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Handmade Baby Toys and Sewing!

Picture of Sock ToysMy sister and I went to a fab vintage handmade fair on Sunday in Hatton. We had tea and cake on vintage china and spent some time looking around all the lovely stalls of handmade goodies!

I found these gorgeous handmade sock toys and bought a black and white one and a pink stripy one for just £8!

Picture of Felt PenguinI also bought a penguin felt making kit! They are really Christmas tree decorations but because they are black and white I thought they would be good for our baby to look at in her car seat or around the house! I also added a bell inside the penguin to make it more interesting!

Picture of Felt SquaresBecause I’ve had some unexpected spare time on my hands I decided to get on and make the black and white felt squares for our daughter to look at in the first few weeks/months when she can only see high contrast things!

I searched the internet for someone who had made something similar and found a blog post on The Crafting Chicks website which gave me ideas for the patterns to make. I decided to machine sew the shapes onto the felt squares instead of glue because I didn’t want little bits of felt coming off and being a choking risk! I think I’ll also make some smaller ones and sew them into a cube to hang off the car seat handle too.

Picture of Light ExcluderI finally finished another sewing project which was to make a light excluder for the outside of the nursery door. It’s obviously really a draft excluder but we need it to stop light from getting into the nursery from under the bottom of the old cottage door!

It’s quite shabby chic as I didn’t do a very good job on sewing the hearts on but it does the job!!


2 Days Overdue!

Picture of Silver Sewing MachineWell I’m 2 days over my due date!

Now just waiting, excited as to when our daughter will decide it’s time to arrive!

So I’ve been busy making and sewing some handmade things for her which I’ll photograph tomorrow and post about.

Made in the UK Buying Bonanza!

With less than 3 weeks to go we have been making sure we buy the last remaining items we need!
Picture of DK Glovesheets Cot Bed Flat Sheets  Picture of Baby Bath Mat  Picture of Baby Bath Wash and Body Cream
We have bought 3 cot bed 100% cotton flat sheets, made in the UK, by DK Glovesheet from Bennellies, a baby bath mat from Boots, made in the UK and Little Me Organics baby bath wash and moisturising cream, again from Boots and made in the UK.

Picture of TotsBots Wet Nappy BagWe also swapped the original wet nappy bags (made in China) for TotsBots wet nappy bags which are made in the UK.

For my hospital bag I ordered 2 gorgeous personalised handmade wash bags from Heavenly Hearts on the Not on the High Street website, made in the UK and found Maternity Pads in Boots that are made in the UK.

Picture of Blue Rose Bud Personalised Wash BagPicture of Pink Rose Personalised Cosmetic Bag We checked out our local Scope charity shop to see if there were any second hand books and found quite a few were made in the UK.

Picture of Second Hand BooksAll new books seem to be printed in China and we’ve found it almost impossible to buy any baby books made in the UK.

We found 2 baby books and 2 classics (The Railway Children and The Jungle Books) in the Scope charity shop that were made in the UK so we bought them!

Phew! That was a lot of buying!

I’ve Finished the Baby Dungarees!

Picture of Baby DungareesWell after another 2 hour sewing session this week, I managed to finish the baby dungarees I was working on!

Again I think it has taken me 5 weeks of 2 hour sewing sessions to finish them! And I sewed on the leg poppers, machined the button-holes and added 4 buttons in the evenings as well!

So much for being quicker this time around! Never mind they are finished and I think they look okay!

Picture of Handmade Owl DoorstopFor the last 2 Wednesday mornings, I’ve also been going to another sewing class, held at the Almanack in Kenilworth, to handmake an Owl Doorstop for the nursery!

We don’t actually need a doorstop but I thought it could go somewhere in the room for our daughter to laugh at!

What’s next on my sewing project list? Well I need to make a travel changing mat and a draft excluder for outside the nursery door.

Another 2 baby items handmade in the UK!

I’ve Found Loads of Gorgeous Baby Blankets!

Picture of Pink and White Gingham Lambswool Baby Blanket I was delighted to find that there are loads of gorgeous baby blankets that are made in the UK!

Picture of Pink Reversible Spot Lambswool Baby Blanket Picture of Pink and White Checked Lambswool Baby Blanket

The first ones I found are from Atlantic Blanket, made from lambswool in Yorkshire. I love the pink and white gingham baby blanket (£25), the pink reversible spot baby blanket (£40 made in Ireland) and the pink and white checked baby blanket (£22).

Please note that not all their blankets are made in the UK but they do state on all their product pages the origin of the blanket which is very helpful.

Picture of Knitted Baby Blankets

Then I found Smitten who knit lovely baby blankets made in the UK from a blend of 80% eco-friendly bamboo yarn and 20% wool.Picture of Ruby Knitted Baby BlanketPicture of Luella Knitted Baby Blanket I love the Luella and Ruby baby blankets (£66).

They also offer a bespoke service where you can personalise a blanket starting from £70.

Picture of Fairisle Lambswool Baby Buggy BlanketPicture of Pink Breton Stripe Lambswool Baby BlanketTuppence & Crumble sell these beautiful lambswool baby blankets, knitted in Scotland and finished with blanket stitch edging. I love their pink Breton Stripe baby blanket (£37.50) and Fairisle baby buggy blanket (£49.50).

My Mum Knitted…

Picture of Knitted Baby Cardigan, Hat and Mitten SetMy very talented Mum has knitted this lovely pink baby cardigan, baby hat and scratch mittens for us and also gave us a crochet baby blanket too.

I just can’t wait to see our daughter in this set with the gorgeous pink and white flowers!

Her next project is a lovely navy nautical baby cardigan with a white stripe around the collar and front.

Bought Another Gorgeous Baby Romper!

Picture of Kinderroom ShopOn a recent shopping trip to Leamington I discovered a lovely children’s furniture and toy shop called Kinderroom. As I ventured in I found that they also had a small range of baby clothes.

Visit their website here www.kinderroom.co.uk

I was delighted to find that they stocked baby clothes brands Organics for Kids (designed and made in the UK), Lilly + Sid (designed and some items made in the UK) and No Added Sugar (designed in the UK, made in Portugal).

Organics for Kids Pink Spotty Baby RomperI decided to buy this gorgeous Organics for Kids pink spotty romper suit (£17)! It is expensive but it is made in the UK and it will last 5 months unlike most rompers that only last 3 months.

The only other dilemma was that there are no poppers in the legs. So access to nappies may be troublesome but I was won over by the gorgeousness of it!

The shop also had some wonderful locally handmade fabric name pictures which I’ll have to take a look at again!