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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Vintage Print Pillows

I have many ongoing projects that won't be finished for a long time, so I took a break to spend a couple hours with a nice quick project: pillow covers. Several years ago I made some monster shaped pillow covers, but I got sick of them so I decided to try to find some fun fabrics in my pile to make new covers I would be excited about. Some of Alec's earliest memories are of this specific fabric because it made up the curtains in his room.  When his mom gave me a bunch of her leftover vintage fabrics a couple years ago this was included.

The big print with jungle animals seemed perfect to show off on some pillows and I had just enough to make two. I didn't want to buy any new fabric for this project. Luckily I had a lot of super soft, blue plush minky fabric for the back that complemented the orange in the print on the front.

I did include a zipper so they could be washed. I still don't know how well minky plush fabric holds up to repeated washings but I'll soon find out.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Baby Knits

The baby projects continue with some knitted items. I've made this sweater pattern, Gidday Baby before as presents for new babies, but this one will be for my baby. The nice thing about baby items is that they can use up some scrap yarn. I was able to use up several different jewel toned yarns that I had in my stash. I had two similarly colored peacock blue yarns that I alternated to make up the body because I didn't have enough of either to complete the sweater.

I also tried a new pattern from The Ultimate Book of Baby Knits by Debbie Bliss for baby booties. I made the booties on a separate occasion than the sweater. They both have the peacock blue yarn, but the booties have gray as the contrast color, so they don't quite match.

In a completely different color scheme, I made up the pattern for this cabled baby hat. This hat is smaller than the rest of the knits, hopefully it will fit newborn to 2 months or so, it does have some stretch. I had a bright pink yarn that matched the intensity of the blue yarn so I added a bow for fun.