Work in progress: Crocheting on a plane

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We flew into Atlanta for Mr. Cooper’s sister’s wedding. This is the first time I have crocheted in the air! Crocheting or reading in the car make me car sick, but it didn’t bother me at all on the plane. It also helped with flying anxiety! Hooray!

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Aunt Nana’s Crochet: (WIP) Big Sister Kit

Good morning! I wanted to share an update on my WIP (work in progress) big sister kit. My gift deadline is by Halloween and I will give this gift in person! Daniel’s youngest sister is getting married and we will see the whole family again.

It’s been four months since our wedding, and I miss our family! I can’t wait to see everyone and give lots of hugs. I need an Aunt Nana fix! I love being an aunt.

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bow ties are coolThe big sister kit includes a crochet blanket, baby doll burp cloths, a sock monkey hat and two crochet head hands (crown and bow tie). I’m still working on the little details.  All items are handmade crochet or sewing projects. What do you think?

Aunt Nana’s Crochet: Finishing up Blanket for Big Sister Kit for my niece

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This morning I joined all the granny squares using a single crochet stitch. I also made a border using a single crochet stitch. As a finishing touch, I am working on a scalloped edge.

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Once the blanket is complete, I am going to package this beauty into a BIG sister kit for my niece.  In learning to sew,  I am practicing by making burp cloths and bibs. I might make some doll sized diapers, burp cloths and bibs for her to play with…and she can be just like Mommy.

My niece is still a toddler. Her kit will not be crayons and coloring books. I am still thinking of creative ideas on what to put into her gift. This auntie wants her niece to feel just a special on the day her little brother is born.

Aunt Nana’s Crochet: Big Sister Kit for my niece

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My niece Alexa will have a new baby brother in January, and I have been brainstorming for a cool BIG sister gift for her. Lucky for me, Pinterest helped me come up with an idea.

Having crocheted both my niece and nephew a baby blanket, I decided to design her a new one. This time, I am making 48 mini granny squares in Sugar Pop pattern in multi-colored yarns. It’s playful and pretty (plus, I can sneak in some pink).

bigsisterkitstartIt is a big adjustment becoming a new big sister (I was one once!). A Big Sister kit will hopefully make her day as she welcomes her new baby brother.

Now, I have some granny squares to finish!

Pink and Gray Crochet blanket–What I’m working on next…

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I’m working on a pink, gray and white baby blanket. I love the color combinations, and the pop of pink. This yarn is Bernat baby yarn, and it is SO soft. Love! I made this while watching the Cardinals sweep the Pirates!

This blanket would look adorable with a pink Cardinal’s onesie! Hmm…maybe another project!

Aunt Nana’s Crochet: Pink baby blanket and hat for Baby Girl Cline

One of my friends back home in Indiana is about to have a baby girl any day now! I hurried this last week to finish a baby blanket for her so that it would make it to Indiana for her big debut.

babygirlblanketI was so inspired by the pink yarn, I had to make a matching hat!

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I sent along a baby taggie as well.  I know that I am not this baby’s aunt, but I wish Stephanie and baby girl Cline all the best.

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DIY: Chevron Baby Taggie Tutorial (Part Two)

You have your two pieces of fabric pinned together? Let's get started.

You have your two pieces of fabric pinned together? Let’s get started.

After taking my first sewing class, I learned I was pinning my fabric the wrong way. Having the pin heads point outside of the fabric makes them easier to pull out.

I also added a few new tags to add some variety to the first pinning. Thats the cool thing about this…you can change your mind about ribbons and fabric until this stage.

Ok, thread your sewing machine with a matching thread. I used white.

Sew the first three sides all the way. On the forth side, stop sewing in the middle. Lock the stitch.  You need the hole so that you can turn the taggie inside out.

I cut a V shape out of each corner for smooth corners.

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Then, I turned my taggie inside out through the hole I left open. I used a chopstick to push out the corners.

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Repin the open hole and tag.

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Sew a topstitch around the entire square.

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Voila! You will have a baby taggie that is cute for a gift basket or for your own baby at home.

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