Despite working at an arts & crafts store in high school, I am not a crafting kind of person.
Sure, I can and do a craft, but more out of boredom than necessity. It's a way to fill an afternoon and spend time with the kids. It's not a way for me to say... give gifts or make money.
When my first grader was a baby, he had so many cute bibs! I kept many of them, but they were not baby girl cute.
I went shopping and promptly hated every bib they had for little girls. She's not a "diva" or a "princess" and she most certainly will not be the "OMG give it all to me" kind of a baby. She may be as a toddler but we are not there, yet.
I decided to make her bibs and drove straight to the fabric store and bought a bunch of cute prints and terry cloth. I made dozens of bibs in the first go around using the cereal box pattern. It is by far the easiest and fastest way to make a bib and it is super cute.
Once there was enough, I put away my sewing machine. Along with a bunch of half started bibs.
Then my niece had her second baby. I wanted to make her baby a fiddle blanket. I made one for my baby girl and now I was determined to do it for her.
I dragged out my sewing supplies, Besides the scraps of fabric I had, I also trimmed the half finished bibs down for the blanket. Yes, I could have just finished the bibs but, I love the way the blanket turned out.
Once I had the pieces, I pinned them together and sewed each together one block at a time. To the yellow and white gingham, I sewed a plastic grocery bag to it so it crinkles when you touch it. In retrospect, I would not have chosen that particular block but, eh, live and learn.
After all the blocks were sewn together, I added looped ribbons to the right side of the fabric and sewed the single piece of pink and white stripped flannel to the blocks. Now baby has something more to play with.
|Baby Girl and her blanket made with love by her dear, old Great Aunty|
All materials I used, I already had in my possession. Nothing was bought (unless you count postage).
btw... Is that not the cutest baby picture!