Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#Naptime Pursuits: Hats for Baby

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In this post, I told you about pants I made for Baby Girl because her butt is too big for the spandex pants that typically come with most baby outfits due to her cloth diapers (and we are OK with that!).

Well, the cheapness thriftiness in me decided to save the scraps from the material used to make the pants (but I had no purpose for them yet). I also knew that we needed more hats for Baby Girl with it being winter. So, I took a hat that we already have, and loved the fit of, and made a pattern. I then cut out the 2 pieces needed from the leftover material and voila! hats for Baby Girl at no additional cost to me! Originally I made 4 hats- purple, grey stripe, purple flower and black. But, all that we are left with is the purple flower. I say this is an easy project to complete- 10 minutes max, but, there was a learning process involved :-)



I will tell you it took me awhile to complete them. I have a wonderful serger and sewing machine that someone gave me, but there is quite a learning curve with the serger. It took about 1.5hrs to figure out how to rethread my serger so that I could get a coverstitch going. Then it took another hour to get it back to the 4-thread overlock. Because I was scared of rethreading the serger, I tried to finish the hats using my regular sewing machine, but the stitches that I used (thinking they would give me enough stretch) did not allow stretch when trying to get the hat on Baby Girl which then made her cry and I gave up. Finally, I decided to tackle the serger and I am glad that I did! The grey hat became my first guinea pig- I used it to test the tension and my rethreading capabilities. Well, once it was serged (incorrectly), it was a goner. By the time I trimmed off the incorrect portions- there wasn't enough left to actually fit her so I scrapped that one. The purple and black ones were the ones I experimented with using my regular sewing machine. I could have seam-ripped them to correct them, and I tried. But, the thread I used was impossible to see so as I was seam-ripping, I accidentally cut portions of the exposed area, making them scrap too. That left me with just one left. But, isn't it the cutest thing ever?




5 comments:

  1. What an adorable baby! I never learned to sew, but I do enjoy knitting for babies.

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    1. Thanks! I am a self-taught knitter and love doing it. Although I haven't knit since she was born- it's harder for me to pick that up and put it down if I am mid-row or mid-pattern. I have a counting app, but I am terrible at using it. Sewing is easier to walk away from when needed!

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  2. What a cute hat and an adorable baby!

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    1. Thanks! We definitely need hats this time of year... I like to take her out for short walks to try to beat the winter blues

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