Monday, May 10, 2010

Sewing Again!

I have actually been sewing again. Not much, but still sewing.
First of all, I made this baby car seat cover with pockets for two ThermiPaq hot and cold packs. I stuffed the ends with some folded fleece to give it a little body to hang over the head and foot of the car seat. My daughter who lives in AZ saw one of these (well sort 0f) in a store that was $60 last summer. It had pockets for cold packs. You know when your car has been sitting out in the hot sun, how hot the seat, especially the buckles get? This will prevent burns to baby's sensitive skin and cool off the seat. AND..... when it's cold weather, like my daughters up in the NE experience, the packs can be heated in the microwave. The cover can warm up baby's seat before getting out on a cold morning.

I made this for a baby shower gift. The recipient is one of my daughter's best friends, and her mom is one of mine.

The ThermiPaq pads have clay in them, which is supposed to stay warm and cold longer than the gel pads.
It sounds like I am advertising these pads, which I'm not, it's just that these are the ones that I found at our Walmart.

Now, here is a picture of the Maya baby sling that I made for the same young mom-to-be. I've made these for my daughters, and they love them! The pictures show all the ways to wear it. The site that I've linked to above is a tutorial for making these. They are very simple. I used the brown and blue wavy striped fabric because it is fairly neutral so should look ok with whatever the mom-to-be might wear. It's also masculine enough that the dad-to-be won't feel self conscious wearing it.

Now, for my almost 10 year old granddaughter's birthday, I have made the B view of Simplicity 4106. I made it longer than the view shows, but not as long as the other view.

I used cotton batik in bright colors. As you can see, I used turquoise for the neck band, waist band and tie. This went together very quickly. If my daughter (mom of the almost 10 year old) sees this post I hope she'll let me know if K will wear this. When you are a tween you become particular and don't want to look like a little kid anymore. I can remember feeling this way myself. But, when you are a 58 year old grandmomma you don't always know what's ok to wear and what's not. I don't want to give her something she won't wear or that she thinks she has to wear just because Granmomma gave it to her. I do think she may need a tank top under this. It's hard to tell, but it may be a little too low cut.

I was overwhelmed with all the birthday greetings my blogger friends left for me. Thank you so very much! It really means a lot to me!

Over the next few days (weather permitting) I will be painting a mural on a wooden fence that is around a picnic area at the nursing home where my mom is. The director asked me what I would charge. I told him I just want to cover my expenses for paint, because I'm doing it in honor of my mom, and in memory of my mother-in-law, aunt, and grandfather-in-law who were all residents of this same nursing home.


MushyWear said...

I hope your granddaughter loves the dress. I think it is "cool" looking. I made the tiered skirt for my friend's daughter in an alternating black and red bandana print and she wore it all the time, and I wasn't sure she would either!

ittybittyandpretty said...

hello julia, it has been such a long time since i popped into your gorgeous blog..sorry, i have been so busy! happy belated birthday and mothers day too. i love the poem you wrote, it is not the first poem of yours i have read and each time i am struck by how personal they are but that they express similar feelings that i have...
anyhow keep on sewing and no that even though i havent been around i have been thinking of you.

KID, MD said...

LOVE my baby slings!! I have made several (OK, 20) as baby shower and other gifts and they are always appreciated. I love carrying my babies that way as well. Nice gift! I really love the fabric you chose - it is nice and neutral.

gwensews said...

Getting back to normal activities is good therapy. Unexpected tragedy can send us into mental frenzy. But, life goes on. And so must we. Blessings.

Angelia said...

So glad to see you sewing.. the dress is darling!

Kim said...

oh how I wish I could come help you paint the mural- how fun that sounds! Love the top- if I was a tween I would wear it- but I'm far from that age group now :) I'm betting she loves it ♥

Kathy said...

So happy you are sewing again...good therapy. That dress is so the fabric! Your are a very special person...Happy Belated Birthday!

Elle said...

That's a great idea for the car seat cover. Those buckles do get hot! And the top is adorable, but I don't know anything about what almost 10 year olds like these days.

Snippety Gibbet said...

I know what you mean about not be certain of what clothes to buy for your young uns. I get the granddaughters clothes okay. I just look at what my students are wearing. My 29 year old daughter, however, would croak if I ever bought her something that she would consider wearing. I just give cash instead.

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