Hudson Bay Point Blanket Quilt

I have been wanting to make this quilt for a very long time.  I thought it would be a perfect fit for Will’s big kid room since I thought it was going to be a lot of work and I wanted it to last a long time.  I held off on making it since the task seemed too daunting until I got my new Bernina sewing machine last spring.  I tried making a pillow sham first and loved it, so for Christmas I decided to try the quilt.  It was much, MUCH more work than I thought it would be.  I have a new found respect for those who quilt on a regular basis.

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It took me about a month working on it off and on.  It was pretty simple to piece together and quilting in straight lines is a piece of cake compared to the designs and patterns that I’ve seen, but it was hard to work with something so big when it would slip off the table or get bunched up under my fairly small sewing machine.  Maybe I should go learn how to use this machine.

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Of course Felicity’s doll needed a matching quilt for her matching bed!

And what does Will think of his new quilt you may ask?

His exact words were:
“I don’t wike it mommy.  Let’s give it to somebody else.”  
Oh, three year olds!  In fact, it’s a bit of a miracle that it was on his bed this morning since all day yesterday he kept taking it off.

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Etsy Shop

It’s finally open!

I’ve been preparing for some time to reopen my Etsy shop.  I’ve had a few roadblocks along the way… mainly summer, moving and (still) having trouble finding the boxes of supplies and handmade things that are ready to sell.  The first item listed is one of my favourites and more handmade items and custom designs will be added throughout the next few weeks.

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The first item is a handmade silk ring pillow, the same design as I made for our own wedding a few years ago.  The pillow itself is approximately 6-inches square and it has a large beautiful handmade silk flower on top.  The rings tie to a satin ribbon in the center of the flower.  And yes, we let our ring bearer carry the actual rings down the aisle with him and he did a fantastic job!

If you have any ideas for things you’d like to see for sale in my shop or if you’d like a custom item, please let me know!

My shop can be found by clicking on the image above, or going to undertheredwoodtree.etsy.com

Cloth Diaper Inserts – Tutorial

Before our baby was born, we decided that we wanted to use cloth diapers.  I knew that if it wasn’t easy and inexpensive, then I would probably end up giving up on them quickly.  I also knew I had to have a stash ready to go when the baby came so that I’d have no excuses.  The only problem with that is the one size pocket diapers we had chosen didn’t work as well for newborns because they’re a little big (I guess that’s what happens when one diaper is sized from 7-35+ pounds).  It seems as though most people choose to use disposables for the first month or two.  I decided to try the newborn gDiapers which are sized from about 6-10 lbs.  gDiapers tend to be a little on the pricey side so I found a set of 12 on ebay that were washed but never worn.  The thing I do like about gDiapers is the option to use cloth inserts or disposable/flushable inserts.  The versatility is great, but you’ll end up paying for it!  I decided to try making my own reusable cloth inserts since the ones you buy can be up to $5 each.

Materials:

1 yard of bamboo fleece
1 yard of hemp fleece
1/2 yard of cotton (remnants work great!)
Sewing machine
Serger (optional)
Rotary cutter and cutting board (highly recommended, although scissors work great too!)
(note: both the bamboo and hemp fleece are available from Diaper Sewing Supplies)

Instructions:

Cut out all of your fabric into 4″ x 9″ rectangles.  This is where a rotary cutter comes in very handy.  If you’re using scissors, making a paper template might be helpful.

Pin 5 layers of cut fabric together as follows: Cotton (right side down), hemp, bamboo, hemp, bamboo (soft side up).  Pin together.  It should look like this with soft bamboo fleece on one side and pretty cotton on the other.

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Sew around the edge of your fabric.  It is thick so you’ll need to go slowly.  I used a zig zag stitch so it would be extra secure.  Make sure the beginning and end of your stitches are secure by back stitching about 1/2″.  I also found that doing two rows of zig zag stitches next to each other worked really well, I just forgot to take a photo of that.

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If you have a serger, this is where you can make the edges neat and tidy by serging around the entire edge.  I don’t have one so I rounded the corners and hoped for the best.  This is the finished diaper liner.

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After many times through the washing machine, these have held up great!  I found that the cotton fabric frayed a little bit up to the stitches and the fleece curled slightly, but nothing came apart and all the stitches are very secure.  The fabric I purchased made 22 liners which was more than enough for our newborn and allowed us to wash diapers every other day.

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It also doesn’t hurt that these diapers are super cute!

Total Cost: $27
1 yard of hemp fleece: $12.95
1 yard of bamboo fleece $14.05
Cotton remnants: $0 (I already had these leftover from making burp cloths)
Makes 22 reusable inserts

I was curious how this compared with disposables.  If you use 12 diapers a day with a newborn, that’s about 360 diapers in one month.  It’s about $50 to buy a case of newborn diapers from diapers.com with 234 diapers.  I guess this was a pretty good deal after all, but you do need to factor in the effort it takes to make and wash cloth diapers and the water usage.  Disposable diapers are a great choice for many, but this was the best choice for us.

Puzzle Ball

I don’t really know how to sew.  I’ve tried a few times and successfully hemmed curtains and made pillows and thanks to you tube videos I have managed to sew in zippers too.  Over the last few years I have tried a few different things including baby bibs and making prefold cloth diapers into burp cloths (other tutorial’s that will come soon to the blog).  I went to Crafty Planet here in the Twin Cities last week and they had this Puzzle Ball on display.  Will reached for it and loved it instantly so I thought I’d try making one for him.  It turns out it was quite simple to follow the pattern, even for someone with minimal experience.  In fact, this was the first thing I have ever made from a pattern and I was quite pleased with the result.

Pattern: Puzzle Ball
Fabric: London and Polka Dots from Crafty Planet