Way back when I first began my childcare career, one of the first things I learned to make for the children were homemade sheets. The ‘choosing of the sheet’ is like picking out your favorite toy when it comes to naptime. It has became a favorite weekly tradition and it has helped those who aren’t really too fond of lying down be more favorable towards the notion. I’m not immune to pulling all the stops. I’d rather win than be weary.
The timing of this A to Z Challenge worked out well as I have some sheets that are overly used and need replaced. Showing you a pictorial of how I make mine. The instructions are usable for any cot or mattress. You’ll just need to measure them first. Depth, Width and Length. My tutorial is basic and is just a guideline. Hope you’ll be inspired.
Photo collage 1
Photo collage 2
Blankets slip and slide and can bunch up in children’s faces.
Couldn’t resist sharing a little Everly Brothers this A to Z Wednesday!
I probably save too much stuff. But this is one fabric I really liked and couldn’t part with. So it is about to become a useful item. A bib. Something I need a lot of in my profession. And to be perfectly up front, I’ve even had requests for adult bibs. You just never know how large you’ll need to make one 😉 But for the sake of this post, it’s for the babies.
As you can see in the beginning tutorial above, it’s pretty much a straightforward idea.
I’m a stickler for ironing
There, much better.
I just wanted to show some minor improvements you’ll want to be aware of…Ironing is the best way to get a more desirable appearance.
Also be sure to clip those curves. Home Economics class 101 lesson right here.
Turn right sides out, press (again), pin opening closed and top stitch.
All you need now is to decide if you want Velcro or Snaps for your closure. I don’t recommend Buttons. It’s better for it to be able to break free from babies who are learning to pull (or throwing a tantrum). Your daily baby care dose 🙂
Just finished a table runner with some pastels. Went with the baby blue for the binding and machine quilted by stitch in the ditch fashion. Perfect for an outdoor spring setting or even a lap warmer for chilly evenings.
Some past runners
A bit blurry but colors still come through
Just messing around with stitches
and a crocheted one…
All this has me wondering how many still have dinner at the table these days? Do you most of the time or just on special occasions? Or only at restaurants? Would a ‘dressed-up’ table be more inviting to your everyday meals?
Growing up we always ate at the table and so has my own family. I highly recommend dinner together. I’m proud to say that when my grown children are home at lunch during the daycare mealtime, they grab a plate, sit with us at the table and converse. No cell phones. Just plugged-in to our voices. And the little ones take notice, believe me. Of course, Mom’s cookin’ might have a little to do with it.
Rachel was turning 9 and I was determined to make her a quilt. Time was short and I needed one pretty quickly. The theme would be ‘puppies’. We had a golden retriever puppy that we all loved so! He was officially ‘Sir Duke Flash Finnell’ on his AKC Paperwork. He jumpstarted my quilt project being he was the object of so much love and affection.
I let my daughter name this one as it tells in the entry.
Quilts are known usually by their quilt blocks used. Since this one used all hand-cut appliques created by myself, I chose to give its entire composition the name. I have a similar one hanging in my bedroom above my bed in navy and white.
Made for a full/queen sized bed.
some outline hand quilting around each applique piece
Clamshell hand quilting in each block and half block
Hand quilted and hand appliqued.
Signature not the neatest looking on this printed Chantilly lace-type yellow backing. I love yellow. The name chosen by who knows because I didn’t document this one. Until now. 😉
The 3rd applique quilt, also undocumented & the last in the applique trilogy. I will only post a picture for you. Keeping with the A to Z quick-reading plan.