Here I will be posting my personal triumphs and fails of learning how to sew. Stay tuned for some completed projects and "SMH disasters".

Baby Booties!

I originally started making these for my son because for some reason he cannot keep any type of shoe on his right foot.  The shoe either has trouble going on or staying on.  This little booties have been successful staying on and he does not rub his feet together trying to KICK them off….little turkey!

This specific pattern does involve some amount of time (or it’s just me since I’m fairly new to this) but the end product is frickin’ adorable!

I will add a link to the pattern I used as well as some material that bought from Amazon for some grip to the bottom of the soles.

Great price on grippy fabric here:

Click below to follow this video tutorial and snag the free template for the shoe below:

Free pattern

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5 Tips for Sewing a Weighted Blanket made easy

A weighted blanket? You may ask why?  I never considered this to before trying to search for any help in helping my two year old fall asleep.  After researching the benefits it can be an excellent tool that does not involve any medication (Benadryl) in helping your kid snooze. Yes, we too are parents that have depended on medicine now and again, but this has helped us no longer lean that way.  The weight helps calm him while increasing the levels of serotonin and melatonin.  Think of it like a swaddle for a newborn baby.  The pressure of the blanket does not enable his little, active body to move so much.  He can still move, but it’s just like giving him a long big hug.  If you have questions or want to know more, please ask!  You are supposed to use 10% of the body weight + 1 lb in pellets/filling.  His blanket is a little over 3lbs and works remarkably well!

(this is all coming from a beginner and tips I learned along the way)

My son was really excited about the "Paw Patrol" pattern

  1.  LARGESURFACE/TABLE: Use a large surface for sewing to support the weight of the blanket as you start to fill each pocket.  If the blanket hangs off any part of your table, it will pull the thread while sewing and cause you to either sew uneven or break your thread.
  2. USE AN IRON: Before I sewed each row, I would double check my measurements and fold the blanket where I wanted my next row, then ironed that part of the blanket.  This saved not only time, but so much easier when lining up my pins.  Eventually, I stopped pinning and just used the iron crease to sew.
  3. USE polypropylene plastic pellets to fill pockets.                                                                                                                                                                                         
  4. DOUBLE STITCH-Stitch around the edge to make sure pellets remain inside their pockets. Sounds logical right?…..Yet, just think saving yourself a lot of clean up if you double stitch especially if the blanket is say ….for a 2 year old boy 🙂
  5. Invest in a Water Erasable Penthis tool definitely helped in marking on the blanket on how far apart the rows and columns would be in creating the pockets.  Erases very easily with a wet cloth.                                                                

Comment Below for any interest in a Step-by-Step Tutorial of how to make your own Weighted Blanket!

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