Monday, December 29, 2008

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This has nothing to do with sewing baby booties at all. But it could help us to afford our fabric addiction....

Below is a letter I received and thought I would pass it along.
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sewing Baby Booties

I crochet well and I can knit to a degree, but I am too lazy.

Not to say I don't take tremendous time designing my patterns for making baby booties. It is just that when I sit down to make something, I want to see the results quickly.

For me, sewing is so much faster than crocheting and way faster than knitting. I can whip up a pair of booties in literally, minutes. Wha La, Done.

I am really good with a sewing machine and scissors. I can take them where they may have never tread before, especially scissors. (But that is another subject)

I started sewing when I was 5, thus it has been a long affair and I am still in love.

It was at age 10 or 11 that I learned to knit, crochet and cross stitch. I still do them, but I have spent the least amount of time knitting. I have to relearn to knit each time I decide I want to knit something. Too much time, taken away from sewing. A change is good, right?

I need change to keep from getting bored, even when sewing. To illustrate this point, we'll take the "Way-back machine" to 1982 when I worked for JC Penney in their Tailoring department in Harrisburg PA, doing alterations.

Each day we had a pile of mens pants to hem, take in or let out and press. We'd sort them by color so we didn't have to change the thread on the sewing machine so often. Just to break the tedium of the job, I'd psyche myself by getting excited about changing the thread to a new color.

Other things we did to break the monotony was to add little pictures to the calendar that hung above the machines. Our "boss" Gus Catalano, loved sail boats and the calendars were usually that theme. We'd add boats, birds, people, trees, etc and then we'd try to spot the new items without feeling the page. He was so much fun and I learned a lot from him. (I could do a whole blog on him and maybe I will)

The moral of this story is; My bootie patterns are fun and easy to make and...faster than crocheting or knitting. (At least for me) LOL

Patterns and fabric are available HERE and HERE 
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hard to find, Cotton Knit Fabric, Found

I have had a lot of people asking me "Where can I get the cute fabric you make your booties from?"

Cotton knits in general are hard to find, specifically cotton interlock, in any fabric store.

I have had the same problem and have searched high and low for vendors. Lips have been tight on sources. It is very frustrating.

However....I have found enough for starters, that I can offer some for sale.

I have the following Cotton Knits available in my Etsy Store, in fat quarters.

(A fat quarter "FQ", is 1/4 of a yard of fabric that has been cut in half horizontally then cut vertically, to give you more workable fabric than a 1/4 yard strip would).

An 18 inch by 28/30 inch Fat Quarter (FQ) is plenty of fabric to make any of my patterns requiring knit fabric.


100% cotton jersey (single knit) fabric
100% cotton interlock (double knit) fabric
100% cotton rib knit fabric



Patterns 1 and 2 are self lining.
Pattern 3 will require additional fabric for the lining.
For Patterns 4 and 5, a separate lining fabric is optional.

Please note: All items in my shop are smoke free and pet free.

Fabric is not pre-washed.

I ship world-wide.
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Lil' Baby Thangs Etsy Store
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PS. The patterns are on sale too.
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

What you need for your newborn ... and what you don't

I found this article in the Medford Oregon Mail Tribune and felt I should pass it on.

What you need for your newborn ... and what you don't

'October 25, 2008'
By RACHEL BECK
The Associated Press
October 25, 2008 6:00 AM

Just because baby superstores have products stacked to the ceilings doesn't mean most of what they stock is worth buying. In fact, parents should pass by much of it.

That's the advice coming from Heather Maclean, who has made a business of cutting through the clutter of baby merchandise. The mother of three's new book, "The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide," doesn't list branded items but guides parents through what kind of merchandise to buy to handle everything from sleepless nights to playtime during their child's first years.

There is a lot to mull, given that $8.9 billion in baby products sold last year, according to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, a trade group for the industry.

Here are some excerpts from an interview with Maclean, who also helps run the Baby Gizmo Web site:

Q: Baby superstores are mazes, with thousands of products. What's the best game plan for how to shop?

A: The stores are great at distractions on purpose. I liken them to Las Vegas casinos, with the lights, end caps and lack of windows so that you are walking in circles for hours, and that leads you to spend more.

That's why you need to be prepared before you walk into the store. Read a book before you go to learn about categories, products and some of the crazy baby (products) terminology. Then search on the Internet for patterns and prices, and make a list with what to buy. Take that to the store with you.

But make sure you break your baby shopping into small chunks by zeroing in on three things per visit.

Q: In your book, you talk about the "bad baby-product buying cycle." What does that mean?

A: Many times, parents are driven to buy a product because of the intense need for quiet and calm in their house, but once you get to the store, it's noisy, overwhelming, and there are so many similar choices, that you end up just grabbing everything.

You might buy six different activity centers or swings. You overbuy products and bring them home — only to then realize it is hideous, ugly, the music is driving you nuts or your baby hates it. But there is no way you can or want to take it back, so it sits in your house and you secretly seethe with hatred every time you walk past it.

A simple way to avoid some of that torture is to take batteries to the store.
I have no problem having a salesperson come over, open the box and put batteries in so I can listen to the music before I buy it.

Q: Some products aren't considered necessities, but they sure make life better for babies and their parents. What goes on that list?

A: You can live without a video monitor, but it can change you life. I lost a huge amount of sleep when wondering what was that rustle or that cry, but the video monitor lets you instantly see a visual confirmation of what the child is doing.

I also think a pretty high-quality diaper bag will last longer and mom will feel a lot better holding it. Why not get a diaper bag that makes you feel great?

Lastly, a good lightweight toddler stroller is something you won't regret. You can get a $9.99 one for sure, and you can break your wrist pushing it. The minute you make the switch to a $100 lightweight stroller that lets you push it with your pinkies, you will notice the difference. You will use that stroller from the time the child is eight months through four years.

Q: Speaking of splurging a little, we see all those Hollywood starlets in the celebrity magazines pushing their $1,000 strollers. Are they worth that much?

A: They are worth it. Some of those systems are three strollers in one — they have bassinets, then become lightweight strollers, they have toddler attachments and boogie boards for siblings. When you add up all those options, you would spend just as much on buying all of those things separately.

Q: Hand-me-downs are a great way to save money when you have children, but are they the safest option?

A: Hand-me-downs are amazing money savers, but some can be dangerous. A bad hand-me-down is one that is essential to your child's safety or has an unknown history. I wouldn't do hand-me-downs for car seats, because you can't even give them away to Goodwill. I say no to play yards and cribs.

Cribs are recalled so frequently for a million things that you could never keep up. Crib mattresses have the issue of bacteria seeping in and staying there. Same goes with breast pumps.

Great hand-me-downs are clothes, of course. Strollers are great — they are very safe and hardly ever recalled. I like activity tables, baby gyms, rocking chairs and nursery decor.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Winner of the Baby Bootie Pattern Naming Contest

I have chosen the winner of the contest.

She is Vanya Whitehead of Leeds UK.

Her winning entry was "Soft Landings". Sweet, isn't it?

Vanya's husband has a competition coming up in December where he flies model Spitfire airplanes. She wants her son's booties to match that theme so she chose a custom made pair of "Spitfire Airplane Booties". She also won the first printed pattern, autographed by me.
Congratulations Vanya!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Airplane Baby Bootie Pattern is now finished


Yea! I have finished the pattern. I haven't given it a name yet.


The Contest for naming the bootie will end at the end of the month, so get your name ideas sent in.


This is my first attempt making the pattern with pictorials instead of hand drawn illustrations. I hope you like it as well. It was a huge time saver for me. I am still trying to get the photos to be consistent in their light exposure.


So without further adu....

You may purchase the pattern at the link below and receive a link for an instant download. Please keep in mind that the file is large, due to so many pictures, and may take awhile to download. Just wait for it, you'll get it OK.


There are 13 pages, between the pattern and directions.


The pattern includes 7 sizes from newborn babies size 0 up to children's size 9.
So yes, you are getting a real deal at this price. $8.99



Wednesday, September 17, 2008

How to Make Fabric Pinwheels

These instructions are for a pair of Pinwheels 




The finished Pinwheels will be the same size as the square of fabric you use.

1. Cut out 4 squares, of the size you need.
You can use all the same fabric or different fabrics for the front and the back. You will also need to cut 2 of fusible web (fusing). The squares need to be perfectly square.

2. Line them up so you have 1 fabric piece face down. Add the layer of fusing. Now put the other fabric piece face up. Iron them together.

3. There are a couple of options for this step. I mark the cutting lines and center. Then I use Fray Check and apply it to the raw edges and on the drawn lines on both sides. I let it dry, then cut the lines.
The other way is to satin stitch all the raw edges.

4. Thread a needle and knot the thread. Insert the needle through the center dot from the back to front. Take a corner with a dot and bring it down over the needle and push the needle through the dot. You want to catch enough fabric that it won't pull out. Repeat for each of the four corners. An embellishment could be added here. (ie. a button, bead, etc.)


5. Sew the points together with a few stitches then securely sew the "propeller" to the toe of the bootie. (or attach it to whatever you have in mind)
These pinwheels can be made any size and used for a variety of things. Hung from a mobile in different fabrics for eye candy for your baby. Double them up in different sizes for a double pinwheel. Use them to replace the bow on gifts. Decorate your Christmas tree. Use a big one for a wall hanging.
These are additively easy to make and you are only limited by your imagination and your fabric stash.
Have fun...till next time,

Saturday, September 13, 2008

New Baby Bootie Design Naming Contest

I had an idea for a new baby bootie a few days ago.

It came in the form of looking at other peoples booties on the web (checking out the competition). There was a pair I couldn't quite make out the picture on and I got as close as I could. I finally figured out that one bootie was vertical and the other one was right on top of it only horizontal, like a t. But in the process of trying to figure out what kind of booties they were, I got an idea, kind of from the blurred picture.

I drew out my idea so I wouldn't forget and went to bed. I couldn't sleep, as my mind kept going over every detail on how to make it.

Here is the result of all that brain power...Lol

Presenting......drum roll.....Please......

Prop Plane / Pilot Booties / Your guess is a good as mine.

These lil' airplanes must have been kept in an old barn. They are just covered in spiderwebs. You can't even see through the cockpit windshield. They seem to be brand new and even have a soft flannel lining so little feet feel cozy in them. The pinwheel propeller is sewn on and the wings are securely sewn in. The elastic in the back is sewn in-between the layers of fabric so the bootie will stay on and be comfy. The fabrics are cotton.

Oops, one crashed...










Post your name ideas in comments so everyone can see,and I don't get duplicates of your fabulous ideas. Then send me an email with your name and email address (that way I have a time stamp too).
The person who comes up with the name I choose for the Bootie, will win a free pair of booties and the first printed pattern, signed by me (when I get it drawn and typed up).

To just go ahead a purchase a pair (several to choose from), go to www.lilbabythangs.etsy.net

The finished Bootie lengths are:

2X-Sm Preemie- 2 inches to 2 2/3 inches
X-Sm Preemie- up to 3 inches
Small - up to 3 1/3 inches
Medium- up to 3 2/3 inches
Large- 4 inches

On your mark, - get set, - GO....
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Baby Bootie Pattern 5 (Sweetgrass Meadow) Pictorial Tutorial

The following are Pictorial Directions for Baby Bootie Pattern 5 (Sweetgrass Meadow).
The Pattern is available in a PDF Download for $8.99. 
Pattern fits small Preemies up to Babies with a 4-inch foot.



***Please wait after completing your purchase through PayPal, to be redirected by PayPal to your pattern.
You may then save it to your computer and print it.
You will no longer be sent an email with a link or attached pattern... unless for some reason the redirect doesn't work, which has been happening. If you aren't redirected, please email me and I will email the pattern to you as soon as I can.



Here we go...the last one in the 5 Pattern series!

1. Cut out 2 tops and 2 soles of Main fabric and 2 of lining fabric. Cut 2 ankle bands out of ribbing.





2. With right sides together, sew heel seams together on all 4 top pieces.


3. Fold ankle bands in half length-wise and sew seams. Press all seams open, unless you serged them. If serged...when you put the seams together in the next steps, fold seam allowances in opposite directions so the seams will have less bulk. In the ribbing below the seam will twist at the fold.


4. Place 1 main top and 1 lining top with wrong sides together, with the lining on the top.



5. Fold the ribbing in half with wrong sides together.


6. Place the the ankle band (cuff) inside the bootie. Pin in place so the ribbing seams and the back seams are lined up together.
Top view.


7. Stretch and sew ribbing to bootie top. You may zigzag around the seam allowance to finish if you like.
*Tip (Hack)... Tip the bootie on its side so that the pinned edges are next to your presser foot and place your presser foot in the middle on the ribbing and stretch the ribbing while sewing it to the bootie, keeping the bootie's toe out of the way as you sew the seam, it will work a lot easier than if you try to sew it from the outside.



8. Pull the cuff up so it is sticking out of the top.



9. Place soles and lining wrong sides together.
10. Pin soles to bootie with right sides of main fabric together matching toe and heel notches.


11. Sew them together.

12. You may finish the seam with a zigzag if you wish.



13. Turn right-side out.




14. You may fold the cuff down, or not!


15. OK, finish up the other bootie.



Wow! Look at that! You have completed a pair of booties. They look Fabulous!
Now, go take pictures and post them on our Flickr group to share and inspire others http://www.flickr.com/groups/lbtbabybootieart/

Monday, September 8, 2008

Baby Bootie Pattern 4 (Terra Verde "TV") Pictorial Tutorial

The following are Pictorial Directions for Baby Bootie Pattern 4 (Terra Verde "TV").
The Pattern is available in a PDF Download for $8.99. 
Pattern fits small Preemies up to Babies with a 4-inch foot.



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Alright, here we go with Baby Bootie 4. This tutorial is for the basic pattern. I'll do one with the pinwheel design another time.

1. Cut out 2 Tops, 2 Backs and 2 Soles from your main fabric. Repeat with your lining fabric.



2. Place 1 main fabric top and 1 lining top right sides together. Do the same with the backs. Sew 1/4" seam across the top of both. (You can do the other bootie too)



3. Turn right-side out and press.

The other side.

4. Sandwich 1/8" wide elastic between the layers of the Back and tack one end at notch.

5. Stretch elastic to the other end and pin. Sew across the elastic and tack at other notch.



The other side.



6. Attach the shoelaces, cording or ribbon at notches on the right side. Tack inside seam allowance as shown.



7. Fold tops over backs with the right sides of main fabric and the right sides of the lining fabric together. Pin in Place.


8. Sew the seam.



9. Pin the other side together the same as above.



10. Sew the seam. I usually back tack the seams at the notches where the ties and elastic meet.


11. Turn lining side out and pull the laces out through the top.


12. Put the soles together, one main fabric and one lining fabric wrong sides together. Pin to bootie with right sides of main fabric together, as shown. Pin at notches first (toe to toe, heel to heel). Work from side seam and around the heel, then ease in the toe area.


13. Sew the top to the sole starting at the side seam and working around heel, just like you pinned it together.




14. If desired, zigzag the seam allowance.






15. Turn right side out. Tie the laces and you're done...with one.





Looks good from the bottom too!






OK! Now you can finish the other one.




There now you have a pair. Cute, aren't they? You're so smart!
Now, go take pictures and post them on our Flickr group to share and inspire others http://www.flickr.com/groups/lbtbabybootieart/