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I’m Alive! and.. a Baby Boy Sewing Project!

Wow.. I haven’t posted since my son was born 10 months ago! At first, I was so overwhelmed I could barely make a sandwich let alone sew. I’ve slowly eased back into creating and crafting but remain daunted at diving back into sharing my creations. No more! I am SO excited to sew for my son and this Christmas season.

Without further ado, my first two PDF patterns and my first entire outfit for a baby! Everything is made from upcycled knits – my absolute favorite. Tube tops are my newest favorite find because the inner shelf bra has elastic you can cut out and use too!

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DIY Nursery: Bright Animal Crib Mobile

DIY Animal Mobile - Swoodson Says

Holy cow, mobiles are expensive! That was my first thought when I started sifting out what I wanted to buy vs. make for our nursery. So, I made one. Even better – I made one with fabric scraps from the beautiful quilt my Mom made for the baby! I spent a stupid amount of time drawing out silhouettes until I thought they were just right – I was trying to mirror the animal shapes from the Dwell zoo shape sorter that we bought him (see it here*) and initially had a bird instead of a rhino. I sent a picture of the animals to my Mom who said “What’s that orange thing?”. Shortly after, my husband said “What is this one?” and the bird was banished and a rhino replaced it.

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DIY Nursery: Ottoman Pouf

DIY Nursery: Ottoman Pouf - Swoodson Says

Poufs are all over the place these days! I love leather poufs and knitted poufs, but worry about the durability and ease of cleaning for both of those materials. I was excited when I saw this pouf pattern sewn and on display in a local shop  and ordered it off Amazon once I got around to planning our nursery. The glider we bought from Nebraska Furniture Mart didn’t have a matching ottoman, but I’m not sure I would’ve bou
ght it even if it existed. I like that this glider can be used in a different room and the pouf can  be used in the playroom or basement later on!

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Package Pals!

I love creating things by hand, and I love that the Internet has allowed for  virtual handmade communities, marketplaces, and sharing spaces to exist. I read about Swap Bot a while back – it’s basically an online community with different, specialized “swaps” that are set up by other users. I was excited, especially since I love sending and receiving mail, but didn’t have the greatest experience. Obviously it is luck of the draw on who you’re partnered with (although there is a ‘rating’ system that strives to keep people honest). I had two ‘okay’ swaps and then a third where I never received anything at all. Womp womp. I put Swap Bot on the back burner, but a month or so ago I saw on the  C.R.A.F.T.  blog that she runs a somewhat similar handmade swap every few months, Package Pals!

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