Sewing for Baby D

Well, I’ve been super busy sewing away for not only myself but for a couple of other pregnant mommas too.  I thought I would share all the things I’ve made for our baby so far 🙂  So, prepare for a photo overload.  Feel free to ask questions in the comments about how I made something or whatever.  And, if you’re looking for a tutorial on anything specific then let me know and I can put one together.

  • Reversible Boppy Covers with 24 inch zippers:

– Each cover is made out of two different flannel fabrics and I sewed in the biggest zippers I could find so stuffing that big pillow in the cover isn’t too much of a challenge.  I made my own pattern                        from a cover we used for Rylea.

Side 1

Side 2

Motorcycles

Baby Boy

  • Reversible Snap Bibs (2 different styles):

– Each bib is made out of two different flannel fabrics.  I just cut two of each piece, sewed them right sides together, turned them right side out and sewed a top stitch all the way around the edge.  For                 the ones that snap in back, I made my own pattern and for the ones that snap on the side, we used a pattern that Cali bought at JoAnn.  Devin put all the snaps on for me because it involves a                               hammer and hammers intimidate me.  🙂  I have  a lot more bibs that I sewed up, these were just the ones I grabbed for the picture.  A couple of these have baby’s name on the other side of them                       too.

  • Pee Pee Teepees:

– I made these out of one layer of fleece on the outside and flannel on the inside.  These babies are designed to put over little man’s privates when you’re changing his diaper so you don’t get peed on                in the process.  Not sure if we’ll actually use these, but I had some leftover scraps so I whipped some up anyway.  They are insanely easy and take about 5 minutes each to finish.

  • Taggie Blankets:

– Made out of flannel and double stitched to hold all those little ribbons in there so they don’t come out and become a choking hazard.

 

  • Blankets:

A receiving blanket made out of owl flannel on one side and solid blue on the other. Click on the picture to enlarge.

Fleece baseball print on one side and a red cotton gingham on the other. The binding is a red satin pre-packaged binding.

  • Burpies:

– Made four of each of these, so 8 all together.

  • Clothes:

– My most recent project has been sewing up some pants and outfits for the little guy.  We only had about 2 or 3 pair of pants so I took matters into my own hands with some scrap fabric I had.  I                        used a pair of newborn pants that I had on hand and made a pattern from those extending the length.  I just gave the pants a generous hem so that as he gets longer I can just let the hem out and                        get a lot of use out of these.

Baseball fleece newborn pants with elastic waistband

Fleece monkey pants with elastic waistband. I love the look of these without the hem, and they're Devin's favorite so I think he'll just wear these rolled up.

The fabric for this outfit came from my carseat recover. I just made some pans out of the stripe and took an existing onesie I had and put a little lion applique on the front. I'm thinking of adding the words "mane man" to the onesie too. This might be the coming home outfit 🙂

  • Car Seat Recover:

– You can read about this project here.  I just finished the canopy a couple of weeks ago and put the whole thing back together.  I think it turned out pretty good.

  • Car Seat Tent:

– Made from two layers of flannel and some velcro to hold the whole tent to the car seat.  Saw this idea online and I really liked it because we’ll be heading to NY from Dec 20-30 to see my family.  I                     think this little cover will help in keeping snow/rain/wind out of the car seat and keep those nosy strangers out too!

So, I guess this is how I do nesting.  Nesting of the sewing kind.  🙂  I think the only thing left on my list to sew for the new baby is his bedding.  I’ve got all the fabric but I figure since he’ll be sleeping in our room for a while until Rylea outgrows her crib and he moves in, then I have  a few months to get that done.  Right now we’ve got about 5 days left until we leave for Naples to have sweet baby D, so I’m just using up fabric I’ve got lying around and making things here and there as I think of things to make.  Thanks for checking in!

Teaser

We’ve chosen a name for our baby boy finally!  Devin was the main decision maker on this one because I pretty much had free reign with Rylea’s name.   So, the other night he picked one of the ones we’d been considering and I love it.  I’m very excited that we finally have named our sweet boy and I can start sewing his name into things 🙂

We’re still not telling what it is though.  This one is a unique one for sure, and it isn’t even one that was on the initial list that I posted here.  So, you’re just going to have to wait.  The only thing I can tell you is that it starts with a D to go with the DeWitt tradition of naming their boys (and one girl) with D names.  Seriously, there’s Dustin, Darbin, Deidre, Derrick, Devin, Drew, Dane, D’angelo, … I’m sure I’m missing some.

Here’s to little boys with names! 🙂

Car Seat Progress

Here is a picture of what Rylea’s car seat looked like when she used it.  I forgot to take my own before photos so this one is just one that I googled.And here is a picture of the same car seat that the little man will be using:

I managed to get the seat covered and bound last night.  I think I said something like this to Devin in the process, “The rest of our kids are sitting in a car seat with this pattern or else we’re just buying a new one.”  That about sums up how challenging it was.  I know now why women sell covers like this on etsy for $90+.  There were buttonholes, darts, and all sorts of other crazy things involved in the sewing of this bad boy.To be honest, I’ll probably tackle this thing again for the next baby, I’ll just do things in a different order so I’m not trying to shove 4 inches of padding into my sewing machine and get a straight line stitched on it!  All that I have left to recover is the canopy and that should be finished tonight!

Baby Updates and More

Well we’re now technically 28 weeks along if you go by the original due date of November 11.  But, if you remember, our last ultrasound was putting us around November 5th (one week earlier) and then at my next appointment I was measuring another week early and that’s putting us somewhere at the end of October now.  So really, God is the only one that knows when this baby is going to show his little (or big) face around here but we’re bracing ourselves for an early arrival!

So, in the mean time I’m trying to get all my sewing for the baby done in between hanging out with Rylea and working for Devin’s golf course as the “from home controller.”  I’ve decided not to buy anything for this baby that I can’t make myself because it’s much cheaper to use my sewing machine, so here’s my ever-growing list:

  • Crib bedding (including the bumper, sheets etc.)
  • Receiving blankets
  • Burpies
  • Bibs
  • Recover Rylea’s infant carseat/swing/stroller to make them man-friendly (unless someone awesome buys us new stuff which we’re not planning on happening) I’ve started on the car seat and I’m excited to see how it turns out
  • Boppy pillow cover

One thing I have FINISHED is his quilt.  Which also happens to be the first quilt I’ve ever sewn and I have to tell you, I’m hooked.  I actually finished it before we ever left Naples, but I just took some pictures of it today to post.

Zig Zag Quilt

Front and Back

Close up of quilting and binding

Quick synopsis of the quilt.  I used solids in green, orange, and blue and also patterns in the same colors for the alternating zig zags.  It’s hard to see in these pictures, but I’m happy with the patterned mixed with the solids and the look it ends up with.  I quilted 1/4 inch from each edge of the colored zig zags leaving that same pattern on the back of the quilt.  I made the binding myself using a red solid and pattern fabric and hand stitched the whole darn thing onto the quilt.   I love that method and think I’m going to use it every time now.  I used a couple tutorials from across the blog world like this one and this one and this one to help guide me in the right direction.

I am aware that baby #2 has a handmade quilt before baby #1, but Rylea’s going to get one too as that is also already in the works.  🙂  Can’t wait to start on that one!

First Sewing for Baby Boy

We still haven’t picked a name for our little one, but I did start sewing for him!  I have been wanting to do a quilt for a long time and then I came across a zig zag quilt and thought that would be so fun for a little one to play around on.  He can even use the colored lines as roads for his cars.  I’ve made all the blocks for the quilt top and here they are all laid out on the kitchen floor ready for piecing. 

It might be hard to see, but the colors are orange, green and blue solids with a pattern in those colors as well.  I chose really bright and fun colors, and it was a challenge not to stop and get every single cute pink fabric I found.  Switching over to boy mode is harder than I thought!  Each block is 5.5 inches square and consits of the white and then a strip of the colored fabric, then the way that you lay them out makes them into that really awesome zig zag pattern.  I bought a super soft microfiber sheet from Walmart for CHEAP that i’m going to use as the backing, and I think I’ll do a red binding.  I’m really excited about how this is turning out!

Surprise!

Devin and I had our 19 week ultrasound yesterday to see the anatomy of the baby and the size and find out the sex.  First glance of the little one was a profile shot of the bitty baby sleeping away.  It just amazes me to see how they change so much from just 8 weeks to 20 weeks.  Crazy.  God is awesome.  Then, the tech asked us if we wanted to know the sex and I said yes and she panned over to that area and I knew right away that we weren’t looking at anything that resembled Rylea in there.  It was pretty obvious that it was a boy right away.  I was shocked!

I had convinced myself in my mind this whole time that we were having another girl, and hadn’t even entertained the idea of a boy being in there, but man was I wrong (and stupid for thinking that I was the One in control of this whole thing)!  I looked over at Devin right away who had a huge smile on his face and a little Rylea on his lap saying “baby, baby” while pointing at the screen.  We’re so excited to be having a little boy being added to the mix.  I’m looking forward to watching him and Devin wrestle and get dirty and smelly and doing all those boy things that Rylea doesn’t so much like to do.  I have loved every minute of getting to dress my little girl up and putting bows on her head and sewing very girly things for her, and now I get to make a shift from pink to blue and sew little manly things.  🙂  Looking forward to seeing how the dynamic in our family will change in the next few months, and what great joy the new little one will bring to all of us!

Praise the Lord for another healthy baby!

Names

I don’t think it’s any secret that Devin and I like really unique and unusual names.  While Rylea isn’t over the top odd or out of the ordinary a lot of the other names we considered were just that.  We settled on Rylea because I had always loved that name ever since I met a little  boy named Riley, but I knew I wanted it for a girl instead.  My middle name is Lea (pronounced Lee, but spelled like flea)  and so we spelled Rylea’s name like mine.  Rylea is also an Irish name and Rylea’s great grandmother is Irish so we liked it for that reason too.  Her middle name, Reneé, is actually Devin’s mom’s middle name and I love the two R names together.

Now we’ve got the second baby on the way and I’ve been thinking a little bit about baby names again.  We will be finding out the sex of this baby, but I’m not sure that we’re going to share the name with everyone until this one is born.  Because we like those “out there” names we found a lot of people had pretty strong opinions about the names we were considering and I think we just might save it until the end, and keep it to ourselves.  But, in the mean time I thought I would share a list of names that we’re currently considering.  This is a really rough list and most of the names are Irish, but I thought I would share anyway.  Enjoy!  And if you have any crazy names you think we should consider then please leave me a comment!  (If you hate the names, then you can keep your thoughts to yourself thank you very much) 🙂

BOY:
Cypress/Cyprus
Ronan
Ryder
Killian
Reizo
Daegan
Rogan
Kowen
Rowen
Harper
 
GIRL:
Emorie
Lainey
Loewen
Zulah
Delia
Teagan
Lola (Rylea was almost named this until people started giving us their opinions, but it’s back on the table)
Zia
Adara
Brielle
Bria

BIG NEWS

If you haven’t heard already, the big new is that we’re pregnant with baby #2!!!  YAY!  Rylea is going to be a big sister to the newest member of the DeWitt family less than 9 months from now.  This means that I’m going to have an 18 month old and a newborn at the same time.  I’m either going to be having a lot of fun or I’m going to go insane.  I like the first option better though.  Now the search is on for a double stroller, a new crib, new baby clothes (if this one is a boy) etc.  This is going to be a lot of fun!