Friday, March 28, 2008

Baby Blankets

I was walking through the fabric store a few weeks ago when Olivia pulled down a bolt off the shelf. Right onto the dirty floor. Within about 2 seconds she had herself wrapped in this fuzzy soft fabric and with a huge grin on her face proclaimed, "Sofffft."

To commemorate her prolific command of the word Sofffft, we bought some. What else would you expect? Perhaps going home and whipping up a darling scrap book page of her clear understanding of a new concept? Oh no, we just bought the fabric.

Then I sort of regretted it later, it wasn't bargain basement clearance and I truly had no real plan for the stuff. As she rolled around on the floor of the fabric store I merely got wrapped up in the fact that she said "soft" clear as a bell without any prompting or prodding. I know I've mentioned here before that Olivia's speech is improving but she will not be giving any long soloiquys on race injustice in this country in the next week or so. I sat on the idea of working with the fabric for a while. Then I folded it up and put it one a shelf. Then it literally came crashing down on me one afternoon...practically shaking a proverbial finger in my face, "You've done nothing with me."

Then I got tired of looking at it.
Then I had an idea. I'll just make some baby blankets out of it and mitre the edges with soft cotton. Then I will pair it with little diaper caddies that hold only 2 diapers and a slimline wipe case. And surely I'll find someone to buy it. Make it and they will come, right?

Only I couldn't for the life of me mitre the edges properly and I was pissed. So pissed that I couldn't figure it out that I got up in the middle of the night and googled Mitred Edges. Directions abounded. The next day I tried again. And failed again. I'm not sure what it is about my brain but things like right angles and inverted rectangles trigger synapse misfires and I usually give up and head for cookies.

So, for the last 2 days I've been obsessed with making these silly little blankets and diaper caddies. Now that I have figured it out I have no more desire to make them. Obsession cured! I'm like that...when the challenge is over, be gone with you, little mitred edges and soft stretchy baby material.

Here they are. If you'd like a set just email me. They are $45.00 each. Be warned, a fair amount of blood sweat and tears went into making them. (Don't worry the diaper caddy that contained real blood with my DNA intact was sacrificed to the sewing room circular file.)

Oh, I almost forget, they are about 24"x30" and are perfect for car or stroller rides or to snuggle up with in the crib. Or, in our case watching Elmo. The little diaper caddies hold 2 diapers and a package of wipes...great for car rides or eating out.

Back to twoladybugs and maddening 2 year old potty training follies soon.


Traci said...


Does the diaper caddy have a strap? I don't know that it matters but I am curious.

Tempting me with more cool fabric, aren't you?


kikalee said...

those are insanely gorgeous, i admire your steadfastness on mastering the miter. Hope all is well over there, congrats on the new machine...


Diana said...

Wow- those last two are beautiful. Wish I had some extra money to spend :)