Sunday, September 15, 2013

Baby Projects to make

Since there are a lot of babies born at the end of summer; here are just a few projects.

Pacifer Clips


For the pink 1.5" wide ribbon, you need to iron 1/4" in on each side.  To make it easy, green 1" ribbon inside and ironed the pink edges over the green, Suspender clip in the notions section of the craft store package of 2 clips


Attach ribbon loop to 1" ribbon
Measure the length of the loop, just eyeballed it and pinned it on.  You just need the hole in the loop big enough for the rest of the clip to fit through.
Sew the whole length of the ribbon, because it will show on the other side if you just sew the skinny loop ends.
Finish one end of wider ribbon.
Put the narrow ribbon inside the wide ribbon.

Finish the edges, securing ribbons together.
Finish the other end.  Attach metal clip.  Finish off the ends and you're finished!

Baby Bedtime Bags

Materials:  sewing machine, scissors, matching thread, and general sewing suoolies

Obviously plain or patterned knit work for either gender, (and this idea would work well for girls), but it seemed perfect to make baby boy something from dad's t-shirts!
Men's t-shirts are great for repurposing for kids clothing.
It seems we have a bunch of t-shirts that we can't get rid of because they're too sentimental and they could use a new life.
My husband has this t-shirt from high school (late 1990s) with Casper the Ghost on it and won't throw it away.
Maybe if we ever have another baby boy Casper will finally come out of the closet for baby jammies.
T-shirts could also create  unique, meaningful gifts for someone else's baby.
Using sports t-shirts for families that have favorite teams, or nerdy goofy shirts like the "fantasy football" shirt would rock someone's baby shower.
 Practical gift to help baby sleep plus something personal and awesome too.
For these use contrasting but coordinating colors for the snap placket and neckline.
Depending on the size of shirt, you could even use the original neck ribbing if you wanted.

Yo Yo Crib Mobile 

Materials:  Hot glue gun (with glue sticks), Needle, Extra strong thread, Scissors, An embroidery loop, Fabric of your choice, ribbon, or trim, sewing machine, and a Yo-Yo Maker or make them the old fashioned way

Make all yo yo’s first.  Basically, you will need to figure out how many strands you want hanging down, and how many yo yo’s you want in each strand, (FYI:  picture has 6 rows (3 rows of 6 yo yo’s and 3 rows of 7 yo yo’s alternating each row)
Attach yo yo’s together
Now that you have made all your yo yo’s we are going to sew them together to make a strand (however many you want).
Make a sandwich with two yo yo’s with the flat sides together then we will do a slip stitch to attach the two together.
Continue stitching in a circular motion through the two yo yo’s 2 or 3 times, and then tie it off and cut your excess thread. When you let go they should be attached at the ends.  Continue until you have how many yo yo’s you want in each strand and the number of strands you want over all.
Take the inner part of your embroidery loop (or whatever you have chosen to use) and we are going to wrap the ribbon around.
First, you will cut the end of the ribbon at diagonal and hot glue it on the inside of your loop.  Wrap it around the loop maintaining the diagonal direction of the ribbon.
Hot glue the ribbon down every couple of wraps (make sure to put the glue on the inner side of the loop as it does leave a small bump.) Continue this process until you wrap the ribbon all the way around the loop.  When you get to the end, overlap the beginning of the ribbon, hot glue it to the inside, and cut off the excess.
Attach the yo yo strands to the loop
Measure the circumference of the loop you are using and divide it by how many strands you have in order to figure out the placement for each strand. Mark it with a pin.
Next we will hand stitch the yo yo strands to the ribbon on the loop. Once your needle is threaded, complete one stich in the yo yo, and then on the bottom, inside corner of the loop pulling the yo yo flush to the loop, stitch throw the ribbon, and then repeat a few times. Tie off, and cut off excess.
Repeat for all strands.
Once all your strands are stitched onto the loop we will be attaching the ribbon used to hang the mobile.  (Measure out the length you want it to hang (approx. 10-14 inches) and cut the number of strands you want to use to hang the loop from)
First cut a straight edge on your ribbon and hot glue it to the inside of the loop with the rough edge on the top inside corner.
Wrap it around and hot glue one more time on the inside. Bring it back up around the outside edge and pull above (this will create the peak in which it will hang)
Hanging ribbon strands that form the peak
Repeat the above step with all your hanging ribbon strands.
Next pull all the ends of the ribbon together to form your peak and layer each piece on top of the other and fold it over to create a loop.

Now we will make a hand stitch across the width of the ribbon right above my fingertips pictured above. (This stitch does not have to be pretty, it will be covered, but make sure it is sturdy.)
Once the stitch is complete, tie it off and cut of any excess thread.
Now we will cover up the stitch.
Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around the width of the stitch we just made.
Hot glue the cut edge to the end of the stitch and wrap around, then hot glue the ribbon down to form a tight loop around the stitch. Then, cut off any excess at the end.
Now you have a nice loop at the top of your peak. You can either hang this on a mobile stand, or hang it from the ceiling using fishing line.

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