Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny

Warning: This post contains super cute images. People who coo easily should proceed with caution.

Last week I spent my evenings crocheting and sewing some teeny tiny little baby things. A relative has just had a baby girl so there was no way I could resist the chance to make tiny little pink things. I am very much a believer that girls and boys can do whatever they like – when my support staff at work get the cars out for “the boys” I always tell them that everyone can play cars – and dislike the way everything and anything these days has to come in pink and blue, but look how cute and pretty these booties are… The booties were made from a Purl Bee pattern that Tania had made recently and was so quick and easy to make – it took a bit longer for me because I didn’t use felt and had to sew some fleece and fabric together and turn before I could get hand-sewing. I also made the little baby a pink and purple crochet hat which only used a tiny bit of my blanket yarns. I love how quick it is to make tiny things for babies đŸ™‚

Another creation is for an old friend who is due in the next few weeks. When I knew she was having a baby I wanted to make a crazy hat for baby and spent ages on ravelry searching for the best one – everyone has hats with bear ears nowadays so I wanted something a bit more special.

This is probably the cutest thing I have ever made and I kept squealing excitedly to myself as I put it together and could see what it would look like. Are you ready to see something cute?It is a baby giraffe hat!!! The only thing I can think of that would be cuter, would be a baby giraffe hat being worn by a teeny tiny baby.

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I feel like the start of every blog post lately is an apology for my lack of activity, and not wanting to break with tradition here is another. Last week I could barely keep my eyes open past 9pm, after long days doing parents evenings and digging in my class garden, which meant not much time for crafting or blogging. But this weekend I wanted to make something quick and easy, that didn’t require clearing my table to lay out metres of fabric.

Ages ago Scruffy Badger made a fun Snoopy case for her iPad and shared the tutorial she found. I had been trying to think of a way to make a case that stands up and the method used made it look so simple. However, since I had just made a soft cover, I put the tutorial in my bookmarks to save for later (and salvaged some ring binders from the recycling at school).

Well.. here it is! The instructions clear and straightforward, and the only problem I had was attempting to use regular scissors to cut up a ringbinder!

I used a red spotty fat quarter I have had in my stash for years and a slither of a white polka-dot oil cloth remnant I picked up in the summer (I’m not sure I will need the waterproof-ness of the cover, but it will hopefully keep the case looking sparkly and clean). The ring binders were being thrown out at school and I had just enough elastic lying around, so this was a cheap and cheerful make. Super! đŸ™‚

The current reading on my kindle app is Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion that I stumbled across on Polka Dot Overload from Yes I Like That‘s interesting discussion. Who knew what started as a “I’m not buying clothes so I can be clever and make mine” was actually secretly an eco-political stance I was taking!

The crochet pattern is for a giraffe hat that I am making for a uni friend’s baby (due in a couple of weeks). I’m almost finished after two short evenings of crochet, as it is so so tiny đŸ™‚ aaaw!