This is not really about Hayden, but I don’t keep up with my old blog so I’m writing it here! I got a sewing machine a few weeks ago. The main reason for this is whenever Hayden moves out of his crib (which is not anytime soon, but you know moms are always thinking!) he will move into the double-bed that we have in one of the guest rooms (currently called ‘Nanny’s room’ because it is where John’s mom stays when she visits). The bed is brand-new so there is no sense getting him another bed and having that one go to waste. However, once we were in there playing for a change of scenery, and he tried to maneuver his way through the slats in the footboard. He got his whole body through but could not fit his head through. Luckily, I was right there watching him (not stopping him because I was curious as to if he could fit – important to know!) so I just lifted him out. So that got me thinking about the safety of the bed for a little kid when the time comes for him to sleep there. I decided it wouldn’t be very hard to make something textile-y to go over the footboard, like a slipcover. I loved sewing in middle school home ec but hadn’t done anything with a sewing machine since then. Since a footboard slipcover is not something you can buy, I knew it would be up to me to make it happen.
My friend Faith sews all kinds of things, so I was lucky to have her on tap (she was on bedrest for her pregnancy at the time, so she didn’t have a lot else to do) to help guide me through getting started – website resources, different projects she has done that I would like, where to get fabric, what books were good, etc.
I have now made a couple of baby blankets, a tote bag, 2 credit card/business card holders, and just finished what I am calling a ‘dribble bib’ for Hayden. (Hayden usually has to have a bib on because he gets his shirts wet with drool, but the bibs that are for sale are so big that it covers most of his shirt. So this is like a short bib that leaves more of his shirt exposed. Of course, the last couple of days he has not been so dribbly so it might be a little while until he needs the bib!)
There is a new section in the photo gallery with some of the things I have created.