Small Finishes for This Week

This week sure buzzed by quickly. There was not a whole lot of time spent in the sewing room.  I have been spending quite a bit of time working on the shop; especially on the process of moving patterns from the first shop to the new shop. I think it is worth the time it takes.  I have had a number of sales from the new shop so I know people are finding it. I like managing the patterns separately from the fabrics. But it has taken a lot of time!

As far as sewing, I made two little projects for my sweet grand baby. My daughter in law asked me if I would make strap covers for their infant carrier. She even found the right pattern to use for the straps that fit her model carrier. I think this is a pretty smart move- the strap covers add some cushion if baby girl falls asleep with her face on those straps.  They also catch the drool that come along with baby. It is much easier to take the covers off and toss them in the wash then to wash the pack.
The pattern was a breeze to follow. I did have to make a quick trip to find some green fabric (it actually is green, but leaning to teal blue) for the covers. I had plenty of batting scraps for the filling and velcro for the closures.
These are entirely reversible which would have been fun if I had used two different fabrics but I didn’t.  The pack is a print of green and blue and it didn’t need another fabric in the mix. Baby also needs a little hood that will attach to the pack but I haven’t tackled that yet. I did buy plenty of the fabric though. Hopefully I will get to that in another week or so.

After making the little strap covers, I was in the mood to make something else for her. A few months ago, I purchased a collection of the older Cotton and Steel prints during a #destash on Instagram. I had not used any of them yet but as I poked through the bag, I found two prints that were perfect for a little sun hat.

Isn’t that the cutest thing? I had an old pattern from who knows what, so I can’t recommend it because you probably couldn’t find it anyway. There are many patterns like this though and a simple google search should be fruitful. It came together easily and I am hopeful it will fit. Her mama sent me the measurement of her head so if anything, it might be a little big.  I love the back side with a little bow.  Adorable.

I look forward to seeing it on her little head.  Finally, I started the memory quilt I am making for my nephew Sam.  He picked out an assortment of his football and baseball jerseys. He even sent a small one that he must have worn as a little boy. As suggested by several readers in the comments of an earlier post, I emailed Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict to get her input.  She suggested a particular brand of fusible interfacing she likes for backing these projects. I ordered that and it is already here, ready and waiting for me.

My ever helpful daughter and I cut the jerseys up.

I was really nervous to cut into these. Before we started cutting, Julia and I folded them into little blocks and laid them out to get an idea of how I would make this. Then we cut the fronts from the backs leaving everything intact and as large as possible.  I think I will make a lot of 14″ squares with the majority of the jerseys.  Then I will cut miscellaneous bits and pieces that aren’t going to measure up as big but should be included (mascots, American Flags, etc).  Those will be bordered in red and fit into the puzzle where I can. I think it shouldn’t be terribly difficult. The next step is to stabilize this slippery jersey fabric. Sam is off to college in the fall so maybe, just maybe, I will have it done in time?  Well, at least during autumn? Ok, ok, definitely before he graduates college?  We will have to see!

This week is once again my week to sponsor the giveaway for the Sewcial Bee Sampler. I had a lot of fun hosting the giveaway at the end of June too.  If you are participating in the sew along, hop over to Maureen Cracknell’s or Sharon Holland’s blog to find out how to enter and win! It could be your lucky week! There is also a discount code for the Sewcial Bee quilters. Go check it out!

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22 thoughts on “Small Finishes for This Week

  1. Mari

    That hat is so adorable, Bernie! She’s going to be the most stylish baby in town. And the carrier seat strap covers are a great idea. What an adorable picture at the top, too. Aren’t grandchildren the best? Good luck with those jerseys, and with the SBS sponsorship.

  2. Judy Vaughn

    Bernie, the perfect stabilizer is Terial Magic. I buy it by the gallon I like it so much. By a local gal..

    1. Bernie Post author

      She is adorable, isn’t she? We get to spend a week with them in the end of August and I am so excited. We live on opposite sides of the country. I am already thinking about what to make next. ?

  3. Roseanne

    Hi Bernie,
    What a fun post! My niece is expecting and is due around September 1st. They are not finding out the gender . . . but oh how I want to make one of these cute little sun hats! And the strap covers for the infant carrier – I don’t even know if they put one on their registry. Those covers are fabulous! Thank you for sharing the link! I am going to ask her about those, right away. I have time for these kind of little projects now. ~smile~ Roseanne P.S. You are on WordPress – I’m going to find/follow you.

    1. Bernie Post author

      Glad you enjoyed it Roseanne. These projects are so simple. You will have a great time sewing for this new baby. There are lots of hat patterns that could work for boy or girl. Maybe if you make something brightly colored with green and yellow?

  4. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

    I’m glad you got a good recommendation for stabilizing the jerseys; I hope they come together into a quilt easily for you. It’s nice that Julia was helping out. And what lovely and helpful items for baby (and parents). She is going to look so sweet in the hat!

    1. Bernie Post author

      Good there is no hurry — I am looking forward to working on it. I just ordered some bigger rulers to cut the jersey centers out. It will be a fun project. 🙂

  5. Kate

    She is such a cutie, must take after her Grandma 🙂 Love the hat you made, and the beautiful bow just sets it off. Love it.

    1. Bernie Post author

      She is a cutie — I am so thankful for technology – I love seeing the pictures that my kids text to us almost daily. It makes them feel like they aren’t quite so far away. 🙂

  6. Linda

    First of all I just want to cuddle that baby!! So adorable. 🙂
    How neat that your DIL already had a pattern for you. My daughter and I have a couple different projects going, and we are kind of winging the pattern parts – but that is fun too. 😉
    The hat is darling! I think Miss “J” should have modeled it. 😉 I love that she is helping you with the T-shirts. I miss having my daughter around full time to do that kind of thing. Although when she was that age she had no interest whatsoever – lol!

    1. Bernie Post author

      Well, if truth be told, Miss J did try on the hat! It was a tad small, hmmm…. wonder why??
      I am really enjoying having her around this summer. It is all too real that she will not be home for too many more…. College will be here before you know it. Gotta enjoy them while they are still living at home. 🙂

  7. Pat

    Cute, Cute Cute!

    I made snap drool pad covers for my daughter for her kindercarry. My Granddarling is now three and outgrown her carrier but she still loves to be worn so they just ordered a new preschool size carrier for her so I will be making comfy new pink princess pads soon.

    I am making a t shirt quilt by commission and was wondering what the best fusible might be so thanks for the info on what is tried and true.

    Happy sewing … 🙂 Pat


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