It’s been a while since I felt capable of joining an along, be it for knitting or sewing or running or anything. In addition to being 20 weeks in my baby-growing journey, I’ve been very busy with a lot of different commitments. Earlier this week, however, I learned of a sew-along that sounds so serendipitously perfect for where I am at with life and am excited to participate; the SHB Sew-Along for the month of April is intended to help inspire, motivate, and compel those of us about to welcome or who have recently welcomed a small human being into our lives (or another person’s life) to sew baby clothes, baby accessories & toys, as well as maternity and nursing pieces (or other items for parents of small humans).
The list of things I want to sew for my small human being (as well as for Josh and I to support us as parents) overfloweth and I’ve also been adding to my fabric and supply stash with the intent to complete these projects, so it’s about time that I make some headway.
Here is a list of things that I would love to sew during the sew-along:
I actually don’t plan on making very many baby clothes right now, except for maybe:
- Footed Baby Tights by Rae – – looks so quick and easy that I would be remiss not to make a pair… or twenty pairs!
- Baby Knit Pants – these are adorable!
Baby Accessories & Toys
- Ultimate Baby Bib w/ Catch All – This bib looks absolutely perfect. I’ve got a few different yards of PUL and appropriate snaps specifically for this project.
- Burp Cloths – By Rae pattern.
- Baby Sleep Sack from Sew Mama Sew or Baby Sleep Sack from DIY Mommy both look like great sleep sacks that I can make from my stash. I might try making a light weight one for the warmer months and a fleece version for the winter.
- Sensory plushie or blankie – – like this Seahorse or this Green Monster Rattle Toy, a Pinterest search brings up so many different ideas that look really fun to make and fun for baby. Options include having some crinkle material or rattle sewn inside, ribbon sewn to the outside to play with, and even attaching a rubber baby chewy thing (actually, one of my co-workers gave me a nice rubber baby chewy thing, so I already have supplies to make this!).
- Amish Puzzle Ball – okay, so this looks like something a quilter would make, so I would most certainly not do a good job of this, but I think it’s AWESOME
- Nursing Pads – Of all the disposable items that are probably easier to make once (and reuse over and over) than to go to the store and buy repeatedly, nursing pads have to be at the top of the list.
- Nursing Cover – A nursing cover would be a great stashbusting project for an item that would surely be indispensable to me. There are so many DIY tutorials around, but I do like the concept of this one, though I will probably make a few modifications.
- Maternity Clothes – I have several patterns for maternity and nursing tops, skirts, and dresses that I’m excited to make, for which I’ve already procured the fabric.
- McCalls 6966 – which is for a maxi skirt but I think it would be so easy to convert it to be maternity-capable.
- McCalls 6612 – is for a maxi dress with cowl neck and actually is listed as suitable for maternity wear
- Simplicity 1469 – is a Megan Nielsen design for a maternity and nursing top and dress
- Simplicity 1359 – is one of those patterns with a blouse, a skirt, and pants, all maternity specific
That’s probably a good place for me to stop. If I were able to make even a handful of these items during the sew-along, I would consider that a HUGE success.