Saturday, October 23, 2010

Re-purposed Toddler Scarf Tutorial

Yes, he's that big now, it's insane, I know... And with this rapid growth, comes a new nightmare: molars. These painfully slow growing teeth are creating more drool than ever. Now I know why so many German babies wear these scarves. Silas will not wear a bib, but he'll wear one of these all day without even one tug. And it's getting really cold out, so bonus on the duel functioning up-cycled scarf! Here's how to make your own:

I used an old thermal shirt, but any knit shirt will do.

The shape you need. Print this without scaling (do not fit to page), it should be the right size.

1- Fold shirt so you do not have a seam going through your scarf and cut out 1 template shape.
2- Choose a backing fabric and cut same shape. (I used flannel for extra warmth, another knit or fleece would also work here)

3- Place right sides together, pin around. I mark where I do not want to sew because I tend to leave an opening that's too small if I don't. Sew around with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 2-3" opening for turning.

4- Turn, shape and iron flat.
5- Top stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance

6- Grab about 1" strip of hook and loop (aka velcro) and some Wonder tape (if you so choose)
7- Stick your hook and loop strips on, one on the front side of your scarf, the other on the back side.
8- Stitch around and diagonal. Trim the corners so they don't poke your little one's neck.

Super simple and totally reversible! These would be very easy to personalize with a stenciled or appliqu├ęd letter or symbol. Here's to warm necks and dry chests!

You're welcome =]

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sizing up

I'm having trouble making this hat in the next size up... So Silas gets to wear his old hat from spring still. It's snug, but fits alright. We have a handy balcony sandbox for the rainy days... Silas loves it! (But lugging a 50lb bag of sand up stair while carrying a 28lb boy was really tough)

And tonight, I made a super warm pair of slippers for Silas. totally lined with fleece! Baby shoes are back in business people. I have a new motivation for making them... I now have an etsy store! Well, It's not open yet, but I saved the name and all... so, not much longer now and you too can have snuggly toasty baby feet, amongst other items for your munchkin!
Also new: Leather toes! This keeps the fabric from getting wholes, and it's real leather... super soft!

These are going to the A&E this month... but honestly, I won't mind if they don't sell! And If they do, well, I have the pattern, I can make LOTS more =]

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