Crafting for Baby

You all know that I love to knit, sew, and wield a hot glue gun. Well, when I found out that I was having a little girl, my hands got busy making all of the little pretties my time and budget would allow for. This past weekend, I finished up the last few small projects, so now I am ready to show you her mama-made stash!

First up, are some sweet little dresses that I knit using this pattern. The purplish green dress on the left was knit from Madelinetosh DK in Cosmos, and the red dress on the right was knit from Madelinetosh DK in Scarlet. Madelinetosh DK is one of my favorite yarns to knit with and it can be found here.

Next are some cardigans that I knit using this pattern. Even though she will be a fall/winter baby, I opted for the short capped sleeves because they looked more feminine and I think they will be really cute layered with long sleeve onesies underneath. The cardigan on the left was knit using Shibui Knits Baby Alpaca DK in Ash which can be found here. Although this yarn is incredibly soft, I didn’t really love knitting with it and don’t see myself purchasing it again. The dark purple cardigan on the right was knit using Madelinetosh DK in Duchess, found here.

I sewed a couple pair of baby pants using Made by Rae’s Baby Baby Pant pattern which is free and can be found here. The red pants on the left were made to go with the red knit dress above. I made the pants using some fabric from JoAnn and added a little bit of ruffle trim at the ankles. The pink, gray, and purple pants on the right were made with some of the fabric from my Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi stack and are to go with either cardigan above. I increased the length of these pants and added elastic around the ankles. I envision them bunched up like little balloon pants, but if that doesn’t look as cute as it does in my head, I will just shorten them with a regular hem.

A while back, I finished up some ruffle booties that I shared a picture of on Instagram (@amandamedlin). They were knit using this pattern and Lorna’s Lace Shepherd Sport in Buckingham found here. The smallest size of the pattern was 0-6 months, and the finished booties look closer to 3-6 months than 0-3, so it might be a little while before she can wear them.

Ruffle Baby Booties from http://amandamedlin.com

I also shared a picture of these finished baby legwarmers on Instagram a while back. They were knit using this pattern and some beautiful yarn that I found at JoAnn from the Deborah Norville Serenity Garden Collection in the Mountain Heather colorway found here.

Baby Leg Warmers from http://amandamedlin.com

I wanted to make her a cute little “pod” for newborn photos, but then I thought it would be a shame for her not to be able to wear the pod for more than a photo, so I appliqued a little Gerber onesie with her initial in a coordinating fabric that I was so excited to find among my scraps, so now she can wear her pod as part of a little outfit. The knitting pattern can be found here and the yarn I used was Malabrigo Worsted in Moss found here.

Lolly Pod and Appliqued Onesie from http://amandamedlin.com

We don’t plan to officially announce her name until her birth, but for now, you can have fun guessing!

Lolly Pod and Appliqued Onesie from http://amandamedlin.com

My mother-in-law gave me the cutest Aden + Anais Swaddle Wraps and I wanted to make a little newborn cap to match. I was at JoAnn and found the perfect coordinating yarn, but unfortunately I tossed the label, and can’t remember the brand or colorway. It’s one of those popular baby yarns like Bernat or something and the colors are pink, gray, white, and light peach. I knit the hat using this pattern.

Knit Baby Hat to match Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets from http://amandamedlin.com

I also knit up a few other hats. The gray hat was knit using a basic newborn hat pattern, that I can’t seem to find now, and leftover yarn from the gray (ash) cardigan above. The turquoise hat was knit using this pattern and Madelinetosh Sport in Turquoise found here. The mustard yellow hat was knit using the same pattern (the next size up) and Madelinetosh DK in Winter Wheat found here. All of the flowers were crocheted by my sweet friend, who I lovingly nicknamed my “flower factory”.

Knit Baby Hats from http://amandamedlin.com

My friend also crocheted a flower for me in each of my yarns so that I could make little headbands to go with all of the things I knit. (I ordered the 1/8″ elastic from Bitsy Bands on etsy.)

Crochet Flower Baby Headbands from http://amandamedlin.com

My baby girl should be about 2 weeks old at Thanksgiving, so my mother-in-law bought her the sweetest little “first Thanksgiving” outfit from Target, and of course, I wanted her to have a headband to match. I also bought her the most adorable owl outift from Gymboree (that store will make me go broke!) and I made a similar headband to match that outfit as well.

The flowers were made out of craft felt following a tutorial I found online, but unfortunately didn’t save, so I can’t link to it. There are tons of felt flower tutorials on Pinterest though! I found the elastic for these in the trim department at JoAnn and/or Hobby Lobby.

Felt Flower Baby Headbands from http://amandamedlin.com

I also wanted her to have lots of itty-bitty bow headbands for everyday wear, so I ordered some nicer wool blend felt from Benzie Design on etsy and used the same 1/8″ elastic from Bitsy Bands. For the bows, I made up my own pattern combining what I liked best from several other patterns I found on Pinterest. After I got the hang of it, I was able to make them up fairly quickly.

Itty Bitty Baby Bow Headbands from http://amandamedlin.com

I don’t know if she will take a pacifier or not (Jack did, Aidan did not), but I went ahead and made up a few pacifier clips just in case.

Pretty Pacifier Clips from http://amandamedlin.com

I also made some pretty burp cloths by sewing some scrap fabric down the center of these 3-ply prefold cloth diapers. (You can also find similar cloth diapers made by Gerber and sold at Target or Wal-Mart).

Pretty Burp Cloths from http://amandamedlin.com

And last, but not least, I embellished a plastic wipes case by hot gluing on some batting, fabric, and trim. If you want more specifics, you can search “DIY Wipes Case” on Pinterest and pull up tons of tutorials.

I LOVE this little owl fabric so much! I found it at JoAnn only available as a fat quarter, but I wish I could find a bolt of it, because it is so adorable!

DIY Wipes Case from http://amandamedlin.com

And, in case you missed the blog posts last week, I also made two carseat canopies/nursing covers and a quilt. Details on the carseat canopy/nursing covers can be found here, and the quilt here.

I also made a baby sling, but I can’t really photograph that in a way that makes sense unless I am wearing it, and with the size of my baby bump these days, that’s not going to happen. I will just wait until she is born and I then I can take a sweet little photo of me wearing her in the sling.

A few friends on Facebook were asking why I haven’t posted many baby bump pictures. Honestly, I’m a bit camera shy and would rather be behind the camera than in front of it. But I did manage to snap a bump shot the other night, so in case you missed it on Facebook or Instagram, here is me and all 38.5 weeks of baby!

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My official due date is November 20th, but….if this is TMI for you, I apologize…..I was already 4cm/75% last Wednesday, so it really could be anytime now.

After Aidan’s very fast delivery, Phillip and I are a bit nervous. The hospital isn’t far though, and I am paying very close attention to how I am feeling and praying that I will know when it is time to go, even if I’m not having regular painful contractions. So if you think about it, please keep me in your prayers and I promise to keep you updated!

Always,

Amanda

(If you are a fellow knitter, you can also find me and my knitting over at Ravelry!)

Comments

  1. You sure have been busy! Your little “K” girl will be warm, cozy, and looking good for a long time to come! Best wishes on a safe and “uneventful” delivery! :)

  2. It’s so inspiring how crafty you’ve been! I’m due on December 6th with our 3rd baby and I’m also nervous about how quickly she may come. My 2nd daughter I woke up after midnight with contractions and she was here 3 hours later. This time around our hospital is an hour away!! Luckily there is another hospital just 10 minutes away in case of emergency but just the thoughts of giving birth in our van is enough to make anyone nervous. God has a plan though! Praying for your soon to be family of 5!

  3. You are so talented! Your little girl is going to be the cutest. I wish you were having a boy so I could steal all of your ideas for James :)

  4. I’m really rather envious of your ability to knit. I would love to learn, but have no idea where to start. I’d be happy with making hats, mittens, and slippers :-)

    Those are some BEAUTIFUL! things you’ve made.

    Praying for a safe delivery.

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Jess, I learned to knit with a little DVD for teens that I found at Target years ago. After that, I taught myself new techniques with various online tutorials. Knitting isn’t very hard, it just takes a lot of patience and showing yourself grace because you will make a lot of mistakes in the beginning, but that’s how you learn best!

      The Purl Bee is a great resource for tutorials and techniques! http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-terms-tutorials/

  5. Oh my, Amanda! You are so skilled! I love all of the gorgeous pieces you made for your little girl, especially the headbands. I am a sucker for headbands. My knitting experience doesn’t go beyond dish scrubbies, so I am seriously impressed. Have a safe and healthy delivery!!! Can’t wait to hear her name :).

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