Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Santa's Little Helper

Officially, the first clothing I have made for my baby is a Santa hat.

Aw. I apologize if I just made you vomit. Come on, it's cute, right?

Here's the pattern.

Cut four of these out of a red knit fabric. I used the cotton interlock from Joann Fabrics, that I had leftover from my Electra costume. What, you've never seen my Electra costume? Aw, it was the first thing I made, ever, on a sewing machine... it's a little terrible so I've never posted it. Also I kind of look fat in it. Anyway.

Where was I? Oh right. How to make a Santa hat.

  • Cut four pattern pieces, above, out of red stretchy fabric. Make sure the stretchy direction is going width wise.
  • Sew the pattern pieces together, right sides together, so that they form a cone. Use a zigzag stitch and a 1/4" seam allowance.
  • Cut a 18.5" x 2" rectangle out of the red fabric, and another out of some white faux fur (mine is left over from last years polar bear costume and was purchased at
  • Sew the two rectangles together, right sides together.
  • Finish the edge of the red fabric with a zigzag stitch.
  • Sew the fur side of the rectangle to the bottom of the red cone, right sides together.
  • On the inside of the hat, hand stitch the red fabric up inside the hat at the four corners.
  • To make the pom pom: Cut a circle out of the fur fabric, then hand stitch loosely around the outside of the circle. Stuff with scrap fabric and pull tight.
  • Hand sew the pom pom to the top of the hat.

    Mine came out a little too small, because Charlie has a massive head. You may need to adjust the hat for your own little Santa baby.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Monday, December 21, 2009

    Morning Glories, Again

    Did a quick painting for a Christmas present -- for a relative that does not read the blog, I think. I have no time to do studies, so I decided to revisit morning glories. This took me an hour. I think it looks better as a watercolor, don't you?

    Tuesday, December 8, 2009

    A Better Book Sling

    I wanted a book sling for my baby, who no, cannot read yet, but still... they are cool. I liked the size of this one, but all the reviews said the fabric was terrible. I ordered it, and yes, the fabric is indeed terrible. The picture hides it's terribleness well; it feels like it is made out of a disposable raincoat.

    However, that is easily fixed.



    I used a home decor fabric called "Square Knots," purchased at Joann on Black Friday. So easy. The sling is just a bunch of squares sewn together. Without a baby it would have taken an hour or two. With a baby... it took several days. So it goes!