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Shopping Local & Handmade for Baby (+ Win Tickets to WeeStock – Ends 10/06)

Ever since I had Little C almost 6 years ago, I caught the Handmade Baby Stuff Bug. There is something beautiful and special about making things with love for your littles. Handmade baby products are more unique than mass produced ones, and they’re often higher quality so that they can be passed down as sentimental heirlooms.

If you’re not a crafty maven or don’t have the time to make things for your new little one, there are so many talented mammas and artisans that can make special things for you. And do you know what else is wonderful? If you buy handmade and locally made things, you’re supporting moms and families like yourself! I love that thought.Continue reading

DIY Sewing

Sew A Simple Change Mat Cover

Sew a Simple Change Mat Cover by The DIY Mommy

Sometimes I like to spend a lot of time on DIY projects, and sometimes I just want to make them as simple as possible and get them done.

This easy minky change mat cover was one of the latter kinds of projects. I made it before Baby A was born, and I completely forgot to share it until now (almost a year and a half later)! I still use this DIY change pad cover daily. It’s washable, it’s comfortable, and it didn’t take me long at all to sew. It’s basically a small fitted sheet – without mitered corners. Here’s how I did it:

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Measure your change pad from side to side, making sure to add the height of the outside and inside edges. Add 2″. This will be the width of the piece of fabric you’ll need to cut.
  2. Repeat with the length of the changepad, using this measurement as the length of fabric that needs to be cut.
  3. Cut a piece of minkee to this measurement, and then round the corners (I use an ice cream pail lid).
  4. Fold the edges from right side to wrong side about 1/2″ and pin. You can pleat the corners a little to make this work. Sew the edges down, ensuring that there’s at least a 1/4″ casing for the elastic. Leave a 1″ hole.
  5. Cut a piece of elastic that’s appoximately 2/3 the circumference of your changemat. Thread it through the casing, sew its ends together, and then sew the casing hole shut.
  6. Your done! It’s a simple cover, but it’s quick and it’s easy to remove when it needs to be washed. You can make a couple so that you’ll always have one on hand.

Sew a Simple Change Mat Cover by The DIY Mommy

Sidenote: Here’s darling Baby A at only two days old. How small is she?! Is is just me, or does the second baby seem to grow up at lightening speed?

Sew a Simple Change Mat Cover by The DIY Mommy

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DIY Home Decor

Knit a Cabled Baby Beanie

  1. By Katherine Lee
  2. Sometimes you just need a pattern that will give you instant gratification. Here it is! Make it in a flash and check off “baby gift” from your list of to-do’s.This is an easy to knit cable baby hat – a great intro to cables if you’ve never tried them before. The luxe merino wool/cashmere blend yarn is a joy to work with and makes the hat a very classy baby gift. PLUS, it’s a one-ball knitting project (for the 2 smaller sizes)!

    Decreasing is done decoratively so the view from the top looks great!

    Included in the pattern is the matching hat for a Care Bear (or other deserving toy!). Too sweet.

    Finished Size(s): 14 ¾ (16, 17 ¾, 19)” circumference x 5 ¾ (6, 6 ¼, 6 ¾)” height to fit sizes 3-6 months (6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months)

    Skill Level:  Easy

    Yarn Used: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (55% Merino Wool/33% Microfiber/12% Cashmere; 1.75oz/50g [98.5yds/90m] per ball): 1 (1, 2, 2) ball(s) in Camel #505. [TOY Size uses approx. 10g (18m) of yarn.]

    Gauge(s):
    Pattern Gauge: 16 stitches = 4″ and 24 rows = 4″ in Stockinette Stitch on Size 9 [5.5mm] needles.
    Yarn Label Gauge and Information: A medium, worsted weight yarn with a gauge of 4 1/2 stitches = 1″ on US size 8 [5mm] needles.

    Total Yardage Required: Approximately 98.5 (98.5, 197, 197) yds [90 (90, 180, 180) m] required.

    Knitting Needles Used: Size 9 [5.5mm] needles

    Suggested Yarn Substitutes:
    Red Heart Ltd. Soft Yarn Solids
    Valley Yarns Valley Superwash
    Bernat Cottontots Solid
    Peace Fleece Worsted
    Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran
    Wendy Peter Pan Double Knit
    Rowan RYC Cashsoft Aran
    Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solic
    Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere
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    Please note: SweaterBabe.com patterns are authorized for home use only and are not to be knit/crocheted for resale.

CLICK HERE to download the free PDF pattern

Katherine Lee is the designer behind Sweaterbabe.com knitting & crochet patterns. Katherine free-lance designs for yarn companies and local designers in Los Angeles, though her main focus is to design and publish her SweaterBabe.com line of original knitting and crochet patterns. You’ll find many of these knitting and crochet patterns at SweaterBabe.com, as well as in several Vogue Knitting on the Go! books, several Lark books and now, in her own book, SweaterBabe.com’s Fabulous & Flirty Crochet (click here for details), featuring 20 gorgeous crochet sweaters and accessories.

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