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So one of my cousins just had a baby, and I decided to make the newest member of my family a gift. It’s a wrap for the baby, with a hood, to keep his head warm. I’ve used organic cotton from certton for it: a sky blue jersey for the outer, and a natural terry for the lining, so that baby Brodie can use it fresh from the bath. I got the idea from merging a standard hooded wrap with the terry towel dressing-gowns my Mum made for my sisters and me when we were kids, and voila, we have a Hooded Baby Towel Wrap!

Sizing is entirely at your discretion: You don’t need to limit yourself to a baby, and I’ve been reliably informed that even if you do make it for a baby, it’s highly likely that once they grow, they’ll use it as a cape in their dress ups 🙂

Mine is about 80 cm x 80 cm, which I feel is large enough to wrap luxuriously, but not have overwhelming amounts of bulky fabric.

I’m going to write out instructions of a sort, but please feel free to fiddle with the ‘recipe’. Don’t limit yourselves to just these fabrics: A silk would be luxurious and cool in summer (when the hood could protect from sunburn). If you want it to insulate in the very cold, perhaps add a fleece layer in between the jersey and flannel. As I said, I’ve used 100% cotton, including for the stitching, but you don’t need to do the same. So long as you choose natural, absorbent fabrics, your wrap will dry baby nicely.

Materials

-At least 110 cm x 80 cm of cotton terry cloth (or if you’re a super recycler, an old towel)

-At least 112 cm x 82 cm of cotton jersey

-Cotton thread

-Pins and needles

-Newspaper and a pen/marker

Method

1. Draw the pattern pieces onto newspaper: a square 80 cm x 80 cm, a square 85 cm x 85 cm, and a right angle triangle with a side of approximately 30 cm.

2. Pin the 80 cm square and the triangle to the terry fabric, and cut.

3. Pin the 82 cm square and the triangle to the jersey fabric, and cut.

4. Line up the two triangles, making sure that the terry faces outwards, and pin along all three sides.

5. Fold the terry underneath itself (by 1 cm), and then fold the jersey twice, so that the jersey covers the terry, and there are no raw edges. Pin.

6. Sew along the jersey edge, close to the border between the jersey and terry. (This should be done on your machine, but if it’s having a freak out like mine was, a hand hemming stitch will look lovely too.

7. Line up the two squares, the terry centered on the jersey.

8. Line up the right angle of the triangle with one (any) corner of terry square.

9. Tuck the edges of the three layers (jersey triangle, terry triangle and terry square) under them selves, and fold the jersey square edges twice, again covering all the raw edges, both inside the hood and out.

10. Continue tucking and folding all the way around the two squares.

11. Stitch, as before, all the way around the wrap.

12. Stitch twice over a centimeter on each side of area where the triangle corners attach to the wrap. The hood is likely to be tugged on in the life of the wrap, and this will ensure that whatever baby throws at it, as well as the washing that has to be done as a result, won’t undo the stitching.

13. Spread out, show off, and admire in general! I’d love to see the photos, so comment with links once you’re done 🙂

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I’ve never been a very good knitter. It’s not that I lack the capability to learn. It’s that I lack the patience to practice. I much prefer the feeling of achievement at the end of a project to the actual knitting.

Despite this, seemingly every winter I begin a new knitting project. In order to get to that satisfied feeling quicker, this year I bought ONDAS yarn. It was $10 for 100g at Clegs, which I think is pretty good. They’re having a sale at the moment.

ONDAS

Have you seen the ELICIA yarn from Lincraft? It’s pretty similar. Both are acrylic, only really useful for a ruffle scarf, and very easy to knit. They differ in that the ONDAS yarn looks more like a natural fibre, and has much smaller netting than the ELICIA. This makes it much prettier in my opinion. I have heard that Moda Vera Fishnet Fever from Spotlight is similar to the ONDAS, but I haven’t checked it out myself, as there’s no Spotlight near me.

ONDAS

It took me a few rows of knitting to get into the swing of things. I initially tried to use each hole in the webbing as a new stitch. This gave me painfully tight tension. Now that I’ve loosened it out by knitting into every 3rd or 4th hole it’s much more comfortable to knit.

ONDAS

It’s a quick and easy project that I highly recommend you try. I reckon a night or two in front of the TV is all you’ll need, even if you’re as slow a knitter as I am!

So last Saturday Anne Marie Creations went to another market…

We went to The Handmade Show in Glenhuntly, Vic. While it was still not what we’d call a rousing success (where we sell out of absolutely everything!) it was a vast improvement on last time…

We made two sales. Not great, I know, but it’s a start. Hannah (sister) and I wrote a whole list of things to try differently for our next market on the 23rd. We’re gonna be in Box Hill at Indie Market Place.

It’s a bit more expensive to get a table, but hopefully there are more people there, and we make even more progress!

Any handy market tips would be appreciated 🙂

Hey Folks,

I shouldn’t be writing this… I have a report due for uni tomorrow, but this is less necessary, and thus more fun 🙂

On Saturday Anne Marie Creations went to a market at St Jude’s Primary School, Langwarrin. It was at once extremely disappointing, and triumphant. I suppose that’s the way of a lot of things.

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The stall looked wonderful, and I’m pretty proud that I managed to get all the stock ready to be honest. But it was a horrifically slow day. I sold exactly one pair of earrings, and they were to my Mum, so I don’t think I can count them as a legit sale 🙂 I honestly think that the stall looked good, so I’ve been scratching around in the dirt for a reason why it was such a fail of a market day, and I’ve come down to one main cause:

RESEARCH!!

I read all those start-up business guides, that say you need to make sure that there’s a niche for your product, etc. I still think that there is… what’s not to love about hand painted silk scarves, jewellery, ties etc? But that niche is not primary school kids, or their young parents. I think my audience is, currently, teenagers and older families. People with more disposable income. Also, people that are into handcrafted items: things that are entirely unique.

I’m not giving up (though I will be taking a break over exam period!). I’m going to try to get a stall at a market in the city. I think that’ll be better. And in the mean time, I’ll try to get some of the stock into shops, on commission, if that’s all I can get! So, to close, look out for Anne Marie in Melbourne stores, and if you ever run a market stall yourself, don’t get too depressed your first day out!