I'm thinking about this now because I know of four little girls expected to be born this summer, and I've been to two baby showers this past week.
I spent most of June making baby items. A few of the projects I managed to photograph before giving away, so I'd like to show those to you now.
|Pattern for a hooded baby sweater from McCall's Needleworks & Crafts, Fall/Winter 1969-70|
A couple of months ago I found about five vintage McCall's craft magazines, and I began scouring them for suitable baby sweater patterns. This one was simple and practical, and I decided to give it a whirl. While it looks like an ordinary knit 1, purl 1 rib pattern, it's actually a thick, cushiony "fishermans rib" pattern that required me to learn a new knitting technique. I balked at that for a bit--anything that has instructions telling me to "knit into the stitch in the row below" usually has me flipping the page pronto, but I took a chance and it turned out to be very, very easy and the springy, deeply ribbed fabric was very satisfying to produce. Here's the sweater I made:
It took about a week to make. It's nice to start a project and actually finish it for a change!
I've also been working on cloth diapers. Old fashioned fabric diapers seem to be going the way of the dinosaur nowadays, but with the price of disposables, I applaud my daughter-in-law for choosing to go the traditional route. I went to the fabric store to look around and was amazed to see all the new specialty diaper fabrics and super-duper diaper patterns you can buy now. These modern cloth diapers have gussets, special wicking layers, and even a waterproof outer layer, and they fasten with velcro or snaps. I'm going to try making some of those, but in the meantime, I'm making hourglass shaped ones like my own kids used, but with the addition of a bit of elastic at the leg openings for a better fit.
These are really easy to make, and handy for all new moms to have on hand even if they're planning on using only disposables, because sooner or later, she'll run out before she can get to the store for more. My main fabric is 100% cotton flannel, which I washed and dried to preshrink before cutting. You can use terrycloth or birdseye weave, too.
|For each diaper, you'll need to cut out two of these.|
|For the next step, use just one of your large diaper pieces.|
|Adding elastic is optional, but a good idea.|
|You can see the elastic doesn't run the whole length of the diaper.|
|Now flip this over, elastic-side down. This will be the interior layer.|
|Clip corners for a neater appearance and less bulk at the edge.|
|A blurry photo, but you can see how I've turned the opening edge under and pinned it for ironing.|
Now topstitch around the whole diaper, stretching out the diaper. Try not to catch the elastic with the topstitching. Voila!
|All ready for use--just pin! Or attach velcro to fasten if you're feeling ambitious.|
Not bad for my first pair. I think these may become my version of the butter dish. I could even make a bunch of cute little shoes ahead of time and have them ready for giving when the next new baby arrives.
The pattern is just $3.99 on Etsy:
It's just one of many delightful project patterns you can purchase from PreciousPatterns.