January 29, 2008

Dishtowel Bib

I have made a bunch of these lately for baby showers and for my own son. Today I had an extra dish towel laying around and decided that we could use on more at our house. In my opinion, this is the best bib around- and SO easy to make.
Materials needed (for three):
3 Dishtowels
1/4 yard of stretch ribbing
thread to match the ribbing

1. Begin by cutting a hole 4" in diameter about 1/4 of the way down the dishtowel.
2. Cut a piece of ribbing 13" X 3.5" so it stretches parallel with the long side.
3. Fold the ribbing down 3/8" on each of the long sides. Then fold the ribbing short sides together and sew using a 3/8" seam. (see picture).

4. Fold the ribbing "ring" in half and iron.
5. Pin the ribbing around the hole sandwiching the dishtowel between the ribbing, making sure to stretch the ribbing evenly around the hole. This sounds much more complicated than it is.

6. Once pinned, simply sew along the edge of the ribbing, making sure that you catch the dishtowel and the other side of the ribbing.

Voila! Finished!

*The measurements for the hole can be adjusted for different children, just make sure the the ribbing is shorter than the circumference of the hole.
*If you have a serger you could simply serge the ribbing to the hole, bypassing any "sandwiching.

January 28, 2008

Dead Leaves

Winter is not the traditional time to view leaves but I am always inspired by the leaves that hang around to see the snow. I took this photo on a walk this afternoon with my son and played around with it on Photoshop until I got the "wintery" look I wanted.