Shamelessly Lazy Toddler Jeans

I came into possession of this pair of adult jeans with a busted out seat. Not a whole lot could be done to restore them, but I liked the pocket design and the wear pattern of the denim. I decided to see if I could make a pair of pants for Eli with them without first creating a freezer paper pattern. I figured if I truly botched the experiment I was only out a pair of pants destined for disposal anyway.

First I took a pair of Eli’s current pants and folded them in half showing the back pocket. I laid this on the sacrificial donor jeans and traced around them with my trusty soap sliver.

I then added a seam allowance… here I would remind you to refer to the title of this post… no measuring, I just moved over a bit and marked a new line. I also extended the length quite a bit for good measure.

After cutting this piece out I flipped it over upside down onto the other leg, traced around it and cut it out.

I repeated the process with the front side of the pants. Refold current well-fitting pants to front side, place, trace, added seam allowance, cut, flip to other side, repeat tracing and cutting.

Now I sewed the front and back pieces of the pant legs together. They didn’t match up too well at the bottom, but I had included enough fabric down there that in the end it just wouldn’t matter.

I chose brown thread to match the brown trim on the pockets but found after I top stitched the side seams the I didn’t have enough thread for the rest of the project. Why didn’t I run out for more thread, or redo the top stitching with other thread? How soon you for get the title of this post!

The pockets from the original jeans were then pinned in place on the side of the pant legs. These were then sewn on following the wear lines left by the original thread. I realized here I was glad to have run out of the brown thread; the natural color is much nicer!

Sew up the inside seam of the pant leg. In your rush don’t forget to sew on the second pocket first. Being lazy (or at least distracted and forgetful, a.k.a. sleep deprived) can result in double the work. Hello seam ripper!

Turn one leg inside out and insert one leg into the other so that the right sides are touching each other.

Trim the legs so they are even. I lined up one of the guide lines of the ruler with the side seam to get a straight across cut.

I grabbed another pair of Eli’s pants to find the length. I matched up the four corners point of the crotch seam and then marked where the leg ended on the new pair of pants. See, no tiresome measuring!

This is the point where I appear to have forgotten to take pictures. (See what happens when you choose to learn from a lazy person? You have no one to blame but yourself!)

Ahem… Anyway, I turned the pant legs inside out and then turned up the leg until the soap mark appeared at the very bottom edge. Then I tucked the raw edge in so that it appeared that it had been turned up and then turned up again. This way there is enough material that as Eli grows I can take these out and lower the hem a bit. That and I wasn’t made to measure. Then I sewed around making sure I caught the raw edge on the inside. The second leg was then sewn to match the first.

Now onto the waistband. I use 1″ elastic. In this case it was elastic I salvaged from an old pair of shorts some time ago which meant I spent nothing on these jeans! I cut the waistband strip out of fabric from an old dress… 3″ wide and I got the length from the width of the top of the pants doubled and with 1/2″ added for seam allowance.

This is the one time that being exact with the seam allowance mattered as these fabrics don’t have much stretch and need to match up to be sewn together. I’m loving this handy-dandy tool I bought during my quilting days and recently rediscovered.

Once joined fold the loop in half by bringing the top edge down to meet the bottom edge leaving the seam allowances on the inside.

Since I did no math or measurements in the beginning I now had to adjust the height of the pants with the added waistband. The original height of the fabric went up to the top of the waistband of the pair of pants I traced onto the blue jeans, but I had added no extra fabric for folding over and inserting elastic into as I knew I’d be adding this type of a waistband. I decided to trim off the inch that would be the new added waistband, but leave 1/2″ for seam allowance where they would be sewn together. (In the end, the pants don’t quite rise as much as I think they should. In an effort to avoid old man pants I ended up with something closer to Joey Fusco, Jr.pants… well, not quite THAT bad, but next time I think I will not trim and just add the waistband to the existing height of fabric.)

Thankfully, the diaper underneath rises higher than the back of the pants. Don’t want my boy learning that it’s normal to feel a breeze that low when you bend over!

Once again I forgot to get pictures for a brief interval of time in which a fair amount ws accomplished. In my post on Knee-Pleat Pants I have this part well described and photographed if the following steps leave you feeling befuddled.

Pin the folded ring of fabric around the top of the pants with the folded edge down. Sew all the way around. Zigzag or serge the raw edges. Top stitch just below the waistband.

Open up the inside seam of the waistband to pass through the elastic.

Attach something to the elastic to allow you to easily pass it through the waistband. My usual trusty diaper pin was no where to be found so I used this key chain thingy instead.

Overlap the ends of the elastic by about 1″ and sew together. Check first to make sure the elastic isn’t twisted  inside the waistband. Sew up the back seam of the waistband and the Shamelessly Lazy Toddler Jeans are finished!

He finally wore himself out chasing his wagon down the hill and then pushing it back up. I didn’t ask him to lie down on the sidewalk, but when he did I was able to get some not-so-blurry photos.

It lasted for a moment.

And then the moment was over.

The final analysis? I’m pretty happy with the way these turned out. I’m very happy with how easy and quickly they came together. Oh, and you can’t forget that delightful quality of being free! Next time I will make the pants have a higher rise at the waist and be a bit less full in the front. Neither of these are super big problems with this pair of pants though, especially as his shirts generally cover both imperfections. He’s getting plenty of wear out of them already!

Thanks for reading!

Karen

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Sunday:

Homemaker on a Dime,  I {heart} Naptime,  Flamingo ToesMy 1929 Charmer Blog,

What I Wore Sunday

Monday:

Get Outta My Head PleaseSkip to My LouThe Gunny SackSew Can Do,

Singing Three Little BirdsEtcetorizeC.R.A.F.T.,  diy home sweet home,

Craft-O Maniac, Sew Chatty, Artful RisingSarahndipities ,

Everything Under the MoonThe Cure for the Common Monday

Tuesday:

At Home With KNot Just a HousewifeHope StudiosFunky Polkadot Giraffe,

Kammy’s KornerThe Kurtz CornerI’m Topsy TurvyTip Junkiethe space between,

Raising 4 PrincessesThe Creative Itch BoutiqueSchwin and Schwin

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Wednesday:

Sew Much AdoFrugally SustainableThe Shady PorchLil’ Luna,

Someday CraftsPassionately ArtisticWhatever WednesdayTrendy Tots

Thursday:

Mom On TimeoutThrifty DecoratingBear Rabbit Bear,

The Crafty BlogstalkerThe Shabby Creek CottageHouse of Hepworths,

Sorta Crunchy, Delightful OrderSaved by Love CreationsAnything Goes Linky Party,

Friday:

Simply DesigningWhipperberry,  Happy Hour Projectskojodesigns,

Joyful StamperMaking Lemonade BlogThirty Handmade Days,

Release Me CreationsNaptime CraftersRomantic HomeFinding Fabulous,

Shabby NestFrench Country Cottage, The Charm of HomeThe Grant Life,

At the Picket FenceFingerprints on the Fridge, One Art Mama2805Jembellish

Saturday:

The Gingerbread BlogToo Much Time On My Hands,

Six Sisters StuffSerenity YouBe Different Act Normal

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Letter to Eli, 26 Months

Dear Eli, This past month has been a tough one for us, although I am not sure how aware of that you have been. Your grandmother has begun slipping beneath the final waves of dementia and has gone into hospice care. As she becomes more and more unresponsive she still takes enjoyment from you. Even when nothing else seems to get through to her, a hug and a kiss from you, or even seeing your picture will bring out a smile.

Grandma and Uncle Kevin watching you play.

While this has of course been quite difficult for me, for you it has meant that Uncle Kevin and Aunt Misa have come from Japan to visit.

“More dizzy!” you said. Again, and again, and again. Poor Uncle Kevin ended up quite motion sick!

We have all been enjoying their presence here with us, and you have taken to your Aunt Misa like a little bear cub to honey. You can’t seem to get enough of her. When they are here you are constantly playing with her, hugging her, climbing on her, demanding one game and then another.

Enjoying the Elmo sushi Aunt Misa made you.

She likewise has taken to you as well. She and Uncle Kevin have watched you on a number of occasions this past month, allowing your father and I more “date night” opportunities than we’ve had since you were born.

I think this practice with being able to separate from us a bit more frequently has been helpful in getting you ready to re-enter the Thursday group therapy program. When we had tried having you participate there a couple of months age, while I went into the parent education meeting it was a disaster. You were beside yourself during the hour we were apart and for days afterwards were extra clingy. You even had night terrors that night. Last Thursday though we gave it a try again for the last half hour of the program. You did fantastic! No tears, and you enjoyed and participated in the activities. You were very excited to tell me all about getting to use the alligator puppet during circle time when I came back for you. I was so proud of you!

Wearing a helmet as you try out your 2 wheeled “Footcycle”.

You have also been doing a lot of things you were previously afraid of or adverse to up until now. You are now enjoying a variety of swings. You are eating almost normally. You are even willing to wear a bicycle helmet now! It seems like almost everyday you surprise me by doing something I wouldn’t have imagined you doing just a month ago.

Your obsessions with guitars and working like Daddy are neither new, nor are they showing any sign of diminishing.

What is new this month is your attachment to playing with your wooden slice and bake cookie set. You never tire of the humor of pretending the cookie just off of the cookie sheet is hot and about to burn you!

Also new is your attachment to your stuffed giraffe. You have periods when ‘Raff has to do everything with you. Books must be held so he gets the best view and you bob his head along to the words of the story. His hoof must be used to push buttons on remote controls or to hold any pencil or crayon. It is most distressing to you if anything happens without ‘Raff’s participation when you are in this mode.

Technology AND live music… it just doesn’t get any better than that!

Your father and I spent a delightful Saturday at the beach with you earlier this past month. I hope we can do a lot more of that throughout the summer months. You serenaded us in the car for 20 minutes on the way home singing an Eli original goodbye song to the beach.

Even in the midst of many stresses our family is experiencing right now you manage to bring so much joy to us everyday. Thank you for delighting, inspiring and loving on us in this way that is so uniquely yours.

I love you so very, very, very much!

Mama

A Boy and His Giraffe

Meet ‘Raff, Eli’s new best buddy.

Eli has never before gotten attached to any of his stuffed animals.  My husband’s mother passed long before I met him so I never had the pleasure of knowing her, but one of the many things she was known for in the family was her love of giraffes. I think Eli’s Grandma Beverly would have been pleased by his choice. And look at that face. It does exude it’s fair share of personality. Eli likes to have ‘Raff do everything he does these days, including playing the guitar, coloring and reading stories (this involves bobbing his head along to the rhythm of the words). Thankfully we’ve been able to help ‘Raff avoid any forced participation in water play thus far.

After my first success with putting sleeves into a garment with my blanket sweater I decided it was time to try making t-shirts. I traced one of Eli’s current shirts to make a pattern and cut the pieces out of an old pair of yoga pants.

I first learned about making freezer paper stencils and using bleach pens from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar. It was finally (almost a year later) time to give it a whirl myself. I love the orange-brown color you get when bleaching black fabric. Just perfect for Eli’s giraffe! I was horrible about taking photos along the way for this project, but really wouldn’t have improved upon Cherie’s tutorial anyway. Kelley over at Restitch Me has also done some amazing work with freezer paper stencils. Check out the Hunger Games shirts she made for her teenagers here.

After I bleached the giraffe shape I embroidered around the edge and then added the facial features and the spots. A spot of mane at the top of the head and a tassel on the tail finished it off.

This project would never have been possible if Aunt Misa hadn’t completely charmed my son and spent copious amounts of time with him over the past week. Thanks, Misa!

I was told as a child that if you are good at embroidery the backside of your project will look as good as the front. Obviously I’m not very good at embroidery. I was pretty sure Eli would find all of the threads and knots irritating against his skin, and I shuddered to think of what could happen in the wash with things like bra clasps or velcro, so I sewed another piece of knit fabric over the back of the giraffe.

Once the giraffe was completed all that remained was to put the shirt together.

I’m pleased for the most part with how it came out. There are areas on it that look a little wonky to me, but nothing so bad that I feel compelled to rip out and resew. It’s a learning process and I think I will do better on the next shirt. I have quite a few other ideas on the drawing board.

Thanks for reading!

Karen

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Here’s where I’m linking up.

Sunday:

Homemaker on a Dime,  I {heart} Naptime,  Flamingo ToesMy 1929 Charmer Blog,

Monday:

Get Outta My Head PleaseSkip to My LouThe Gunny SackSew Can Do,

Singing Three Little BirdsEtcetorizeC.R.A.F.T.,  diy home sweet home,

Craft-O Maniac, Sew Chatty, Artful Rising,

Sarahndipities Just Winging ItEverything Under the Moon,

The Cure for the Common Monday

Tuesday:

At Home With KNot Just a HousewifeHope StudiosFunky Polkadot Giraffe,

Kammy’s KornerThe Kurtz CornerI’m Topsy TurvyTip Junkiethe space between,

Raising 4 PrincessesThe Creative Itch BoutiqueSchwin and Schwin

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Wednesday:

Sew Much AdoFrugally SustainableThe Shady PorchTea Rose HomeLil’ Luna,

Someday CraftsPassionately ArtisticWhatever WednesdayTrendy Tots

Thursday:

Mom On TimeoutThrifty DecoratingBear Rabbit Bear,

The Crafty BlogstalkerThe Shabby Creek CottageHouse of Hepworths,

Sorta Crunchy, Delightful OrderSaved by Love Creations,

Between U & Me,  Anything Goes Linky Party,

Friday:

Simply DesigningWhipperberry,  Happy Hour Projectskojodesigns,

Joyful StamperMaking Lemonade BlogThirty Handmade Days,

Release Me CreationsNaptime CraftersRomantic HomeFinding Fabulous,

Shabby NestFrench Country Cottage, The Charm of HomeThe Grant Life,

At the Picket FenceFingerprints on the Fridge, One Art Mama2805, Pencilled Daydream

Saturday:

The Gingerbread BlogToo Much Time On My Hands,

Six Sisters StuffSerenity YouBe Different Act Normal

An Open Letter to California Legislators

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author of this guest post and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Folkhaven or its associates.

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Dear California Legislators,

Let me introduce myself. My name is Eli. In a mere 16 years I shall be an active constituent and as such I feel it is never too early for my voice to be heard!

Let me shake your hand.

I would like to bring to your attention my thoughts and feelings about our current state Child Safety Seat Laws. They state as follows:

Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat. 

Now I think you may find cause to reconsider once you can see what a happy place the back seat can be in the absence of the dreaded child safety seat.

 Be sure to note the sparkling eyes and the open mouth grin. Surely every family with chronologically-challenged members in the state of California deserves to experience more of this sort of happy moment of conviviality in their lives as they prepare to rush about to their various destinations.

Just look at the range of movement allowed! I can look all the way to the side without finding me nose smashed in the side of the head protector thingy.

And surely you remember how fun it was to play in the backseat unfettered during your childhood back in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. You probably stood on the back seat and played with your matchbox cars on the back dashboard, waved at the people driving behind you, or stretched out luxuriously on the backseat for a delicious nap when the journey got a little long (assuming, of course, the rest of the seat wasn’t packed full of siblings!) How can you now deny such pleasures to the rest of us who are also yearning to breath free in the back seat?!

But no! We are strapped and restrained mercilessly, even to just go to the corner grocery store. And now I learn that I have to look forward to 6 more years of this inhumane treatment?!

Please tell me you will reconsider, and will look at this issue from the viewpoint of those most affected by your decisions!

You are our only hope!

(Car accidents, you say…  road safety studies? What are those?)

Sincerely,

Eli

Letter to Eli, 25 Months

Dear Eli,

Today you are 25 months old. This past month your immune system has been given quite the workout! As soon as you are fever-free long enough to go back to speech therapy you promptly pick up another bug. This month you have had the flu, a sinus infection and croup. I guess it’s all part of the rite of passage of being a toddler going out into the world.

You are currently feeling much better and, as the weather has gotten so nice out lately, it has become very difficult to coax you back in from the outdoors. You can now open the screen door by yourself, and if I forget to lock it you are quick to make a break for it.

Playing with your little wagon is a favorite activity. You push…

or pull it up the hill. It’s a lot of work for a little guy.

But then comes the fun of chasing the wagon back down the hill…

or letting it chase you. Too much fun that must be repeated over and over again.

“Gardening” also is endlessly entertaining what with all the dirt and water involved. The plants aren’t quite so interesting, although you couldn’t pass by the jasmine without smelling it while it was in bloom.

You like to drop twigs and dirt down the storm drain,

or watch the traffic go by. Buses and trucks are super exciting!

You continue your campaign to convince us that air conditioners are actually really big drums in disguise.

Daddy is still the coolest person in your universe (even cooler than Elmo!)

Working just like Daddy on your laptop.

One of the biggest developments for you this month has been that you have started to sing! You have decided that the arm of your highchair is a microphone. Seeing you singing and playing your guitar is about the cutest thing EVER!

Singing a duet with Jose Feliciano.

Just last month you wanted to be in the Ergo most of the time we were out of the house. That wave of separation anxiety is waning and you are wanting down to walk more and more. (My back thanks you!) It used to be to show us something you would demand to be picked up and then would direct us where to go. These days you will try instead to lead us by the hand, or more frequently, by the thigh. I haven’t fallen yet but have come close a time or two when your tug was sudden and unexpected.

Riding a bike has finally become appealing enough that you will endure the dreaded helmet, at least for short periods of time.

I don’t have a picture of this as it happens quickly and then the moment is over, but when you are feeling thankful for something you will rush over and bestow kisses on the hand that is doing the thing that pleases you. Most recently it you did it to your daddy when he played guitar with you, and your Aunt Jacki when she put on the DVD you really, really wanted to see. You are such a charmer!

You love pointing to letters and having them named for you.

You rode a merry go round for the first time this month and LOVED it!

Sidewalk chalk isn’t a new thing for you, but I like this photo of you using it.

Most important of all, this month you have really fallen in love with books. I can’t begin to tell you how happy you make me when you pick one out and ask me to read to you! You have all sorts of endearing reading behaviors, but I already wrote about them here, so I’ll just end this month’s letter with a picture of you enjoying a story with your Aunt Jacki and your guitar.

I love you very, very, very much!

Mama

Letter to Eli, 24 Months

Dear Eli,

24 months- otherwise known as 2 years old! Only 2 short (depending upon how you look at them) years, and now I can’t imagine my life without you. This past month has been quite an eventful one for you.

Playing in the dirt is still a favorite.

Playing in the dirt is still a favorite activity.

You have started going to Speech and Occupational Therapy 4 days a week. It is really keeping us busy but we are seeing so much improvement already. One of the therapists has commented that you are such a fun child to work with because every time she sees you you’re saying new things. You are finally repeating words that you hear with little or no cajoling. Everyday I’m hearing you say words you have never said before. This is true in Spanish as well as English. Your current Spanish vocabulary includes agua, mas, arroz, hola, sopa and most likely a few more I can’t think of just now. I couldn’t begin to list the words you are saying in English anymore. One we are hearing a lot now is “Ergo” which means either you want to be cuddled in it or that you have had it with being inside and it is time to go. If it is the latter and I don’t take the hint you then bring me my shoes just to drive the point home.

Today at your group program I couldn’t get over how far you have come in just a few short weeks. You sat through both opening and closing circle times with just a bit of encouragement and redirection and actually participated. Your smile when everyone sang the Happy Birthday song to you was priceless. You also did quite well with participating in the various little classes as well… whenever you weren’t trying to scale Mama that is. It seems we’ve hit a new round of strong separation anxiety again and you would like to spend much more time in Mama or Dada’s arms than is possible at this point. I think my favorite part of the day was when you kept making your little plastic dogs kiss each other rather than matching them with the picture in the book like you were supposed to, not because you couldn’t but because matching is an inferior activity to kissing in your estimation. That’s my Eli… a lover and a rebel all wrapped up into one!

Trying your hand at eating with chopsticks.

You have always been sensitive and tender hearted, but this past month you have developed empathy. It used to be it didn’t phase you if you accidentally clobbered someone (usually me) while playing. You just didn’t get it. But now, if you think you have hurt someone else you are still sobbing about it long after the other child is done crying and has gone back to play. I never like to see you cry, but I do love seeing that you are becoming such a caring person. I was telling my cousin about this on the phone while following you around the toy section of the store. (Sherie always wants to know what is new with you.) I didn’t realize you were listening in so closely on my end of the conversation. Unfortunately all you understood was that I was telling somebody on the phone that you had hurt someone else. You immediately started shrieking and sobbing. It took you at least 10 minutes to stop crying. I really have to be careful about what I talk about around you now!

Working on your new puzzle with Cori.

You now LOVE to do puzzles, and you are pretty quick at it. One of the things you like about going to therapy is that there are many different puzzles. Since we started going you have gotten so much better at turn taking with the other children there as you put together puzzles together. You were thrilled to receive some new puzzles for your birthday.

You are beginning to show an interest in dressing and undressing yourself now. We’ve been working on being able to take your shoes off and you almost have it down. You take off your own socks. The other day you wanted to put on your own pants and ended up going to get your Daddy for a little help.

Having a jam session with Daddy.

You are liking your potty chair as well. I’ve been wondering about when the right time to start the potty training process with you. I think you have been listening to some of the conversations I’ve had with others about it. For about a week your Dad and I had been confused about a new sign you were using that we didn’t recognize. It turns out you were signing potty! Now you sign potty and we get out your chair. You will sit there for up to 20 minutes at a time if I stay with you and you have toys. When the anticipated action occurs you are so pleased and we make a big deal about flushing it. We are not doing any serious potty training at this point, but you are showing an interest which is an important first step.

You have a certain way of exclaiming that I just can’t figure out how to put into print as it it all in the tone of voice. You use it especially whenever you encounter something that is wrong or somehow inappropriate. Like the bulb syringe being on Daddy’s desk, or the door to Daddy’s office being open in the first place. (After all you know as well as I do that a certain wild toddler is apt to come rampaging through!) Or while at the store with your father and overhearing a woman say to her little girl, “Let’s go see Daddy.” Couldn’t they see that your Daddy was standing RIGHT THERE?

Enjoying a hug from Grandpa Jim.

In the couple of weeks that passed between your 2 birthday dinners (to be able to celebrate with out of town family, I’m pretty sure you now think a birthday is a month long affair) you learned how to blow out your own candle.

Here you can see your Daddy blowing it out for you.

Two weeks later you surprised everyone and had it blown out from across the table before we even finished singing.

So Aunt Jacki lit it again…

so we could catch the moment with the camera. And then we did it yet again, just for fun. 🙂

You REALLY enjoyed the “cupcake” not minding a bit that it was actually a wild blueberry flax muffin with some frosting on it. Turns out the vegan bakery was closed that day and I didn’t have time to bake. I wonder if you will always be this easy to please. Somehow I doubt it, but if you take after your father, you just may be.

I cannot imagine feeling any more blessed to be a mother than I do with you in my life. I love you so very, very, very much!

Mama

Elmo Shirt

Eli loves Elmo.

Elmo

Image via Wikipedia

Elmo’s name was one of his first 5 words.

I think he loves Cookie Monster more. (Don’t tell Elmo.) He loves pretending to be Cookie Monster shoveling imaginary cookies in his mouth while making “nom nom nom” noises.

But the only plain t-shirt in his size in the house was Cookie Monster blue… not the best background for an appliqued Cookie Monster.

So Elmo it is. The red comes from a dollar store wool blazer that I felted in the wash. (It is amazing what you can find at a dollar store sometimes!) The other fabrics are all from old t-shirts. (You may recognize that orange, Aunt Sylvia.) Heat ‘n’ Bond and blanket stitch and there you have it…

One happy little boy.

Not that he would produce any semblance of a “happy” face while I was taking pictures. I gave up after I shot about 50, feeling very thankful for digital photography and not needing to invest a ton of time and money to confirm my suspicion that there wasn’t a single smile in the lot.  But at least you can see how serious he is about Elmo …and pushing buttons.

Here’s where I’m linking up.

Tuesday:

At Home With KNot Just a HousewifeHope StudiosFunky Polkadot Giraffe,

Kammy’s KornerThe Kurtz CornerI’m Topsy TurvyTip Junkie,

Raising 4 PrincessesThe Creative Itch BoutiqueSchwin and Schwin

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Wednesday:

Sew Much AdoFrugally SustainableThe Shady PorchTea Rose HomeLil’ Luna,

Someday CraftsPassionately ArtisticWhatever Wednesday, Trendy Tots

Thursday:

Mom On TimeoutThrifty DecoratingBear Rabbit Bear,

The Crafty BlogstalkerThe Shabby Creek CottageHouse of Hepworths,

Sorta Crunchy, Delightful OrderSaved by Love Creations,

Between U & Me,  Anything Goes Linky Party,

Friday:

Simply DesigningWhipperberry,  Happy Hour Projectskojodesigns,

Joyful StamperMaking Lemonade BlogThirty Handmade Days,

Release Me CreationsNaptime CraftersRomantic HomeFinding Fabulous,

Shabby NestFrench Country Cottage, The Charm of HomeThe Grant Life,

At the Picket FenceFingerprints on the Fridge, One Art Mama2805

Saturday:

The Gingerbread BlogToo Much Time On My Hands,

Six Sisters StuffSerenity YouBe Different Act Normal

Sunday:

Homemaker on a Dime,  I {heart} Naptime,  Flamingo ToesMy 1929 Charmer Blog,

Monday:

Get Outta My Head PleaseSkip to My LouThe Gunny SackSew Can Do,

Singing Three Little BirdsEtcetorizeDittle Dattle,

C.R.A.F.T.,  diy home sweet homeCraft-O Maniac, Sew Chatty, Artful Rising,

Sarahndipities Just Winging ItEverything Under the Moon,

The Cure for the Common Monday

Goodnight Moon (a little past noon)

Goodnight Moon

Image via Wikipedia

Today at naptime Eli came to me with the book Goodnight Moon in his hand. I have tried reading this to him countless times before but never got past the second page before he would decidedly shut the book. He hasn’t even been interested in looking at the pictures on these previous occasions.

Today, not only did we read the book through, but then he asked to read it again as he nursed down to sleep.

I think my heart swelled a size or two.

A Little Bit Removed

There is a little-used corner of our neighborhood park behind the racket ball courts that is just a little unkempt.

I love it because it is quiet and seems a bit removed from the goings on of the park and street.

I’ve never seen anybody else back there. It’s not at all like the woods, fields and stream I explored as a child but it gives Eli just a taste of Nature.

He thinks it tastes quite nice.

Sharing some of his "treasures".

Upcycled Slippers

My recent foray back into the world of baby shoes reminded me that Eli is needing some slippers for this winter. We don’t wear shoes in the house and when he wears socks alone he slides and falls on the hardwood floors. The only thing is that my baby shoe pattern has been long outgrown, so I set about trying to figure out how to draft a new pattern for upcycled slippers his size. (When I was almost done with this project Gwen of Gwenny Penny left me a comment that just enlarging the existing baby shoe pattern has worked for her, even for her 3 year old. Who knew? (Well, Gwen for one. Thanks for letting me in on the secret!) So while life could have been easier for me in the sewing nook this week, I still think I learned a lot.)

First, I took a pair of his current shoes and traced around them, later adding 1/4 ” for seam allowance.

Next, I measured the length and the width over the top front of the shoe.

I then used these measurements to draw my next pattern piece, free hand drawing the curve of the toe.

I measured around the heel and sides to get the length of the heel piece and also measured for it’s height. These then were drawn on the freezer paper with added seam allowances.

Okay, now I ironed the sole pattern pieces to the leather and cut them out. (This came from a neighbor-discarded broken recliner a few years back.) Repeat for the lining fabric. (In this case my brother’s old sweatpants. Thanks, Kev!)

I continued to cut both outer and liner pieces out for the back and the top of the slippers using discarded jeans and a men’s plaid shirt.

The next few steps I did in a series of stolen moments while Eli was awake but distracted with other things. It seems he was not the only one distracted, I forgot to take photos as I worked. I’ll just have to briefly describe.

* Put toe liner and top piece right sides together and sew along the straight line.

* Do the same for the heel pieces.

* Fold on seam, right sides out and press.

* Top stitch along straight edge of all 4 pieces, 1/4″ from the top.

* Sew the lining fabric to the top of the sole. I used a little Heat ‘N’ Bond between them to keep them from slipping.

(Sorry for the lack of photos. If this isn’t clear feel free to contact me.)

Next I took the top piece and the sole. I lined up the middle of the toe of each and sewed from that point down each side.

I attached elastic to one end of the heel piece by sewing back and forth a few times. I folded the top over to create a casing and stitched along the edge, being careful not to catch the elastic on the inside. Then I pulled on the elastic until the heel gathered and felt like the right amount of tension to hold the slipper on the foot without being too tight. (Unfortunately using this method I have no idea how much elastic I actually used.) Then I tacked the elastic to the other side as I did the first and trimmed it.

I lined the heel up around the back of the sole with the lining facing out and sewed it onto the slipper.

I turned it right side out. It looked a bit funny to me so I folded the top part back.

I had to wait for Eli to wake up from his nap to try them on.

He was pleased! They fit with a little room for growth. In the couple of days since I made these he has asked me to put them on him several times. Once on, he doesn’t try to take them off, so they must be just fine as far as comfort is concerned.

 

Thanks for reading!

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