Monday, October 17, 2011

Simple stitches

My project list keeps growing, but I have come to terms with the fact that I can only perform very simple tasks at this point in my life.  The pillows and curtains have taken a back seat to bows and onesies.  I need predictable projects.  Ones that take less than an hour, ones that I can leave and come back to, ones that don't require dangerous tools (yes, I've had to put away my chain saw, but I do have one great project post coming up that does include some major cutting), and ones that serve a daily functional purpose.  Here are some of my latest - inspired by the ongoing 2011 baby boom (which has involved the birth of about 10 boys and only 2 girls in our circle of friends).  I've had to get creative in the onesie department to tone down the frills and make them boy-worthy.  A simple name is always a good option that again optimizes my love for personalization. If it were up to me, all clothing would be monogrammed.  It's like my secret wish that all of life was really a musical and we could break out into song on a whim.
 Austin and Charlie were my recent models...
Baby Ryan has just entered the world and will soon grow into his onesie.
And if you see Julia on a typical day, you will most likely see her with her hair in her face.  She has the cutest haircut (which she is quite proud of), but her bangs just haven't figured out how to grow themselves out.  For the amount of bows that I have made this child, one might think that she should be all set, but she typically pulls them out in moments of frustration or just for the heck of it.  The 'hair in the face' look is her signature style.  Here is a rare moment when she is put together:
This bow is adorable and so easy to make.  I drew from a few bow designs on this Prudent Baby post.  For those of you just learning how to sew, this is a great one.  
Sorry to ruin the surprise, but for anyone close to me, this is likely your baby gift if you are expecting in the near future :)


  1. How do you maneuver the onesie around the sewing machine? I can just see myself sewing the front and back together accidentally!

  2. It's a little bit easier with a bigger onesie, but basically you just have to go really slow and make sure that you are holding onto the fabric so that it doesn't get sewn together (believe me, I have learned this the hard way!)