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Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Inspired by her Aunt Fessy’s baby quilt series, Annie wanted to make something for the new baby “all by myself!”  At 8 years old and with one quilt already under her belt plus quite a bit of other sewing, we decided she could easily handle this pixelated heart baby quilt project.  Here’s Annie to tell you about making this quilt.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

First I cut out all the squares.  If Mom’s baby is a boy, then I don’t have to make a new quilt because I picked orange, brown, and red for the colors.  And a little bit of gray.  After I decided on the colors, I finished cutting the small squares.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed the squares together after laying them all out and deciding the pattern.  I took a picture of the heart laid out so I could remember and didn’t loose track of the pattern I wanted.

I sewed the small squares into strips and then sewed them into big squares.  Then I sewed the big squares together.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the back, I picked out some flannel fabric from our fabric boxes.  I pinned it together with batting in the middle.  Then I quilted it together with straight lines 1/4” away from the edges of the squares.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, I sewed the binding on and Mom helped sew it down.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I think the baby will be very happy with this quilt!

Annie picked out the pattern by herself, it’s the free pixelated heart pattern from Robert Kaufman.  We sized down the pattern from 5×5 squares to 2×2 squares to make the quilt end up a baby size.  Annie loved choosing fabrics from the stash and remembering things we’d sewed for her and her siblings from them!  The other change we made to the pattern was to cut out large pieces of white where ever we could so as to eliminate some of the small square cutting and sewing.

Leave Annie a comment telling her what you think of the pixelated heart baby quilt she made for her new sibling!

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Capsule Wardrobe for a Newborn Baby

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

Have you heard of a capsule wardrobe?  The basic idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to minimize the amount of clothing in a wardrobe, but make each piece intensely wearable by coordinating it with everything else in the wardrobe.  The “what do I wear” question is solved because everything is wearable.

A perfect application of the capsule wardrobe is for someone who is expected to outgrow all their clothes in a few months time.  (Like a baby…)

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe Color Choices

Since I’ve had 7 babies, I’ve pretty much nailed down exactly what is and isn’t needed in the first 6 weeks.  I know this next baby will be dressed by many eager siblings, so I want it to always look coordinated.  Even on days when the oldest sister called dibs on dressing the baby but the youngest sister had a fit until her favorite pair of pants were used and the middle brothers slipped on a cardigan later when the sisters weren’t looking!

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

The perfect solution is a white onesie wardrobe.  This means all the onesies can be paired with any other piece in the newborn capsule wardrobe and match perfectly!

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

Next I chose solid grays as the layering pieces because once again they will coordinate with everything.  Also because we don’t know if we’re having a boy or a girl, and gray is a neutral that works for both.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

Finally, since it would be a shame to dress a baby in all white and gray, I used wild explosions of patterns that couldn’t possibly be worn together (like pants and one piece outfits) in shades of mint and gray.  Result?  Baby looks boutique and not clownish!

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe Suggested Clothing List

Now that I’ve gone over my thoughts on color choices for a newborn capsule wardrobe, I’ll share what I’ve discovered to be the perfect clothing components.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

4 baby gowns:  These are all I put my newborn in for the first few weeks, and definitely until the umbilical cord stump comes off.  They make for easy diaper changes…in fact sometimes the baby can sleep right through when they’re wearing a baby gown.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

3 indoor hats:  The baby has been used to being in a 98.6 degree environment, and your home is probably cooler than that.  So a little knit hat helps it maintain it’s heat.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

4 footed pants: The other place the baby can loose body heat is through the soles of it’s feet.  Footed pants work great to keep baby warm and also have the added benefit of helping keep their socks on!  (I have yet to have a baby whose socks stay on all by themselves…)

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

6 onesies: After the baby is out of it’s exclusive baby gown days, you will need onesies.  Because a baby can go through several in a day, I’ve found 6 to be a good number.  And because they’re white, those pesky poo stains can be bleached right out!  (Give them an extra rinse though for baby’s delicate skin.)

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

2 sweaters: Sometimes you will need to give the baby an extra layer of warmth, perhaps when you’re going out, and a baby sweater fills the need perfectly.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

1 coat and 1 outdoor hat: If your baby is born in colder months, you will definitely need a warm coat and an outdoor hat.  Even over the sweater.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

8 receiving/swaddle blankets: From the very 1st baby, we discovered the many benefits of swaddling.  I consider swaddling blankets to be a part of their wardrobe, and have found 8 to be a good number.  I made 4 gauze swaddle blankets, 2 knit swaddle blankets, and 2 flannel swaddle blankets.  You will may find you prefer one type over another in different situations.  This newborn capsule wardrobe is in neutral colors, but the next capsules in larger sizes will lean toward boy or girl in theme, and the white gauze swaddle blankets will continue to coordinate either way.

6 pairs of socks: Although your baby will rarely get these dirty, somehow one will disappear several times a day!

1 special occasion dress/romper/outfit:  Since you’ve kept so rigidly tight on the colors and amounts of clothing in this newborn capsule wardrobe, you’ve got extra resources to get something for a special occasion for your new baby.  Go ahead and splurge…you’ve deserved it with your discretion and control so far.

So here’s that list for you all together:

4 gowns

3 indoor hats

1 outdoor hat

4 footed pants

6 onesies

8 receiving/swaddle blankets

2 sweaters

1 coat

6 pairs of socks

1 special occasion dress/romper/one piece

Now get busy creating a newborn capsule wardrobe for you’re expected bundle of joy!  If there’s anything else you consider essential to a newborn’s wardrobe, please let me know in the comments below.

Newborn Capsule Wardrobe, the perfect guide from Skirt Fixation

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20 Reasons to Sew for Baby

20+ reasons to sew for baby from Skirt Fixation

 

We’re starting off our handmade baby series with a list of 20 reasons to sew for baby!  Maybe one of these will convince you to try sewing for your (or some one else’s) baby.

1-Tiny things are cute to make

Let’s start with the obvious…tiny baby clothes are about the cutest thing you could possibly sew!

2-Less fabric to waste while learning to sew

Maybe you’re considering sewing for a baby as your very first sewing project?  Here’s the great news; baby clothes take up a tiny bit of fabirc!  For examples, fom 1 yard of fabric, you could make approximately 5 baby onesies…or try several time before you achieved the results you are looking for!

20+ reasons to sew for baby from Skirt Fixation

3-Knit clothing is fast to sew

Most baby clothing/accessories is made from knit fabrics, and knits are very fast to sew.  Partly because there it isn’t necessary to finish the edges, and you can even skip hemming if you wish!

4-Scrap buster

Have leftover fabric from another project that’s too small to make yourself another garment?  Use it for baby sewing!

5-Unique baby shower gifts

Have you ever been at a baby shower where the mother to be received several items that were similar or even the same?  If you made your baby gift you are guaranteed it will be unique, and perhaps even more highly valued than other gifts because of the time and effort you put forth.

Moon glow baby quilt pattern seen on Skirt Fixation

6-Modern fabric designs

Once you decide to sew something for a baby, you get to start shopping for fabric.  That’s the really fun part, and you’ll be amazed at the availability of fabric types, colors, and prints that are a huge departure from the standard Disney characters available in most ready to wear clothing.  Although if you prefer Disney characters, there’s a huge selection of those types of fabrics too.

7-Organic fabric

While we’re on the subject of fabrics to use, you might want to consider using organic fabric for your baby, at least for the garments that will be touching their delicate and sensitive skin.  There is a larger and larger selection of organic fabrics available in ever increasing substrates (knit, guaze, quilting cottons, rayons, etc.) colors and prints too.

8-Better quality fabric

These days, sometimes store bought baby things don’t even make it through one baby.  But if you are sewing for a baby, you have control over the quality of fabric.  Handmade baby items not only make it through one baby, but can be passed down to other lucky babies!

birth day gift by Skirt Fixation

9-Perfect for Upcycling

Have a favorite item you’ve outgrown, but you’re too environmentally conscientious to throw it away?  Upcycling is easy, fast and baby items are the perfect new use for that old favorite.  Reuse existing hems and your work is done even faster!

10-Dresses for little girl

Dresses for a baby girl are quite hard to find, and there isn’t much variety once you find one.  Not so if you’re making a dress for a baby girl.  There is a huge selection of dress patterns for baby girls, and it’s growing all the time!

11-Boyish prints are hard to find

Have you ever tried to find cute baby clothing for boys?  It’s pretty difficult and slim pickings once you weed out all the sports paraphernalia and Mommy’s Little Prince items.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

12-Baby patterns are often free

Many times, pattern designers will release the baby version of one of their popular patterns for free!

13-Matching outfits

Not only can you create matching outfits for siblings to wear, you can also create coordinating combinations you wouldn’t be able to find in stores.

14-Clothing that fits

Many people sew for themselves so they can have a perfect fit, and the same holds true for baby sewing.  You can create clothing to the baby’s exact need.  For example, my babies always had longer arms and legs than came in ready to wear clothing.  So I had to choose between too big around, or too short in the limbs.

15-Clothes that accommodate cloth diapers

Along similar lines, store bought baby clothing is not designed to fit cloth diapers.  Some moms have found out they need to size up 2 sizes to get the clothing to work with cloth diapers!  Not so with handmade baby clothing.

20+ reasons to sew for baby from Skirt Fixation

16-Boutique looks for less

Some of the cutest baby items come from boutiques…if you can afford it!  But when you’re making the baby items by hand, you can create that boutique look for much, much less.

17-Traditions of sewing

When I was a baby, I had quite a few handmade items, and I’ll bet you did too.  When we sew for our baby, we are following in the footsteps of our mothers and grandmothers and their mothers and grandmothers…it’s a tradition of caring for baby by hand that has been passed along from generation to generation for ages.

18-Pride in the making

One of the greatest pleasures of sewing for a baby is to see the handmade item you made being put to good use.  And then when the compliments start rolling it, you’ll see how awesome you feel!

baby circle skirt sets sewn by Skirt Fixation

19-Better fit for preemies

Maybe this one should be titled, “fit for preemies” because preemie baby things are very, very rare.  Some parents end up dressing preemies in doll clothes!  Handmade baby items are so appropriate here, and last quite a long time because of the slower rate at which preemies grow at first.

20-They can’t/don’t care about your fashion choices

Let’s face it, as the baby grows, they won’t always agree with your style/fabric/fashion choices.  So while they are too young to care or know the difference, you get to dress them however you wish!  Have fun!

Bonus! 21-No one else’s baby is wearing the same thing

Your baby is unique from every other baby out there, and it’s clothing can be too…when you make it!

20+ reasons to sew for baby from Skirt Fixation

Hopefully we’ve convinced you with these very, very excellent reasons to sew for baby!  Have fun!

Please share in the comments below your reasons for sewing for baby…we’d love to hear them.

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2017 Sewing Goals

And now that we’ve assessed our sewing from 2016, we want to share our sewing goals for 2017 with you!  Just like our State of the Blog 2016 post, all of us are contributing today.

Audrey:

If last year was about new things, this year is going to be a mix of new and continuing!  My plan is to continue meeting sewing bloggers in person (at least 3 more!) continue sewing for Mr. Skirt Fixation (he’s requested pants…scary!) and continue participating in Project Sew It.

As for new, there’s a huge new thing happening with a baby due soon!  So I’m going to be blogging a lot about baby sewing.  I have so many ideas and things planned, I’ve already named this new category Handmade Baby.  Now to settle on the baby’s name…

Allegra:

This year I anticipate a move forward into ‘adult life’, and that may or may not include more time away from home, and less time sewing. I still want to do crafting, and maybe some more detailed embroidery, but I’m not limiting myself to specific goals this year, since I don’t know what will be reasonable to accomplish.  My over-arching goal, I think, is to force myself to try new things, no matter how scary they seem  (And also not to sprain my hand sewing on buttons for mom, cause I know I’ll still be doing that XD)

Aria:

As I have started high school, I will be a lot busier this year, which means less time for sewing and things like that… But I do plan on joining Mom in Project Sew It, partly because my wardrobe is very lacking.  I’m really exited to be doing this, and plan on making a lot of it purple and gray.

Annie:

I want to sew a quilt for the new baby.  I also want to sew more clothes for myself.  And I have some ideas for making new things for my doll.

How about you, do you have any sewing goals for 2017?