Little Black Pot

Baby leg warmers
February 9, 2009, 5:47 pm
Filed under: baby, sewing, tutorial

The long time between posts is due to baby arrivals and another blog. This area is great for my craft tutorials and patterns. To get myself current, here is a tutorial for making a pair of warmers for the baby.

Items you will need:

wide elastic (You don’t want it too thin as it might really cut into those precious little baby legs. I used 5/8″ braided and it works.)
toe socks (These have no heel section, they are a straight tube)
sewing skills (You could hand sew these, that is why I put skills and not machine. Heck, even if you don’t have skills, you could hack at this and still get it right!)
scissors (Again, not actually something you need. If you are hungry, don’t value your teeth, and don’t have them, feel free to gnaw at ’em)
willingness to make it through one pair

Cut off the toes. Notice the sad little piggy. 😦

Seal the ends with a serger or zig zag stitch. Pictured here, I am serging, but found the zig zag to produce a better finished edge due to the stretch.
Measure around the fattest part of your baby’s thigh (for us it was 8-1/2 inches). Cut a length of elastic measuring 1 inch more than your measurement. Sew that length into a loop, overlapping each end 1/2 inch. Lay this over the end you previously sealed, fold over the elastic toward the inside of the sock, and pin. The fold should extend past the edge of the elastic by at leat 3/8″. Using a stretch stitch (zig zag, triple zig zag, long length straight stitch), sew the folded edge down ensuring you don’t catch the elastic. You might have to stretch the sock or elastic a bit to make it fit properly. If it gets wonky, don’t worry as the sweater-esque fabric will hide it. The picture shows the pinned in elastic ready to be sewn on the machine.
Repeat process for other sock.

These can be worn with the original band or the newly created band on the thigh. It offers a bit change. Here is another pair I made but held off on the elastic. They need elastic if that end is going on the thigh, but these are the same pattern either way you put them on.


Barrette fun
September 22, 2008, 8:44 am
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felt covered and plaited ribbon barrettes

felt covered and plaited ribbon barrettes

The cauldron barrette was followed up with a few more designs. What a fun weekend! We added to the barrette mix those plaited ribbon ones from the 80s. Phoebe ate them up! She made the one on the bottom in yellow and lilac.
When I saw that Michael’s had their narrow spools of ribbon on sale 5/$1, the memories of the 80s came flying back. That, and scenes of Robin Sparkles from How I Met Your Mother. Anywhoo, we got totally stocked up for under $2!
Wrights has a short tutorial on how to make them.

Cauldron barrette
September 20, 2008, 11:13 am
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cauldron designed arette

cauldron designed barette

We woke up today and listened to the last couple hours of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows audiobook. While we listened, Phoebe & I crafted up some barrettes. Halloween is such a great theme!
Now, we are watching the 4th HP movie! I love mother-daughter days.
A basic tutorial at Angry Chicken got me rolling.
I sewed the sides and then turned it inside out. That made it too bulky and weird. This first attempt came out a bit thick, but cute enough for us to wear.

Mangosteen patterned Belle Epoque Tote
September 16, 2008, 3:46 pm
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Mangosteen patterned Belle Epoque Tote

Originally uploaded by Little Black Pot

I have so much of this mangosteen fabric. Just made me laugh when I saw it on the shelf. The craziness surrounding the commonality of mangosteens!
I altered the pattern a bit by not applying the bias tape and just sewing it closed. I love eyelets and grommets and used some brushed brass ones to put in for the ribbons and buttons.

The pattern is from

Fabric Boil
September 14, 2008, 12:24 pm
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I have been working on the pattern to make a fabric crawfish boil. I really love crawfish!!!

Fabric Crawfish Boil

Fabric Crawfish Boil

The pot is black-velvet upholstery with a crawfish print lining. The corn is still undergoing some alterations to really bring forth its “corn-ness.” The garlic is also still in prototyping. It needs symmetry and uniformity before it is ready for sale.

I am also working out the crawfish pattern. It is so hard to make something look like it supposed to in your head! I am also working on the patterns to make these as a nice booklet. I miss book layout. *sigh*

These are geared as a kids toy. They are stuffed creations that are just too cute not to squeeze.

Baby booties
September 8, 2008, 6:33 pm
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Baby booties

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I found this great tutorial at Maked, Crafts Exposed.

I used Michael Miller Andover fabrics Jitterbug for Cosmo Cricket for the brown and green ones. The white ones have a machine embroidered butterfly on the toes. Of the pairs, one shoe in each is showing both sides of the reversible shoes.

I took the pattern and modified it for different sizes. Now, Phoebe wants a pair and I am busy trying to create a pattern for her big feet. What can I say, she takes after her mom!