Cécile and David wanted a light hat for their newborn, that we are very impatient to welcome! At first I thought I would sew a sunhat, but the result didn’t quite turn our to my liking so it will be a light and fun beanie instead, in green and orange.
The average size for a newborn hat is around 40-42, and as the fabric I used is stretch, I chose to make it in size 40, the smallest one. ———————
What you need
– Stretch fabric
– Print fabric for the ears or any other fun addition (x4)
– A twin needle
– Matching thread
Draw your pattern and cut your fabric
1. Size 40 means that you need to have a pattern that is 40cm long and 14 cm large, like the one on the picture.
Once you’re happy with your pattern, transfer it on your stretch fabric (I use water soluble sewing pens) and add the seam allowance. As it’s for a newborn, I used 1cm instead of the usual 1,5cm for the seam allowance.
For the ears, I drew them directly onto a printed, non-stretch fabric and also included a 1cm seam allowance. I folded the fabric in 2 before I drew and cut so that I would end up with 4 ear shapes, that I will then sew 2 by 2.
Sew the ears
2. Begin by sewing the ears together, right sides facing each others. Then turn them on their right side.
Assemble the hat
3. Insert the ears on both sides of the hat, like if they were caught in a sandwich.
Assemble the curvy parts of the hat together, right sides facing each others, and sew with a straight stitch. Then overlock the seams to prevent the fabric from fraying.
4. Sew the bottom border by first folding 2cm on the wrong side, then by sewing it with twin needles and a straight stitch.
I’ve now officially entered the last weeks before nr2’s arrival, and “nesting instinct” is kicking hard.
Among the urge of doing and fixing plenty of things (some of which have been waiting for months, but now they all seem extremely urgent), the need to store the fridge and freezer with good things to eat.
I’ve spent far too much time lately browsing through Food52, a food community site that really manages to inspire me with great recipes, pictures, cooking tricks and “make without recipe” food.
Since we’ll soon have a newborn home and I still want to keep on cooking, quick and yet delicious meals are my best friends. So the category “20-dollar, 20-minute meals” sounds like music to my ears… A few of my faves:
How to create 2 bags from 1? By reusing both the bag and the lid as the basis for 2 wicker bags that are embellished with ribbons and with an inner fabric bag…
And make 2 happy kids! ———————
What you need
– 1 wicker bag
– Colorful ribbons to weave through the wicker bag
– Ribbon to make the strap
– Fabric for the inner bag
– Elastic thread
– 2 buttons to help fasten the elastic thread of the inner bag
Embellish the wicker bag
1. Weave the ribbons through the wicker bag. Fasten with a knot that you can hide in the inner side of the bag as that will be hidden by the inner fabric bag later.
Put the strap
2. Use a larger ribbon to make the strap and fasten with a knot on the inner side of the wicker bag.
Inner fabric bag
3. Cut the fabric to allow to cover the inside of the wicker bag plus some more (see picture). Think about adding seam allowance (1,5cm or 5/8 in) for the side borders and the top border that will hold the elastic thread (2cm or 0,8in).
4. Sew the top border by folding it twice and using a straight stitch. Finalize the opening.
5. Sew the side borders (right sides facing each others).
6. Put the elastic thread in the fabric bag using a safety pin, and secure with a button and a knot (i did a chair knot, use your best sailing knowledge for that!)
Sew the inner bag and the wicker bag together
7. Hand sew the inner fabric bag into the wicker bag by using the weaves of the wicker to guide the cotton thread… And you’re done! Happy sewing!
We had fun for Maud’s 30th birthday party because the theme was to dress up in what, as a child, you wanted to become when you would be an adult. I’ve always been fond of horses and as a child I fantasized about having my own ranch with plenty of horses, so I didn’t have to think twice before creating my own Jolly Jumper on a broom!
Here is a tutorial if you want to use it for you or your kids.
What you need
– Fabric for the head, tail and back part of the ears, about 40×40 cm (16 x 16 inches)
– Contrast fabric for the eyes and ears, about 10×10 cm (4 x 4 inches)
– 2 buttons for the eyes
– Contrasting yarn for the mane and tail (the quantity really depends how voluminous you want it to be. I used yarn in 3 colors, about 2m of each color altogether)
– a stick (from a broom or directly off the tree)
———— Cut the fabric for the head
1. Cut the fabric, think about a big sock or “L” shape to make the head.
2. Cut the head from the top of the head down to the neck to allow space for the ears.
Cut and sew the small parts
3. Cut the fabric for the ears: 2 big size quarter of circle in a fabric and 2 medium size quarter of circle in another contrasting fabric. Then pin the quarter of circles in order to form ear shapes, sew them. Put the small ear on top of the big ear and sew.
4. Cut the fabric for the eyes: 2 big size circles in a contrasting fabric compared to the fabric for the head. You also need 2 buttons, that you’ll sew at the center of each of the circle.
5. Prepare the mane by cutting a band the length of the neck (and even a bit longer if you want to make it begin before the split for the ears. Cut yarn that you’ll arrange in loops on the band, secure it with tape and sew it with zigzag stitch. Once it’s sewn, you can remove the tape.
6. Cut a big circle out of the same fabric than the one for the head and create the tail by sewing the same yarn you used for the mane, except doing longer loops. You don’t need to use a band to secure it before sewing as it’s sewn on 1 point, at the center of the circle. To allow easier gathering around the stuffing that we’ll then put inside, sew a straigth line around the perimeter of the circle, with the longer point length on your sewing machine, without backing, and then pull the thread: the circle gathers.
Assemble the head and the small parts
7. Place and sew the ears on the head to neck opening, right sides of the head facing each others and ears inside the “head fabric sandwich”.
8. Place and sew the eyes on the head, allowing enough space in between them (and don’t forget to take into consideration sewing allowance)
9. Place the 2 sides of the head right sides facing each others and insert the mane as the ham in a sandwich, between the 2 sides of the head. This will ensure it is on the right side once sewn. Sew the full head except the very bottom of the neck as we will use this as an opening for the stuffing and setting the broom in.
10. Fill in the head and tail with stuffing
11. Put them on each side of a broom and secure with band or tape
Hope it does as those 2 reversible fabric baskets will find an owner pretty soon – they’re a thank you gift for friends that lent us baby clothes from their own kids!
The pink fabric with the trees is from Marimekko and I thought it would work fine with a small black and white pattern. They also come with a small ribbon hook to hang them for storage.
Plus, fabric is a great way to keep your bread, or croissants if you’re lucky enough to have a good boulangerie close by, fresh for longer (much better than paper or plastic bags).
Inside out or inside in, there’s no rule as you can always choose the favorite side of the moment!
Happy new year to you all! Wish you all the best for 2015, hope it will be filled with plenty of happy moments with your friends and family and with a lot of sewing projects!
Still a few days left before the end of the holidays, so if you need simple projects to make in 1 afternoon, this pompoms and stuffed shapes is a great candidate. Your kids can even participate in helping with threading the pompoms and stuffed shapes to assemble the necklace.
This necklace is so fun with the pompoms and stuffed shape combination that I’m thinking about an adult version, with a leather cord and wooden beads instead of the stuffed ones…
Need more inspiration or help? Here is another pompom and heart necklace, here a tutorial on how to make pompoms necklaces and here a tutorial on how to make pompoms!
The stissu sewing session was the best way to be productive – I finally finished the 4-tier ,cross-stitch dress for Nora, a 3 year old.
I adapted a pattern of one of Lucía’s dress from Petit Bateau that I loved, and made it larger and longer to fit Nora.
Then divided the pattern in 4, so I could get to play with bands of red jersey and african print fabric.
I like the result so much that I’ll probably use the 4-tier, cross stitch idea for a summer tee shirt – this time for me!
Reading is the central part of our goodnight routine with Lucía (and often part of my own routine too!), and also a frequent activity during the day because it enables to learn and talk about topics that are more concrete if we have the support of a book.
Here are our favorite books at the moment, for my 2 year old:
– Tina Mandarina from Laura y Mariano , our spanish friends that had the great idea to create books for educating children and their parents without following the prejudices associated to genders (ex: in this book, girls likes orange instead of pink, sometimes the mum cooks, sometimes dad cooks)
Their main character is a 5 year old girl, Tina, whose favorite color is orange and who loves to play football with her cat. What I think is very helpful for me as a parent is the section at the end of the book explaining how the tale has been constructed. This reading guide helps talking and asking questions about values and learning that your child might have already acquired or need guidance on.
And even better, check their website as there are many free activities that you can print to do with your child!
– Feelgood book by Todd Parr, very colorful, easy to read and full of love. Great to talk about what does it mean to feel good and what activities help us achieve it.
– Ella’s kitchen cookbook, for great tips to cook with your kid and simple recipes that you can do in no time, every day and that are easy to eat by everyone.
– Comptines pour jeux de doigts, french songs with the hand choregraphy that goes with the song, great to help memorize it! The music arrangements are nice and the singers good. We even shared one of the french songs of this book with our daughter’s daycare so that she ears a little bit of french among the predominant swedish.