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Scooters are everywhere! I’m sure if there’s a child in your life under the age of about 10 then at least 1 scooter resides in your vicinity. Miss Emily (being the second child) has started scooting early! This leads to the “what to do beside main roads or on steep hills or indeed when the two year old gets bored?” question. I have researched this and discovered that the marketed solution is both expensive and easily repeatable (especially in a workroom where what I mostly sew is hovercraft skirt segments)! So here we go… the scooter pull hack!

scooter pull tutorial

It’s been a long time since I did a full on tutorial and I haven’t gotten any less lazy in my old age so without further ado, the traditional Number 29 annotated photo time line…

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Clearly if Miss Emily needs one the besties can’t be left out!

scooter pull tutorial

scooter pull tutorial

Of course I end up pulling her a lot too, but I can’t take a pic of that can I?

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These pants constitute a sort of actual order…. I made them with fold over elastic around the legs and added an inch or two to the top as the last lot came out a little short to cover a nappy properly. Looove the fabric, it’s chosen by the lovely Princess Baker as they are for her little girl!

more nappy covers

more nappy covers

more nappy covers

more nappy covers

Here is the original nappy pants post if you want the pattern etc!

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So we were at the third round of the European Championships at Prudhomat in France. Daddy was racing and we were spectating with our feet in a paddling pool.

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I bought us event t shirts, but at 7-8 Miss Emily’s was rather big! What’s a Mummy to do? Clearly a needle and thread were in order! (Here’s a modelling shot just for you Alison!)

upcycled t shirt romper

upcycled t shirt romper

I didn’t take any making of pictures (in a field don’t ya know?), but since it worked out so well I’ve drawn you some diagrams!

upcycled t shirt romper

upcycled t shirt romper

upcycled t shirt romper

upcycled t shirt romper#

upcycled t shirt romper

upcycled t shirt romper

upcycled t shirt romper

I hope that makes sense. If not do drop me a line and I’ll try to explain further!

Ally – this isn’t where I planned to start but again thanks for the inspiration. xxxx

If you’re interested in t shirt upcycles here’s one from the archives:

maternity top t shirt upcycle

maternity top: t shirt upcycle

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Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

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Summer has arrived with a bang here at number 29. It’s a well known fact that anything over 21 degrees is automatically classed as ‘hotter than the surface of the sun’ in the UK. Well today it was 29 degrees (that’s centigrade, of course) and in my kitchen it was 28.5 degrees and although cooler in the kids’ room, still hotter than the aforementioned surface of the sun. bleh! This called for a new form of sleeping bag. The sheet sleeping bag! Unfortunately the supermarkets don’t stock them and a real grobag is rather pricey and a bit hard to get hold of on a Sunday afternoon in our sprawling metropolis (can you hear the metropolis sarcasm?) so….

baby sleeping bag

Beautifully crafted from more vintage 80’s spottiness (as discovered in Oma’s attic) and with not a little phone support from Oma (Thanks Mummy!)

You should note that this is NOT a yummy Mummy sewing blog. If you want a pretty tutorial look away now… in fact this is more like an un-tutorial. It’s sort of a reverse engineering problem solving sort of thing…  you certainly shouldn’t show these making of pictures to any of my home ec teachers or (by tardis magic) my Grandmother!

Would you likle to see how I bodged it? Of course you would cos otherwise you’d have closed this window before reading this far.

baby sleeping bag

This should include a sort of top lining bit, if, like me you have a pathological fear of bias binding…

               baby sleeping bag

So the bodge begins here…

baby sleeping bag

Who needs pins or tacking anyway…

baby sleeping bag

It turned out great… kind of…

baby sleeping bag

baby sleeping bag

baby sleeping bag

So we’d better sort that out..

baby sleeping bag

baby sleeping bag

Then do the lining, simple right?

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baby sleeping bag

baby sleeping bag

baby sleeping bag

baby sleeping bag

[note I made a second one and improved this by doing the lining before putting the zip in… but here’s how I did the first one!]

baby sleeping bag

Obviously after this I sewed back to front but apparently I got carried away and didn’t take any photos…

However Miss Emily can now sleep again, so bodge or not, lets give it a big tick in the sucess column….

For your aestetic (can I spell that?) consideration, Grobag number 2 is checked on the outside and spotty on the inside. [and no Ally, it’s not an armadillo!]

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Here is the prototype bubble romper… I haven’t gotten around to making the ‘real’ one yet. This one was from Oma’s Attic Fabric (I believe I had a Mary Costume made from it for the Sunday School Christmas Play circa 1983!), as I was pretty much making it up as I went along. Now I have a plan I must get around to making another with the cute strokable fabric I bought for that.

bubble romper

bubble romper

bubble romper

I didn’t take any making of pix, apparently I was concentrating on working out what to do next. It’s inspired by all those pillowcase dresses you see in blogland (especially this one at pocket full of dreams here), and also by this 4th of July outfit, at make it-love it here. It’s basically 2 big rectangles and then 2 skinny rectangles for the ruffle.

I’d class it as a sucess, but when I made one for my friends daughter, I lengthened the body rectangles and widened the ruffle. When I make the next one I’ll do wide fixed straps I think (as you can see the skinny ones keep falling off). It has no poppers at the bottom, I don’t have a popper bangy thing… I think there might be one of those in Oma’s attic too. Must search!

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Now that summer is actually here…  we need nappy pants, cos honestly nappy bottom under cute dress is so not an attractive look!

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The pattern is one I pinned a while back. It’s from Dana Made It! and you can find it here. They were simple to make although the leg elastic casing was such a pain that I plan to try fold over elastic (foe) for the next batch. 

nappy pants

Here’s a pic of Miss Emily modelling them and showing you why we need them!

 

nappy pants

 By the way I have just edited pix for about 10 or 15 posts so if they aren’t forthcoming at (what was) the usual intervals of Monday, Wednesday, Friday and maybe a weekend extra then please nag! I need the occasional prod don’t you know.  Anyhoo… that’s it for today, will post the foe version if it ever makes it off the sewing table (aka scrapping table aka kids art space aka general dumping ground…)

 

(btw… if anyone who crafts with me has seen that wrist pincushion anywhere please let me know I seem to have lost it!)

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Cloth Baby Book

I so can’t claim the glory for this one. Bethan dragged herself from her usual baking and cake decorating to fight with the sewing machine for Emily. I think the results are awesome. (Gotta love it when school dress fabric is on sale!)

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