Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Noodlehead Divided Basket and misc.

I've been a busy seamstress the past few weeks. I actually made an Easter dress for Maggie, but then she came down with a fever on the night before Easter and couldn't participate in the festivities, so she hasn't had a chance to wear it yet. Boo. Don't worry, though: it's just a simple cotton dress, I'm sure it will get plenty of wear and I will get some photos soon and share it here.

I am also working on a quilt top and I cut out a blouse for myself, so ... right, in other words my sewing area is a hot mess now! I really need to stop sewing and focus more on getting our house ready to sell, but ...  sewing is one of my favorite forms of procrastination and denial.

Since I don't have any more recently finished objects to share, I'm taking this opportunity to share a gift I made last month for a dear friend who just had her second daughter. I wanted to send something for the new baby, but also a little something for mom. She's a fellow seamstress, crocheter, and lover of all things textile, which, by the way, makes it even more fun to sew gifts! I know that she reads many of the same blogs I do, and consequently, recognizes and lusts after fun fabric lines just like I do!

Noodlehead Divided Basket


So while Noodlehead's Divided Basket does work to store all kinds of baby things, I definitely made this with mom in mind! I thought she might like to use it for hand-sewing, yarn, or bits and bobs. It can't hurt that the use of Cotton + Steel fabrics automatically elevates the hipness of any article by at least 10 hipster points, right? It's rare that I fall head over heels for a designer quilting cotton line, but there is something irresistible about this one, probably the super hipness, what do you think? I dunno, this stuff is just cool.

Noodlehead Divided Basket


I don't usually do a lot of bag sewing, and this was first time using a Noodlehead patterns, and my first time using fusible fleece. I'll be honest with you, this was the project that broke my sewing machine. (I was trying to sew through many thick layers of fabric and interfacing and fleece, and I think what happened is that I bent the needle, which then hit the bobbin case and messed up the timing - it's all fixed now thank goodness!) I finished it up on my Elna, which is tiny and quiet but could sew through giant logs unfazed, I'm telling you. Machine damage aside, I thought the pattern was well drafted and affordable and the instructions were great. It was not a difficult pattern to sew, I just need to learn how to sew box corners with so many layers of fabric!

If I do another one of these baskets, it will be on one of my older, sturdier, machines.

Noodlehead Divided Basket


For whatever reason, "bag sewing" remains a challenge for me! But I do love the final results and I definitely need one for my yarns and crochet hooks, so chances are good I will be trying it again. I think my favorite part of this pattern is the use of cotton webbing in the handles. I don't know what it is, but it just looks so clever and professional with that partial covering/binding.

Inside the basket were a few gifts for baby. A simple baby blanket made from Nani Iro double gauze. The fabric is so nice it really didn't need anything fancy, I just sewed two yards right sides together, turned them and topstitched. It's so light and fluffy! Perfect for wrapping a baby in during the warmer months.

Nani Iro baby blanket

I told you my sewing space was a mess. Sigh.

And I whipped up a couple of pairs of little baggy baby pants on the serger using some knits from the stash. 

Ottobre 3/2013 #7


These are from Ottobre Magazine, 3/2013, #7. My friend uses cloth diapers so I was looking for something with a nice generous fit around the tush.

Ottobre 3/2013 #7


So I have no idea how these will work in real life (it's weird sewing for a baby now that I no longer have a baby in the house to try things on!). I did do things a bit differently with these than the pattern called for. The pattern had me hemming the waist band and cuffs. That just seemed ... uh, a little weird, so I doubled over the cuffs on both pairs, and did the same with the waistband on the yellow ribbing pair. I have no idea! I can't wait to hear how these work out. If they are a success, they are easy as can be and I'll be making more!

Do you use extra special materials when you sew for other sewing/fabric/crafty people?

11 comments:

  1. I love that divided basket! I have been wanting to try that one-- now I know that I have to make it from Cotton + Steel fabrics to be as fantastic as yours! I love the double gauze blanket! I think my girl may need one of those...

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    1. Oh, I KNOW she does. Definitely. ;-) That thing is light as air and sooooo pretty.

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  2. What a perfect gift! I love the basket and the pants (especially the rainbow chevron) are super-adorable. I also hear you on procrastination sewing - I seem to pump out a lot of stuff when I'm supposed to be packing for a move. Enjoy the productivity (just not too long ...)

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    1. Yes, I'm not too worried, I'll get another burst of house motivation soon, I'm sure. Procrastination sewing is pretty fun too.

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  3. Great divided basket! I've made a few as gifts as well as keeping some here. It's such a fun pattern, although cutting out all the pieces (and layers of fleece and interfacing) is kind of a commitment. And the baby pants! Ack! They make me want a baby right now so I can wrap up their giant cloth bottom in cuteness. Good call on the not hemming though. I thought the whole point of cuffs was to avoid hemming, right??

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  4. i think the divided basket is the perfect new baby gift! especially in cotton + steel :) and that double gauze blanket!! just gorgeous. lucky mom and baby!

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  5. I love it, what a perfect gift.
    xx N

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  6. Ok so we were totally on the same wavelength because I wondered if I missed a post from you and I did! Wow, you have been prolific! I'm totally coveting that baby blanket! The basket is awesome - as are the pants! And yeah, I completely agree about the weird hemmed cuffed. I did that once and it's so ... weird. What's up with that??!! I love the yellow floral. It looks almost vintage. Is it?

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  7. Those look like fab little pants for a big nappy butt. I've never made that divided basket but every time I see one I say I must!
    Now that my fence has finally been built and evil neighbour I contained to their own property I've somewhat lost my sewing mojo. It seems I need some other awful important alternative activity to make sewing seem a delicious extravagant waste of time!
    Still, I do love sewing, and i love my fence!

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  8. Love the nani iro baby blanket - I'll keep that in mind as friends have babies... impressed by how nice the bag looks. I haven't even tried making a bag yet - all garments, all the time. ;-)

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