Monday, January 28, 2008

DIY: Beco Skin

I am a babywearer. It's true. I love the ability to carry my baby whilst having my arms free. Not only does it keep the little one close, but it's terribly convenient.

As some of you may know, I am a BIG fan of my Beco (thank you thank you thank you, Mom!!) and use it all the time. One of the things that I really liked about it right from the get-go is that were I to be savvy enough, I could sew my own covers for it to change the look whenever I wanted to.

Well, I attempted my first Beco cover this evening. Nothing much was happening this evening so I decided to get my sew on.

It is by no means perfect and it is not quite finished yet (I have to hem up the openings for the straps and the buckles yet), but overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! Once it is on, the flaws (or as I like to think of it . . . the homemade flair) will be a lot less noticeable I think.

Also, the colors in the picture are slightly off . . . the battery is dead in our brand new camera and needs to be charged so I busted out our old one.

Basically, it is a pillowcase for a Beco. But slightly more complicated because it has openings in several places. What do you think?


Sunday, January 20, 2008

DIY: Cloth Baby Shoes

A borrowed sewing machine is better than no sewing machine at all. I hijacked my mom's sewing machine while I was home for Christmas/New Year's and have been putting it to good use. These cloth baby shoes are my latest creation.
I made them for my friend, Hilary, whose baby is due VERY SOON! Yes, I realize that they don't "match" but I think that makes them more fun. I can't wait to make more for all my little baby friends. Looks like everyone who gets preggers from now on is getting babylegs and baby shoes for their shower gifts!
 I whipped these up in a few hours. I probably could have done it quicker, but it was my first time remotely following a pattern (I usually just make stuff up) and I've never sewn anything where you cut out fabric and interfacing and lining and sew them in little pieces . . . it was quite the experience, but I am really happy with them and even happier that I have more materials left over to make MORE MORE MORE!
Awesome tutorial courtesy of Stardust Shoes.

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