Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Blanket for Baby #2: Easiest Patchwork Baby Blanket


I finished by first project for baby #2. It is a simple patchwork blanket with a flannel backing. I made a bunch of these for Nora before she was born. They were the perfect size for tummy time, and I have so many pictures of her laying on these before she could crawl. 

I didn't make anything super girly for Nora, so I definitely wanted to sew msomething pink for the new baby. I used Ann Kelle Girlfriends in blue Mermaids and blue and pink dot remix, plus some old fabrics I had in my stash (which should make my husband happy). The finished size of the blanket is 36" x 36", which makes it a great little blanket to have on hand, as well as a quick project to finish.  


Supplies

1/3 yard of 6 different fabrics
1 yard backing fabric (I used flannel)
coordination thread
scissors
pins
cutting mat
acrylic ruler
rotary cutter



Step One: Cut your fabric to size. You will need 6 6.5" squares of each of your 6 fabrics, so 36 squares total.   



I chose my fabrics based off the Ann Kelle mermaids fabric. I pulled colors for that, and played with scale for each of my accent fabrics. The pink and blue polka dot fabrics are a medium scale, the scallop fabric (which I thought looked a little like scales) is a larger print, and the white on white dot, along with the yellow stripe are very small, subtle patterns. Varying scale in your design will help to prevent the entire piece from looking too visually cluttered. 




Step Two: Lay your squares out and decide on placement. To help my blanket feel "random" I made sure that the same fabric wasn't represented more than once in any given column or row, which is effectively not random at all. Patchwork is funny like that. 

Step Three: Forget to take any more pictures! I was in the zone. 

Step Four: Sew each row together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. To keep from getting confused, it helps to have a photo of the finish layout so you can reference it as your are sewing. I chose to also write the row numbers on post it notes and pin them to the first square in each row. Iron your seam allowances flat.

Step Five: Once each row is complete, sew the rows to each other with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I stared with row one, and sewed each consecutive row to the bottom. I know some people choose to sew two rows together, then combine them. Use which ever makes the most sense for you. Pay close attention to match seams. My seams are 100% matched up, but they are pretty close which is fine for me. Part of the beauty of handmade items is that it is not perfect, and you can tell that someone put time and effort into making it. Once all of your rows are together, iron the seams flat.

Step Six: Cut your backing fabric into a 36" x 36" square. Place your patchwork top over your backing fabric with right sides together. Pin all the way around, leaving a 6" opening on one side. 

Step Seven: Sew all the way around the blanket, skipping the 6" opening.

Step Eight: Turn the blanket inside out, pushing the corners out, and iron the sides flat. 

Step Nine: Top stitch 1/4 inch all the way around your blanket. This will enclose your opening. If you want to go to ensure that you closed your opening, go back and use a blind stitch to completely finish it off.

And you're done! 



This blanket is for the new baby, but since her crib is in pieces in our room I laid it out on Nora's new bed so you can see the finished product. 



I love the colors used in this blanket. It is definitely a girly blanket but its not overwhelmingly pink.



I chose to use a light blue flannel for the back of this blanket. It doesn't match completely, but it goes nicely with the colors and I had a left over piece that was just big enough for this project. Again, making the husband happy that I didn't buy something new. 



I showed Nora the blanket and she loved it!



So much so, that when I told her it wasn't for her she got really upset and started to cry. 



I was forced to pull the blanket that I made for her out of closet so she didn't think I was neglecting her. Poor baby. Luckily she liked hers just as much.

What do you think of this quick patchwork blanket? I think this makes a perfect gift for a new baby. Let me know if you try this out!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Shop Rebrand: Foxglo is now Cozy Threads Co.

I have some exciting news today! If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, then you have already seen the announcement.
 
Foxglo Designs is now Cozy Threads Co!
 
I took a little break from my shop while I was adjusting to being back at work after being a stay at home mom for almost a year. The transition was for the best, and I am truely happy to be back at work, but I was left with much less time to make anything for the shop. With the news of a new baby on the way, I was reinvigorated to begin sewing again (after I relaxed for the 1st trimester- the sleepiness is no joke).
 
My most favorite things to create are baby products. I went to school for fashion design and retailing, and for a long time I thought I wanted to sew and design clothes. More recently I have come to realize that I have a passion for home decor, specificaly all of the wonderful things to wrap around babies. Therefore, the focus of my shop is shifting from home decor for adults and babies, to mostly just babies. The new name (and fantastic logo) were created with the help of my husband, Madison. I feel that Cozy Threads Co embodies the feeling I have about my shop. I want to create beautiful handmade pieces, that are meant to be used and loved, and make your babies feel cozy and cuddly. Isn't a cozy baby really the best thing in the world?
 
Currently my shop has a selection of a few quilts, and all of my in stock embroidery hoops. I plan to expand my inventory in the coming weeks. There will be new quilts added, along with a wide range of new products such as swaddles, everyday blankets, headbands, and newborn and toddler beanies. As always, custom orders will be available on certain items. I cannot wait to show you what I have in store!
 
Be sure to follow along on my social media accounts for the latest news and updates, as well as product releases and giveaways!
 
 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Nora's Big Girl Bed


Madison and I recently transitioned Nora out of her crib into a big girl bed. I posted about trying this before, but that didn't work out so well. This time, it was a necessity because a few weeks ago Nora figured out how to climb out of her crib. That was terrifying for all of us, and while we weren't sure if she'd try it again, we didn't want to take any chances. 

We took a trip to Ikea that weekend and picked up a twin size bed for Nora and put it together that day. She loves it. I mean really loves it. In her eyes, this is probably the best thing we've ever given her. She has always likes to play in our bed and sprawl out and roll around, so having her own space to do that has made her the happiest baby ever.

I was still a little nervous that the transition wouldn't be easy, but with baby #2 on the way, we didn't really have a choice. The new baby will be getting Nora's crib, so she needed to move into a new bed before December anyway. Much to my surprise, Nora has been doing great. The first night, she didn't get up at all. She slept until 6:30 (which is when she normally gets up) and only cried because she tripped over a footrest on her way out of bed. We moved that into her closet so that wouldn't happen again.

Nap time has been easy. Bed time has been easy. I'm honestly shocked because she has been giving us attitude and not listening lately (terrible twos) so the fact that she will go down and stay in bed until it's time to get up is amazing.


This is what her bed looks like right now. We added a blue polka dot duvet cover and got some really cute hot air balloon sheets from Target. She has been relishing the fact that she can have more "friends" in bed with her, so that collection has been growing. We still need to add some artwork or something over her bed, but it really is a cute little nook. There's also a blanket squished on the side because the first night she did roll into the crevice between the bed and the wall and couldn't figure out how to get out. Daddy to the rescue on that one.

My favorite part of this transition has been that now when Nora wakes up, she requests that we read book in her bed. She gets as many books as she wants, and I get some cuddle time. Win win. 

Have you transitioned your toddler into a big kid bed? Was your transition easy, or did you have to try it a few times like we did?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Black and White Triangle Quilt


I finished a project! I've been bit by the sewing bug lately and have been wanting to complete all of the projects I started last year. Also the ones I haven't started but bought fabric for... which is most of them.

I made this quilt with left over black and white Kona from Nora's quilt. I really like the graphic quality and scale of the design. I am still just starting to get into quilting so my inclination is to go for simple patterns, such as half square triangle designs, until I really get the hang of it.


For the backing, I used the same fabric as Nora's quilt, just in black and white. I wanted a gender neutral version but with the same feel. The quilting runs diagonally on the long sides of each triangle.


Nora didn't want to miss out on a photo-op, so she crashed me shoot. 


Then this happened and we were done with that! I have a lot of quilt designs that I want to try out, this is a really fun hobby and I'm glad that I decided to try it out.

Friday, July 3, 2015

DIY Fabric Princess Dolls


I love Pinterest. It is a great place to fine ideas and inspiration. My boards have a plethora of DIY and craft projects I intend to make. Now have I ever made anything I pinned? No. Until now! 

While planning sewing projects for baby #2, I came across this adorable Mermaid Fabric by Ann Kelle. I decided immediately that the baby needed a mermaid patchwork tummy time blanket, like the ones I made before Nora was born. I then realized that the Girlfriends line by Ann Kelle had all sorts of sweet patterns, such as this Princess print. I took to Pinterest to gather inspiration and see what others have sewn with this line.

I came across a post about a pair of pajamas that was made from the princess pattern, and the left over fabric was used to make tiny stuff dolls. Adorable! I wanted to try it as well, and it was incredibly easy and quick to do during Nora's naptime. 

You can find the full instructions here, but all you need to do is cut out the individual princesses, sew a backing on while leaving an opening at the bottom, stuff with fiberfill, and sew the bottom closed. So easy! I love quick projects like this because I feel so accomplished being able to finish in one day. 

We are heading to California next month, and I plan on keeping these as a surprise toy for the plane ride for Nora. She's not that into princesses, but she loves dolls so I have a feeling that these will be a hit. Once I make the new baby's blanket, if I have any leftovers I might end up making little mermaid dolls too!

Do you love Pinterest, and have you every actually made anything you pinned? Let me know in the comments below!


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Freshly Picked Moccasins: Review & Giveaway - CLOSED


In our home, we really love Freshly Picked moccasins. These soft soled shoes are stylish, durable, and comfy for little feet. The 100% leather shoes are easy to put on and take off, but most importantly, they stay on your baby's feet! Nora is tough on her shoes, she spends a lot of time outside playing and we really have trouble finding shoes that won't be destroyed after a week of daycare. Thankfully, these moccasins are perfectly handcrafted to withstand a crazy toddler day.

If you are interested in getting a pair of these moccs for your baby, my number one recommendation is to follow the size chart! We are now on our third pair of moccasins and Nora's first two fit her perfectly as soon as we got them. This time, I guessed at her size without actually measuring her foot. Even though she is a size 6 in most toddler shoes, the size 6 moccs are much too big for her. We recently received the gorgeous Stay Golden Suede Moccs pictured above, and Nora won't be able to wear them until the fall. I'm kicking myself for getting the wrong size because this pair is so cute I really wanted her to wear them this summer. Luckily, the warm golden tone will be beautiful in the fall when these are more likely to fit her. 

The upside to this is, I got to go through old photos of Nora wearing her smaller moccs for this post! I'll take any excused to go through my photo archives. 


Nora's first pair of Freshly Picked moccasins were Platinum. Not quite silver, and not quite gold, these shoes were perfect to go with any outfit. 



Our second pair were Golden Rod. These bright yellow moccs are so sunny and cheerful, they were the best summer accessory. 


My personal favorite, Nora's moccs staying put during a long day at Ikea! Anything to make a trip to Ikea less stressful gets an A+ in my book.

Now it's your turn to win a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins for your baby! One reader will win a pair of moccs in their choice of size and color. To enter the give away, all you have to do is head to the Freshly Picked website and leave a comment below telling me why you love Freshly Picked, and which color you would pick if you won. For additional entries, follow my social media sites below and leave an additional comment telling me you did so. 

1. Follow Hello Kelcey on Facebook
2. Follow Hello Kelcey on Twitter
3. Follow Hello Kelcey on Instagram
4. Follow Hello Kelcey on Pinterest

This giveaway ends June 7th at 11:59pm. Good luck! 


Congratulations to the winner, comment #5- Susan Sharp!