Trouser obsession?

I think I may be a little bit obsessed with making trousers! I remembered some rather funky denim type fabric I had in my stash and I knew just how to turn it into the most awesome pair of pants for the little man. So as soon as he was down for his afternoon nap I was straight to work.

Rocket trousers

Rocket trousers

As the fabric I was going to use has little stars embroidered over it I decided to create a little appliqué rocket to go on one leg out of felt. I carefully sewed that on first and then set to putting the trousers together. I added contrasting yellow stitching down the leg seams to create a little more detail as well. I have to hand stitch the leg hems and they are a little wonky but I guess that just adds to the hand made appeal (doesn’t it?!).

I’m out of elastic now and should probably be concentrating on getting this little family ready for a very big journey that is happening next week so no more trousers for a while. Maybe I should try a shirt next, although I am a little apprehensive about whether my sewing skills are up to that!

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More mini trousers

Hippo print trousers

Hippo print trousers

The trousers are done (as is the skirt but more on that later) and looking rather awesome. I bought a kwik-sew pattern this time and using baking paper traced out the 6-12 month size. It was really nice and simple to put them together and it has only taken me a couple of hours to go from pattern to completed trousers. I love the fabric and think it makes a rather natty pair of trousers for the little one, he might even have to wear them tomorrow just so I can see what they look like on.

I still have about a meter of the the fabric left so now I have to decide what else to do with it…any ideas people?!

There’s an octopus on your babies head!

I am the first to admit that sometimes my ideas can be a little bit out there, a little bit strange, a little bit kooky! Well my inner odd voice certainly took control when I decided to make my next baby hat and somehow I came up with the idea of a hat with a little octopus sitting on it. I think I may have been slightly influenced by this Mitsubishi advert in which an octopus takes up residence on a boys head and stays there until he sees a much more attractive prospect, the Mitsubishi.

I am getting a bit of a pro at making my basic bonnet now and another quick search on the internet came up with the perfect Octopus pattern which I could adapt. The octopus was nice and quick to make up and I think he looks rather nice in his two tone red (yes I ran out of wool and had to change but I can pretend it was deliberate!). I added a red and yellow border to the hat, my usual plaited ties and a little yellow starfish on one of the ear flaps and Bob’s your uncle one rather … umm … interesting hat had been created!

The hat is being added to my Felt shop so fingers crossed someone out there shares my love on the slightly unusual! Although saying that I have already had a request from a friend for an adult sized one!

Finally some crafting

New funky bibs.

New funky bibs.

So after weeks of struggling to find time to make anything I have been on a bit of a roll the last few days. I managed to make some more bibs (we seem to use them so quickly I’m struggling to keep up with washing them!) and I made some bandana style ones too for when the teething dribbling starts. I’m pleased with how they turned out and love the way they let me use up odds and ends from my fabric stash, suddenly I feel justified in having all that fabric!

Then yesterday I was set the challenge of making another hat for the boy, an Asterix style hat. Hubby has a Viking helmet (complete with horns, although actually the Vikings didn’t have horns on their helmets but we won’t go into that here!) and his sister thought it would be cool for the boy to have a winged version just like Asterix. A quick hunt on the internet and a wings pattern was located off Ravelry and I already had the Viking helmet pattern which I knew would work too.

The wings pattern was pretty easy to follow although somehow I ended up down the wrong end at one point so had to finish off and start again! The wings are built in two pieces, one slightly smaller than the other and then sewn together.

The crazy new hat.

The crazy new hat.

I made them a little smaller than in the pattern as I thought they would be far too big otherwise. The Viking helmet pattern is nice and easy to follow and includes a really cool stitch called the popcorn stitch which basically makes a little bump of wool (it looks like rivets on the helmet). With the two pieces made all that remained was to sew the wings onto the helmet and “Bob’s your uncle” it was done! Saying that I might try and line it later to make it really nice and snuggly to wear.

I love to be challenged to create things like this and hats are among my favourite things to crochet. I can’t wait to try it on him and show it off on our next cold day outing. He’s grown out of his aviator hat already so it’s good to know he has a new slightly crazy hat to wear instead!

It’s so nice to have finally made something again as some of the things I want to get done (like the toy box) are difficult to find time for which I find frustrating. It is great to have a bit of me time as well after the little one has gone to bed, it helps to keep me sane. I already know what I’m going to make next as well, I feel like I’m on a roll!

Retro baby

Another crafty related post is in order but this time it is not the fruits of my labour that I will be writing about. This time I am writing about the results of the little one’s Grandma’s efforts.

A parcel arrived from the UK today, always an exciting find in the letter box. We were on our way to town so we sat in the car and dove in to find out what goodies were inside. What greeted us was the most wonderful surprise…three little hand knitted outfits. Now I am willing to try my hand at just about anything but knitting has always defied me, no matter how hard I try all I seem to be able to create is a wonky strip with more than its fair share of holes in it. This is why I have a passion for crochet, I can cope with one needle, it can’t gang up with its friend and make me look hopeless!

Thankfully both Grandmum’s to be are very capable knitters and so we had been keeping fingers crossed for some goodies to wing their way to us. These knitted delights were even better than we could have expected however as they were knitted for another baby about 34 years ago…Hubby’s Mum had made her way up into her attic and managed to find some of the little outfits that she made for Hubby when he was a baby! Not only is the little one going to be wearing garments crafted from old t-shirts he is also going to be wearing his Dad’s hand me downs.

We love them as they are so wonderfully retro. I’m especially fond of the little red knitted knickers and we will no doubt make sure to take a lot of pictures of the little fellow in them (if only to drag out on his 18th birthday party!). I really do think it is rather cool that these clothes have been kept and get another chance to be used and loved. They are certainly very, very special.