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Reversible Pocket Sling Tutorial (with padding)

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Alright, the time has finally come for me to share this tutorial. I really feel that this sling has made it so much easier for me to calm Jude and just easier to keep myself sane! A new mama needs both her hands from time to time! The nice thing about this method of sling making is that you will have enough materials to make two slings. This tutorial only covers making one sling.

You will need:

2 yards of cotton fabric – exterior
2 yards of cotton fabric – interior
1″ thick upholstery foam (two 9″x2″ rectangles)
coordinating thread

Make sure to pre-wash all of your fabric in baby friendly detergent and then iron everything so it lays nice and straight! Also, you want 100% cotton fabric – nothing stretchy – you don’t want the sling to stretch out of shape. This could be dangerous.

Step 1: Preparation
Fold exterior fabric in half lengthwise and iron a crease. Cut down the middle of this crease.

You will end up with two pieces of fabric that are 2 yards by approximately 22.5″ (depending on the width of your initial yardage). You will only use one piece to make the sling.

Repeat on interior fabric. Again, you will only need one of the two pieces.

Cut 1″ thick upholstery foam into two 2″ x 9″ rectangles. This is your padding. For newborns, it pads their head from bonking on door frames and such. As they get older, it can be flipped to be worn on the bottom, padding their dangling legs!

Step 2: Sew edges
Right sides together, line up the edges and pin.

Now is a good time to trim off any excess if the fabric doesn’t line up properly.

Back-stitching at each end, sew the long sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Turn fabric so that the right sides are facing out and iron flat.

Top stitch up each long side with a 1/4″ seam allowance, back-stitching at each end.

Step 3: Sizing
The best way to determine sizing is to take a piece of string and wrap it from your shoulder to your opposite hip and back to your shoulder. It will form a loop around your body, mimicking how the sling will lay. Don’t do this too tight though! Cut the string so that it hits the top of your mid-hip; you don’t want the sling to hit below your hip and you don’t want to be too far above your hip. Match your length to the chart below to get your correct size. Round up if you fall between sizes.

X-Small – 52″
Small – 56″
Medium – 60″
Large – 64″
X-Large – 68″

Step 4: Create the curve
Fold fabric in half width wise

and then again length wise.

Using the chart below with your determined measurement:


Long Edge (along fold)
Short Edge (open)
X-Small
26″
22″
Small
28″
24″
Medium
30″
26″
Large
32″
28″
X-Large
34″
30″

Measure from the short folded edge, mark the long folded edge:

Measuring again from the short folded edge, mark the short open edge:

This is going to make the pocket for the baby’s bottom to sit in.

Use a ruler to draw a straight line with a fabric marker between these points.

Freehand a gentle curve between the points referencing the straight line as needed.

Cut the curve out through all layers. The remnants are great to make matching burp clothes or bibs!

When you are done, unfold it and it should look like this:

This is the overall shape that we’re looking for:

Step 5: Padding
Insert padding inside sling, one on each open side. Eventually the padding will lay against the straight seam, but for now, it’s just going to float freely until we sew the sling shut. Make sure it’s far enough back that it won’t get in the way of your stitching.

Step 6: Flat felled seam
Fold in half longways and match up the curves. Pin in place.

Sew a 1/4″ seam along the curve, back-stitching at each end, shutting the tube of fabric.

Trim the seam allowance to 1/8″.

Flip the fabric the other way and iron the curve so the seam you just sewed is on the inside. We’re going to encase this seam.

Following the curve, sew a 1/2″ seam around the curve, back-stitching at each end, encasing the raw edge of the seam inside. It will look a little weird because it will be sticking out (at this point, it’s called a French seam). No worries, the next step sews the edge that’s sticking up, down.

Lay the flap of fabric down and sew 1/4″ from the edge, back-stitching at each end, laying the seam down.

You might want to pin starting from the middle to help minimize any bunching. This is a sturdy seam and it needs to be! It’s holding the weight of the baby!

Step 7: Sew padding in place
Maneuver the padding so that there is a piece on either side of the flat felled seam. It should be as close to the top stitching and flat felled seam as you can get it. Pin in place. Starting from the flat felled seam, sew around the padding, back-stitching at each end, to keep it from moving around. Repeat on the other piece of padding on the other side of the flat felled seam.

One thing I’ve thought of several times but never followed through on, is that you could add a zippered pocket if you choose not to make the sling reversible. Could be nice to have a place to hold keys, a cell phone or a pacifier!

You’re all done! Click here for a pdf on how to use your new sling!

Much thanks goes to Whitney for letting me take pictures as I taught her how to make a sling! 🙂

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Simple Kid's Sundress

A friend’s daughter turned four recently and I since I don’t get the opportunity to make fun little girls clothes for my child, I jump on the chance to sew up cute little dresses. I took advantage of Habitual’s Free Simple Sundress Pattern to create this cute little dress.

It was a quick little sew that I got done during one of Jude’s naps (thank goodness he takes long naps!). The hardest part was hemming the armscye (er. . . never heard that word before either? It’s really just the armhole). I struggled with getting the seams to fold on a curve but it ended up still looking cute. One of the things that stuck out to me in the tutorial was the attention to detail. The interior seams are french seams which lends itself to a nice finished look, even on the inside! I really like that the dress can become a shirt once the child outgrows the length of the dress. In all honesty, I kinda wanted to make this little dress into a shirt for myself it turned out so nicely – it looks like it’s from an upscale boutique. Hopefully this is the beginning of a lot of sewing in my new sewing room in the new house. 🙂

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It’s my first Blog-iversary (Free Apron Pattern!)

And for the occasion, I have another free pattern to add to the list! The Marie Apron!

the Marie Apron

That’s my mom, Marie. And she’s wearing her brand new Marie apron that I made for her birthday. Can’t you see how happy she is? 🙂

If you would like to make the Marie Apron CLICK HERE for the pdf of the pattern and the instructions! Now, I will warn you, the pattern is on a 24″x36″ piece of paper which means that you will have to take the pdf to a print shop (like Kinkos) in order to print it. I don’t believe this costs more than a dollar or two and I’m giving you the pattern for free, so don’t complain to me that you can’t print this at home! It’s a big pattern! I have included the dimensions if you want to draw the pattern on some pattern paper at home. The curves are up to you though. 🙂

There is a lot of bias tape in this one, so you might find this tutorial helpful if you have never used bias tape before. Feel free to give me feedback to improve the instructions or the pattern – I’d love to know what everyone thinks!

Also, I hate to be repetitive, but please do not sell items made from this free pattern and do not claim it as your own design! Feel free to link back to this post if you’d like to spread the word though. Also, if you make this pattern, I’d love to see the final results! Please add photos of the final product to the flickr group here!

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A bit of sewing. . .

Ah yes, the quilt. The top of it is all sewn together and I’m pretty happy with the way it’s turning out – although you can tell from the picture that it needs some love from the iron. To finish off the quilt, there’s a particular sewing machine foot that you need to do the stippling. It’s called a free motion foot. And I bought one on discount on etsy . . . and then my cat decided the foot was his new favorite toy and I can’t find it anymore. Ugh. The cat seems to love losing things for me. It could be under the piano, refrigerator, any of the rugs, the stove. . . who knows. I hope it turns up soon or I’m going to have to resort to begging my sewing friends to let me borrow theirs (if they have one). . .

I finally finished up the bibs this weekend too. They are such a quick sew, I don’t know what was taking me so long (oh wait, I remember, I was busy)! They’re from a free pattern found here. There are a bazillion free bib patterns out there and I think I want to try this one out next. . . You can’t have too many bibs, right?

And keeping up with my baby items that are really more useless than useful, I made another softie (with two more in the works that I can’t wait to share!). It’s another free pattern from Wee Wonderfuls. If you make this pattern, make sure you stuff the legs fuller than I did. I thought I had it full enough but the head is a bit top heavy and now my kitty looks like he’s going to pounce instead of standing up straight! I am still debating on adding a nose, mouth, whiskers, etc. . . I really kinda like him the way he is!

I’m also working on making a pattern for the ever popular Boppy. It seems silly for anyone to pay what they’re asking for it when I could easily whip one up on my own. Really, it’s just a u-shaped pillow with a slipcover. If my first attempt goes well, I’ll post the pattern and the picture! I’m sure someone out there could use a free pattern that mimics the Boppy, right?

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Diana Hobo – Free Pattern

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Gosh, wouldn’t it be great if I could do a ‘free pattern Friday’ every Friday?

So Anna Maria Horner just released a new purse pattern that reminds me a lot of my new free pattern just without straps! I thought I’d show it to y’all because it seems easy enough to make a few small modifications to my pattern to emulate her new clutch!

So remember this purse and my promise to give you a free pattern?

Diana Hobo Bag

Download the Pattern on 11×17 Format

Download the Pattern on 8.5×11 Format

If/when you do make a bag from my pattern, please post it in the flickr group! http://www.flickr.com/groups/dianahobo/

Diana Hobo

Also this should go without being said but I’ll say it anyways: please do not sell items made from this free pattern and do not claim it as your own design!

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Softie Bat Monster Free Pattern

This has taken far too long to post for how simple it is. . . sorry about that! I finally created a pdf of the pattern for the softie monster I made awhile back that I promised you guys. He seemed appropriate for a posting on Friday the 13th. 🙂

Really there’s not a whole lot to making this fun little guy:

  • The pdf pattern can be accessed here (right click and hit ‘save link as’ to save the file) and you can print it on 11×17 paper.
  • Cut the pattern out (you have the option of cutting on the fold or not – I felt like that wings were too complex for me to cut on the fold).
  • Carefully cut out two pieces of fabric from the pattern piece and then place them right sides together, pinning the edges.
  • Sew a 1/4″-1/8″ seam around the edges (back-stitching at each end), leaving a 3″ opening on the side of his head to turn the softie right side out. I found the need to use a smaller seam allowance and slowly stitch the area around the wings.
  • Fill with stuffing, concentrating first on filling the feet, wing tips, and ears and then slip stitch the opening closed once stuffed to your liking.
  • Embroider on a face, sew on buttons or felt, add clothing, whatever you want to do to finish off your monster!
  • Add your pictures of your monster to the Softie Bat Monster Flickr Group!

I would love to see pictures if anyone ends up making this so please let me know if you do!

Please feel free to use this pattern for gifts, yourself or toys for your children/animals! Please do not sell anything made from this pattern or promote it as your own.

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Infant Bibs and Blocks

So the couple of surprise items I added to my stash (which included the diaper bag, diaper changing pad and baby sling) for my friend’s baby shower were these:

The bib pattern is free and came from Chickpea Sewing Studios, and the blocks, well they were inspired from Amy Butler’s Little Stitches, but simplified tremendously. I taught myself how to slip stitch with these blocks! 🙂 I also didn’t use foam blocks, as the instructions called for. Those would have made the corners much crisper! But I’m happy with the soft fabric blocks as they will probably be very appropriate for an infant.

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