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Sewing for a New Niece

May 28, 2010

My little sister had her first baby this week, a teensy little girl who makes Creamie look like she’s five.  Little A was just barely over 6 pounds when she was born, but that is big enough to deserve some sewing of her own.   So this week all my sewing was for Liesl and her new little one.  (It was supposed to be done last week, before she was born but those life events got in the way.)  But after a few late nights (and a self imposed facebook and google reader ban)  it was all ready when little A came home from the hospital.  And I got to surprise her parents, which was also awesome.

First up I made a car seat cover.  This isn’t just any car seat cover, this one is dual purpose!  I made a removable strap so it can also be used as a reversible nursing cover.  Brilliant, no?  I really wish I had made myself one of these.  It was so easy and it would have been so handy.  There are plenty of tutorials out there to make one, but I didn’t really follow anything.  I just told myself “it’s a square, how hard could it be?”  Answer?  not hard.  An hour max. My sister bought the same carseat that Creamie had, so I asked Scott to go dig it out of the storage unit so I could get a perfect fit.  If I was making this for myself I would have added some ric rac trim and some big flowers or buttons up there on top, but Liesl didn’t want anything like that.  I do love the green that she picked out though.

Next up was a bedding set.  Liesl is pretty particular about what she likes (as am I) and she just couldn’t like anything in the “affordable” range.  So we went shopping to pick out something I could make.  You can’t really tell from the pictures, but the fitted sheet is a teeny little pink and white stripe.  I love how this turned out, sweet and girly but not too frilly.  I didn’t use a pattern for this one either, just my measuring tape and a ruler (again, it’s just a bunch of squares).  It is pretty much the same as Creamie’s nursery, and the second time around it was MUCH easier and a lot faster.  I didn’t get a picture of the bedskirt, but it’s a sassy pleated little number in the baby pink stripe with that geometric flowery/polka dotty border.  I managed to sneak in their house and get it all set up while they were still at the hospital so they were surprised when they came home.  I love a good surprise!  I’ve got a few scraps left that I’m going to try and do something with.  I don’t think I have enough to make a quilt/blanket… but maybe.

Here is Creamie and her new little cousin.  She didn’t quite know what to think, but she really wanted to hold her and point out her hair and ears and little nose.  So sweet.  Welcome to the world Baby A!  Now just get a little bigger so Creamie can play with you.

I’m adding these projects to Sew+Tell at Amy’s.  It’s been a few weeks since I’ve had something finished.  Next week I am going to be hosting Sew+Tell for Amy.  She has a beensy little baby herself and is moving.  I’ll be posting the tutorial for this skirt and maybe a few more goodies as well.  Happy Long Weekend!

22 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2010 7:06 am

    What a clever idea for a car seat cover — and I love your fabric choices and pattern for the bumper pads! So pretty!

    Beth J.

  2. May 28, 2010 7:49 am

    Brilliant, yes!! What a nice surprise and cute cousins!

  3. Anne permalink
    May 28, 2010 9:23 am

    The minky in the bumper pads are a great addition. Very pretty!

  4. May 28, 2010 9:29 am

    You did such a beautiful job on these sweet baby things! What a wonderful gift to your sister and her new baby.

    I get your posts via e-mail and read every single one of them. I just don’t get over her to comment very often. You are such a creative and sweet person. Thanks for sharing your love of all things creative!

  5. May 28, 2010 10:36 am

    Awwwww, fercute!


    (WordPress just gave me an error: “You are posting comments too quickly! Slow down!” What is that supposed to mean?)

  6. May 28, 2010 12:13 pm

    You did such a great job! You have a lucky sister. Don’t children have such wonder at little babies?

  7. May 28, 2010 1:30 pm

    Way too cute and fun! What an awesome aunt you are for doing all this! Congratulations and welcome little A!

  8. jennifer permalink
    May 28, 2010 2:25 pm

    Hi. I am Betsy’s sister and your new stalker. I LOVE your blog and am so impressed with your skills!!!

  9. May 28, 2010 2:36 pm

    Oh, gosh, how cute! The baby and the baby stuff you made! I love that pink starburst fabric in your bumper pads, and the minky is such a nice touch there.

  10. May 28, 2010 3:13 pm

    So sweet and cute. I make carseat covers a lot lately as gifts, love them. My only issue with turning one into a nursing cover is that they sometimes drag on the ground, and I wouldn’t necessarily want to nurse my baby under that. I love the bumper pads, though… found Janey in Cailin’s bassinet today… while Cailin was in there. We need to get her crib set up, for her own safety. I’m contemplating making my own bedding this time around, instead of using what we already have. You’re inspiring me again with all your beautiful things… thanks!

  11. May 28, 2010 8:03 pm

    How totally sweet! Love the bumpers!

  12. May 28, 2010 8:06 pm

    what a precious and oh so tiny made such great things for her. you must be the best aunt in the world

  13. May 28, 2010 8:12 pm

    What fun! We are expecting #2 in August and I am currently trying to decide how much of the new bedroom I want to tackle myself (and, exactly what fabric should I use?!?!)

  14. May 28, 2010 8:40 pm

    What a wonderful aunt and sister you are. They are simply wonderful gifts.

  15. May 28, 2010 9:36 pm

    I love the colors for that bedding! Makes me want to have another baby – hopefully a little girl this time! JK! But kidding aside, that’s a really awesome job.

  16. Jessica permalink
    May 28, 2010 9:48 pm

    Aww, That is so adorable! You are so skilled my friend! And Baby A is so Sweet!

  17. May 29, 2010 12:27 am

    What beautiful bedding! You did a great job.

  18. May 29, 2010 8:51 am

    The bedding set was so cute. Beautiful fabrics!

  19. May 29, 2010 11:18 am

    LOVE these! The bedding is so cute. I like the classy combo of fabrics, and not so frilly as some. Also so happy to here Leisl and baby are doing well!

  20. May 29, 2010 1:09 pm

    I used to have some of that green fabric, too. It’s so pretty. The bedding is lovely, as well as the dual-purpose cover. The best part is at the end: those beautiful cousins!

  21. Chrys Torkelson permalink
    May 31, 2010 6:41 pm

    It was hard enough for me to believe that you were old enough to have a baby and now Liesl? Where does the time go when you and your sisters have grown up into beautiful women with darling babies! I love all the projects you do, so much talent. I love checking your blog to see all your fun stuff!

  22. June 1, 2010 12:56 pm

    Ok, so I want to chat with you about this set. Is there a time I can call you, or that you’ll be online? Send me a message and let me know.

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