Making for baby · Textiles

Making for baby: knitted blanket and vest

This precious knit vest and blanket were made for our baby by a woman we have never met – one of the generous and talented knitters from Will Work for Yarn NZ. These little treasures are now packed into my hospital bag, ready to keep our own wee bundle warm on its first journey home. Kerri… Continue reading Making for baby: knitted blanket and vest

Making for baby · Sewing

Sewing for baby: hooded bath towel set, with kimono and burp cloth

Here’s a sweet bath time set for a baby shower or ‘welcome to the world’ gift.  I’ve combined a couple of patterns here using the same Liberty print fabric, to make a matching set that includes a hooded bath towel, kimono jacket and burp cloth. The patterned Liberty print features sunshine and clouds, in a happy combination of… Continue reading Sewing for baby: hooded bath towel set, with kimono and burp cloth

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Baby bibs using upcycled t-shirts

As I was making these bibs this afternoon, I was thinking of my good friend Mira who lives very, very far away, in Finland. Too far! She made a set of these DIY baby bibs for her boy K. when he was young; I remember them being easy to snap on and off, and he always… Continue reading Baby bibs using upcycled t-shirts

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Knitting for baby – cardigan and hat

This soft, beautiful, tiny cardigan and hat were knitted my wonderful mum, Katy. She’s happy for me to share her work, so I suppose this a kind of ‘guest post’, in that Grandma Katy is the crafter here, not me. I mentioned a while ago that I can’t crochet and Mum finished a blanket edge for me; now I have to… Continue reading Knitting for baby – cardigan and hat

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Denim whale and felt seagull soft toys

I recently made this denim whale and flock of felt seagulls for our baby. The whale was based on a design by a talented Finnish woman, and the seagulls were inspired by some artwork I purchased from a clever friend, Greg Straight. When we discovered a baby was on the way I thought (for a very brief moment) “ooooh … I… Continue reading Denim whale and felt seagull soft toys

Making for baby · Sewing

Sewing for baby – baby pants by Purl Soho

I absolutely adore this design for baby pants by Purl Soho. I love the shape, particularly the insert for cute baby bottoms. I love the pattern – its simplicity, conservation of fabric, sizing and very clear instructions. I especially love that these pants allows me use up scraps of fabric and recycle my own clothes.… Continue reading Sewing for baby – baby pants by Purl Soho

Making for baby · Sewing · Soft toys

Sewing for baby – Waldorf cuddly dolls

These twin lovey dolls are for our baby and another who is due to arrive soon after. I made them in a Waldorf style, using wool rovings, recycled materials including super soft and cuddly velvet. The bodies are recycled from a green velvet dress that I used to wear in London. It was a really flattering fit (once upon a time… Continue reading Sewing for baby – Waldorf cuddly dolls