A couple of Christmases ago, my family gave me a sewing machine. I had discovered the world of crafty sewing blogs and was getting mildly obsessed with having my own machine to try out some of the tutorials I was finding.
Now that I am married and not punching a time clock 40 hours a week, I finally have time to pursue my crafty dreams. Some people could have handled the craftiness and a full time job, but not me. Not in my apartment with no clear surface areas! I now have an entire room to dedicate to all my creative making urges. The bummer is that I just happen to live in a town with not even one fabric or craft store.
There are tons of tutorials out there for making baby gifts. Quick to make, and using a minimum of fabric, baby gifts are a good way to learn some basic sewing skills…and it just so happens that babies are being born all over the place. It's not hard to find one who could use a few burp cloths & bibs. So that's where I started.
There's not all that much baby fabric out there that is non gender specific, so I just went looking for something pretty and not pink. I love green anyway…especially these springy limey brights. I have a few shirts in these colors. Too bad there wasn't much left over from the gift :)
The bibs were made with a pattern from the book bend-the-rules sewing by Amy Karol…one that I bought around the same time I got the sewing machine, as it seemed like it would be my kind of book…not too crazy technical, nicely designed and easy to read. I think I'm going to go back through it now that I'm actually doing more sewing and see what other projects she's got that I want to make.
I had fun with some decorative stitches on my machine and managed to come out with something I wasn't embarrassed to give away. And the mom says those burp cloths sure do come in handy. I'm just wondering about those bibs…the neck hole seems awfully small…