I think I have one more me-garment in me before the baby.  After that, I don’t think it’ll be terribly time-effective to keep making things that I’ll wear for just a couple of days really.  So between planning for after-baby clothes, there will probably be more baby-themed posts for the next while here.

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Like this.  I made up a few items for a friend at church who is due with a little boy in February.  A couple of blankets that are oversized like the hospital ones, so they’re entirely practical.

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One of the ladies at my school made us some flannel bibs like these (I traced hers for these ones) when I was pregnant with Noah, and wow, if there was something we’ve gotten more use out of than anything it would be them.  They are flannel on one side, and terry cloth on the other (I repurposed a couple of microfiber kitchen towels that I’ve never really used).  They are super absorbent and wash up perfectly.  Clare had turned the body of the bib like a pillowcase and bound the neck only, but I chose to bind the entire bib with bias tape because I hate dealing with thick terrycloth.  I think I chose wisely.  I also got a chance to use my Snap Setter, a tool that has been sitting unused on an extra table for *months*.  Snap Setter, I apologize for letting you languish in the sewing room for so long.  I don’t know what I’ve been doing to set snaps before, but seriously, this is a GOOD tool–simple in design, inexpensive, and it works perfectly.

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The last thing I made is another Unforgettable Elephant from S.E.W. by Diana Rupp.  I really love making stuffies because I can store obscene amounts of knit scraps all rotary-cut up into shreds as stuffing.  When they yield actually cute, cuddly creatures, all the better.

The title of the post is because I ran into something that I have not run into before.  I’m sensitive to the smells of dyes in fabrics in general (why I hate mall shopping), but this flannel from JoAnn stunk.  I didn’t prewash as I normally would since I wanted crisp corners on the blankets and didn’t want to fuss when I was cutting it.  Honestly, it was kind of like being in a nail salon.  The smell went away after I washed everything, but for real, is it me, or has anyone else noticed their brightly colored flannel smelling rather chemical, and should I be sufficiently creeped out?
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6 Comments

  1. I thought I was the only one that found some fabrics smelly, can’t say I have purchased a lot of flannel but have had some cheap knits (maybe that is why they smell for test garments) that have. I love my Snap Setter tool, they are so easy to use and so glad you have enjoyed using yours. Cute baby gifts and love the stuffie.

  2. I haven’t noticed fabrics smelling any differently, but I’m not overly observant either.

    What I do want to know, is would you mind showing me what the shredded knit scraps look like before you put them in the elephan (which, by the way, is gorgeous!)? Does it make the toy really heavy? I think you can tell there are lightbulbs going off above my head here. I have a TON of knit scraps that are way too small to do anything with. Stuffing toys would be perfect!

    That snap setter tool also looks useful. I’ve avoided finding out more information about those as I believed I didn’t need one because I wasn’t making baby clothes anymore. But I’d like to make some for gifts and I can always put snaps on cardigans and the like, right?

  3. The little elephant is adorable! I kind of want a snap press (the giant metal thing that looks like a drill press), but for no reason as I almost never use snaps. Perhaps I should satisfy myself with the snap setter.

  4. What a fascinating use for those rotary cut knit scraps that pile up, especially after a 12-month tee shirt project! I throw out a bin of tiny scraps, too small to make anything I thought, even knickers. What a cool idea. My children would be delighted to have more stuffed animals, and it would be nice for the environment to reuse those scraps.

    • Stuffies are wonderful baby shower gifts, and making them is a tiny time commitment. 

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