Flannel Baby Pants

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Hugo has been wearing his many pairs of cotton Big Butt Baby pants and they always get tons of compliments (how could they not with such a cute model?). I wanted to make him a couple warmer pairs out of the new Fanfare 2014 flannels for winter, so I picked these two elephant prints with a grey solid rear panel.

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The sewing pattern is my Big Butt Baby Pants Sewing Pattern, which is designed with enough room for cloth-diapered booties. It’s so fun to give the pattern another go with another kiddo; when I designed it back in 2010, Clementine was my little pattern tester!

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I made one small mod to the pattern here which is so easy to do and yields such a cute result: instead of sewing the entire hem, leave a small gap along the top of the folded hem allowance for an elastic casing. Then thread 6-8″ of half inch wide elastic through the casing, overlap the ends of the elastic and stitch them together (try on baby first) to get a snug fit around the ankle, and stitch the casing shut. I’m a big fan of the elasticized cuff lately (moon pants anyone?).

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Hugo is NOT actually walking yet, despite how these pics may appear — Karen was holding his hands just above the shot, though he does LOVE to stand up. I’m hoping he will refrain from walking until he is a bit older like his siblings (they both walked at 15 months). What do you think the chances of that are? A mama can hope, right?

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Scaffold Quilt

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My first line of fabrics, Fanfare, reprinted this fall and included a line of coordinating flannel solids. As soon as they arrived on my doorstep I felt they deserved their own quilt, the combination of these solid pastels seemed just right. I love plus patterns in quilts, and I wanted the pluses to run into each other a bit (inspired by this design, though I’m not sure…is that a quilt? Or a piece of art? not sure). The result is that the narrow bands remind me of scaffolding.

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When it comes to making quilts, I enjoy the piecing but I am not a huge fan of the actual quilting bit (by which I mean the stitching through the layers to hold everything together), so the quilting was pretty spare: just a simple stitch-in-the-ditch type situation along the narrow bands to form an allover tic-tac-toe stitching pattern. I also like how the back turned out — four simple squares to complement the front — not too boring, but not too fussy.

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As far as creating the quilt top, I think anyone with basic piecing skills could replicate this — it’s 16 blocks, and the smaller squares are 6.5″ and the narrower strips are 2.5″ wide. The final quilt is maybe about 60″ square? Dunno — didn’t measure and didn’t do the math.

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Anyway, I love how modern and uncomplicated this turned out. Baby quilts are my favorite kind of quilt — pretty quick to piece together, easy to quilt (no long-arm needed, though I do use a walking foot), and they make great gifts (this one in fact is headed to a cousin’s new baby). Aren’t flannels the perfect cosy fabric?

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Fanfare Flannels 2014 are here!

Fanfare 2014

I’m so happy to report that my line for Cloud9 Fabrics, Fanfare Flannels, has been reprinted this year! It’s already in stores, and folks are already making tons of adorable stuff out of it. This year’s edition features a few new colors in the same beloved foxes and elephants, plus some coordinating solids. All in scrumptiously soft organic flannel.

Now would you like to see some projects?

Deborah at Whipstitch made these adorable shirts for two of her kiddos.Love this photo and these precious Sketchbook Shirts by @whipstitchier!! #fanfareflannels @cloud9fabrics @oliverands Part of this week's Fanfare Extravaganza!!!

Here’s Jessica from A Little Gray with her daughter in their cozy City Gym Shorts (that’s a free pattern, people!):
How fun are these City Gym Shorts by @alittlegressica!? Made with #fanfareflannels @cloud9fabrics @purlsoho Part of this week's Fanfare Extravaganza!!!

Kristin over at Skirt As Top made her little boy a sleep sack:
Check out this adorable sleep sack by @skirtastop! Too cute! #fanfareflannels @cloud9fabrics Part of this week's Fanfare Extravaganza!!!

And Terri at Fa Sew La made her boys some super fun Parsley Pants to romp around in!
Check out Fa Sew La's adorable parlsey pants in Fanfare Flannels!

If you’ve made anything out of Fanfare, we’d love to see your projects in the Fanfare Photo Pool on Flickr. Meanwhile, we’ll keep posting some more links over the next few days for a little Fanfare 2014 Extravaganza!!

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Fanfare for Baby!

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Fanfare for Baby Hugo!

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Pants: Big Butt Baby Pants in Fanfare flannel + yellow Shot Cotton. Perfect for his cute little cloth diaper bum.

Crib Sheet: made using Dana’s Crib Sheet Tutorial (I had to modify the dimensions a bit because the flannel shrinks down to about 41″ wide)

Changing Pad Cover: this is a FREE printable tutorial that I put together last summer, available from the Cloud9 website!

Nursery Prints: by Ingela Arrhenius; I found them here. Wall color is Sherwin Williams Waterfall.

Fun news: Fanfare is being REPRINTED in MORE COLORS and will be available later this summer! You can sneak a peek here, and I’ll post pics of my new samples soon!!!

More pics of the baby. I can’t resist.

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Fanfare for Baby Hugo!

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My two cuties in Fanfare from head to toe

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By request: blue foxes for E and pink foxes for C.

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Fabric: Fanfare, organic flannels designed by me for Cloud9 collective

Patterns:
Charlie Tunic (with curved bottom hem and 3/4 sleeve for Clementine), and basic Parsley Pants (in size 4 and 6 with a cuff added)

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You didn’t think they always got along, did you? They do pretty well though.

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Fanfare Fan Flair

Now that we’ve had a couple of weeks to rest since the Fanfare Blog Tour, I’d love to see what the rest of you out there are sewing with my first fabric line, Fanfare Flannels for Cloud9 Fabrics. So, we’ve started up a Fanfare Fan Flair Flickr Group!

A bunch of our tour bloggers have put their photos in there already, and it’s time for everyone to join the fun!  It really is getting chilly (at least up here in Michigan!), and I’m excited to cozy up in some flannels! So go ahead and add your photos, I’d love to see what you’ve been sewing up for fall and winter!

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Fanfare baby blanket at You & Mie

We have reached the end of the Fanfare Flannels blog tour. Cherie at You & Mie is wrapping things up for us today with this adorable little blanket for her brand-new baby! I am super impressed by the fact that Cherie found time to not only make a quilt, but photograph and blog about it within weeks of having her baby!

image via, used with permission

image via, used with permission

To see more of this adorable blanket and baby (GAH!!! Kaya is SO CUTE!), head on over to You & Mie. I promise there are more pictures of cute little toes.

CLICK HERE FOR CHERIE’S FANFARE POST

Thanks to all the great bloggers who shared their Fanfare projects with us on this tour!! I know it’s been inspirational for everyone! Here’s a recap of all their posts:

  • Fanfare flannel robes at Luvinthemommyhood
  • A Fanfare of foxes and baby baskets at MADE
  • Fanfare for the little ones at Skirt as Top
  • Lounge Pants at Noodlehead
  • Comfy, cozy nightgowns at Craftiness is not Optional
  • Lounge Pants in Fanfare Flannel at Whipstitch
  • Quick Release Scarf at Whipstitch
  • Lounging in Fanfare at Probably Actually
  • Fanfare is printed on 100% organic flannels from Cloud9 Fabrics and is being sold in shops now. For a list of shops that have stocked the line, see this post.

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    Pennant Pants with Sherpa Pockets

    Today’s Fanfare project is a pair of flannel pants that I made for Elliot. You didn’t think I would just sew clothes for the girl, did you?

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    One of the reasons I love Pinterest is that it gives me so many ideas for sewing for Elliot (you can see my “Elliot” board here). And I love seeing when someone else uses a pin for inspiration on a sewing project, so I’m going to show you the pin that inspired these pants, even though I’m a little embarrassed that these pants really didn’t quite hit the mark. If you look at that link, you can maybe see that what I was going for here was something like sweatpants, with a knit waistband and cuffs. But the truly awesome thing is the sherpa pockets, which Elliot loves because they are so warm and cosy.

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    Anyway, I keep studying these while he’s wearing them because I feel like they’re either a little too wide or a little too narrow (I used the Parsley Pants sewing pattern as a starting point, just cut off the waistband foldover at the top and tapered the legs). Or maybe a little too long, because when he wears them you can’t really see the cuffs very well? But he’s turning into a little stringbean, so I HAD to make them long because he’s starting to grow out of all of the size 6 Parsley Pants I made him last spring already. Stop growing, little dude!

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    So I’m not sure if I should keep tinkering with them or not, but at any rate E loves them and has already worn them three days in a row (including to school yesterday), so that’s a win, right? But don’t you think they would be even greater with a pair of SHERPA KNEEPADS??? Or is that completely insane to put white kneepads on a pair of boy’s pants. I think I am answering my own question.

    *JAZZ HANDS*

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    The fabric of course is Fanfare, my line of organic flannels for Cloud9 Fabrics, which is in fabric shops right now. I used the amazing Michael Miller Organic sherpa for the pockets (which is currently in stock over at Fabricworm) and a grey rib knit for the cuffs and waistband.

    I’ve been hosting a Fanfare blog tour for the past week, so if you’d like to see all of those posts, you can click here. We’ve got just one more stop on the tour tomorrow, and then it will be back to the usual randomness around here after that!

    Flannel robes at Luvinthemommyhood

    Just a couple more stops on the Fanfare blog tour this week! Today, we’re visiting Shannon at Luvinthemommyhood. Check out the amazing robes she made for her girls! The timing couldn’t be better on this particular project; here in the Midwest we’re suddenly very much in need of cozy robes to snuggle in. Hello, October!!!

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    Head over to luvinthemommyhood now for a big dose of cute (and psst! she’s also having a Fanfare giveaway)!

    CLICK HERE FOR SHANNON’S FANFARE POST

    Here are the other posts from our Fanfare blog tour:

  • A Fanfare of foxes and baby baskets at MADE
  • Fanfare for the little ones at Skirt as Top
  • Lounge Pants at Noodlehead
  • Comfy, cozy nightgowns at Craftiness is not Optional
  • Lounge Pants in Fanfare Flannel at Whipstitch
  • Quick Release Scarf at Whipstitch
  • Lounging in Fanfare at Probably Actually
  • Fanfare is printed on 100% organic flannels from Cloud9 Fabrics and is being sold in shops now. For a list of shops that have stocked the line, see this post.

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