In case you can’t tell, I’ve had so much fun creating so many sweet little things. I though I’d share some more of them.
After smocking one of the SAGA Wee Care bishop gowns, I made up the diaper cover pattern as well as a smocked bonnet to go with it. For the preemie smocked bonnet, I used the free pattern that has been graciously provided by Laurie Anderson. She has excellent instructions! If you don’t know how to smock and would like to learn, she also has some fabulous u-tube videos (for those visual learners like myself!). It’s easier than it looks!
Laurie also includes a simple smocking design with her pattern. 🙂 It works up quickly and is very appropriate for beginners.
I thought that this made a beautiful set for a preemie baby!
The next girl set that I finished I have already shared a picture of the gown, but without the bonnet since I didn’t have that pattern ready yet. This bonnet pattern is now available. The embroidery design is from “Designs For Shadow Work Embroidery and Fine Embroidery” – designed by my late friend Lane Edwards and published by her daughter, Donna Krezelak. The design on the bonnet is as it appears in the book. I modified it for the corner design on the dress – a simple matter of rotating half of the design.
I love everything about this sweet set! I chose a simple embroidery design so that it could be completed quickly and sent out to the expectant mom.
Not wanting to leave the boys out with the pattern, I also included boy designs as well as a girl design with a brim, though my favorite is definitely without the brim. There’s a total of 4 bonnet styles, all lined, in the pattern The pattern also includes instructions on how to apply piping so that it is as tiny as possible and how to apply the gathered lace with plenty of tips for that.
What father would love this little bonnet with the embroidered horse? Unfortunately, I cannot tell you where I purchased this design. During my early machine embroidery days I lacked the computer skills/knowledge required to adequately file and note designers. Thankfully, I’m past that now, but I have thousands of designs that I have no clue where they came from.
This is another sweet embroidery design. I though that it may be from Martha Pullen, but I didn’t couldn’t find it online. Perhaps someone else knows. Both the horse and the puppy designs were shrunk somewhat to make the size more appropriate for these 4 – 5 lb. bonnets.
The last bonnet to design was a girly one with a brim. For this embroidery, I used a design from Joy Welsh. She has some beautiful and very reasonably priced embroidery designs. I particularly liked this design with the featherstitching and hope to make a matching dress or diaper shirt to go with this. She also includes tips on how to make this a continuous design that can be used all around a hem, or can be made into insertion lace. I haven’t tried that yet, put it’s in the plans! Hopefully soon!
I’ve enjoyed creating these special little things for some special little babies. I had never intended to offer patterns, but several ladies requested the patterns, so I decided to offer them. There’s very few tiny preemie patterns available.
I hope others will enjoy sewing some of these patterns as well. For all those women that don’t have little ones to sew for , these make wonderful gifts and are also much appreciated if you choose to donate them to a hospital or to the Wee Care project of SAGA. The piped bonnets can be made up in no time at all!
Enjoy some fun stitching!!!