The truth of the matter is that I love babies. I love my nieces and nephews too and would shower them with gifts every moment and adopt them to live with me if their darn parents weren't so attached to them. But they are older now and babies smell so damn nice and say goo goo and are overall just lovely, especially if you can hand them back to their parents when they cry or get stinky.
Anyway, although I don't like attending baby showers, I like making stuff for and buying gifts for babies and baby showers. And that's what I really should have said to the mother-to-be (third time) who was very insistent that I should be ecstatic about attending her shower. Instead I assured her that as a single woman, who has not been married, and has no children, who is about to turn 40 and who has attended over 1 million showers of all manner, that I have happily attended my lifetime fill of showers and would kindly decline attendance. But, I made a gift because although I'm a sassy, bitchy, brat, I am generous.
So I embarked on the journey to make the Oliver + S Bedtime Story Pj set and by doing so completely ripped off (and or got inspired by)Amber who made such an adorable set with matching blanket.
And here's my finished set. Fabric is Kitties wearing kimono's, trimmed with bright yellow. I thought that was fun and cute considering it was a kimono style! Pattern Review click link.
|Try not to be distracted by the tiny stain on my carpet. Can you see the ginormous mistake I made?|
I've never made a quilt but my mother always wanted to quilt. She even bought a huge frame, and I'm sad to say never used it. I'm even sadder to tell you that we got rid of it because it was ginormous. I wish upon wish I had kept it even though fitting it into a tiny dorm room might not have been practical.
So in my true, don't read the directions cause you think you know everything fashion, I prepped the binding the night before by pressing it into what would be like store bought double fold binding. Then of course I read the directions the next morning that you don't press it if you are doing the hand stitched version. DARNIT! But, have no fear, there is a machine version, which is all I had time for anyway, using a folded/pressed version, so I zipped it together and it turned out pretty cute. I will say the directions weren't the greatest, but it turns out they are if you are doing it at the same time vs. reading it before hand. And since I was wanting someone to better illustrate how to do the corners, I'll attempt to show it here:
Sew along one side till you get to the end. Back stick and or tie off your ends, trim.
|Both sides will look the same.|
|Folded blanket corners|
|Gift presentation. Blanket folded around pj set, tied with extra binding. Card sewn with contrast thread and scrap of fabric.|
And in the end, I packed the gift off to the hostess, collected her children, and while women sat together swapping gifts, eating artichoke dip and doing whatever else was planned at the baby shower, I enjoyed the latest installment of Toy Story with three of the cutest kids I know. Getting to be Auntie Shannon is one of my greatest joys.