Whew, it’s been quite a busy six months! We are settling into our new city, new jobs, and new daycare. I have still been crafting here and there, but haven’t been as good about documenting it on my blog. But I couldn’t resist sharing this super easy hair clip tutorial with you in time for Easter. These are a great non-candy Easter egg filler!
Look how big my little Alice has gotten!
She’s in the growing out bangs stage, so these clips are perfect for keeping her hair out of her face.
Here’s how you can make some for your little cuties!
I’ve been keeping up with the Bee in my Bonnet Row Along and love watching my quilt grow and grow. Only five more rows to go! I feel much more confident with piecing now, but am very nervous about the next steps of actually quilting and binding. Eeks!
I was all caught up on the quilt, and actually had a few minutes to sew something for me! My iPad usually lives on the front of the kitchen cabinet, but I needed a case for when I travel. I found this tutorial which was just perfect! I love having the zippered pocket in the front for the charger, headphones, etc.
It was so satisfying to start and finish a project within a couple of hours! So I decided to take a break from the quilt for another week and make Alice these adorable little beanbags.
With Christmas presents and my quilt-in-progress, I have not had much time for more crafting. But how could I resist making Valentines for Alice’s cutie little daycare friends?
I found this idea on Pinterest (of course!) from Tutto Bella Blog. I broke out my gocco and printed up some little cards on blank index cards.
I’m obsessed with Pick Your Plum, but so far I have just bought up a bunch of cute crafty supplies and not used many of them yet. This was the perfect use for these cute polka dot bags and bakers twine. Each bag holds two clementines.
Aren’t they sweet? I hope Alice’s little friends love clementines as much as she does!
Alice had her first birthday in August! I can’t believe it’s been a year already and I don’t have a tiny baby any more. But I have to admit, I much prefer having a one-year old over having a newborn. Sleep is a wonderful thing, and so is watching Alice pick up new skills by the hour. She’s amazing!
My birthday gift to her was this super cute elephant jumper and amigurumi elephant. I grew up with the Ed Emberly drawing books, so I can’t get enough of this elephant fabric. Isn’t it adorable?! I want the rest of the fabric collection! The elephant amigurumi pattern is from the Tiny Yarn Animals book.
The dress is reversible! The pattern is the Jump-N dress from Olive Ann Designs. The dress is a bit too big on her now, but it should fit some time in the next year.
We had a quiet birthday with just the three of us. I promise I’ll throw big, fun parties when Alice gets a bit older. But this time, we just had a picnic in the park and Alice got to eat her first processed sugar. I made homemade funfetti cupcakes and she loved them (of course).
Update with a photo of Alice wearing the elephant dress. It finally fits her now that she is 20 months old.
I made this adorable bonnet for Alice in my last days of pregnancy. I was past my due date and needed something to do to pass the time. It was August, and every little baby I saw around town had on a cute summer hat. So I pulled out some fabric scraps and whipped up a few hats. I used this pattern from Prudent Baby, but made the straps longer so that I could tie them into a bow.
Alice is at the perfect age right now: six months. She can sit up and play by herself, can’t move from where I set her, and delights in absolutely everything. I stuck my hand above her face this afternoon, and she laughed for 5 minutes. It’s been relatively easy to stick to my “one craft a week” goal when my cutie just plays on the floor next to me. (Check out those awesome blocks she’s playing with; her grandpa made those for her for Christmas.)
I’m pretty proud of myself for making a craft well in advance of the holiday it’s meant for. I made this Easter bunny basket for her using this tutorial and this pattern for ears and a face. I obviously need to work on my hand embroidery skills a bit, but I don’t think my baby girl will mind! She’s too little for sweets still, so she’ll get a basket full of books this year. Hmm, maybe that should be an every year tradition.
We have spent the weekend recovering from various sicknesses, so I didn’t get much crafting done. But I was able to take a few minutes to finish up this yo-yo robot that I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks. I made a few yo-yos a night using the Clover large yo-yo maker and used this tutorial for the robot. I love how colorful it is!
I made extra yo-yos to make some barrettes for when Alice’s hair grows longer. What are some other things that you’ve used yo-yos for?
Whew! Life with a baby sure goes fast! We have survived the newborn stage and are thoroughly enjoying our five month old sweetie. I am back at work full-time, Dave is back in school in his terminal studio (woo, the end of architecture school is in sight!), and Alice is settling into daycare. She smiles all of the time now, and her laughs melt our hearts!
I’ve made a goal to make one craft a week and I’m going four weeks strong! I started with these adorable baby booties made from this pattern. Aren’t they to die for cute??
Then I used the left over yarn to make this crocheted loop toy (pattern here).
It’s a good size for her little hands to pick up and she loves chewing on it. I did put jungle bells in, but they don’t make much noise, so I think you could easily go without.
I made this A because I thought Alice might want something that crinkles and silky ribbons to feel. But she pretty much just loves to shove it as far into her mouth as possible. It’s her current favorite toy and is always soaking wet with baby drool.
I hear that disposable wipes bags work well for crinkle material, but we use reusable wipes so I didn’t have any. But I did have a crinkly tortilla chip bag, so I cut an A out of that and two fabric scraps. Then I stacked the bottom fabric A, crinkle A, ribbons, and top fabric A. I sewed 1/2″ around the edge, cut the crinkle material down close to the seam, and sewed again 1/4″ from the edge. The outside fabric frays a bit, but the plastic edges are secured inside of the seams.
I bought these socks for myself and think they are so cute. But then I realized they would make a good sock monkey for Alice, so I resisted wearing them and set them aside. The sacrifices I’m making already. Ha!
What should I make next weekend? Does anyone have any suggestions for good baby toys/crafts?
It seems like all baby things at the stores are decorated with African animals. Don’t get me wrong; I think giraffes and elephants are adorable. But so are squirrels and black bears! My degree is in Natural Resources and I want my daughter to know about the animals in her own back yard.
So when I saw some forest creature mobiles on Etsy, I knew I had found the perfect thing for Alice! I bought some 25 cent felt squares and got to work. I got inspiration from several mobiles on Etsy for the different animals. This was actually the first baby craft I made, and it was the perfect pregnancy craft. I could make an animal a night while sitting on the couch.
I didn’t get around to assembling the mobile and hanging it until now. I had planned on hanging them from madrone sticks from my friend’s land. But it was proving difficult to work with, so I finally gave in and just used dowel rods. I think it looks great!
Alice approves! Plus she’s sleeping more in her crib these days, so she has more time to enjoy it. And I have more time to enjoy my own warm bed. Win-win!
My name is Annie, I’m married to a wonderful boy named Dave, and we have the cutest kitty cat in the world named Cricket. We are new transplants to Oregon, and by day I am an environmental educator. In my free time I like to sew, bake, cook, letterpress, and do any crafty thing that I can get my hands on. I hope I can inspire others with my projects! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.