Swedish Tracing Paper

I’m officially one step closer to becoming a pattern drafter/clothing designer/person with any ounce of creativity.  I just ordered some Swedish Tracing Paper.  I’m really excited.  It’s basically for tracing patterns, pattern alterations, and pattern design.  I was deciding between the STP and medical exam table paper (like the stuff on the tables at the doctor’s office that’s on a big roll), but I thought I’d try the STP first.  You can sew on it which is good for drafting patterns, and it’s a bit wider than you can get with the exam table paper.  And since I’ll have to wait for it to arrive, it’ll be good motivation to finish up some other projects that I’ve been putting off.  This is what it looks like (no big surprises, it looks like tracing paper):

Sew good.

I just found a new blog (new to me, anyway), and I think I’m going to be visiting it often.  I wanted to share it with you.  It has some great tutorials and lots of fun information.  I hope you enjoy it.  Check it out here.

Baby Patchwork Quilt

I will be on the road for the next few days, but I will be back soon.  I have plans to add some new tutorials and once I am back to my regular printer that actually has a scanner, I will get going on it all.  I found this picture of the first quilt I made for Wyatt.  The fabric is all from JoAnn.  I love that place.  Even though they don’t have all the super cute fabric that you have to get online or at a quilting store, I still love it.  Wyatt loves it too, cause he gets lots of Cheerios while he’s there to keep him happy, and there’s always lots of “mature” ladies to give him attention.

Baby Sling Pattern

I made this simple baby sling after Wyatt was born and although he didn’t really like it (translation: hated it), I thought the pattern was good.  I just did mine single layered because I used a home-decor weight fabric and I didn’t want it to be too hot for him in Arizona, but you can also make them with a lining.  You can find the pattern here.  It’s the same site that I got the shopping cart cover pattern from.  The author calls it a “pouch” sling.

Plans for applique project #2.

Now that I have completed my first applique project (or at least completed the applique part of the project), I can’t wait for my next.  I’ve had it visualized in my head as soon as I found the tutorial.  The hard part has been finding a pattern to go with my ideas.  One day I want to be able to draft patterns from scratch, but so far I pretty much need something to get started with that I can make changes to as I wish.  This is Kwik Sew 3150.  I’m gonna do the zip-up hoodie on the left, but add ribbing on the sleeves and bottom, and we’ll see what else.  And I have a special idea for the applique.  Don’t worry, it’s going to be cool (at least it is cool the way it looks in my head), it won’t be anything like a train or a boat.  After all, Wyatt is a big boy now and doesn’t have time for such childish things.

If anyone knows of a better pattern for a size 12m or 1, let me know!  It’s unfortunately a pretty limited selection.  I’m hoping to get working on this as soon as I get back from our summer in Virginia.