I have a WIP and a finish to show you today. First up is my finish. It's a baby wrap! I tried it out today for my first walk outside with our new baby Aylin. We walked up to the post office with Daddy to check the mail. (There were two packages of fabric for me! Hooray!) The walk is about 1 km round trip and it went very well with the new wrap.
Briar Rose baby wrap.
I used a jersey knit from the Briar Rose line by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics for the wrap and then put a panel of the orange Nanny Bees from the same line on the front. The panel does not stretch as much as the jersey so baby is more secure. Plus, it looks cute. :) I had a general idea of how to make this in my head as I owned a wrap the last time I had a baby (almost six years ago!). Just to confirm I was on the right track I looked up a "how to" video on YouTube. I watched this one by "Mikmaq Mama" to get a general idea. I used 2.5 yards of jersey and cut it in half on the fold line. Then sewed the short ends together to make a 5 yard piece. I am finding it could have been longer so I would recommend using 3 yards and creating a 6 yard long wrap. I then cut my panel from a half yard of the Nanny Bee quilting cotton as it was slightly bigger than a fat quarter. I just sewed the panel right on top of the jersey to cover the middle seam. Then went all the way around with a stretch edging stitch on my sewing machine. That part took the longest. There are YouTube videos on how to wear the wrap that popped up with the Mikmaq Mama video. I really only know the one way on the front.
And here is my W.I.P. (work in progress). Daddy and Baby are sleeping this afternoon so I got my "Scattered" quilt laid out on my "design floor" a.k.a. the kitchen floor.I am now ready to start sewing the top together.
Scattered Quilt using "Barcelona" by Zen Chic. Quilt designed by Allison Harris for "Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe."
I was originally sewing this because I have meant to sew it since the book came out and I first saw it on Allison's blog . I was also sewing it as part of the "Sewvivor Sewalong" on Instagram hosted by Rach at Family Ever After . I'm not sure I'll be done in time for the sew along but I do plan to be done soon. I think this will be a nice quilt for my son's bed.
My wrap will get a lot of use for sewing with baby... especially when Daddy goes back to work at the end of next week. It will be interesting to see if I manage quilting while wearing a baby. I think piecing will be fine but maybe not quilting.