By Beverley A. Laundry

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      Baby Button Boots Pattern/Tutorial


      Here is the first of my written up baby shoes patterns. I started with my favourite, and also the one that is freshest in my mind. As you can see, there is a slight mismatch between the boots themselves and their chosen name. They as yet have no buttons attached. I’m planning to add a velcro closure and sew buttons onto the tabs down the upper portion of the boot. I just don’t have any suitable buttons at the moment, so you will have to use your imagination.

      First boot, just pinned

      BabyButtonBootsSmall

      ButtonBoots Instructions

      ButtonBoots Pattern

      To make the boots as pictured above, download these two PDFs and off you go. Please note, I’m not a professional pattern writer so I apologise if I’ve missed anything important. I tried to be as thorough as possible and included plenty of photos.

      Sizing wise, I’d guess these are about 3-6 month size. Again, I’m sorry if this isn’t quite accurate. My son was a big baby, so my estimations of sizes are probably skewed a bit to the large size.

      Good luck to anyone that finds and attempts these boots, I’d love to see what people come up with and any hear thoughts on the design and pattern and will endeavour to answer any questions as best I can,

      Beverley.


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      My new passion – Sewing baby shoes.


      So, since my lovely husband bought me a fancy new sewing machine for my birthday, I’ve been getting into sewing a bit more. It has been great fun being able to attempt projects that require more finesse than my grandma’s old machine would allow. With that I was limited to straight stitch at approximately light-speed.  This made it very difficult to manoeuvre small objects or follow curves and the like. So now with my new beast I decided to try making baby shoes.

      http://shwinandshwin.blogspot.co.nz/2011/05/little-man-shoes.html

      LittleManShoes

      This great tutorial was my inspiration. Being the proud mother of a little man, I’m always on the lookout for neat things to make for little boys. There is an abundance of pink and frilly on the interwebs, but boy stuff is more difficult to find. I think these are just gorgeous, and BONUS!! the tutorial is thorough and fully illustrated which always makes things more fun.

      Being a cheap-o crafter and a smarty-pants, I decided to try and make the above using 2nd hand mens ties instead of going and getting lost at the fabric shop. I altered the pattern a fair bit to make it possible to get the pieces out of a tie, and to make the finished product look slightly “tie-ish” (if that makes any sense at all). I intend to draw up the pattern I used properly in case anyone else wants to duplicate my finished shoes, but for the moment I’m just putting up pictures of the finished products.

      After my first 2 tries at tie-shoes, I thought they were still looking a little on the girly side so I tried my had and making my own totally different baby shoe pattern. I was trying for a retro kind of bowling-shoe or dance shoe or something. I’m sort of happy with the result, though the pattern needs tweaking a bit still. I ended up making one pair with a tie, and another from some scrap fabric I had laying around from my Tepee project.

      The last 4 photos in the gallery show my latest project, which I am so pleased with. These baby boots I totally made up from scratch, inspired by a pair of baby boots I saw at the Christchurch Museum. The original boots had the added ka-pow factor of lacy trip and rope detail, but I’m still trying for gender neutral at least so I kept my first pair plain.

      So yeah, that’s my new project obsession. I’m flitting between sewing shoes and knitting baby things for our imminent new arrive and for my niece/nephew to be. My plan is to write up the patterns and instructions for these 3 different designs of shoes and release them here (for anyone that happens to be reading) as I find the time. I hope someone sees them and likes them as much as I do. If not, never mind. I had fun anyway.


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      Play Tepee


      For Christmas this year I made a tepee for Oscar. It took me a few evenings to muddle out a plan and another week or so to sew it up during nap times. I wrote down a crude set of instructions on how to make one for a couple of friends, and thought I’d share here in case there’s anyone following my exploits that wants to have a go. The instructions are rough, but hopefully are enough to give an understanding of the process.

       

      The final product, as presented to the wee man on Christmas morning.

      The final product, as presented to the wee man on Christmas morning.


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      Cut chenille baby blanket


      The great thing about Facebook due groups, (and the internet in general) is the amazing things people find and share in them. I just finished making one of these for the little bun.

      http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-faux-chenille-blanket.html

      (Actually ended up following this tutorial, as I liked the idea of using flannelette for the back)

      http://www.aestheticnest.com/2010/08/sewing-heirloom-cut-chenille-baby.html

      I’m super happy with how it turned out, what an awesome idea. Extremely labour intensive (by my lazy standards) but the moment it comes out of the dryer is totally magical.


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      Toddler Tee-Shirts


      Poor neglected blog. Here I am again. A quick recap of life since March 2011:
      I retired into full time mummyhood, Baby Oscar was born and has been growing ever since, I had an unexpected medical adventure which left me banned from driving for a year, we sold our house and moved to Christchurch, now expecting baby number 2. And I guess that’s about all :)
      So, throughout all that I’ve had a had a heap of projects on the burner. Some made it to completion and others are still in boxes in the garage, or crammed in bags under the couch. One of my more recent experimentations was with appliqué and fabric painted toddler tee-shirts and sweat shirts. Here they are:

      I had fun, but I’m sick of them now. I might revisit this project if I have some more ideas of cute boys shirts.


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      Another Booties Fest


      Something tells me my brain is going through baby fever. I wonder why :o)
      Taking a small break from booties for a while though. 3 sweet cardigans on their way now, boy do they take longer than booties.


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      Crochet Companion Cube


      I spent the last week making this for my dad for fathers day. One crocheted companion cube. I took inspiration from a couple of other peoples takes on the companion cube:

      One here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=234375.0
      A knitted one: http://knittedcompanioncube.blogspot.com/2007/12/knitted-companion-cube-assembly.html
      And another crocheted: http://www.joystiq.com/2007/12/27/today-in-joystiq-december-27-2007/

      So I decided to come up with my own pattern for one. Mine is a miniture (About 15cm x 15ccm x 15cm) , as I only had 4 days to complete it and I’m not the fastest crocheter on the block. Anywho… here’s the result, and a link to my pattern in PDF form:

      Companion Cube Pattern – Typo Fixed (Updated 21-04-2013)

      Oh, and my pattern is loosely based off this easy crochet cube pattern. (Converted to work from the corners out rather than starting with the base face and working up)
      http://www.crochetspot.com/how-to-crochet-a-cube/


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      Kiwifruit Beanie


      The fuzzy brown/grey wool used in the Hayley-Bear hat got me thinking about kiwifruit so here’s my next attempt at a themed beanie. I haven’t decided if I like it or not yet and I may have to have another go at capturing the likeness of the kiwifruit.

      It’s hard to give a pattern for this one as it involved random choices of stitch, colour and spike-itude and I didn’t write anything down as I did it.

      Thankyou to balloonie the balloon for modelling this creation for me.

      UPDATE: Attempt #2 now included. No pattern for this either.


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      Hayley-Bear Beanie


      Just finished a teddy bear beanie for Hayley. It was super fun to make, I hope it fits!

      Brown wool is : Naturelle Chunky 14 ply 100% pure NZ wool.
      Pink wool is : Mill Shop, Quick Knit 45% acrylic, 45% wool, 10% mohair. (feels like plastic when crocheting though….)

      Approx Size : Small-Medium Women’s.

      Pattern Follows:

      Read the rest of this entry »


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      Non bootie crochet projects


      Over the past couple of months I’ve been trying my hand at non-bootie crochet projects aswell. These are mainly still baby related as they’re nice, small projects that keep my interest long enough to get finished. I’ve also made a couple of grownup hats. Some projects I’ve made from free patterns on the interwebs (URLs for these are listed in the description for each item), the rest were crochet-as-you-go sorta things.


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