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I’ll confess that I’ve exhausted myself (at least temporarily) of the whole reversible baby pants marathon.  So with a friend’s new baby requiring a little handmade love from me, I felt it what high time to change things up.  With my own littlest one now 6 months old (!) and busybusybusy with anything that he can get his sweet little paws on, soft baby toys have been a much-loved blessing.  Before Soren was even outside the womb, I was whipping up a whole stack of soft blocks.  Mostly, I was just crazy-nesting and needing to sew, sew, sew.  But also, I was having fun using up all those fabric scraps left over from all those, ahem, baby pants.

I’ve been loving those squishy blocks these days almost as much as little Soren.  For one, they don’t hurt when they come flying at your head.  For two, it seems really satisfying to my babe to be able to squish them so completely between his hands.  And for three, they make a mighty nice teething toy.  They’re quiet.  They’re pretty.  They’re fun to toss.

So.  I thought it would be fun to share our findings with the newest baby on the block.  I’ve spent the past couple of days cutting and sewing little scraps of fabric into soft fish toys.  They go nicely into a bucket.   (They’re as fun to chuck around the room as they are to pile back into the bucket!  We like that in a toy!)  And Ta-Da!  A bucket of fish.  And also some personalized fishy note cards for all that baby correspondence of his.   Babies have a lot of friends, you know.

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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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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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