Archive | September, 2010

The Baby Bib that went from bad to worse-I hate bias tape!

9 Sep

It’s hard to believe that in all my years of sewing I have never made a baby bib!  Well yesterday I decided to change that.  I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I actually bought a pattern McCalls 6108 for it-my logic was that I would like to try some appliques in the future and this pattern contained 6 or so that looked pretty simple and cute.  You could easily google a free bib pattern on the internet or simply trace around a bib that is a good size for the child who you are making the bib for.  I made the size medium for this pattern.

For this pattern you will need 1/2 yard of your fabric, 1/2 yard of batting (not pictured), thread, velcro, and bias tape to match.

You can either use the same fabric for the back of the bib or else you will need another 1/2 yard of fabric.  I used a cream scrap piece of muslin that I had but you could also easily make the bib reversible.  I’m pretty sure we will be making a cute reversible bib in the future! 

Next you want to lay your pattern out on your fabric. If a pattern piece does not need to be on the fold then I always place it as close to the selvage as possible saving the part of the fabric near the fold for another project. Measure the grain lines and cut out.

Next cut out your batting. I didn't measure the grain lines at all. (The little pink and purple things are pattern weights which actually do not work well for cutting out batting.) Unless you are going to do an applique I do not think the batting is really that necessary. It is much harder to sew with it so if you are relatively new to sewing definitely skip the batting!

If you are using batting sew the batting and back piece together. Just skip this step if you are skipping the batting.

Next sew the front part of the bib to the back of the bib with the wrong sides of the fabric together 1/4" from the edge. It is really important that you sew very close to the edge.

Next the hard part-where the bib started to go bad! Apply the bias tape to all of the edges sewing VERY slowly. It might help to trim the edges very close to the seam before adding the bias tape. Although the pattern called for 1/4" wide double fold bias tape I think that 1/2" would have made the project much easier. Next time I will be using the 1/2".

The last step is just to add the velcro to the top. Remember to place the soft side on the front of the bib and the rough side on the back of the other side so that the bib will close.

The little guy who made it worth the fight with the bias tape

Book Review: Real Food for Mother and Baby

8 Sep

This past week I have been enjoying reading Nina Planck’s book Real Food for mother and baby.  I found the book to be very thorough and enjoyable.  Planck wrote the book after she herself had a child.  She advocates eating real food-food that has been around for a long time and avoiding white sugar, refined flours, non-engineered foods etc. 

The first part of the book focused on a fertility diet-what to eat if you are planning on becoming pregnant in the future.  I especially enjoyed some of the charts in the book which talked about different nutrients for women, why that nutrient is important in growing a baby, the foods that are best to eat for that nutrient and a supplement that you can take if you are not eating foods high in a certain nutrient.  Planck does emphasize the importance of eating the foods and not just relying solely on supplements. 

The next section of the book deals with the pregnancy diet.  While I was pregnant with Elijah I followed the Brewer diet the last half of my pregnancy which Planck also recommends.  Basically it calls for 100g of protein.  Not only does this ensure that your baby is getting enough nutrients, but I also found that the best cure for morning sickness is PROTEIN!!!  It was after battling morning sickness for a good couple of months that a dear friend of mine Mrs. Shawna Howell explained the importance of protein in my diet.

The third section of the book (the real reason that I wanted to read the book) deals with feeding your baby.  I appreciated Planck’s support for breastfeeding and her advice on feeding your baby.  At almost 9 months old Elijah is just now starting to act like he enjoys eating food.  🙂  One thing that she mentioned that we haven’t tried yet is feeding your baby meat as a good first food.  So far Elijah has eaten a good number of fruits and vegetables and I think we will be adding some roast chicken next week.  Overall I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it.  I would not however call it a must have for the bookshelf.  Nice to read but probably not one that I would find myself re-reading for at least a couple of years.  I would recommend getting it from your local library as I did.