There's a local baby/toy shop in town called Babies to Kids. Lately I have been feeling like my own Babies to Kids with all the variety of handmade gifts I've been making... what fun! Here's a look at some of the special gifts I've been making for all my new special friends here in Flagstaff ...
Race Track Pack ~ a pouch for storing race cars that unrolls and has a 'race track' on one side of the pouch. This was made for one of AJ's friend's birthdays, and it is a prototype. I really like the idea of this!
Girlie Apron ~ made for one of AJ's spit-fire friends. She isn't exactly a girlie-girl, but her mom tells me she enjoys twirling in this one. I was going for retro 50's poodle-skirt style... note the vintage kitty-cat ribbon!
Driving blanket - a splurge of a yard of this fabric from the local sewing shop. I love it! I made it in an afternoon, and backed it with some Denyse Schmidt decor weight fabric I bought on sale from Sew Mama Sew...
Birthday crown ~ made for AJ from leftover decor fabric from his curtains my mom made him when he was born, and I used Anna Maria Horner fabric for the gems... perfect! It has velcro on the back and should fit him for years -- it fits me, when I need to feel like the queen :)
Mommy(or Daddy) and Me slings! ~ Made for Beth, the owner of our local Stroller Strides.
She literally cheered us on at a 10K over the weekend then delivered her baby that night, no big deal :) The sling is the first I've made, at her request, and I used a couple of patterns for guides -- Maya wraps website and Jan Andrea's patterns. I struggled with the fabric choice at first. I wanted something funky and colorful, but I was worried it would be too pink (Beth didn't know whether she was having a girl/boy). I had purchased the polka dot fabric (Jennifer Paganelli I think) online and then found the nice lily/blueish fabric from the local sewing shop (Beth's oldest is named Lily). I made sure to sew a billion extra rows of stitches to keep this sling secure, and used crazy stitch patterns to make it look nice... Got the pink ring from an Arizona company, Sling Rings! And even Beth's husband can rock this sling, look at that tiny baby!
I had planned from the start to make big sister Lily her own sling to match, and here she is with her doll -- I just made a pocket sling and measured it on AJ to make sure it would fit. She looks GREAT in it! (and I had to try it on myself, too...)