My Journey

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Something I’ve never done before!

on September 17, 2014

So I have been sorting out my hospital bag again ready for baby, I’m 25 weeks today and the ‘itch’ is starting to get me now.  I was at my midwife’s clinic yesterday for my normal check up, all is well with baby, although he is measuring a little big but no concerns as I am already booked in with the consultants for follow up checks in the next few weeks.  However, since I am getting itchy again, she is sending me to have another set of blood tests done so they can check my liver function and bile acids to see what they are like… 😦 I am really hoping it’s just normal pregnancy itching from skin stretching but since the majority of it is on my hands, arms and feet, I don’t think it is likely… oh well.  Anyway, I thought I would share a fully packed hospital bag for my little man.  Remember, Oliver spent a week in the NICU before being allowed home so I have a couple of everything to see me through.  First thing is first, the hospital bag that I made:

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This is made following the Stella pattern from Swoon and using Ollie the Owl Upholstery fabric.  I love it.  Then I laid out everything I have so far on the table I use for cutting my fabric and found that I had to stack things on top of each other to be able to show you, yet there is still space in this bag!

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So in there so far is:

  • Nightshirt for me
  • Towel for baby
  • Pack of newborn nappies
  • Pack of water wipes (the only ones allowed at our hospital)
  • Hand made changing mat
  • Car swaddle for coming home
  • 3 nice big muslin cloths
  • A pack of two self sterilising bottles in case we have trouble breast feeding (to use with expressed milk – hence you see no formula)
  • A pack of cotton wool
  • 3 vests
  • 3 baby grows
  • A little jumper
  • A small teddy to go in the crib
  • 2 newborn hats
  • 3 pairs of scratch mitts
  • 3 newborn feeding bibs
  • 2 flannels
  • Mini toiletries for me and baby
  • Breast pads and wash bag

Out of everything in there these are the hand made things:

  • Changing mat
  • Jumper
  • Hat and Scratch mitt set
  • Bibs
  • Breast pads and bag

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Not doing too badly with this whole handmade thing 🙂 If you like any of these items and would like to purchase, you can do so by popping over to my Facebook Page or to my Etsy Shop.  Even if you just want to pop by and say hello 🙂

But even though I have all of this sorted for baby (I know, I know, at some point I will need to sort out things for me) he still has no coming home outfit.  So now the winter clothing ranges have hit the shops I went for a look.  No joy, there was nothing that jumped out at me and screamed ‘buy me, I’m perfect!’  So last night instead of going on the sewing machine because I was too sore I had a look through some patterns on line that can be downloaded and printed to use.  I found one I liked but unfortunately it only came in one size which was up to 13lb.  A little big for a new born, so I messaged the seller on Etsy to ask if there was a version that had multiple sizes as I want to make a newborn (up to 7.5lb sometimes called early baby) and a newborn (up to 9lb).  Even now I have had no response, which isn’t great from a seller – I would have preferred the person just told me no, than not answer me at all… So I got to thinking that since I had just sorted out the hospital bag I could draft my own.  Rather ambitious considering the most I’ve drafted of my own is a dribble bib!  But I pulled out one of the up to 7.5lb baby grows and laid it flat on some paper to give me a guide on the size of the back, arms and front.  I wanted to make a kimono style top though, so I had to make adjustments to the front.  These are the finished pieces for the pattern and the cut fabric.  I will be adding a blue band up and down the front and around the collar to break up the pattern a little as well as blue/red plastic snaps to make the fastening down one side.

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I’ve also started drafting basic instructions on how to put it together (which I am hoping to do today or tonight back and Oliver depending).  Once I have finished this I will be doing the same for a little pair of trousers in a light blue material with patterned cuffs and a little pocket.  I will also be adding a ribbed waistband rather than elastic to prevent anything being too tight on little tummies.  The best thing is, because of the size of this set, all the pieces I needed from the chevron print above fit on one Fat Quarter of fabric, that’s less than £4 for the top pieces and the coordinating cuffs and pockets 🙂 It should take a meter of bias binding for the finishing seams on the top, then a small amount of ribbing material, a Fat Quarter of fabric and the coordinating pieces for the trousers. So all in all a hand made outfit for roughly £9.  Obviously if I was making these sets to sell I would be charging a little to cover my time in cutting and sewing up the pieces.  What do you think so far?  Hopefully I will be back in a couple of days to show you the finished set!


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