Winter is on its way!

With a few cold snaps hitting over the last few weeks I think it is safe to say that winter is well and truly on it’s way!!  And I must admit I’m not a huge fan of winter.  Having said that I love flannel pyjamas, and snuggles, so winter is good for something at least!  And with the cooler weather upon us, I decided I had better get cracking on some warm stuff for the kids.

First on the agenda was some nice warm snuggle blankets for the little man of the house.  I’ve really struggled this year to find any decent blankets in stores for babies.  They’re either really, really thin or really, really thick and bulky.  Or they’re really, really small and barely wrap around bub, or they’re really, really big – single bed big!  I just could NOT find a happy medium!  I wanted something that was light enough that I could add layers as needed, rather than being so thick and heavy that bub would roast in it on the warmer days.  And I wanted something that was just the right size to place over bub comfortably no matter where he was – whether it be the cot, the pram, on a rug on the floor or in his bouncer.  Or even to just snuggle under on the couch when he’s bigger.

I was lucky enough to find some really nice boy themed flannel (well, unisex really, because I know my daughter would just as happily like these prints), as well as some lovely soft minky that went well with the prints on the flannel.  The best part about these prints are that they’re not too babyish either, so they will still get plenty of use in years to come.  Once I had the fabrics, all I needed then was some lovely satin blanket binding.

My ideal size of blanket is about 100cm x 100cm.  I think its just the right size to be not too big and not too small.  And my best advice when sewing with minky is to use lots (and I mean LOTS!!) of pins. (I really must remember to take more pics so I can show you what I mean).  This will help stop the minky slipping and sliding and buckling when you sew it.  I also run a quick hem around the outside so that it makes it so much easier to attach the satin binding without having to keep loose fabrics together.

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There is an excellent little tutorial here which shows you how to do mitred corners with satin blanket binding.  As well as how to finish it off so there are no raw edges left showing.

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And these are the finished products!  I’m rather pleased with the final products, even if I do say so myself, and they’ve already been put to good use!!

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So now that the little man was covered, I also needed to make Miss 2 something nice and warm.  And I’ll admit to being a little jealous of these gorgeous purple pyjamas!!

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Miss 2 is becoming increasingly difficult to photograph! I had to convince her that daddy needed to see a picture of his pretty purple princess!!  And instead she replied with  “look at this trick mummy!!”.

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And “play bang bang bang bang mummy”

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Haha!  Gotta love her!!

There are a few more warm winter woollies on their way but I will save them to show you all another day.  Also stay tuned for my best hints and tips on how to sew elasticised waistbands, the easy way!!

Happy sewing until next time!

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Kill two birds with one stone!

Ok, so this blogging thing has taken me a while to work out!  I’ve been trying to get it sorted so that I can participate in the challenges over at “The Monthly Stitch“.  April’s challenge was to “put a bird on it”.  Can you believe I actually had my item completed by the first weekend in April?  That’s four days people!!  And I’m only just getting this up now!  Having said that, I’m still trying to work the in’s and out’s of wordpress out, so this post will be very short and sweet.

So, my “bird” outfit, actually ended up being a dress for my 2 year old daughter for Easter.  And it was only after I had it made that I realised it actually fit the “bird” criteria as well.  Bonus!   So I’d been seeing quite a few of these “Haven” dresses from Violette Fields Threads floating around on Facebook and I was in love with them!  You can get your copy of the pattern here!  (Can you believe I’m even attempting to link this??!!  I think it might even have worked!! I’ve even gone back and linked some others…)

Because it was still quite warm here at Easter time, and because they looked quite simple to make, I was determined that I’d get one made for Miss 2 for Easter.   And kill two birds with one stone!  Challenge met – tick!  Easter outfit – tick!  Winning!

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I must say it was a very quick and simple sew and I loved the end result.  Realistically, it probably only took me about 2 hours, maybe 3 tops, to put together (if I was in front of the machine for that whole time).  In reality though, I did a bit one evening and finished it off the next evening when both of my little munchkins were in bed and dreaming about the Easter Bunny!

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The fabric was some I had stowed away in my stash with full intentions of putting to good use one day, which thankfully I finally have!!  Hubby will be quite pleased that I’m actually using the fabric I already have, instead of buying something new instead.  Although, I do have a LOT of other projects that I’ve been purchasing for instead.  Woops!

I do love the frill detail in the back of the bodice, but I must admit I cannot tie a bow to save myself!!

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I think it’s safe to say Miss 2 seemed happy with the end result.  (And, ahem…. please excuse my bush girls messy hair and choice of toys!!  She is very much a farm girl – note farm animals on coffee table and roaring around on her “motorbike”.  As for the water pistol, I think she snavelled that out of a costume for daddy to dress up as “The Rock”.  Eeekkk!!!)

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So, my supposedly short and sweet first ever blog has actually turned out quite long.  I think I’ll leave it at that and get back to planning all those other projects!

Have you tried out the Haven dress at all?  Would love to see your versions!!  (Don’t ask me how to do that yet – I’m guessing you can add them in the comments… maybe?  We’ll learn all this together!!)

Cheers until next time!!