We’re getting really close to little miss Saar making her appearance. She’s been showing signs of being done cooking and my hubby will arrive tomorrow, so hopefully, I’ll have something extra special to share next week.
I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks immersed in sewing and knitting baby blankets including 2 quilts, a double flannel swaddle blanket, a knitted blanket and a warm car seat blanket I whipped up today from the material I’d left over from previous projects.
This baby is all set with blankets, I’d say!
This is the quilt I made for our baby girl. I used the free pattern by See Kate Sew, but did the sandwitching a bit differently. I’m not sure if I calculated the measurements of the triangle wrong or what it was, but the proportions on the quilt were a little off for me, so I decided to add a little border to the narrow side of the blanket to even it out.
Basically, what I did was to cut the backing a bit wider than the front (about 10cm for the blue quilt and 15cm for the orange quilt) and then connected the backing to the front, creating a tube. Then I inserted the batting inside the tube, made sure that the quilt part of the front was centred, and finally closed off the short sides with bias binding.
I actually made 2 quilts while I was at it. A friend of my brother’s was also having their first baby and so I made a boy’s quilt as well for my brother to give to his friend’s baby.
I love both of these quilts! I used all vintage fabrics, so I didn’t buy any new fabric for these projects. And that’s an aspect I really love about them. I always get a thrill out of using up old fabrics instead of buying new. #stashbusting
I love the colour combination on this blanket. I’m using the word “love” a lot in this post, but I truly LOVE how these quilts turned out! In fact, I even toyed with the idea of making a couple quilts for sale, but I was way too pregnant to go through with that plan. But, if anyone is interested in buying a quilt’s worth of vintage fabrics, let me know. Maybe I’ll put together a few options from my stash.
Hopefully, I can share the other blankets with a baby on them. Wish me luck!
We’re celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend and this year, I’m almost a Mom myself on that day. We have less than 2 weeks left, so you bet I’m getting really anxious to meet little miss.
I wanted to give all Moms and future Moms a little treat for Mother’s Day, so I’m having a big SALE on all my sewing courses this weekend.
You can get 30% off on any and all sewing courses with the coupon code “MOMSALE” (just enter at checkout to get the discount!)
If you’ve wanted to start sewing your own clothes, why not start now? These courses are the perfect introduction with video tutorials, checklists and troubleshooting guides to help you through the process. Honestly, it’s not as hard as you think.
Plus, the course projects are a perfect addition to a summer wardrobe, so this really is the best time to get going.
Sending you lots of love for Mother’s Day and I hope to see you inside the courses ;)!
I can’t believe it’s almost 2 years since we got married! It’s gone past so fast and a lot has happened since then, but the memory of that day is still clear as day in my mind. That will probably change, however. I have a terrible memory, which is why I’m so grateful for all the photos (and the video) we have of our wedding day.
I remember having a the idea to make wedding photo books before we even got married, but it eventually took me about 18 months to get them done. It’s an investment for sure and we had other priorities at the time, so I held on to the idea and kept looking for the best option for it.
Then, Blurb had their Black Friday sale last year, and I jumped at the opportunity. I’d had my eye on them because they’re based in Europe, which makes production time and shipping easier (and cheaper) for us.
We decided to make 2 types of books. One format for our parents – paperback and standard pages – and a fancier – hardcover and thicker pages – book for ourselves. We love how they turned out! The quality is really good, and the paperback option is really great for gifting, since it’s affordable, but still very pretty.
Now, making these books can get overwhelming real fast. You have to choose your photos, then the layouts, and then everything has to be put in a logical order… Luckily, Blurb has their own book-making software that’s really easy to use and has layout templates + the option to save your own layouts.
At first, I tried to get really creative with my layouts, but I soon realised that this process was VERY time-consuming, so I made a decision to stick to a few simple layouts and use only those. That sped up the process a lot and made decision-making easier as well.
I’m so glad we finally turned this idea into reality. I’ve been flipping through the book more times than I can count, and every time I do, I’m flooded by that sense of pure bliss I was feeling on our wedding day.
I already have loads of ideas for future photo books that I want to make! One day, I hope to make one book per year and gather all our memories into these yearbooks. We’ll see how I manage, but it’s a dream.
Have you ever had a photo book done? How do you organise your photos? I’d love to know how you keep your memories.