(Read about the original challenge/idea here)
Here are the final days of Project Handmade Baby:
I mentioned earlier on the blog that I learnt how to crochet this year. Also I have a thing about Pinterest at present where instead of just Pinning wildly, I'm trying to DO as many things as I can. So... I crocheted a Very Hungry Caterpillar beanie!! Complete with purplue antennae, just like the book (not brown as I'd seen on Pinterest pins). The plan was for him to wear them for his 1st Birthday Party which I'd planned so thoroughly to be a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme! More on that later (if I can manage, I was soooo disappointed it didn't go ahead!). There were a few wonderful friends coming to the party, which was more for us to say thanks: in the early days of our family becoming four we had a lot of challenges, and were so, so blessed by friends who cooked and baked for us, would lend a hand where they could, and generally kept us above water. Le Sigh.
|My poor sick birthday boy! December 6th 2011|
So here's the onesie prep: take one unworn onesie, one Very Hungry Caterpillar t-shirt which didn't really fit that well, and some sewing supplies. Half an hour later and I had a very sweet onesie for my boy to wear - I attached a cutout of the image to the front, sewed it into the side seams, did a few other magic touches and voila!
So that's the end! 365 days of Project Handmade Baby.
What have I learnt from this?
1. It feels great to make clothes for your rugrats and enjoy them wearing a bit of your hard work.
2. You can score some great knitwear at second-hand sales for great prices!
3. Handmade clothes last a whole lot longer than bought ones in a lot of cases!
4. The more you crochet/sew/knit, the greater your skills for mending and 'upcycling' (I love that word!)
5. Babies in handknits still look like babies.
6. It's much more fun to have your rugrats wearing unique outfits rather than generic store-bought clothes.
7. I love getting compliments on my baby's outfits when I know how much work I've put into it.
... and 8. I really, really love my kids.
Happy 1st Birthday Mr B, my new kid. You're such a beautiful boy and we love you, your mischievous gleam in your eye, and your Tintin hair so much. We are so blessed to have you.