Remember a few weeks ago when I said I was going to basically use all of my old scraps from my stash of fabric to make some fun new things for the new baby? Well, I did! I've used up just about everything little thing I've had - and I'm so tired of sewing now that I think I'll just stop already! I've made lots of cute things for our new baby, as well as a few for her siblings, and many many as gifts for friends and family expecting babies.
You would think that already having a girl and then having another girl, we would be set. But no, because these girlies will be the opposite seasons (Aspen as born in January, Hazel will be June) so I did need to make (and buy, of course!) a few things for our summer girl. I figure they'll catch up after the first year and Hazel will get to experience the joy of mostly hand-me-downs, but for the first few months I had to do something. The great thing about summer babies is that a onesie is pretty much an outfit, so that makes it better on the pocketbook and easy to give old onesies new life.
I used a few patterns - made up some on my own - and then used a LOT of inspiration from etsy for a few of these items. I will be sure to give credit where credit is certainly due! That way, if you want the pattern, or to buy, or to study and re-create your own version of one of these, you will have a resource.
Let's start with seersucker...
The above dress is a free pattern download from Rae Hoakstra, the "bitty baby dress". It's made to fit newborns. I made one for Aspen so I had to make one for Hazel as well :) I also made one for each of my two new nieces that are due - Emerson (Emmy) in May and Karly in August.
The red seersucker onesie-dress I made by (pretty much) following along with this tutorial I found on-line. It looked pretty straight forward, but it was actually kind of tricky - getting the skirt part on straight all the way around the onesie, that is. Especially for a rebel sewer like me who doesn't ever pin anything together. But it definitely looks like a dress that will be comfy and perfect to take her sailing in!
Okay, just a little more seersucker...for bibs! And here is where you will notice a trend...peaches, creams, and ruffles! Oh, toss in a few rosettes for good measure and we're good to go :) While I was going at it with the bibs and a burp cloth with ruffles, I slapped a ruffle onto some of those newborn t-shirts. I had a ton of leftover white onesies from Sawyer & Aspen, but I wanted to freshen them up somehow.
You may even start recognizing some of my leftover fabric from past projects (the polka dots, for example were from Aspen's Happy Stacker I made for her 1st birthday - Aunt Tia has some tea towels with the same dots I made her for Christmas as well). So, more bibs, and burp cloth/changing pads (I got rid of the one that went on top of the dresser because we just won't have that luxery this time...and honestly, by the time they're a couple of months old I always end up changing them on the floor anyway, so a little spruced up cloth diaper will do just fine ;) And I copied the binky holder from Aspen's old one - I thought Hazel should have a fresh one instead of one that had been slobbered all over.
Ahem, here are some of my favorite little summery pieces! I totally copied the idea from an etsy shop that I love. If you know me, you know I have a thing for sailboats and all things nautical and beachy, so the anchor onesies I just had to try. I did freezer paper stenciling on the dyed onesies and it was lots of fun. Lots of fun for this preggo lady who still feels sick a lot of the time...hence my only activities the past few weeks have been sewing and crafting because it's something I can actually do while feeling not-so-great...but doing it makes me happy...so it kind of balances things out a bit. I actually had a bunch of leftover newborn sized white onesies but they were from the Gap, and had that little bear on the front corner - which didn't look so girly to me, so I thought the rosettes were a great way to cover up the bear. And I had so much fun trying out dying for the first time! Who needs to dye Easter Eggs? Just give me some old onesies and I'll have a ball! :)
More credit is due! My awesome & super talented friend, Allegra, used to sell burp clothes like these rosette ones in her etsy shop as well - not to mention such cute cute headbands - of which she made me TONS for Aspen. (If you look hard in her etsy shop, you will even find Aspen modeling a headband or two with her bestie!) I actually think she was the first one to create this particular style of rosette headbands and burp clothes...just sayin' :)
I made so many shoes for Aspen, I just had to make something for Hazel's tiny feet. I will probably still make her a couple of shoes all her own, but I also bought this inexpensive downloadable pattern for these super cute baby boots! I had to give them a try!
Okay, we're almost finished, I promise! So...the project above and the one below...used to be my skirt - you can catch glimpse of it here (me wearing it) and here (thrown under Aspen for texture in her newborn & 6 month photos). I always loved the color, but didn't always love the skirt, it seemed slightly poofy or something, but since it seemed connected to Aspen, I couldn't just give it to the Good Will. It was too pretty. So...I made this teeeeeny tiny dress out of the liner for Hazel (I keep measuring small so the doc says she will probably be very petite like our other babies - which will be good because this dress is more like preemie size!) And then with the ruffly outer part of the skirt I made this little dress for Aspen. I hope to one day take her picture in it - since I have never really got around to 2-year pics, I figure maybe 2 and a half year pics will do later this summer :)
And lest you think my darling children were unattended while I sewed away...let it be known that they enjoy being involved in my little experiments and projects! Sawyer was SO excited when I told him we were going to experiment with dye. I got out a couple of his white under-tee's and dug out an old one he grew out of, and let the kids help dye a t-shirt of their own. Then, they got to choose something they wanted to stencil on - and Sawyer was so flippin' excited to do a SHARK on his! He painted it himself.
If I am doing a project when the kids are awake, I really try to help incorporate them into the project. Sometimes they like to just sit and watch what I'm doing, other times they can be more involved (a favorite is cutting things) other times I ask their opinions, and sometimes they're simply rather be building with legos or coloring or painting while I'm busy with part of a project. A lot of times I try to work when they've gone to bed, but often I go to bed when they do so that stamps out that plan.
I think all I've got to do now is finish Hazel's little corner of our room...and make her a blanket or two. I've already even been stocking up on newborn diapers (maybe I should get a few preemie sizes? I'm all worried now that she's going to be reallllly small...which is fine, I love teeny babies...just as long as she's healthy.) We're pretty much just READY for this new baby to join our family! But we still have about 10 weeks to wait. I have a couple of non-baby-related projects to work on in the meantime, as well as needing to review my hypnobirthing stuff and just plain relax (although I'm kind of tired of relaxing! Especially when laying down to "relax" often brings on the heartburn!) Now is the time when all I want to eat is smoothies...anyone have a recipe they want to share?
Oh, if you've actually made it to the end here...I forgot...one more! Remember Aspen's make-shift birthday table runner? Well, now it is pajama pants! And she was so excited!
Here's to being done with the sewing/crafting party of nesting! It was fun while it lasted!