Tuesday, 8 December 2009

This isn't a creation of mine. It was made by my daughter, who is 6 and has type 1 diabetes. It's a "diabotic". See this blog to find out about diabotics.

Introducing ... Diane Botic. She has purple spiky hair and an antenna made of a calibration strip. Her tummy is also a drawer which apparently makes ice cubes for dispensing to children at injection time.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Wipe-Clean Spelling List

The children have a list of spellings each from school, and until now I was writing them out on A4 paper and blu-tacking them to the wall. It wasn't ideal, so last weekend we decided to make wipe-clean spelling lists.

Take one piece of A4 card. Centre a piece of A5 paper on it, and draw around the edge.

Cut out some pictures, or find some stickers that you like.
Stick the pictures and stickers on the border of your cardboard. Make sure you leave the rectangle in the centre clear, as this is the part you will write the spellings on.

Strips of patterned paper look good around the edges (and are a quick way to make this, if the children are impatient!).

Laminate the finished sheet.

Fix the sheet to the wall (we used blu-tack) and write your spellings onto it with a whiteboard marker. When you want to remove them they can be removed by wiping with a dry cloth.

Note: We accidentally wrote the words on with permanent marker the first time, and the children were very upset that we couldn't remove them, but we discovered a way to take permanent marker off these laminated sheets. Take a whiteboard marker and write over the permanent pen. While it's still wet, wipe it off with a dry cloth. You will need to work with small areas - maybe one letter at a time - but it works!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

It's so long since I wrote anything on here! I'm half-way through making dozens of things, but my eldest child was taken into hospital last week with diabetic ketoacidosis and has been diagnosed as type 1 diabetic, at age 6. It's a huge shock, and a big change as we have to do blood glucose tests 4 times a day now, and give her insulin injections morning and night. We also have to count the carbs in all her foods, and make sure she gets regular meals and snacks to keep her glucose levels steady. Add to that the fact that the baby is teething, and all three children are at home due to the school holidays, and you have an action-packed day. All this means I haven't had time to go near the sewing machine, and probably won't for a few weeks.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Purple Set

This is a little set that I made for a friend's daughter's first birthday.

RRP fitted nappy in purple farmyard flannel.

Tag toy.

RRP wrap in purple farmyard fleece with a pink microfleece inner.

Booster. Purple flannel on both sides and microfibre inside.

Flannel bib.

Fleece pinafore dress.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Another Dress

This dress is one I made for my eldest daughter at the weekend. We were visiting Nanna, and I wanted her to have a pretty summery dress to wear. I used the "Perfect Dress" pattern from YCMT, and made her a matching hair bow.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

I haven't disappeared!

I've just realised how long it has been since I last posted on here. I'm a rotten blogger!

I still haven't finished my YCMT quilt, although I do now have all the materials to finish it.

The latest project was a dress for Baby. I decided to try the "Ellie's Twirl Dress" from YCMT. It was finished last weekend and turned out very well.

Here's Baby modelling it.

My 6-year-old daughter and I also started making hairbows recently. Here is the first attempt. We sewed this one onto a little ponytail band for Baby's hair.

This one was glued to an alligator clip which I covered with the checked ribbon, and gave to a friend for her gorgeous little girl.

Here is Baby wearing a bow we made to match her new dress. It has the same button in the centre as the button on the back of the dress.
This is my favourite, modelled by big sister...

... and baby sister.

This week it's the school holidays and I've promised my 6-year-old that we'll make her a dress together. She loves to sew and is very excited. We've downloaded the "Perfect Dress" pattern from YCMT and worked out the measurements.

Monday, 23 March 2009

I Finished the Monkey Set Today!

Here is my little monkey (9 months old), wearing the set. Dress, vest, pocket nappy, embellished prefold (used as a nappy insert) and nappy wrap. I'll post a longer post soon with details of how I made the nappy, but here are photos for now.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Making a Nappy (Diaper) Wrap from the Rita's Rump Cover Pattern

For this nappy wrap (cover) I am using the Rita's Rump Cover pattern (http://handmadebyrita.blogspot.com/2007/10/httpwww.html).

To make this cover you will need -

Fleece fabric - about half a yard, or two different quarter-yards.
Some elastic.
Polyester thread. Do not use cotton thread as it will wick any moisture through to the outside of the wrap!
A sewing machine - preferably with a straight stitch and a 3-step zigzag stitch but any sewing machine will do!
Poly/cotton piping.

1 - Draw around the cover pattern on the wrong side of your inner fabric (mine is a plain microfleece), then cut out, adding an extra half inch all the way around. The cutting doesn't have to be perfect as you are going to sew along the drawn line. Make sure you mark your elastic start and end points on your pattern, in the seam allowance.

2 - Place your inner piece right-sides-together with your outer fabric and cut out.

3 - Make your tabs. You can either simply cut two pieces of hook tape, each about 1.5 - 2" long and cut the edges into a curve, or make the more complicated but softer tabs as follows...

Take your Aplix and cut two pieces of hook and two pieces of loop, each about 1.5 - 2" long. Keep them stuck together for now. Cut the edges into curves at one end, so they look like this:

Take a piece of poly/cotton piping.

Open up your Aplix. Place the pieces back to back (one hook piece and one loop piece), catching the piping between the layers to make an edging.

Stitch around the edge of your Aplix, ensuring you catch both layers of Aplix and the piping. I sew around the Aplix once with a straight stitch ...

... then I turn around and sew back around the edge from the other direction, using a zigzag stitch and making sure half of the stitch is on the Aplix and the other half is on the piping.

Each tab should look something like this.

4 - Now to elasticate one of the leg holes. Take your elastic. I usually use clear elastic for nappies, but braided elastic works really well with this pattern. Here I have some ordinary quarter-inch elastic from the local sewing shop. Do not cut the elastic yet! Put the elastic on your nappy inner fabric, on the outside of the drawn line - actually in the seam allowance. Make sure about an inch of elastic is before the elastic start mark that you drew in step 1. Put your sewing machine on the 3-step-zigzag stitch (or normal zigzag if you don't have a 3-step). Starting at the elastic start mark, stitch in reverse for an inch, then forwards for an inch, without stretching the elastic or fabric. This anchors your elastic in place.

5 - Make sure your needle is down in the fabric before you do the next bit! Pull your elastic hard and keep it stretched as hard as you can while you sew along it, keeping the elastic just outside the drawn line on your fabric. Do not stretch or pull the fabric as you do this.
When you reach the elastic finish mark at the other end of the nappy, stop. Don't stretch the elastic. Sew one more inch, then sew backwards for one inch, to anchor this end of the elastic well. Cut off the excess elastic.
6 - Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the other leg elastic and the back elastic. Your nappy inner should now look roughly like this.

7 - Place the tabs on the nappy wings on the right side of the outer fabric, with the loop side facing downwards. Pin your inner layer on top of your outer layer, right sides together, stretching the elastic as you pin, so they fit together.

8 - Remember during this next part that we are going to leave a large gap at the front edge of the nappy, to enable us to turn the whole thing the right way out! Change to a straight stitch on your sewing machine. Stitch along the drawn line on your inner fabric, stretching the elastic as you go past it, and making sure that you do NOT catch any of the elastic in your stitching. I sew slightly inside the drawn line as I go past the elastic.

Remember to leave that gap!!

Your nappy wrap should now look something like this.

9 - Trim the seams around the corners and past the elastic, fairly close to the stitching. Do not trim along the bottom (the front of the wrap) or you'll make it very difficult to stitch together.

10 - Turn your wrap the right way round by pushing it through the open gap. Make sure you push all the curves out neatly. Your wrap should now look like this

11 - Nearly finished!! You need to close the gap. Fold the edges inside and pin them together neatly. Starting to one side of the gap, stitch all around the edge of the wrap. For most of the wrap you stitch very close to the edge.
When you get to the elastic, do not stitch close to the edge. Move inwards, stretch the elastic and sew along the wrap just inwards from where the elastic is. This creates a nice little channel for the elastic and gives a lovely neat finish to the leg edges.

12 - Your wrap should now look like this.

13 - Cut a piece of Aplix (loop side) to fit the front of your wrap. Set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch and sew the Aplix on.

14 - Sew in your ends of thread and admire your new nappy wrap!