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Going to start sewing again, several projects

I have several projects lined up in the next few days, and if am hoping to get started on them soon. Some things we need, some things I would like to have. Currently, it seems to be mostly focused on the car.

I need to make a crotch snap pad for the car seat, so little man doesn’t feel as much pressure on his chunky thighs from it. I had taken the convertible car seat out and put the seat protector in, and adjusted the placement of the crotch snap, before making a rough sketch of how big to make the pad on paper, and then cutting the paper and fitting it around the snap.

I also want to make leashes for the harness straps and buckle, to keep them from falling in when I am trying to put little man in the car seat. I saw strap keepers, but not one for the crotch, but I think I could make something. I will buy a car seat foil shade, so the buckles aren’t white hot like they are currently. You would think stores that sell baby stuff would stock such things in the heat of the summer.

I may also make my own car seat protectors, since the ones we were given get in the way of the latch system, making it more difficult to secure the seat. I also need it to loop around the headrest, so it doesn’t slide around.

Then I want to find some nice beach (or oversize) towels to make seat covers . I plan on sewing strapping around where the headrest goes, and then a strap in the back to keep it from sliding around on the two front seats. I will need to figure out something for the back seat.

An idea I have been throwing around is to make some sort of hoop that holds the toys for little man to reach and ply with while in his car seat. I am thinking of buying and cutting a hola hoop, wrapping it in fabric with loops sewn in, and hanging the toys in reach. As he gets older, I could make the arc smaller, so they don’t swing in his face as the car stops.

Another thought is to make kick mats that go from the top of the back of the front seats, and goes all the way to the seat protector, so that not only is the floor mats kept clean in addition to the seat backs, but I could use clear vinyl over a nice fabric to make it easy to wipe clean. It could attach to the seat protector by snaps, or more than likely, Velcro.

I also want to make the dogs new beds for their crates, or at least a new bed for pip, and a new cover for pepper. I have extra foam for a bed for pip, I just need to find pretty fabrics that I can scotch guard, and can handle frequent washing.

I also want to make floor cushions, since we only have a couch now in the living room. I want a pretty nautical fabric for that.

Then there is the numerous crafting and sewing projects for the house and little man. I still need to work on his quilt too.

There’s so many projects, now I just have to do them after taking care of little man, chores, and schoolwork. Yay.

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An update on my carriers, and other sewing ideas

Sew, a few months ago, I made those Mei Tai baby carriers, and I know use them almost daily. I keep one rolled up in the car, and the other at home. I have found that they are working out extremely well, and even with constant checks and an ever growing boy, they are still in excellent condition. I may try adding buckles or d-rings to see if that helps with adjusting them, but I am pretty sure little man will be in a big boy stroller soon.
I will have to make something to fix his torticollis induced slumping though, and I have found a few different ideas to toss around from pinterest. I have enough fabric, thread, and polyfill to make a few different ones to see what works. I also need to devise a way to keep the support from falling out of place as I put him in his car seat and rocker, though he will probably outgrow the rocker before too much longer. I may have to place a pool noodle under his crib mattress and prop him up that way or something. Let’s here it for crafty moms!!
This afternoon and evening, little man and I finished what shopping we were going to do on this trip, and I returned a double set of long johns I had purchased to Babys r us, and got enough money to buy him a slew of clothes, in sizes he doesn’t fit in yet. YET. They didn’t have any clothes that would fit him there, so off we went. Since there are a million Ross stores around here, I went to one near my sister’s old work, and I found him some 18 month clothes, one a set with onesies and pants, and the other a pair of long johns, with the snaps running down the bottom. We also went to Carters and used the 10 dollar coupon, and I ended up paying 42 cents for 2 more rompers, size 12 months. Little man has been really good about sleeping in his carrier today, so I nipped into Old Navy next door, and they were also having a clearance sale. I found some 12-18 month long johns on clearance, and the tag said six, but they were three dollars each. I just might have to hunt and dig for a few more tomorrow. Once upon a child charges more than that for clothes, so I feel I am getting a better deal. Now, I also have some different size clothes to make patterns for the clothes for little man.
Little man has been talking more and more now, and today he has been sticking his cute little tongue out. I was helping him roll over earlier, so it seems less scary for him, and he definitely does not care for tummy time or being on his mat much. He is trying to crawl, and has been scooting himself sideways, so he goes a quarter of a circle around. He is growing up so fast.
Last night was pretty rough, with Dolly the destroyer of worlds crying and barking all night for no reason (she was let out, in, watered, already fed, etc), and she would wake up me and little man in the process. Then, this morning, she popped her collar off, where she was secured by a chain, and got out again. I got to scramble to dress myself to answer the door, where one of the best neighbors had caught her. Sometimes I miss my old neighbors.
I tried to work on my schoolwork today, but I don’t have the ability to get Microsoft office through the school, so I will have to type everything up on hubby’s computer, which does have it. I will end up doing my word documents either at night, or when he is at work, so we aren’t scrambling and getting in each others way.
I probably wont have time in the morning, but I may go and mop the floors and wash down my parent’s bathroom shower before I go get hubby. We will come back down to see my parents, but there are stores he wants to see and all, and I miss him. My parents are a little bummed I wont stay another night, but I dont want to sleep on the couch or the granite slab my dad calls a guest bed.

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Sew Much Accomplished- The Quilt For Ro

T and I have been busy working on planning a baby shower for B, and we decided to sink our teeth into our first quilt, by making one for B’s daughter, We reviewed ideas on Pinterest, trying to find a simple idea, something less intense than a tossed nine or rag rose like we saw in demo at the sewing class. We got a general idea, and spent a few hours in Joann’s, and found 8 fat quarters, four in shades and patterns of pinks, and then purples. Then we picked up some warm and natural for the batting, ant tried to figure backing. We ended up getting a white floral quilt backer, but I learned later, we could have just spliced any other fabric to make the back, or use a flat sheet. You live and you learn. Hubby helped where he could with colors and watching little man, but we were all exhausted after that.

A few days later, T and I set out to start the ironing cutting of the fat quarters down into 5″ squares, where I measured and chalked them out, while she cut them with the rotary. Then we tried to work out a pattern, again tired, since we worked on this in the evenings, and called it quits one night, but found success and started stitching them together the next night, though hubby had tried to help us with the fabric totals, we came up short, and we reached a standstill when we thought we had enough squares, but we didn’t.

We laid out what we had, and we had started sewing the squares we cut together in width wise rows. We managed to sew them all together, with a few hiccups, and I wanted to share the progress with you.

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the colors of fat quarters used, but this is the second set, so there was two fat quarters of each color used so far.

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the stuff used, sorry its a bit blurry.

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the pattern for the quilt, though a correction needs to be made, the ones that look grey in the bottom left should not be touching.

The fat quarters shown above were cut down, and I got 12 5″ squares from the 18″x21″ quarter. Sadly, they were not cut straight 90 degree angles, so that was fun.

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This where I am leaving off tonight, since little man awoke right as I cut down the last fat quarter. Maybe in the morning, I can fix the already stitched together rows, and then finish up the rows with the second set of quarters.

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