Tag Archives: Halloween

Dinosaur!

11 May

I made my little David a dinosaur hoodie just in time for last Halloween. He is still wearing it, so I decided to post this blog I drafted several months ago.

It is so cold here by Oct. 31st and he was not old enough to trick-or-treat or eat candy so I thought this seemed like a perfect half-costume compromise for running an errand or handing out some candy.

When you are sewing for babies, you can do a n y t h i n g. This mentality speeds things along.

Step One
Decide what you want your spike to look like and then figure out the placement and spacing. Our spike is three inches wide and tall. I don’t like them looking puny and if they are too big they will flop over, which on a stegosaurus would mean broken plates, which is kind of gross.

Step Two
Sit next to your sewing machine to set the mood. Cut out the cardboard template, and label it so you will recognize it later.

IMG_2672

IMG_2670

Other good Step Ones would be:
Put the baby to bed.

IMG_2669

or
Get felt (like 1/3 yard) and a hoodie. I was going to use a sweatshirt he already owned, but he had pretty much grown out of them and I wanted him to wear it for a few months at least.

Next
Place your spike template on a folded piece of felt and cut out a bunch of diamond shapes that will later fold into spikes. I needed four for the hood, which I did first.

IMG_2671

Calm down, sun. The natural light makes the felt look like molten lava. Do not be afraid to touch it.

The hood has a seam down the center of it, which was nice for finding the center but annoying for sewing along. I did not use the machine here for this reason. I pinned the open spikes along the center and stitched through the middle, on the crease where they were folded. Make sure the Sharpie marks are face up now, and make any sewing knots or ugliness happen here as well, so when you fold it shut it will look good.

IMG_2675

I don’t know why I’m turning this into a tutorial…how many of you are going to sit down and make one? You can make one for teenagers or adults, if you don’t have a baby.

After sewing down the center of the diamonds with thread that is close in color to the hoodie, close the spikes and sew them shut. I switched to red thread for this step, and used a simple overcast stitch which is like the idiot brother of the blanket stitch. I think the escalloped effect this creates adds to the cuteness. Felt does not require hemming. I barely had enough red thread but I was afraid to use another color.

IMG_2679

Since the baby did not sleep very long, have him model it at this point.

IMG_2680

It will look so cute and comical that you will be inspired to keep going (some other naptime).

IMG_2681

IMG_2684

IMG_2685

IMG_2691

IMG_2694

IMG_2696

Locate the center of the back of the hoodie and sew the other spikes down the spine. This part only took three spikes while the hood took four, because babies’ heads are very big on their bodies. Sew them closed, using embroidery floss. I have a ton of red embroidery floss! I enjoyed that part so I did it by hand.

Get more hoodies, make more dinosaurs!

Advertisements

David’s 39th Snowfall

5 Nov

Seriously, my blizzard baby is an old pro at winter. But he liked the snow we had this morning, the first we’ve had this fall except for some flurries that don’t count. Here are some recent pictures.

IMG_2760

Eyes are still blue.

IMG_2773

He didn’t smile in any of our selfies so I picked the one I looked best in.

IMG_2808

I didn’t take any Halloween pictures until after I put him in pajama pants! Lame mom. I did sew the spikes on his hoodie though!

IMG_2812

IMG_2819

IMG_2820

We really did have fun on Halloween! He is just experimenting with facial expressions.

IMG_2829

IMG_2834

Lot of this going on lately.

IMG_2837

IMG_2841

IMG_2854

IMG_2869

He watched it falling for a long time.

IMG_2871

I apologize insincerely for my wifebeater :)

IMG_2873

IMG_2886

Tom makes the blog because he was looking so moody and wintry.

IMG_2888

Happy Guy Fawkes Night to my British readers. (I’ve had four UK views!)

%d bloggers like this: