Chilly mornings just got cosier!

Well, for one small person anyway 😉

Big brother has been in need of a new dressing gown to keep him warm on chilly mornings. As in, he was still squeezing into one meant for a 1 year old… So ages ago we chose a lovely beach towel from IKEA (when it was in the sale, obviously 😉 ) and I intended to turn it into a new ‘big boy’ dressing gown.

But then the towel got put away and it slipped down the to do list. Until this week that is! I actually intended to start on Wednesday but I forgot I hadn’t prewashed the towel, so that had to come first. No point putting in all the effort of making something, just to have it shrink or warp in a strange way on the first wash.

So by Friday I finally had that magical combination of prepared fabric, the desire to sew, and little brother napping. Project dressing gown was a go!

I drafted a quick pattern based on big brother’s measurements, with some growing room to ensure it lasts him a while. I also used every shortcut I could think of to make it as quick and easy a project as possible.

For example:
* there are no side seams as I cut the whole body from the width of the towel with the arm holes cut out

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* the loops to hold the tie are the offcut pieces of the selvedge edge, just trimmed to the seam line.

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* I used the hemmed edges of the towel for the bottom hem and the sleeve ends so there was no hemming needed.

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So with minimal sewing we ended up with:

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One very grown up looking little man! And it must be comfy because he said “mummy, I really love my new dressing gown. I’m going to wear it all day till bedtime!” Which, I think, is about as big a compliment as you can get from a three year old 😀

Now, I haven’t included a copy of my pattern here, would you be interested in it? Comment below and let me know, and if you ask really nicely I’ll try to find the time to do it! 😉 haha

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Review: MakeMee Fox Travel Buddy by LuMoo

I just had to write a review of this fantastic craft kit, as young sir and I have had so much fun making it!

He got his Fox travel buddy as a Christmas present, and I must admit I was a little sceptical at first about whether he would enjoy making it. But I’m very happy to say that he did!

The kit comes with everything you need to make your travel buddy, a blanket to keep them cosy on their travels, a travel case and a passport notebook. There’s some basic sewing to do, sticking and cutting out, so mummy’s help was definitely needed. But an older child should be able to make the whole thing unaided.

First task was sewing the body front and back together using a running stitch and a nice, child friendly, round pointed needle. He really quickly got the idea of poking the needle through the pre-cut holes, and pulling the wool taught. After the first few I didn’t really need to help him other than pointing him in the right direction and reminding him not to pull the needle off the end! I was very impressed and he really enjoyed it. When Daddy came home from work half way through he was excitedly told all about “sewing my fox friend”. So sweet!

I had envisioned it being a multi-day task, but he insisted on finishing the whole thing before bed that night! After the sewing we had to stick on fox’s features. He loved checking the instructions to see if we were doing the right thing, and matching the sticky pieces to the pictures before we peeled off the backing paper. I helped him position the pieces and he stuck them down (with glee!).

Finally we stuffed him and sewed up the final seam before Mummy had to tie a knot in the wool and cut the ends.

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Fox, as he has imaginatively been named, has become a firm friend already, and has been on a trip to visit Granny and Grandad. We’ve also made a start on decorating his blanket and I’m looking forward to all the fun adventures we can have with him.

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I have great plans about sending Fox off on his travels around the world as a way for us to learn about other countries and cultures. If we are successful in this I’ll (try to remember to!) share with you how we’re getting on and what works well.