I have been typing up a more meaty post, but I don’t have it finished, so I thought I would share with you some of the sewing I did in the nesting phase of my pregnancy. A lot of this was done in the week I was past my due date. I don’t know why people are so upset about going past their due dates…they are missing out on an excellent manic-phase which allows a mama to accomplish tons!
I am a dedicated babywearer. Right now, I have our little babe tucked happily in a favourite wrap. A high-quality German-style woven wrap is my absolute must-have carrier. I use it constantly.
For quick in and outs, though, I am a big fan of the simple ring-sling. In my stash, I only had two slings (gasp!), which is not particularly adequate for my needs, however, since one is a silk sling, which I mostly wear for dressier times. I like to keep a sling in the van at all times, since accidentally forgetting a baby carrier is torture for me!
Speaking of my silk sling, here is an older picture. I made this myself several years ago. My sister, married in July of 2008 allowed me to wear my sleeping 4 month old in it all through her ceremony when I was her Matron-of-Honour. Her sweet flexibility and easy-going nature are two reasons I love her so much.
Anyway, onto my latest sling. What I wanted was something sturdy and functional, but with zippy colours, so I would feel dressed up when I was wearing it. I found some beautiful pumpkin-coloured cotton/linen on sale at my local fabric store for $4/yd. I only needed 2.5 yards, so it was a total cost of just over $10. In fact, I actually have enough for two slings because I split the fabric vertically all the way down the middle.
I wanted to add an accent, but the cheap fabric places don’t really have anything too exciting, so I headed over to the fabric store where just about every fabric is gorgeous. It is a place I go if I need a fabric treat (or inspiration!). Sadly, I don’t have an eye for colour at all. I knew what I wanted, but I just can’t see what goes together. It can be very frustrating for someone who loves crafts so much to not be able to combine beautiful fabrics on my own. So, I did the smart thing and asked for help. The ladies who work at the quilting store are fantastic. They all have an eye for colours and patterns. Christine, my favourite fabric-lady, was working that day. I showed her my fabric and told her I wanted something to accent a sling, but I just couldn’t see it. I was looking for something that would be: bold to accent the pumpkin fabric and a geometric-type pattern — not flowers, but maybe implied flowers. She immediately took me to a shelf and pulled a bolt off the shelf, “What about this?” Gasp!! She is a genius. I squealed. (Sad, but true.) She definitely sees it. I bought a half-yard.
I have been enjoying it a lot and using it plenty. It is such a sweet blessing to be able to cuddle a sleeping baby and still meet the needs of my other family members.
I wish they were little just a little longer.