I've been on a real tear lately. I can hear my sewing machine panting for breath, begging for a break. Not a chance, Husky. It's time you earn your keep! Besides, sewing has been a lot of fun recently, what with all the cute patterns and pretty colors that I finally have a good reason to work with.
The only trouble with my recent pace is that I'm starting to run out of things to make. A child can only have so many play mats after all, and there is certainly such a thing as too many stuffed animals. The kid hasn't even been born yet and their collection of toys might be reaching capacity. (We're gonna need a bigger box.)
You can see here Exhibit A, a trio of fabric beach balls that I made using a free downloadable pattern on the Purl Bee. These little cuties were very quick to sew. I stuffed them with hi-loft fiberfill and fashioned homemade jingle balls inside each of them. I was very proud of how this project came out, but Scott Bobleo was less enthusiastic.
"Our kid is gonna have some weird stuff.", he says.
What a piece of work.
He repeated this irritating sentiment after I showed him this little pair of baby shoes I made. Aren't they cute? Comfy looking too (a factor which I feel is mega important when it comes to baby clothes). I made these little shoes using a pattern from Meet Me At Mike's by Pip Lincolne, one of my favorite recent library finds.
Have I mentioned how incredibly awesome the Austin Public Library is? It's like a big 'ol bottomless treasure chest. If you don't have a library card, you are missing out big time.
And here's a little peak at what is surely the last play mat I will make for a while. I swear I'm done. Scout's honor. I just couldn't resist that dinosaur fabric. In a moment of weakness I bought a yard at JoAnns, resulting in what is this baby's umpteenth fluffy blanket. This kid is in no danger of ever being cold or directly on the floor.
If you didn't notice, this blanket's theme is a nod to Dr. Who. Dinosaurs in outer space!!!
Looky what happens when you sew too much. Rouge bobbins get tangled up in your car keys.