Welcome to My Modest Blog!

I've always been a crafty person. I love the visual arts and just like to create things. I tend to stare at each item in awe when it is complete... thinking "I made this!?" Call me a hopeless romantic, but the old days had it right in many ways, including traditional homemaking. I've been hobby sewing and crafting since I was a little girl. But in recent years, I found it necessary to sew clothes for my girls to keep them modestly dressed. While nursing my babies, I began making nursing covers for myself and friends. I've also done furniture restoration, crocheting, baking, painting/drawing, photography and more. Enjoying these feminine crafts and other projects has made me want to share my ideas and talents.

I hope to provide you with great ideas and quality products that will "keep you covered!" Some items will be available at an Etsy Shop. Also enjoy my tips and examples on this blog!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Crafting for Baby

Bringing home a baby from the hospital in the winter brings on new challenges for me, as our other four were all born in the summer. So I've gladly been making some additions to my baby collection…

The Car Seat Canopy
  - You may remember or have the traditional, elastic cover with the peek-a-boo window that was always in baby's face. Then recently, someone upped that with a liner that also went behind the baby for extra warmth. Snowsuits are no longer safe for car seat travel, so warmth and wind cover is essential.
Edward is Born
-Now this is more like it! Warmth, room for a blanket, and nothing on baby's face. No bulky snowsuits. Also easy access to baby without zippers, elastic, etc. Plus, lots of style options!
Carseat TentCar Seat Canopy
Pattern by FLEECE FUN: Baby Car Seat Canopy / Tent / Cover
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- I can make one for you too! Until my Etsy Shop opens, you can contact me by email: 4modestmommies@gmail.com

Cozy Nursing Covers
  - What started me on this blog was the excitement I had for making nursing covers. Throwing a blanket or long shirt over baby is not easy when you need your hands available for other wiggly kids. I researched, tried and created my own version of a nursing cover which includes a overall hook/button, adjustable strap, and fleece lining.
  - My newest cover includes a wide, fleece lined neck strap, logo strap for rolling up securely for the diaper bag, and fabric and lace I've been holding onto for a long time for a special project.
Nursing CoverNursing Cover
  - My original wrapped up "Dairy Go" design:
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  - I can make one for you too! Until my Etsy Shop opens, you can contact me by email: 4modestmommies@gmail.com or Read more at my blog HERE.

Crocheting for Baby
  - There are so many free patterns online for crochet projects to make for babies. These are a few I've recently made, including a Cuddly Bear Hat and Cocoon, a Teddy for Eddie, and more hats.
Bear Hat and Cocoon
Crochet Cocoon
I didn't want to pay $40 plus for the hat/cocoon set from an online store, since I figured it wouldn't be too hard to learn crochet and make one myself. [That's the way I think!] So I learned by watching youtube.com crochet lessons, read up similar patterns, and got to work. Cost me about $5 and a few nights work. So worth it!

Crocheted Teddy
Lion Brand's Bear in a Jif wasn't as quick as it sounds, but it turned out cute enough.

Newborn Hat
This is a single crochet stitch hat with tassels and pompom top. It is just adorable on him, and fits snug but comfortably so. I am not sure what pattern I used to get it this size, but there are many free ones online.

Baby Blankets

Using 6x6 fabric squares picked out by our family and friends, we created a scrap quilt for Eddie to claim his space on our family room floor. Since many of the fabric pieces had not been prewashed, I decided to stitch the seams to the prewashed back piece, hoping that when it gets washed, they won't lose their shape.
Sibling ShowerEddies Memory Quilt
Edward is BornEdward is Born

Blankets I made for our other babies:
100_2254 Craft Time
A Bassinet Quilt and Playpen Comforter with Pillow Case.
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