A knitting pattern is on the way!

I’m very excited to announce that I’m halfway through getting my first knitting pattern ready for sale. Hooray!!

I don’t want to give away exactly what it looks like.. but I can say, its a 2 piece set for all those little boys that are soon to be born! It can be used for a photo shoot or everyday wear, and I think it goes without saying that its cuuuuuuute!

 

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Scalloped skirt!

Red scalloped skirt with pocket

And the skirt making continues…

I bought this fabric a while ago. Its actually Christmas quilting fabric, shhh! I had it all lined up for a different style of skirt, and then it just developed as I made it. I had seen pictures of scalloped skirts on Pinterest and thought they looked nice. When I saw that the pattern on the fabric was curved, it reminded me of the said skirts and so away I went. Sorry to say I didnt photograph how I did it, and I didnt follow anyones tutorial. But if you search for a tutorial, Im sure you will find one 🙂

Scalloped skirt OTD

This time I added an external pocket, just for the contrasting look, with the underneath of the scallops.

Scalloped skirt contrasting pocket OTD

All in all, I really like the skirt. The only thing I would change is the size of it around my body. I used the formula of 1.5 x largest hip measurement. It is a bit too much for my liking and I think next time I make a similar skirt, I will aim for about a 1.2 -1.3 x largest hip measurement.

Now, summer days, come at me! (Except the bad humidity, you can just tone it down a little..)

Burp Cloth Tutorial

Burp Cloth Tutorial

Heres a little tutorial for you this week. I made some of these a few years ago for my.. husbands cousins wifes baby.. well, I guess the baby was my husbands cousins as well! She found them so good, she suggested I did a tutorial on how to make them, so here it is! They are very simple, but turn out cute and very handy.

What you need to make 2 burp cloths:

  • A small piece of flannelette, quilting fabric or towelling (approx. 50 cm x 40 cm)
  • A small piece of minky or microfleece the same size as above (I have used minky in the photos)
  • Sewing machine (only straight stitch needed)
  • Thread in matching colour, for sewing machine
  • Scissors

Burp cloth cutting out

First cut your 2 pieces into rectangles to make 2 matching pairs. This means the above amount should be cut down the middle, so that the rectangles equal 50 cm x 20cm. For the top pink burp cloth, it was approximately 54 cm x 20 cm, and for the bottom approximately 38 cm x 18 xcm. The exact size is not important, just wide and long enough to fit over your shoulder.

Burp cloth sewing guide

Next you need to place right sides together, and sew around the edge leaving a small gap (about 8 cm should suffice) as shown above. It is up to you how far in you sew for your seam. I would do about 1cm, but if you find that you are not very good at using the sewing machine, you can increase this.

Burp cloth clip corners

Next clip the corners as shown otherwise they will bunch when turned in the right way.

Burp cloth final stitching

After turning in the right way and pushing all the edges and corners out, you need to topstitch around the edge. The gap that was used for turning the burp cloth must be turned in the amount of the seam, so that it lines up with the rest of the edge. I topstitch in about 3mm, but again, it is up to you. If you find it hard to control the fabric when sewing I would suggest sewing the topstitching in further, just so you dont have any accidental stitching off the side.

Always remember to stitch backwards and forwards when starting and finishing your topstitching so you dont have any unraveling later.

Finished burp cloths

There you go! All done, ready for some baby’s milky spit-up!

Simple Summer skirt!

So Ive been cleaning up my sewing and knitting room, and I thought about putting up a blog post about that. But lets face it, its no pinterest photo! Maybe if I got all artsy and did an abstract photo with a lovely pile of folded fabric in focus and the giant piles of sorting blurred, haha!

While cleaning, Ive come across some great light patterned fabric, perfect for some Summer skirts that my wardrobe is calling for. I strictly told myself I needed to wait until I had finished restacking the fabric. And then got on Pinterest, just to “have a look”. Turns out there are a few great tutorials on making easy skirts. Also turns out, me and the kids miraculously didn’t break our ankles hopping over piles of fabric to make this said skirt last night.

OTD Easy Summer Skirt

I ended up using a very simple tutorial from Ruffles and Stuff for a 20 minute skirt. In my usual style, it took longer for tweaking the pattern. I cant stand having to carry small things like a phone, so I added a side pocket. I decided I wanted to wear the skirt on my hips, lower at the front, so i cut the skirt lower at the front so the hem will sit straighter. I also didn’t read the tutorial properly and didnt gather the fabric. I just pulled the elastic to fit it. I prefer it this way as it means the elastic can be stretched the full way when putting it on, until the fabric is straight. On the downside, it is a lot harder to do!

OTD Easy Summer Skirt pocket

A lot of my fabric is what I like to call hand-me-down. Fabric others have bought, and then given the cull. There is some that is factory seconds, and some is vintage, some from my grandmother (who passed away before I was born; I keep it for special things), and some that is just plain weird. And of course, just normal stuff too! After I had decided on the fabric and elastic I was going to use, I discovered that the hand-me-down fabric had previously been tried to make into a skirt. No matter, just a few extra predone seams. Plus some slight darting at the top, of which noone can see because its gathered!

What does your fabric stash look like? Any plans for some new skirts?

Chloe Toes MCN sewing pattern review

Chloe Toes diaper nappy pattern review OTD

Ive been sewing for such a long time, and it only seemed natural that when I decided to use cloth nappies on my first baby (almost 5 years ago, eep!) that I would sew them myself. So that I did. Of course, there was a path.. I bought one pattern and used it, but wasnt too happy. I trialled some free patterns online, some not too bad, but then I stumbled across a brilliant pattern that I didnt regret paying for. I have used it so many times for my own kids and gifts, I think I wouldve made at least 200 cloth nappies. What is the pattern you ask? Its Chloe Toes.

I dont know where to begin on the goodness of this nappy! So Ill start with how it is on the baby.

  • Its easy to put on with only 2 studs each side. No second guessing with getting the sides even with velcro. You can tell Dads and any cloth nappy challenged people which studs they are up to, and you’ll know it will be on right!
  • It can be used as a cover, stuffable or made as an AIO or AI2.
  • If you use it as a cover or stuffable, it washes and dries so well because theres no bits that are extra thick.
  • It fits the baby so well, going under their tummy and high up their thighs. There is nothing like a cloth nappy that is meant to sit around the non-existent waist of a baby.. and sags. And with the high thighs, it lets them move their legs and crawl and walk with no restriction. It also has a huge coverage over the bum, and lets face it; when we are talking about No. 3s.. it needs to cover!
  • It comes in 7, yes you read right, 7 different sizes! They all overlap by a bit which means that you can have your baby in 2 sizes at once without concern. For my babies, I only ever used the 3 sizes of small, medium and large. They were born around 4kg, and then toilet trained at 2. But for those with premmies, they can be made for them. For those with toddlers that arent catching onto toilet training or are a bit bigger than other toddlers, they go through to XXL.

And for the sewing, a breeze.

  • As a stuffable, or a cover, you only need one one layer of PUL, one layer of microfleece, a length of FOE and some snaps. There is only one pattern piece for it, which fits in well with itself, so you can fit a lot on a length of fabric by interlocking them. To sew up is quite simple. Once the 2 layers are cut out (with nicks), I applied the snaps across the front of the PUL to keep them hidden (adding a small strip of extra microfleece behind to keep them firm), then sewed the FOE to the microfleece for the pocket to put the booster in. Next I held the 2 layers together with nicks matching, sewed FOE along the back, then all around the rest of the nappy. Lastly, I folded the loose FOE on the tabs and sewed them down, then applied the last snaps on the tabs. All I needed to use was a regular sewing machine that had a zig-zag stitch.
Here is the stuffable nappy opened out. You can see how simple the sewing is, and how the snaps are hidden.
Here is the nappy opened out. You can see how simple the sewing is, and how the snaps are hidden.
Folded up!
Folded up!
  • There is also a pattern piece included for the booster, to either make a AIO or a removable booster. It is a nice shape that fits in well. I made boosters with this, but tended to opt for large rectangles of bamboo with an overlocked edge, that could be folded to fit into the pocket the stuffable made.

There are only 2 downfalls of this pattern in my opinion..

  1. You have to use snaps for the best effect, and not everyone may have access to a snap press. There is a document to adapt the pattern to velcro if you need to. I invested in a snap press and havent looked back. I use it for clothes I make, as well as the nappies. Its great for kids overalls, babys onesies, bags, jackets, and heaps of other things. Then buying the snaps in a few different colours only sets you back a few dollars. I got my snap press from an online store Snaps Australia. I buy a big stack of snaps from time to time, but recently bought a very large amount of white that should keep me going for a while. It turns out white works with so many things, I go through them quicker than anything else.
  2. The nappies are so good, others will want you to make them for their babies!

So where can you buy this pattern?

From a great online store Nappies Covered. Jodie always has a great selection of nappy fabrics and notions as well. Ive never been less than impressed with the quality of her wares and her professional and friendly approach (and yes, I have been disappointed with nappy fabric I have bought elsewhere). She also has great little labels to sew into your nappies so you know the sizes. I usually do the size labels, but I forgot on the last batch I made, so none in these photos!

And if you cant be bothered making up your own nappies, or even want to try out one before you commit to buying the pattern, Jodie makes Chloe Toes nappies to order!

Chloe Toes bubble MCN OTD
A size large Chloe Toes stuffable pocket nappy in a cotton PUL outer with microfleece inner. Love the bubbles!

Have you tried Chloe Toes nappies on your bub?