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While at 18 months old, my own baby is hardly a baby anymore, I am comforted by the fact that others keep reproducing.  There is no shortage of babies to love.  And maybe just as importantly, there is no shortage of babies to make for.

Baby Fiona is the newest and cutest little muse of mine.  As the new baby of a close friend, I have been itching to shower her with some handmade baby love.

Anna Maria Horner’s Cute-as-a-Button Booties from Handmade Beginnings seemed the best way to utilize the scraps of an accidentally, ahem, felted sweater.    My hope is that next year when she’s scooting around, this winter baby will have some warm and woolly goodness to protect those sweet little toes.

I couldn’t make sweater slippers for just anyone.  Some I know might find it a little, gross maybe?, that the fabric of these small shoes is used.  But I love the idea of upcycling.  I love that I can take something that I wore and loved and make it freshly into something that my newest little friend will wear (and hopefully love).  It’s giving something another go-around.  A sweater gets a brand new life as a pair of baby booties.  That’s reincarnation at it’s best, I think.

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I am a total force to be reckoned with in the arena of baby pants making.  I’ve been over the moon for Anna Maria Horner’s Quick Change Trousers from her Handmade Beginnings for some time now.  The pants fit really well and are so comfortable (well okay, they look comfortable on my baby, but as they don’t fit me I really can’t know this for sure) and so amazingly adorable.  But the very best part is that I get to use up to four different fabrics per pair of pants if I want to!  For a fabric addict, this is very, very good news.  Reversible pants have made many a gift so far and there are more in the making.  My own Soren has already outgrown the tiniest pants I made him, but this only gives mama more fabrics to pick out and more pants to sew.  Yay!  The reversible thing has really been working for me.  I can sew three pairs of pants and get six pairs out of it!  Win-Win!

So while on this reversible baby pants kick, I was looking to make a nice gift for some friends to go with some jars of homemade jam.  Hence, a set of reversible napkins made out of some gorgeous linen fabric by Echino with Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry on the reverse.  Now our friends can flip their dinner napkins around to suit their fancy, match their meal (unlikely, but funny) or to just display the least grungy side outwards (less funny, but a lot more likely).

Really, this kick has got me thinking that most things could be made more fun, more lovely and more practical by being reversible.  And maybe we could all do a whole lot less laundry….

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There have been a lot of baby booties passing through this way.  I’ve been continually inspired by Anna Maria Horner’s Handmade Beginnings book, but I think it is her Cute-as-a-Button Booties that has been the most loved pattern so far.  It’s such a thrifty thrill to be able to use up those little scraps of fabric left over from larger projects and watch them add up to a marvelous little set of baby footwear all ready for gifting.  Some have been given away and some will remain for my own little-one-to-be.  Regardless of whose tiny feet they adorn, these booties are sweet and practical and sure to be cherished long after those little toes have grown.

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In keeping with the woodland theme of my sister’s shower, I was delighted to find this fabulous fabric at a discount fabric store.  It happily turned into a diaper bag (à la Lotta Jansdotter in Simple Sewing for Baby– an already much-used resource around here).  A little pocket friend (pattern also from Lotta’s Simple Sewing) is snuggled into the front pocket and attached with a ribbon.  That way baby can play with little blue stuffie during a diaper change, but stuffie has less of a chance of getting left behind at the park.I always liked to have my “fancy” burp cloths handy when Eli was just a little pup (who spit up all the time…) and I was out and about.  They were a cinch to make with some scraps of fabric and a stack of diaper prefolds.  What’s better than practical and pretty?A diaper bag needs a changing pad, obviously.  To have it be a matchy one out of the same snail & mushroom fabric is a nice bonus in my opinion.Lotta’s bib pattern in Simple Sewing is for a single-sided bib made out of oil cloth.  I decided to stick with cotton fabric for these.  You can’t wipe them down in the same easy way, but you can throw them into the wash.  The bibs are reversible (bonus!) and lightly quilted.
By now it is painfully obvious what a dork I am about matching, but in my defense, it is so much fun to see how much baby gear you can make out of 2 yards of fabric.  Still going strong with the snail fabric, I used a baby pants patten from Anna Maria Horner’s Handmade Beginnings (love that book!).  Tiny.  Matchy.  Cute.And some appliqued onesies round out Erica’s matchy little baby collection.  I fell deeply and totally in love with the Spotted Owl fabric by Alexander Henry.   Jeff commented that my beloved owls looked a little angry for baby gear.  But honestly, I think that’s what I love so much about the fabric.  It has happy owls and studious owls and goofy owls and grumpy owls.  It’s just so refreshing to me that they’re not all just happily having tea with butterflies or something.  Or maybe it’s just that this mama has some reserved compassion for grumpy owls….

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