Big news first–the grandson has arrived!!
If you want to read his birth story, you can head over to my daughter’s blog.
I will give you the short version: he is here and he is beautiful.
See for yourself.
Townsend Marc, 7 lb. 15 oz., 20 1/2 in. long.
Not long after I (finally!) decided what direction/what type of blanket I wanted to make for this little guy, he arrived. I’m sure it was his sensing that the blanket decision was made, and would be ready soon, that motivated him to make his entrance. ;)
But even before that, I have been preparing things for him.
The book “Growing Up Sew Liberated” by Meg McElwee has so many great projects in it, and as I was browsing through it, I saw the Envelope Tee, a soft tee shirt made from jersey material. So soft, and perfect for baby.
Make that “babies”. I have two new grandchildren, remember?
I decided to make a short sleeved version for the Texas granddaughter, and a long sleeved version for the Minnesota grandson.
And, because all babies could use a pair—matching leggings for both!
The set for Ambrose was made from some leftover knit that I had from a previous baby gift, trimmed with a bit of green polka dot stretchy knit (you may remember it from Adeline’s Easter dress collar). The trim is more of a spandex, which wasn’t my ideal, but it matched and was on hand. So I didn’t have to go purchase any trim–which IS my ideal. :)
(Sorry–I took these pictures out in the shade, thinking they would be better that way. Rather blue-ish, even with trying to edit.)
I got measurements from Sarah for the legging size. I wanted to make sure it would fit the thunder thighed wonder.
(I say that with the utmost love and respect.)
And it did! With a little growing room. Because we know that these babies grow so fast.
Here she is giving three cheers for grammie! Or possibly just wiggling around.
I used the same measurements for Townsend’s leggings. However, I didn’t have quite as much fabric for his, and had to make them a little skinnier.
It all worked out, because he was over 2 lb. less than she was, at birth. So they should fit him fine. :) Plus, the stretch, you know. I am hoping they won’t be outgrown too soon.
Speaking of the fabric for T’s: I found an XL men’s tee shirt on the clearance rack at Old Navy, and really liked the color combo of the stripes. I knew that I could make something out of it that would fit a baby, and the cost was about $4 total, which is far less than one usually has to pay for knits. Score.
His trim was a turquoise (also spandex-y) knit that I had on hand. (If you’re wondering why I have so much random spandex knit on hand, the answer is that my sister found me a huge stash of fabric at a garage sale once, for a measly 10 bucks, and it was along with the batch. So now I’m also set if I decide to whip up a Speedo swimsuit for Marc. ;))
Although I messed up and sewed the front part on inside out (oops!), I left it as is, because a) ripping seams out of jersey knit is hard to do without totally shredding the side of the fabric, and b) I showed it to Marc, and he couldn’t tell that it wasn’t the correct side. Granted, he isn’t a sewer, but he is a perfectionist. If he couldn’t really tell, then probably not many people would be able to tell.
The folded over part is the back, which is the way it was meant to look.
We will just pretend the front is supposed to be that way, to be edgy and cool. If any of the other infants ask.)
On the positive side, I was successful in matching up the stripes on the side seams. Yay!
I don’t have pictures of T in his outfit yet, because we haven’t been to visit him–but we will be next week! So I will try to get a picture of him doing a “hurrah for grammie” pose as well.
All in all, I was happy with how these little outfits turned out for the babies.
Some of you have totally forgotten how this post started with me talking about the blanket, but perhaps one of you hasn’t. “What about the awesome blanket??!”
All right, all right.
I decided, after doing Ambrose’s quilt, that I wasn’t really up for doing a quilt-type blanket again, so soon. (Sorry, Townsend. Maybe later.) I was thumbing through my book “1-2-3 Sew” by Ellen Luckett Baker, and saw this sweet little flannel blanket pattern.
Hey–my material is flannel! I could do this!
So I did.
Here are the two flannel pieces:
I modified the pattern slightly: instead of an embroidered initial (because I am not very expert on embroidering), I used this technique and appliquéd a “t” to the corner. I am pretty happy with how it turned out, although it would have been better if I had had Wonder Under instead of just regular iron-on interfacing, as it would have kept it from slipping around as much while I was satin-stitching around the edge. But I didn’t have it on hand, and Joann’s Fabric is 30 minutes away. So. Make do!
My printer only went up to a font size of 72, and an enlargement size of 500%. Which wasn’t big enough. :( So I had to free-hand it, to make my monogram, out of cardboard.
Then I traced it onto the interfacing(wonder under), then ironed it on (backwards, so that it is facing the right direction to apply) to the fabric. The fabric for the monogram was a scrap of an old dress shirt of Marc’s that got some ink on the pocket area, and has subsequently found its way into various sewing projects. I liked that it a) coordinated color-wise, and b) was a nice menswear-type look, and c) belonged to Grandpa Marc!
Like I said, a little wonky because of the slipping around, but still turned out okay.
I satin-stitched with my machine around the “t” on one side of the blanket, and then stitched together the two pieces, right sides together, leaving an opening for turning it right side out.
I found a taupe-y gray thin yarn, and used it for the blanket stitch around the edge, instead of embroidery thread. I like the weight of it against the blanket, and again–it was on hand. The colors of embroidery threads I had were not going to work. :)
And here is the end result.
I really enjoyed the hand-work that this blanket needed, and I think I am going to use this pattern for more easy baby blankets.
In fact, I know of a little girl that was just born to a dear friend in Alabama….