, but thought it might deserve a little write up of its own.  Plus I am hoping to finish it by the end of January as part of the Lovely Year of Finishes. ETA: I finished the quilt! Here are the finished pics.  For the life of my I can’t remember the name of this fabric, but I love it so much! At some point I’ll track down the selvage and update accordingly, but since woodlands fabric is such a huuuuge trend right now, google can’t help me find the…