I’m on the final stretch of pregnancy and working hard to get everything ready. My crafting is at an all time low these days – – I am knitting a sweater, but it is all stockinette and I probably work on it for maybe 10-20 minutes each day (usually, I can spend HOURS knitting everyday) – – because there is just so much to do and I have a significantly decreased capacity for how much I can accomplish in a day. A guy at work is also expecting his first baby and we’ve been talking a lot about how there is just so much to do. His baby is due two weeks after me so we’re at very similar stages in our to-do lists and we’ve been comparing notes on what we’ve got done and what still needs to be done.
Anyway, here are a few quick and easy things that I sewed. Breast pads, wipes, and burp cloths.
The breast pads were the most time consuming project of this bunch, but still very quick and easy. I bought 2 yards of diaper flannel (which cost $1.50 per yard) and found a small bowl to trace circles approximately 4″ in diameter. I cut out the circles and layered them six layers deep, sewed them together, and trimmed the edges. Magically, I made 9 pairs of breast pads, 18 total. MONTHS ago, I had written about how I thought that sewing reusable breast pads was probably one of the easiest things that I could do, and I think this was correct. And it was actually a fun project, just listening to some music and working on these. A friend gave me a box of disposable breast pads that she no longer needs and I’ve compared the size of these as well as compared how they fit when wearing, and I’m happy to report that they are very comparable. These ones are actually softer, though I have not yet tested their absorbency. There are free patterns available for breast pads, many of which include darts for better fit, but for my personal body type these fit just fine.
Another project that I thought would be super easy to make was burp cloths, though I have since learned that many people just use cloth diapers (which I have a large stash of) so I’m not sure how necessary this project was. However, I hear that babies are very messy, so having a large supply of wipes and cloths is probably a good idea. These cloths I made from used receiving blankets that I found for super cheap and some random leftovers of quilting cotton that I had in my stash. I made two different sizes because I started out using a tutorial (for the smaller size) and then wondered if I might like some larger ones as well.
And finally, wipes. As I was buying stuff for baby, I bought a package of reusable flannel wipes (the one at the right, with the castles and ponies) – – and when I received them, was sort of aghast at how they were simply a cut piece of flannel with serged edges, and cost about $1 per wipe. The package only had 15 wipes and I realized that I would need a lot more wipes and that I could make them for a fraction of the cost. So I bought some more flannel, in what I think are cuter prints, at $2.50 per yard, cut into squares, and zig-zagged the edges. Easy peasy!
So, here I am these days. Today I am 37 weeks along and baby could come at any time, tonight or four weeks from tonight. At this point, we’re pretty much ready for baby to arrive (I have an appointment tomorrow to have the car seat installation inspected) and then we’re totally ready. However, I still have a lot to do at work before I’ll feel good about going on maternity leave, so I’m hoping baby stays put for another week or two. Also, right now I’m considered “early term” so it would be nice for baby to wait two more weeks and be “full term” (though “early term” is just fine).
And while I’m posting a blog, I’ll throw this pic in. I finished knitting this sweater about a month ago and never got around to posting about it. I have a pattern 95% written for this but I doubt if I will ever finish it. My brain is 100% focused on baby and getting ready for baby that trying to write a knitting pattern is just not computing in my brain. Oh well. I love the finished sweater, however, and have been wearing it pretty much exclusive to all my other sweaters.
Anyway, I doubt that I will have any crafting projects to show off until baby arrives. As always, I’ve been posting updates over on my personal weblog so if you’re curious about what’s going on, there are way more details than anyone would want to know about over there.