A little shot out to a crazy beautiful blog: iheartlinen is so extremely lovely. The crafter is a bit madcap-cabin-fever-mama (which I define as "need to craft. must craft now. but...children. everywhere. how do i craft. now?") making her unerring eye & the massive amount of items pouring from her studio all the more totally insane. If you like my stuff, you'll go straight kooky after seeing what she makes!
Oh, how I love Japanese linen. These are for my littlest. I really wanted to update the shape of the bibs to be more comfy & to be as cute & cool as the fabric. The answer: little ear-tails! The shape makes them curve, as well. So I guess you could say that these are ergonomic.
How genius is this little bus stop? I think it's a Shinzi Katoh design. This is one of those fabrics that I find myself fondling & fantasizing over. D said there's a certain look I get on my face that "so surpasses excitement for any other thing on this planet" & when I get it he knows I'm having "some sort of fabric idea." Yikes...is it that bad? But really, look at the apple-green polka dots against that slubby linen. And the bright backings. It all just makes me wanna swoon.
The boys kept asking for work pouches, tool belts, restaurant aprons, market change bags, et cetera. So I was very eager to see if something might just pass as all of it. Should I not get to my machine for a bit. As it turned out they helped, so there's little extras to each one & some good ol' slap-dash sewing. I've just gotta let my perfectionist go sometimes. We have a broken clay mushroom in the garden for all our unhelpful gnomies- the whiny gnomie, the demanding gnomie, the grinder-perfectionist gnomie. There's two things we sing around here: "Outside voices go outside, inside voice inside." And,"grumpy gnomie, back to your mushroom!" Both have matching hand gestures & the kids think it's just hilarious, but they do it, they throw out their outside voices & throw out their sads.
Anyways, there's a great basic template for this kinda thing in Sew & Stow. Now that book rocks. It's really built to help us think like pattern makers, which is nice, since I do think like a pattern maker, although I hated that class. I just looked at her design & made this up. It's nice to just slip their own belts through. Then it's a fast project from my stash instead of a trip to the notions store for straps & buckles & what-not. I love how they came out & so do the boys. They've been part of the fire station, the "super-fast grillers grill," the restaurant & the train repair so far. I made them yesterday.Speaking of multi-purpose pouches, I'll now add harvesting as #541 on the list of reasons it's great to wear your baby. This is the Moby, which made me crazy for months with it's 20 feet of fabric. I absolutely LOVE my Tricotti wrap. But as he gets bigger & more distracted by his brothers, the Moby gives him more coverage & me more back support for when he's trying to escape, can't calm down or is just plain making himself heavy. And it has a few extra pockets as a result of all that baby-origami. There's just something about seeing my baby snuggled so close with a fresh bunch of rainbow chard that makes me feel happy & light. Maybe it's a sense of efficiency & industriousness. Maybe it makes me know I look like supermom when I'm really just trying to avoid getting a basket. But more likely it's that part of me sees something familiar, a mama-gatherer moment, just like every mother before us. There's something about it that makes me feel like I'm successfully holding the hopes & burdens of the earth goddess herself, even if just for a moment.