Handmade Baby

The blog was on the blink for a few months due to the general apathy of late pregnancy. I did manage to muster up the energy to sew and knit some pretty things for the baby, so here they all are:

 

The Sewing:

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Here’s our little Rosie wrapped up in her Anna Maria Horner voile receiving blanket. The reverse is made with cozy  flannel in the yellow diamond mine print from Folksy flannels, and the bias tape is made with pink voile. The headband is made using this tutorial. I made several more as gifts for family members with baby girls, they are really cute!

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The shoes were made with a Joy Folie pattern and I embellished them using a silk scarf from a charity shop (for the flowers), some beautiful organza ribbon from this shop on Ebay, and green felt for the leaves. The fabric is from a piece of Ikat silk handwoven fabric I bought from Uzbekistan on Ebay and the lining is felt. I also made a smaller pair in grey which need to be finished before she grows out of them!

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These flannels were made for my sister, but I made 8 of these for myself, and they are incredibly useful! The reverse is bamboo fleece and very soft and absorbent. They also wash very well and are made with all my favourite prints from a variety of designers.  It’s handy to have enough to keep one in each room as they’re always needed!

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The Itty Bitty baby dress – I sized this up slightly by enlarging the pieces on the photocopier, it still only just fit at 3 days old! Sadly she didn’t wear it again, but it was a very easy and satisfying project so I will probably make her another one in a bigger size soon. I think the main problem was that the sides were too narrow, so increasing the width by an inch on the bodice piece would probably have made it fit for longer.

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The Ice cream dress using an Oliver + S pattern. This is made with Nani Iro double gauze and is very light and soft. Again, the pattern is straightforward, but this is sized quite large (its a 6-12m size). I hemmed about 2 inches up after finishing it as it seemed very long.

The Knitting:

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The piece de resistance – a Purl Super Easy Baby Blanket made with Dream in Color Classy and Malabrigo Rios – very soft and cozy, and BRIGHT! I knew the acres of garter stitch would take forever, so I started it 6 months before she was due, and finished 2 weeks before she was born.

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December baby booties  in a peach angora blend fabric. I think I’m allergic to angora as it made me sneeze a lot, but the finished product is fluffy and very sweet!

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Newborn baby hat – she wore this in the hospital and it still fits now (she’s 4 weeks old). Its made with Rowan Purelife Organic cotton DK.  I don’t enjoy working with cotton but this was quite soft.

There are a few more projects to show but this is already a mammoth post so I’ll save those for later. I’m now enjoying doing some selfish knitting for a change 🙂

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