I'm so excited because a friend of mine is having a baby! That might not usually be such an event, but here in the Cayman Islands, we all have to have a work permit to be able to live here, and children usually aren't allowed on your visa except under certain limited circumstances. Everyone is single or childless couples so babies are uncommon. My friend/ ex-work colleague/ yoga instructor already has a little boy and now another little one is on the way. It gives me the perfect reason to start thinking about sewing for the little ones and the challenges that might bring by working in miniature.
For now, while the bun is still in the oven, I thought I'd start putting together a few ideas so I've just opened a new Pinterest Board – Sewing for Babies. Not much on it just yet, but I'll be adding more content as I scour the web for the best ideas, tutorials and inspiration. You'll see me trying to recreate some of these ideas over the coming months.
Today, something for her son Harvey. Do you remember I had a go with sewing with the Iron on Vinyl when I made my husband some Waterproof Can Coasters for his dripping cans out of the fridge?
I asked if you all had any other ideas for how it could be used and there were so many good ones. Then when I was in my local Pizza Hut, there were some particularly obnoxious screaming children spoiling the ‘fine dining experience' for the rest of us and the staff brought them over some coloring sheets and crayons to keep them occupied / shut them up! And inspiration struck. Another chance to try out the Iron on Vinyl!
How to make a dry erase coloring placemat
A quick inquiry to Mom revealed that Harvey likes both Postman Pat and Thomas the Tank Engine. I downloaded coloring sheets from this site, and then printed them in reverse on Avery T-Shirt Transfer sheets. I added in some text to make it personal. Remember to mirror image your picture and text when you print it because it will be reversed when you fuse it onto the fabric.
A word of warning. If it's your first time using the transfer paper, practice first on some small pictures like I did with the Postman Pat before attempting to do the full page like Thomas the Tank Engine. Once you get the hang of the heat and pressure needed, you'll be fine. My iron did spit out some black stuff which made some marks on the fabric, but that was my silly fault for having a crappy old iron.
Once I had the graphics in place, I ironed on the sheet of Heat N Bond Iron on Vinyl. It's easy to apply and makes a nice smooth surface.
Then I trimmed the pieces to the same size and spray basted a piece of batting in between. I couldn't use pins because it would leave holes in the vinyl. Thank goodness for the Clover Wonder Clips.
I cut a length of binding and sewed that around the edge and it's finished. Works beautifully with dry erase markers, he can color and scribble as much as he likes and then just wipe it off again. Perfect to use at the table. I hope he likes it.
The vinyl might also be great for making wipe-clean baby bibs. Perhaps this can be a future project for the little one on the way. We're still waiting to learn if it's a boy or girl so I've not made any plans or bought fabric yet – but soon. I'm really quite excited to have a go at sewing some cute stuff.
Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy