Dribble bib from scrap jersey

So I had a pair of PJs that I made into small PJs for Baby Critter. There was 2 blocks of scrap left at base of each leg so I made 2 dribble bibs. Now before I cut them up to make the PJs I had already made a dribble bib so the ends of the legs were odd shapes.

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This is what I had left. These are folded over ready to be cut but as can see both perfect shapes to cut out.

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First piece I cut from corner to corner discarding piece on the right.

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Second piece became this after cutting. I’ve not moved the piece about after cutting so easy to see how I cut it.

Because this is jersey & will be a single layer bib it will be tied on so no velcro or poppers meaning you will have to ensure its big enough!

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Just double fold up to hide raw edge & sew 🙂

Remember to read PJs blog for handy tips how to sew stretch fabrics.

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tracy

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Big PJs to Little PJs & How to: stretch jersey

So this is a blog of all sorts. The pattern & instructions used are not my own I bought them so didn’t feel was fair to share how to make so its turned into a tutorial of laying out pattern pieces if recycling old clothes & how to sew stretch jersey.

I used this pattern: Alex and Anna winter PJs

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When cutting a multi sized pattern ensure you cut to the size your using. Might sound obvious but I have done a project before where I’ve panicked because there was not enough material to realise I was trying to cut a size 8 out when needed size 5 lol!

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My ‘material’ started life as my PJs I decided they would look so much cuter if the baby wore them!

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I started with the trousers which was a 1 piece pattern. This means you will end up with 2 piece trousers instead of usual 4. It also means the pattern piece for front & back is joined. Because i was using clothes there wasn’t a big enough piece to have no seam so I cut up each inside leg to open the trousers out as above.

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I then lined the join of the paper pattern to the exisiting seam on the old PJs, top & bottom before pinning rest.

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Keep pattern & material flat to a table when pinning & cutting this is to stop you subconciously pulling on the fabric ( see below for summary of tips).

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Make sure for 2nd trouser piece you flip the pattern piece over or cut it out on opposite side of material so have 2 pieces that are opposites.

Once that’s cut out you can cut the arm cuffs from same fabric & then you should have decent sized scraps. Here’s what I did with mine.

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Like with the trousers I needed the top to be flat so cut up the seams to get this & folded seam to seam. The reason for this is to ensure the stretch is in correct place & best way to ensure that is to trust the manufacturer who made my top.

Once I cut out the front & back i concentrated on the other pieces. My fabric for the top has a 2 way stretch so was able to lay the back & 2 leg cuffs like this.

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As can see the stretch arrows on pattern pieces face different ways but with the 2 way stretch this is ok. if you have 1 way stretch material you will need to slip this piece so arrows lay same way.

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The front & back pattern piece is basically same piece but with differing neck lines.

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I cut from dashed lined to solid (other dash & solid is a smaller size) & folded it under to cut front neck.

I then used the sleeves to cut rest.

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Both babies sleeves out of 1 adult sleeve, remember to flip pattern.

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Neck binding out of other. I folded this & cut on the natural fold of sleeve to save time cutting up the seam.

Now your ready to sew. At this point my blog turns to a sort of :

Pattern/tutorial review.

Before begin to sew you will need to set your stitch length a bit bigger this gives the material plenty of room to stretch without breaking your stitching.

I found the instructions easy to follow although different to how I would normally sew a top & trousers so ensure you read carefully. I did change 1 direction though.

It called for me to sew 1 shoulder seam then apply the neck binding then sew other shoulder seam. I decided to sew both shoulder seams then apply neck binding.

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I found the centre back of the neck & matched up the seam on the neck binding & pinned in place. I added a bit of folded ribbon also so when dressing baby I can identify the back easily this also helps when sewing. I then did same at front of neck. Stretch it all out & pinned the sides. This works for me.

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Overall a great pattern & tutorial although would suggest some skill may be needed so not a beginner project but also not an experts either. ( I’m no expert so prove its a good intermediate project).

Also fab value. Cost me £5.50 & has sizes from 6 months to 8 years. If you use old clothes to make these all you will have to buy is the pattern & some elastic, ribbon optional. So bargain for as many pairs of mini PJs can make from big PJs.

SUMMARY OF TIPS

  • When pinning, cutting & sewing stretch jersey keep it flat & handle as little as possible this is to reduce the of pulling it.
  • Ensure you cut it out so the stretch goes around the body easy way to test is to pull gently both ways & the way it stretches further is the way the stretch goes.
  • Use longer stitch length than normal so garment still has stretch at seams. Alternatively use stretch stitch

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Half term fun 2

Half term again so here’s what we did 🙂

Easter activities at local cathedral. Baby Critter walking down the hill.

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Big Critter

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When there we had to go outside & answer questions. The police ran this &all questions were to teach them about what the police do etc we were asked not to give answers to our kids but I found myself not knowing some.

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No child got answers wrong which was great because would hate to see a child hurt & left out so top job to the police 🙂

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We said hello to the easter bunny & was time for animal petting. There was a huge rabbit called Peter, guinea pigs, hen & other fowl.

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 Big Critter got a stroke.

After this there was crafts. Here Big Critter is making an easter box.

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We decided to do some craft another day so here’s our tutorial for nature pictures.

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We took our first trip to Chester & was lovely.

We had a lovely picnic in the park.

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Fed the squirrels who were rather tame & took nuts from our hands.

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We found the Roman gardens & amphitheatre.

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We went back through the park to a lovely sit on train.

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Wednesday saw us off to Southport were Baby Critter took a liking to a malteaser packet & Big Critter resembled a teenager  in short trousers.

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The day ended with an alfresco outfit change& 2 over tired boys.

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SUSHI!!!!

So I thought I would show you how I do sushi to prove it’s really easy. Mine are vegetarian but you add your favourite meat or fish if you wish.

I got all my stuff ready sushi roll mat, sushi nori, grated carrot, sliced avocado, sliced beetroot, basmati rice (not shown but can also use sushi rice) cup of hot water, sharp knife & soy sauce.

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Lay your roll mat out with a sushi nori sheet on. Layer your rice over majority but not all. Use enough so can see nori underneath slightly & bring right to edges, Layer your other filling through middle of the rice.

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Using your mat fold the first section over.

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I was trying to take pictures at same time as making so here I’m holding the mat but if you lay both hands like a rolling pin & gently roll the whole lot so creates a sausage. I prefer to use my hands & not mat because I can make it tighter.

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The flap you see in picture now needs to be stuck down or it will all unravel.

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Using the hot/warm water dip your finger in & rub along flap. Don’t use too much or will get too wet. The rice also helps keep it stuck esepcially if use when still warm as the heat seems to bond.

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Dip your knife into water..

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… and cut into smaller rolls. The warm water on the knife helps cut through the seaweed without ruining your ‘roll’.

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You can use other foods to replace the rice here I used grated carrot as a base with avocado on top.

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Place all the mini rolls on a big plate to share & serve with the soy sauce for dipping.

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Fun with Kids- Nature Picture

For this you will need:

Nature- we collected leaves, small twigs, flowers & feathers

Scissors

Sticky back plastic

Ribbon

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Cut a strip twice the size of your intended final picture size

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Peel half the backing off with non stick side down on table.

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Place your nature. Make sure not to place your items too close to edge especially if you wish to cut it after sticking.

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Once done peel off rest of backing

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Fold & smooth down. Smooth from centre to get rid of air bubbles.

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You can now cut to desire shape.

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Make a hole at top with scissors or a pencil.

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Thread a ribbon through & hang in your window.

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The artist with his masterpiece 🙂

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tracy

Cavern Of Craftiness

For this you will need:

Nature- we collected leaves, small twigs, flowers & feathers

Scissors

Sticky back plastic

Ribbon

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Cut a strip twice the size of your intended final picture size

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Peel half the backing off with non stick side down on table.

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Place your nature. Make sure not to place your items too close to edge especially if you wish to cut it after sticking.

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Once done peel off rest of backing

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Fold & smooth down. Smooth from centre to get rid of air bubbles.

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You can now cut to desire shape.

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Make a hole at top with scissors or a pencil.

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Thread a ribbon through & hang in your window.

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The artist with his masterpiece 🙂

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TRACY 🙂

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