I have decided that I love having friends with kids. It’s great, because I love babies but also like to sleep. With my friends’ kids, it’s the best of both worlds—you get to play with the babies but when they start to cry or smell, you can give them back to mom. We got to spend some time this weekend with two couples who are some of our dearest friends, both of whom have 1 year olds. It was so fun to have babies in our apartment for a few hours. One of those babies is actually turning one this week and her birthday party is this coming weekend. I volunteered to make her something cute to wear. I am so so happy with how it has turned out and can’t wait to get her in the whole ensemble.
I did a hair clip that I am going to clip onto a headband because baby girl still doesn’t have enough hair for clippies. The rest of the outfit is a onesie, tutu and leg warmers. The only part I’m not in love with is the leg warmers. I got the idea from Finding My Aloha but my attempts at adding ruffles today did not go well. I may try again later in the week if I have time.
For the headband, I did cut the same tulle from the tutu into circles (sort of—I freehanded) and folded them into fourths. I sewed them into a circle and did two layers. I topped it with the ribbon from the tutu, corker style. It was super simple to make. A Girl and A Glue Gun has a good tutorial or you can just Google it. I hot glued the ribbon to the tulle then the whole thing onto a clip that I had. I still need to go get little miss a headband, but I’m super happy with how it turned out.
For the onesie, I ironed some Heat and Bond (I love that stuff—we used it all the time in college to make sorority shirts and pillow cases). I printed a 1 in Curlz font then traced it onto the Heat and Bond side (make sure its not going to turn out backwards) and ironed it on the onesie. If I wanted to make it more secure, I would have gone around the edges with a zig-zag stich, but I thinks she’ll only wear this a couple of times, so it will be okay.
My favorite part is the tutu. I wish I could wear a tutu like this for my birthday this week, but I don’t think it will be quite as cute on me. I wanted her to be able to grow into it, so I used ribbon instead of elastic for the waist. It is super fluffy. I used three colors of tulle—pink, blue and yellow. I didn’t think it was quite fluffy enough and I had lots of blue, so on the pink and yellow layers, I doubled up with a piece of blue as well. Then I went back and added the ribbon. Its also short enough so that she can still crawl while wearing it (I tested it out when she came to visit).
I will be sure to post a picture of her wearing it at the party this weekend. Yay for friends with kids!