Matching bowties for my friend Lauren’s new baby boy and husband. I adapted the Cat Bow Tie Pattern I found on Instructables to make the bows bigger and fuller looking, and to make the necks larger. (Shhh, don’t tell Lauren the pattern was originally for a cat!)
My friend Lauren and her husband are huge Steelers fans. And so, as you can imagine, their new baby boy must be one, too. Or at least he will be decked out in Steelers gear until he can form his own team allegiances. To aide in their pursuit of adorable fandom, I knitted her a Steelers themed beanie, adapted from the free Barley hat pattern at Tin Can Knits.
I’ve found this zippered pouch to be an easy, fun gift for just about every occasion, and can’t stop making it for friends. For this one, I used some red linen that I’ve been holding on to for a while, but wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. And used some scraps of the sexy lobstah fabric that I had laying around from a previous wedding gift project.
Just two short years after The Summer of Weddings (I went to 13 weddings in 2011!), it’s now The Year of Babies. I know at least five friends that are currently pregnant, and a handful of others that are either trying or have recently had babies.
Tired of making knitted munchkin hats, I thought I’d try some new handmade gifts and turned to Pinterest for ideas (I wonder if my friends now think I’m pregnant after all the baby-themed pins. Good luck!). Conveniently, I had bought some adorable pig material at Fancy Tiger Crafts earlier this year, so I was prepared to make these diaper pouches.
I honestly do not know how useful they are—do you really need a pouch for clean diapers, don’t diaper bags have enough specific pockets for that? Regardless, they’re super cute and everyone has liked them so far.
The diaper pouch tutorial can be found at LuvInTheMommyhood.
And as you’ll notice, I’m still amusing myself with the A Beautiful Mess app.
I love my zippered doily purse so much, I decided to make a couple different versions of it. The first one (red flower lining) is a late Mother’s Day gift for my mom, and the second is a little something for me (yellow lining). I used the same folderover clutch pattern from Skirt As Top, but used 7” zippers. I reduced the dimensions to 8”x10” for the first one and 8”x6” for the second.
I also played around with the new A Beautiful Mess photo editing app to add the titles. It’s a cute app, but wish there were more options for fonts, doodles and filters.
In an effort to clean up my office a bit, I decided to make a little holster to hang from my phone plug. Since I needed to create a cutout so it could hang from the plug, and I didn’t have a pattern to help with the seem, I decided to just use felt for my first one. That allowed me to create a clean edge without having to navigate seems and turning the work a million times (this often ties my brain in knots). I’m pretty sick of the chevron obsession, but it seemed like an easy patter, and I am really pleased with how it turned out.
A colleague commented on it one day, so I decided to make her a holster of her own. Purple is her favorite color, and I just so happened to have a bunch of purple material lying around. Since it wasn’t felt, and I still wasn’t feeling up to the seeming and turning, I creating a strap instead and sewed it about a third of the way down on the back inside panel for stability.
I made this laptop sleeve to thank a friend for making me a kitchen island (I paid him too, I’m not a total cheapskate, but definitely didn’t pay him enough for the beautiful work he did and all the time he put in). It’s similar to iPad and MacBook sleeves a made a few months ago. This time I used the third pattern from the Anne Kelle blog, and simply increased the dimensions to fit a MacBook rather than a iPad or Nook.
I promised a good friend that I would make a case for his MacBook Air for his birthday. It took me a long time to complete this project—I forgot about it for a few weeks, then cut all the triangles, but didn’t like how the material fit together, then just procrastinated getting started again because those damn triangle were such a pain the first time (but I did gain even more respect for my mom, who is a super talented quilter). It took me so long, in fact, that he went out and bought a case because he didn’t think I was really going to finish it. But I did, and I hope he thinks it was worth the wait!
As usual, I only loosely followed a pattern—Geometric Laptop Sleeve Tutorial from Fabric Paper Glue. I tried to add grommets to the back so I could slip the elastic through and tie in the inside, but they ripped out leaving mangled holes. I covered those with a piece of fabric and stitched a big X over to hold the elastic in, and even though it was a last minute fix, I really like how it turned out.
It’s more of a cover than a case, meaning it won’t protect the laptop if dropped. But it will protect from scratches, and my friend said it’s nice and roomie so he can put his phone, cords, notebooks or pens in with the laptop for easy transport.