See, that stash is totally worth it

You know those City Gym Shorts that everyone and their sister has pinned to Pinterest? I made them.  And they are awesome.  And you want to make them, too.  Gym shorts for everyone!  Even those of us who haven’t been inside a gym in years. I used an unknown cotton lawn that has been in my stash forever, some red lawn I found in the remnants bin, and a thin red double fold bias tape.  The whole thing took just a few hours and I love, love them. I plan to wear them on the beach in Hawaii next month (oh yeah, we’re going to Hawaii next month).

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See the cuteness.

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Check out the detail!

27.5 Hours to Cuteness

Time: 3:30pm

I find this adorable Newborn Kimono on Purl Bee.  My friends just had a new baby boy and we are going to visit this weekend.  As it has been known to happen, she finished the baby before I finished the baby blanket I’m knitting (curses on you, garter stitch).  This pattern looks cute and doable in the time allotted.

Time: 5:20pm

I figure out how to print things and get myself a copy of the template.  Note: I am an technology professional and can barely figure out how to print things on paper.  Do not ask me to fix your computer.

Time: 6:20pm

I go to the fabric store down the street from my house. Yes, they are still open!  You, reader, are jealous that I have a fabric store down the street from my house.  I pick up an awesome mustache patterned cotton.  They sadly do not have any bias tape, much less the lovely Japanese ones Purl Soho sells but there is no time to lose… so I choose to use 1 1/2″ ribbon instead, folded over.  I cannot be stopped.

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Time: 7:45pm

Wash and dry the fabric.

Next Day AM – go to work

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Time: 2:30pm

Come home from work, iron fabric, cut out pattern

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Time: 2:50pm

Make critical decision between watching old Firefly episode or old Doctor Who episode. Notes own geekiness.

Time: 3:00pm

Start sewing

Time: 3:20pm

Realize I sewed the shoulder seems wrong, redo the shoulder seems.

Time: 4:00pm

Boy wakes up from his nap, entertain him a bit with cars before heading back to sewing machine

Time: 4:20pm

Start pinning down the ribbon. It’s much more slippery that bias tape would be so pinning is important.  Sew on ribbon binding, be careful of curves.

Time: 4:50pm

Realize boy is stinky, put him in a bath then fix dinner.

Time: 6:25pm

Sew on snaps while boy finishes his dessert.  Attempt to keep his Nutella face and hands away from my handmades.

Time: 6:50pm

Iron and photograph.  Kimono is complete!

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A Small Obsession

These, I love.

Around Christmas, I saw these Felt Baby Shoes on the Purl Bee blog and knew I had to make  them.  They are so adorable and easy and quickly became… an obsession.   It’s just so fun.  First you draw the pattern out on the little felt squares, then you get to do some cutting out.  Next, a bit of fiddly pinning.  I don’t love that part.  Finally, blanket stitch all the way around.  Add a bit of elastic across the opening and you are done.

They take an hour or so beginning to end.  It’s like crafty crack.  How many pairs does a non-baby-having-maker need?  Apparently a lot.  These are the first of like 4 pairs I’ve made so far.  If I know you and you are soon having a baby, you will get a pair of these.  If you have color preference, put  them in now… otherwise… I’m also kind of obsessed with that orange.