Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sewing for Baby Girl

This week has found me in the sewing room- that is not unusual - but this week the sewing has been on new items for Granddaughter Amelia due to be born mid February.

Back when Daughter found out she was pregnant she asked if I would make some things for her that would be in the sewing department. She can sew some - but with working full time and a 4 year old her 24 hour clock is already filled. She says, "Mother, I could do it, but you do it so much faster." True, I am faster - but then I certainly have more time than she does.
These pictures will show some of the things I have been working on in the baby department. These are prefolded cloth diapers, dyed a bright yellow and then either a fabric strip or ribbon sewn on them. These make the best burp cloths...Daughter had received some when she was pregnant the first time and loved them. She has made quite a few for gifts in the past few years. There were 5 yellow ones left from that project - so I added the ribbon or fabric strips. I used that clear plastic thread - it looks great - but I think is a pain to use in sewing. I have a dozen white diapers to be dyed a bright pink and make them up for her.
About three weeks ago when helping Daughter sort through some baby stuff and deciding whether to keep it or put in a garage sale we came across some jeans. She was going to put them in the sale stack and I suggested I put some embroidery stuff on them to help make look more "girly". She was excited at the way they have turned out...she said I would have got 50 cents at the garage sale for them...but if I had went out and purchased them they would have cost $12.00 or more .
You should see these in person - they are so cute on the little jeans. My machine is just one of those regular sewing machines that has some embroidery stitches too. (Yes, I want one of those embroidery machines - but just can not justify the expense in my mind. But maybe someday I will get one on the low end of the price chain...or maybe I will just dream about it.)
These are the bumper pads I finished awhile ago. I found the fabric, liked it and bought what was on the bolt. It was on the $1.00 per yard table at Wal-Mart...I asked the clerk to estimate how many yards was on it...she figured somewhere between 11 and 12 yards...but would just charge me for $11.00...so I took it. I knew these were the colors Daughter was wanting to use so I thought I would take a gamble on the pattern. I lucked out - she was thrilled with it. Will make the dust ruffle some time this week. In my fabric stash (poly/cotton blend) I have bright pink and a deep rose/burgundy- both of these are solid colors so will make a couple of sheets to match the pads. Daughter had already picked out a baby quilt in the colors of rose, pink and burgundy that I had made sometime ago...so looks everything is coming around to matching. Now to find either the curtains or the fabric to complete the intended look.

Also finished a quilt this week - and it has already been given away. I will post some pictures of it later though.

May God bless you!

19 comments:

Suzan said...

What a sweet Mama/Grandma you are! I love the bumper pads. That fabric is so sweet. I think the burp cloths are very clever. Back in ancient days, I always grabbed a cloth diaper to throw over my shoulder. These are so much prettier!

bakinbabe said...

You are awesome! That stuff is so cute, and I absolutely LOVE the embroidery on the jeans! Clever.

Shanda said...

This is such an exciting time in yiour life and I am excited right along with you. Those jeans turned out adorable, that is a very clever idea. I bet you could take this concept and run with it to all sorts of things for a little girl. How neat.

Hazel said...

Oh there all adorable ,those jeans are just the cutest .Just goes to show with a little embellishment its like a new garment.

Amanda said...

My word, you have been busy. I'm sure we didn't have such things as burp cloths when my two were small, and the cot bumpers are really pretty.

Granny Lyn said...

What a deal on that fabric!! it is perfect!!!

I love all the sweet baby things, how precious for a baby,,,a baby named after her Grandma!!! YOu're one lucky Granny!!!

Tropical Screamer said...

I so loved your post. What happy things to make. All of them turned out so cute. I can only imagine how much fun it would be to have such wonderful, homemade treasures for a little baby-on-the-way.

Thank you for sharing.

Darilyn

Finn said...

Hi Amelia, what a great post! It just thrills me to read about your daughter wanting the home made things! And what beautiful things you have created for her the new babe *VBS*
I love all your ideas, you are one clever and creative gal!!
Don't you wish that more of the young people today could see the common sense approach that we learned so many years back? Maybe the economy and health of our plantet wouldn't be in such bad share. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Finn

bj said...

Oh, my goodness...what a busy lady you are. And, how precious all the things you are making.
Congrats on getting another sweet little girl soon!!
love, bj

Emig Family said...

Thank you so much! These look perfect!

Norma said...

I love what you did with the little blue jeans. How fun to know that both babies wore them, even if they were a boy and a girl.

Great idea on the burp cloths, and the colors for the bedding are so much nicer than anything you could buy. Lucky baby to have a granny that can SEW! (lucky DD too).

jacquie said...

lots of pretty things amelia...i love the fabric for the bumpers too.

julieQ said...

Wonderful work, Grandma!! I love the burping cloths. Perfect!! I used my cloth diapers until they were just rags, for diapers, for burping, for cleaning, for dusting...all used up! Your embroidery sure dresses up those jeans.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I have a new grandbaby coming December 31 - a boy with no name yet. It's about time I start making a few things too. I've got the diapers to make burp pads but also want to do a quilt. I've been waiting for the nursery theme to be picked and finally it's sports. Not a big surprise since my son, the daddy, is a coach! blessings, marlene

em's scrapbag said...

What a great idea for burp cloths. I love how the jeans turned out. Way to recycle old jeans into something beautiful.

Halcyon said...

You must be one of the best grannies around. I am sure your daughter appreciates all the love and effort that went into crafting these items. And I bet little Amelia is going to enjoy them too!

Kristie said...

You certainly have been busy! Those are very special! How exciting to have a little Amelia!!! I have a nephew that is due next month but the doctor says any day!!!!
Kristie

Michelle said...

It's fun to sew for someone special, isn't it? This baby will sure feel blessed with these special gifts made just for her.

eonyc said...

The jeans are my favorite!!!