A few weeks ago, a few online friends of Jenya (from While She Was Sleeping) set up the plan to organize a surprise blog tour for her. Jenya is expecting a baby next month, and we thought it would be fun to send her handmade baby gifts from all over the world. After all, Jenya herself is incredibly sweet, generous and talented lady. She shows the most beautiful creations on her blog, worn be her ever darling daughter R.
I immediately decided that I’d make something for the proud big-sister-to-be, if only to compensate for the all the gifts her new born sibling will be getting. I decided to make a doll’s Lua sleepsack for R, as I have heard that big sisters often use dolls to imitate their mother’s caring for baby sis or bro (Norah never ever did that, as she is notoriously disinterested in dolls).
I used a bright Cloud 9 fabric: Folky Daisy in Mustard, from Elizabeth Olwen’s Grey Abbey collection. I didn’t use batting, and for the lining I went for the softest, cuddliest longhair fleece you can imagine.
As closures I used satin ribbon. I used them on both sides instead of only at the right, an idea I stole from Griet, who made a set of super pretty sleep sacks with my free pattern. To prevent the end of the ribbons from fraying, I used a little trick with a match stick. I just briefly (!) held each end against a flame; the ends melted and can no longer fray.
Dear Jenya, I hope you will have a great last weeks of your pregnancy, and a happy, healthy baby. Big hug from Belgium to you and your family!
Check out the other bloggers who are participating in this tour:
A Stitch in Between / Naeh Connection / Straightgrain / Siskobymieke / Threading My Way / Lil’ Pip Designs / Sew Delicious / Things For Boys / Sewpony / Made By Sara / As It Seams / Sew n Sow / Nearest the Pin