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Getting Ready For The Little Guy

February 21, 2008

There are certain events that get a crafter giddy from the creative possibility – weddings, birthdays, holidays, changes in season, etc.  One event that has always seemed to inspire my family of seamstresses most is the birth of a child.  Just think about it; all of those cute blankets, pillows, decorations and itty-bitty clothes just begging to be handmade.  Sure, you can go to the store and buy any of that, but there’s something so special about a handmade baby item or gift.  Whether the item in question is of better quality than a store counterpart, made to custom specifications (I’ll get to this later), or simply brimming with love and care that just can’t be replaced, there are so many reasons to spend the time and effort to welcome baby into the world with a one-of-a-kind, handmade gift.

Which brings me to my dilemma…  As mentioned previously, I comebaby.JPG from a crafty family where baby-time meant“sewing time.”  Well, it’s my turn now, and June 8th seems to be coming at me both excruciatingly slow and frighteningly fast.  I want nothing more than to hold my little kick-boxer-in-training, but there’s still so much to do in preparation for his arrival.   My sewing list for my little guy is so long, but there is only so much time (and energy!) that I can devote to it before showtime.  What’s an expectant mom to do?

Before I start paring down my list to a more realistic size, I thought I would share it with you, our craft-minded readers.  Whether you’re searching for ideas or can offer a few tips to help me narrow this down, I would love to hear your thoughts.

A Minky Blanket -  I’ve seen these popping up in stores all over the place, and on my “Can IMake It?” scale theyList_Minky Jumbo Dot.jpg fall somewhere between “Heck yes I can make that” and “Why wouldanyone pay that much for something so simple?!”  When it comes to luxury and softness, minky is probably tops in my books.  The only drawbacks I can see to making one would be the mess and possibly the price (I would certainly save money by making my own, but we’re tightening the purse strings at the moment and minky is on the costly side).  On the other hand, I could make more of a throw with slightly larger dimensions and both of us could cuddle under it.

Oversized receiving blankets – I’ll admit it; I’m spoiled.  My mom had my brother when I was 11 and my sister when I was 16, so I was exposed to the wonders of the oversized receiving blankets my aunt made for her and could truly appreciate them.  Whether she laid them on the floor for tummy time or used them for a little extra privacy while breast feeding, the extra coverage made a great difference in their usefulness.  It wouldn’t be hard for me to make this myself, but then again I could always put them on my wish list and hope my aunt loves me as much as she loves my mom.

SB Layette.jpgClothes – He’s not even here yet and he’s already got more clothes than I do, but it’s hard to resist the urge to make him a couple outfits when I work around temptations like the Sew Baby patterns.  This will probably be the first thing to get cut from my list, but I’m still very tempted to make a replica of the adorable seersucker outfit I saw in a rather pricey catalog the other day.

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Baby Sling – We recently started carrying a pattern for the Mei Tai baby carrier, and I can’t help but picture walking around with one in a cool Amy Butler fabric.  My only concern is with entrusting my child’s safety to my sometimes shaky sewing skills.  I might go sneak a peak at the pattern so see if it’s something I could handle or if I should just leave this one to the pros.

SB Snappy Wrap.jpgSew Baby Snappy Wrap – Despite the teasing my Canadian friend throws my way, it does in fact get cold in Georgia.  This cute little wrap just screams “useful” to me, and I am all about the functional along with the cute.  Fleece is such a breeze to work with, this might become a standard baby gift if it’s as easy to make as it seems.

Baby’s First Quilt – Our lovely graphic artist, Moniqa, had a wonderful idea the other day.  She suggested taking little hand and foot prints of our little guy, printing them onto fabric, and making a quilt out of the blocks.  I always talk myself out of making a quilt because there are so many quilters in my family who are so much more talented than myself, but this idea might actually be one I could justify doing myself.  I’m getting misty eyed just thinking about it.

That’s all I want to think about for now.  I still need to get my sewing room cleaned and situated so that it can double as a nursery (I waited WAY too long for a sewing room to just give it up.  He can share for now).  All I can say is that part of me is glad I am not having a little girl – my sewing list went down by half once all the little dresses and baby doll clothes left the picture.  If you can think of anything I should add to my list, please feel free to let me know.  I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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Anytime I want to go shopping for some fun stuff I always go to this store in my city called Susie’s Deals.

I have 3 kids and I know that I can always find them some cute clothes that are actually really nice quality at this store. Everything they carry is sold for $5.99 or less and sometimes I can even find things that are 2 for $5.99!

My kids grow so fast why would I want to spend so much money on their clothes, when I can buy them some really cute things for just $5.99? It’s a win win situation for me, because not only do I buy my kids’ clothes there, I buy clothes for me and my husband there too!

If you want to check one out, go to their website and see if there is one in your city. They have stores in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah and you can also shop on their website! If you spend $50 the shipping is FREE! I have shopped their site before and I am always very happy with the items I have purchased.

Check it out! http://www.susiesdeals.com

Having a mei tai is fabulous, I wish I'd have found a pattern six years ago. I really recommend a adjustable ring sling for the first 8 months or so, and then the mei tai. We used the sling several hours a day for 8 months, it got so that as soon as she saw us take it out she'd stop crying, and it makes for incredibly easy and discreet nursing. The mei tai, for us, was better for a bigger baby. We used it front and back a ton until she was 2 and a half or so (mostly so she could sleep, or to keep her with us on subways etc). Good luck! (sew now while you still can)

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