Sewing For My Babies

There is something extra gratifying about sewing for an awaited baby. The anticipation, the connection you feel with the child knowing how much it will touch their skin, and how the item will become part of your memory of their “little” days.  I could not resist sewing for this baby.  My skills are lacking, but the desire to have some hand made yumminess for this baby kept me inspired.  My favorite fabric designer Anna Maria Horner happened to come out with some flannels at just the right time for me to make some things for baby.  Greenbaums here in Salem also happened to carry them (after saying they likely would not).  I stumbled upon them in the store one day and it was like a moment out of the movie Serendipity.  Snow flaky music, the other matching glove, the name in the front of the book…etc.  The culmination of my nesting desires in one store with no need to pay for shipping.

Today is my due date.  Projects finished and laundered “just” in time.  I have felt pretty good about this pregnancy and have really tried to appreciate every moment.  At my appointment today the wind was knocked out of my sails a bit.  I am struggling to know if it is okay to be bummed, or if I am supposed to soldier on with full confidence.  I may post more tomorrow in pregnancy updated posts, but for tonight I just wanted to share something happy and not tarnish this very important milestone.

Here are some pictures of most of my recent projects.  Items include burp rags, a swaddling blanket for baby, a double sided “summer baby” blanket (light weight but yummy and soft), and a “big brother/big sister” blanket for my first borns.  They still use blankets all the time and very much enjoy soft things.  With all of the new cozy things around here being for the baby, I wanted them to have something “mama made” for themselves.  I also included a picture of two of the hats I made for the baby (picture does not translate very well).   These actually gave me the most trouble.  Who would have guessed?  The color of our (likely) take home outfit is a bit unique.  I wanted a hat that would not clash, so I decided to just make one.  I wanted it to be embellished and special and originally thought I would attach a flower, but never found a flower that would work.  I happened upon the buttons and decided they would do.

Nothing better than sewing for baby.

6 thoughts on “Sewing For My Babies”

  1. Oh so CUTE!!! You are so creative and awesome taste in fabrics!

    Congrats on making it this far, and hopefully you’ll have GREAT news extremely soon! I am not a fan of those overdue days. AT ALL. 9 days over and 5 over, been there done that. Thinking of you!!!

  2. Kari-big hugs… “I am struggling to know if it is okay to be bummed, or if I am supposed to soldier on with full confidence.” Let me say that it is okay to feel whatever you are feeling. I don’t know what’s going on but I wanted you to know that. How you feel is how you feel. <3!

  3. Hi!
    My name’s Kari. Your mom suggested your blog to me after I met her through some Women’s Ministry research I was doing. I love your sewing projects! Super cute. I live in Salem too, and I have a friend who is due with her third child in November. Babies are pretty exciting stuff! Did you use any patterns? Any suggestions on materials or measurements? I would love to try my hand at the burp rags and blankets for a gift. Her name is Kari too. =) Hope your family is all doing well!
    ~ Kari Hornaday ~

    1. Hi Kari!
      Nice to meet you! Glad you found me on here. Sorry it took me so long to respond. I am just now logging into my blog for the first time since baby:) As far as materials, I used mainly flannel. The burp rags were flannel on one side and the other side was made from a vintage chenille pillow case. I cut apart and each side into 1/4ths (so one large pillow case could actually make up one side of 8 burp cloths if you could happen to find the same sort of thing). Burp rags can be any size really but I like them about 10×16 inches at least. As long as the materials are absorbent they will work great.

      One of the swaddle blankets was backed with a very light weight material called Voille (sp), and the others were just one single layer of flannel (which works great too). For the swaddle blankets I like them as large as I can do them based on the width of the fabric on the bolt (I think anything from 42inches square to 48in is great for a large swaddle blanket).
      Thanks for stopping in! Let me know if I can help you anymore!

  4. Very sweet, Kari.

    The picture of you with Bree and Kristi turned out really cute. I finally posted it on my blog, if you want to check it out. You look so adorable!

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