Handmade quilt and bibs

Really, we’ll use any excuse to start making something. But a new baby is definitely one of the better ones. When our friend Shirley told us she was having another baby we couldn’t wait to make something. For her firstborn we made this cute little cloud shaped mobile.

So now we had to pick something different (I secretly have to admit that mobiles are probably our favourite thing to make). Together with the proud new mum to be we picked out a fabric that would coordinate with the birth announcement card. She didn’t have a clue what we were planning to make, but it was fun being able to incorporate her in a part of the decision making process… We chose this gorgeous red apple fabric, for those of you living in Belgium, it’s part of the new Veritas line of crafting fabrics.

Veritas red apple fabric

Woops, ignore the bad stitching

Then to decide what to do with it. We’ve made some quilts before, and I think it makes a lovely versatile gift: use it as a blanket, put it on the floor to play on, use it in a crib. So one of those was definitely on the list. Then we added some bibs, because Annelies is very good at making them (I still haven’t tried one) and well they’re super useful, obvious. So here’s the final gift:

Bibs

Three cute and practical bibs

bibs detail

The cute ribbon detail was actually added to hide the bad finishing, but shhh

red apple fabric quilt

The finished quilt

Quilt detail

Detail of the quilt

bibs and quilt

The whole finished lot, ready to wrap up

We’re pretty proud of this one!

Washi wall

Inspired by the many decorative applications for Washi tape found around blogs and pinterest, I decided to brighten up a boring white wall in my bedroom. I still had a map of London lying around (bit nostalgic) in need of a wall, and some neon orange washi tape in need of something to stick to. This is the result:

washi wall full view

washi wall detail

I like that it brings a bright touch to my plain wall, but could have probably found a better map of London. Anyone know of any good illustrated London map?

Studs

Studs are totally the rage.

I found this nice pink sweater at Vero Moda but it looked a bit boring. Perfect project for some quick simple pimping.

Studs are available in many different shops. I found an online shop (www.studskopen.nl) that offers different sizes, shapes and colours and for 6.99 you already have 100 studs!!

Adding studs is really simple, all you need is studs, and article of clothing and something to fold stud prongs down (I used needle-nose plyers but it also worked just using my thumbs).
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I started off with a triangle design but ended up just adding one line of studs to each shoulder. If you want to do a design, I suggest you create the design on scotch tape first. This way you can hold it above you clothing to determine where is should go and how large you want to make it.

Another great pimp is to add one or more studs to the pocket rim of a simple t-shirt with pocket. Instantly looks posh. Try to find a colour of stud that stands out against the colour of the t-shirt for maximum impact.

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