It seems that suddenly a lot of the people I know have either just had babies or are expecting the little bundles of joy, so I thought now would be a good time to learn how to make a few baby items. I figured as babies are so small anyway I could probaby make some pretty cute little things out of my fabric scraps, and I settled on making a vareity of bibs.
The first bib I made was a simple little number, reversible, trimmed with bias binding and finished of with a velcro closure. I used black and white floral fabric and a hot pink fabric for the binding (which looks red in the photos for some reason). I found a template through Pinterest that I then adapted slightly as I wasn’t happy with the shape, but it was pretty straightforward and simple. The lining is fleece.
After making one of these bibs I started wondering how I could improve on the design to make a more substantial bib that would actually offer some protection to clothes when a baby was eating. And that was when I remembered that I had bought some iron-on vinyl over a year ago and that this might actually be the project to use it on! This iron-on vinyl is pretty cool stuff, a bit like sticky-back plastic but for fabric. I was a bit wary of using it at first, but it ironed on painlessly and turned by normal fabric into the perfect fabric for a baby bib.
After a bit of thought I decided what I needed was a bib that was based on the same design as an apron, and I did a bit of online searching and found exactly what I had in mind: The Bapron! The best thing about this was it came complete with a wonderful little tutorial, so thnak you Craftiness in not Optional for taking the time to write up that tutorial. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to make a really good weaning bib.
Above you can see some of my larger scraps of fabric left over from other projects, that I got out to choose bib fabric from. I made lots of bias binding from some hot pink fabric and some yellow fabric.
Here’s my first scrap fabric project of the year, a nice fun little project making little play teabags out of scraps and a little patchwork padded hotmat, all to take into my class of reception children. I put a small amount of dry barley into each teabag to give it a bit of weight
. I started a new job in January as a reception teacher, so I am no longer supplying, and I absolutely love my new job. I forgot how much I love teaching that age group, and how much scope there is for being creative.
If you have small children , or work with them, this is a great little project to make, very easy and helps use up from scraps. My class loved have been playing with them all week in their role play area which we’ve currently got a tea party set up in.
A bit late I know, but I have finally decided what my challenge will be for this year. I am going to sort out and use my huge (huge) scrap fabric stash that I have been hoarding and accumulating for years.
I’m pretty sure I have a problem (and I know I’m not alone in this, having lurked on sewing forums). I actually cannot throw away fabric, unless it is literally less than half an inch square, I keep it. I have jars full of tiny scraps, I have boxes full of medium sized scraps, and I have bags and bags and bags full of all the other scraps. I also have a lot of fabric that probably wouldn’t be classed as scraps but is left over from all the sewing I did in 2011 that I really need to sort out.We are in danger of being burried under an avalanche of colourful cotton as piles of folded or scrunched up fabric teeter higher and higher on the workstation and shelves.
So, my aim this year is to not buy any more fabric. Although the thought of not being able to buy any more fabric brings me out in a cold sweat, I know I have to do it. It will be hard, I know, but it will ultimately be worth it. I have run out of places to
hide store my fabric, and I have forgotten about the fabric I already own.
My first job is going to be to actually sort out all my fabric, and iron it (maybe). Then I am going to sort all the scraps into three different sizes and cut up all the smaller scraps into 1.5 inch squares for a postage stamp quilt.
I am also going to spend a lot of time browsing Pinterest for ideas on what to use my scraps for. I will try to actually get on with making some of the things I find on Pinterest, instead of just pinning them and getting distracted with pretty pictures.
If anyone has any good ideas or suggestions for what I can make with my scraps please do let me know! I am invisioning lots of patchwork items, definately at least one quilt, but I really don’t want to end up with hundreds of little pincushions of fabric bookmarks!
What do you do with your scraps? And do you have any clever tips for sorting and organsing them? And do you want to come over and iron them for me? I’m off to Pinterest to do more pinning…
Some photos of my scraps, so you can see just how serious the situation has become:
It is so dark, grey, wintery and colourless right now here in Cambridge, so to keep my sanity I have decided to bring back my Astonishing Splashes of Colour posts, starting with some lovely rainbow inspiration. Everything about these photos makes my heart swoon and my smile grow.
Lovely eye candy to brighten up my day, and hopefully yours too!
If anyone would like to see more inspiring images (both colourful and beautiful) you can follow me on Pinterest. I have two Astonishing Splashes of Colour boards dedicated to all things colourful.
Those of you who read my blog regularly might remember the 725 little fabric squares I cut out back in August 2011 out of my scrap fabric stash. Well, finally, eighteen months later, after many hours bent over my sewing machine and many many more procrastinating and putting off finishing it, I now have a large double bed size, beautiful, snuggly, cozy quilt! I absolutely love how it turned out, much better than I imagined it would, and it doesn’t even matter that not all the seams match up and there is no fancy quilting on it, it’s mine, it’s finished, and it’s beautiful!
I have the quilting itch now and can’t wait to make another one, I should have enough scraps to make a smaller one for keeping us warm when we’re on the sofa. I am really pleased with this one, and Mr. B really likes it too, so I am truly inspired! I’m also really glad that I managed to make most of it out of scraps, I had to buy the wadding especially, and I bought a flat sheet to use as the backing, but I even made the binding from scraps of fabric. Even though it took me almost 16 months of procrastination and maybe two months of work, it was definitely worth the wait!