Wednesday, March 17, 2010

for cora and siena

Jamie, a dear friend of mine from High School, is about to have her second baby girl (in like six days!) She will be named Cora. Pretty name, right? Jamie emailed me recently asking if I would make a couple of things for her new baby in exchange for some jewelery from her shop. I love trades!

The first item Jamie requested was an infant seat canopy. I don't know who thought up this idea but it is brilliant! If I have another baby I will definitely be making one of these. It will protect the baby from wind and sun and hopefully crazy old ladies at Walmart that think it is okay to touch your newborn.

Jamie left the fabric choice up to me. I am such a sucker for polka dots. And yellow.

Her only requests were a couple of rosettes on the cover and bows on the straps.

I had never made fabric bows before, I really like how they turned out. It would be cute as a clip for a little girl too.

Jamie also requested some burp cloths. I used large scraps for the front and terry cloth for the back.

Hopefully she doesn't mind that they are not a matching set!

And because I thought the soon to be big sister needed something fun too... a little dress for Siena who is almost two years old (I hope it fits!!).

I narrowed down my jewelery choices to two different items and told her to surprise me. I can't wait to see what she sends. Thanks Jamie!

30 comments:

Mama Thompson said...

Soooooo....If I can ever get this body of mine to get all working correctly and pregnant again, can I do a trade:)? Oh seriously...you are amazing...and everything is so freakin' cute!

1 Funky Woman said...

That is so fantastic. I am not in the market for a baby, we are done, but my sister is hoping for another one. Are you selling these, because they are fab and you could make a pretty penny!

mrs. fisher's findings said...

What a great job!!! I love to see what you come up with! You're one of my favorite blogs to visit, just because you're so creative!

niki said...

Do you have a tutorial for your bows? They turned out perfect! I love your site, by the way!

Steph said...

A- I'm definitely adding Cora to my list of sweet baby girl names I'll never get to use (I guess we only know how to make boys here).

B- Your friend Jamie is brilliant for coming up with the idea to trade. Even more brilliant for coming up with the idea to trade with YOU.

C- Seriously, is there anything sweeter than polka dots, bows and ruffly flowers? Nope, there isn't.

D- Well done Erin, give yourself a pat on the back. (I wanna see Jamie's end of the trade. Pretty please?)

Frugal Home Designs said...

Those are all so beautiful. Great job.

Jackie said...

oh my gosh - cute! - Did you make the rosettes the same way as the tutorial you posted. They look darling but different.

jen said...

i'm so glad you're my sister-in-law. when i'm pregnant, i will trade my husband's construction skills for your crafty skills. with all the things i'm adding to my "get erin to make for me" wish list, you might be looking at a free garage addition - hah hah. :)

everything looks great for little Cora and big Siena.

The Stringham 5 said...

So so so cute. I saw that seat cover pattern on Etsy and almost bought it. I love polka dots too. I think if I could decorate in all polka dots, I probably would.

granma and papa said...

what do you mean "if". I need more babies and you are the only one producing! So cute, best of luck to Jamie. I was going through a 'stack' that I cleaned off your Dad's desk today, it had a picture of Missy's wedding in it and was so fun to see all the kids and their spouses; of course it was a couple of years old. I also found a check for $525. that he never cashed! No wonder I am CRAZY!!!

andrea. said...

everything you made is BEAUTIFUL!! i am so jealous! i wish i had something to trade you. no seriously though...you should sell those car seat covers. and when you do, I WANT ONE!

Sara said...

Love the burp clothes very cool idea!

Erin said...

Thanks for your nice comments!

@niki- i might do a tut. i'll add it to the list :)

@Steph- I will definitely show off my goods from Jamie!

@Jackie- the yellow rose was from the tutorial. the brown one was made the same way except it was made with a raw strip of material (I didn't sew it into a fabric tube first)... I hope that makes sense!

MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Oh my I love it all! Your so talented!

abby @ tales and trials said...

Ok Erin, you seriously need to open an etsy site or shop and sell all of your beautiful creations.

That car seat cover is adorable. The bows and the flowers make it!

And that little dress...it's making me wish I had a little girl! :)

jenjen said...

Sooo cute! I love the rosettes too!

XOXO
Jen

janimal said...

Oh my those are SO cute! I love love love the fabrics you chose. And Cora is SUCH a cute name. Sweet!
Would you mind sharing how you made your fabric bows? And what pattern you used for the toddler dress? I've just started making toddler dresses and would like to see what you're doing!

the Lost Earring said...

You go Erin!!! Everything turned out great :) I love that the burp cloths don't match--they match without matching. Nice job.

Joy said...

Beautiful job, Erin! Again! As a seamstresss myself, I am inspired by you constantly! Your work is so professional, well thought out, and nicely displayed too! How do you make your house look so perfect in all your pictures? :) Just love the baby items!!! Can't wait to make my own. What pattern did you use to make the seat cover?

she wears flowers said...

This is gorgeous--all of it! I love the fabric bows and flowers on everything--classy!

heather said...

Can you post a pattern for the seat cover? I love it! My bff is having a baby this summer and would LOVE to get her one.

Erin said...

I didn't use a pattern for the canopy. I looked at the inspiration pictures jamie sent and recreated the cover. It is basically two separate yards of material sewn together with straps attached. Is there interest in a tutorial?

I didn't use a pattern for the dress either. I know there are tutorials out there... I learned how to do the shirring with trial and error. The elastic thread can be a bit finicky but once you get the hang of it, it's very simple!

Kim said...

adorablicious! That little dress is just darling.

Jenni said...

Love the cover.... and the flower accents on it are perfect. You are so talented.

Mermaids of the Lake said...

Amazing! You are so incredibly talented. I wish I had known you when my babies were, well... babies!

Mermaid Debbie

jessi said...

Love the rosettes on the canopy! Did you by any chance see the car seat cover that Nellie made for her SIL a couple of weeks ago? (Actually, I'm not sure if she's made it yet or not, but it was a request from her SIL and on Nellie's "to do" list..) Anyway, in addition to the straps that hold it onto the handle, it's also actually elastic around the bottom so it will stay snug around the car seat instead of just draping. Just a thought for you to try if you make any more of them! :) Definitely on my "must" list for baby #4! :)

Twigs @ Twiggles and Trunks said...

love the bow!

Joy said...

Yes, I would be interested in a tutorial for the carrier cover. I try to study your items too, and make them my own. I was figuring the carrier cover was a large rectangle with seperate velcro straps sewn on. How close am I? I will be excited to try it! I am posting on my own blog, joy2sew, tonight your idea on the burp cloths and my own super cute baby gift items : ! Thanks for the inspiration, Erin!

heather said...

Yes, there is a need for a tutorial for the canopy. We would all love to see how it's made :)

Playfully Prissy said...

You did such a great job on the cover! I love the little rosettes. I might just make my next one like yours. Just so cute. I need a summer time one. These projects are way cute and anyone with a new baby would love them.Thanks for sharing Erin!

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