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Amish Puzzle Ball

It’s been a while since I did any crocheting but I rediscovered it when my daughter was born. Pretty much all she wanted to do was eat and sleep, and my lap was the only bed she wanted to sleep in during day time. In the beginning it was quite relaxing to sit and watch Netflix all day long. However, after watching good TV shows, bad TV shows, good movies, good B-movies (Sharknado 1, 2 and 3 :)) and bad movies, I wanted to do something more creative with my time. The end result was this amish puzzle ball!

It’s a great baby toy since it’s so easy for them to hold (and eat if you ask my daughter). You can also make it in many different colour to make it even more fun and interesting. An extra feature that the baby might like when it gets older is that you can actually disassemble it into 3 parts! There are a lot of patterns where you can’t take the ball apart but that kind of defeats the purpose if you ask me…

The amish puzzle ball made with a cotton yarn that called for a 4½mm hook but I used a 2,5mm hook to make it tighter. This resulted in a ball with a diameter of ~9,5cm. The free pattern is available here at Look at what I made – Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball

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New cover for a baby bouncer

When I told my mum that we were thinking about buying a BabyBjörn bouncer for Charlie, she said that there was no need for that since she had actually saved my old bouncer! The bouncer looked great but I wanted to upgrade it and give it a more modern look so I made a new cover (I think the old cover was made in West-Germany ;) ).

The baby bouncer from the 80s!

I made the pattern based on the old cover and lavender-blue fabric was something that’s been lying in my fabric stash for ~10 years or so. I remember buying it because I fell in love with the colour :) It’s some kind of furniture fabric and I found out that it’s actually a bit water-repellent. A great feature when you’ve got a baby that drinks a lot of milk and burps a lot.

I can’t believe I’ve been trying to write this post for 5 months now. Charlie looks so tiny when she was trying the baby bouncer for the first time! And that horrible Frejka pillow she was wearing, I’d almost forgotten about it… Time flies, doesn’t it.


Baby nest

Baby nests have become very popular nowadays (at least in Sweden) and pretty much all parents either buy one or make one themselves. It’s a fun and easy project that everyone can make! In addition to the baby nest, I made two sheets  to use inside the nest. In case an accident would happen, the sheets were lined with waterproof terry with an exception for where the baby’s head would be. The terry’s supposed to be “breathing” but I’m not taking any chances. That part of the sheets is instead lined with a mint cotton fabric.

For this project, I bought:

  • 1m mint/green cotton
  • ~1,2m cotton fabric with a harlequin pattern
  • ~1m cotton fabric with sleeping owls
  • ~1m waterproof white terry
  • ~2,2m x 2,2m wadding
  • ~3m mint/green bias binding
  • light grey cord
  • 1 cord stopper

This baby nest is suitable for a baby 0-4 months old.

The pattern for the baby nest is rather simple and you need to cut two pieces (A), one for the front and one for the back. Also cut 2-3 pieces of (B) wadding, depending on how thick your wadding is. Baste the pieces of wadding together so that they will keep their shape even when put in the washing machine. Trace 20 cm from the border on the back piece (A). This is where you will sew the back and front pieces together with the wadding in between.Pin right sides together (A) and leave an opening on both small half circles. Turn it right sides out and press the seam.Pin the bias binding around the baby nest, from the center of the first half circle to the other one. Sew it carefully in place. A good top stitching is what makes something look awesome instead of just ‘ok’. Use a safety-pin to pull the cord through the tunnel that the bias binding creates.

Put the wadding inside and baste it in place before sewing. I pinned it in place but it was difficult to get a good result and I had to re-do the seam. I would highly recommend basting instead of pinning. Fold the rest of the wadding to a long sausage and stuff it inside the opening on one of the sides. Sew the openings shut. Also sew the opening for the first wadding (B) shut and add some bias binding for a nice finish.

The sheets are pretty much the same size as (B) and if you want to make it only out of cotton fabric follow these instructions. Cut two pieces of the B pattern. With a seam allowance of 1cm, sew them face sides together but leave a small opening. Turn it right sides out. Give it a good press with the iron and then top stitch 2mm from the edge all the way around the sheet, now closing the opening.

If you want to use waterproof terry you need to make sure that you don’t put the plastic where the baby’s head will be. If you look at the picture below, the white is plastic terry and the mint is regular cotton fabric. In this case you cut one B piece for the front. Then cut the B pattern in two parts and add 1cm seam allowance to both pieces. Cut the top piece in cotton and the bottom in terry. Put the cotton and plastic facing each other and sew them together. Press the seam allowance to one side with your nails. Don’t use an iron for this or the plastic will melt! Top stitch the seam allowance in place. Then put the front fabric (in this case owl fabric) and plastic facing each other and sew them together but leave an opening. Turn it right sides out and top stitch to close the opening.

To finish of this quick guide, here’s the finished baby nest!

I planned on making a baby nest + sheets before the baby arrived and I was halfway through this “2 day” project when it was time to go to bed. Quite pleased with my progress, I said to my husband “The baby nest will be finished tomorrow and afterwards we can just sit back, relax and wait for her arrival”. This totally jinxed it as my water broke 2 hours later and our daughter Charlie was born the next morning. Let’s just say it took me more than two days to finish the baby nest. :)


Christmas stocking

Merry Christmas everyone!

I’m not really sure if Christmas stockings are common in Sweden in general but it’s always been a tradition in my family. During my childhood, my parents would always surprise me with a present from Santa in my Christmas stocking on the morning on Christmas eve. This year, I wanted to surprise my husband with a Christmas stocking of his own (and of course a small present :) ).

While he was at work, I made this stocking from some burlap that was leftover from the Christmas tree sack and decorations and some red linen I had in my fabric pile. The pattern is drafted based on a picture of an actual knitted stocking that I found on Google.


Sack for the Christmas tree and Christmas decoration

Normally, we would buy a traditional Christmas tree that would occupy a large part of our living room but this year’s Christmas tree looks a bit different compared to previous years. The reason is of course lack of space. Where we’d normally put the tree, there is now a changing table and a baby stroller. The obvious solution was to find a really slim tree that we could squeeze in beside the changing table! And that is why we bought a modern and scrawny looking Atlas cedar as this year’s Christmas tree.

The Atlas cedar is actually a potted plant that can be replanted outdoors later on. In order to protect the floor in our apartment, we got a large plastic bucket that we could put the pot in. However, that bucket looked quite far from “Christmas-y” and after reading a catalogue from the fabric store “Stoff & Stil”, I was inspired to make a sack for the ugly bucket and some nice fabric hearts as Christmas decorations. The materials needed for this project was red and beige striped burlap, string to tie the sack together, thread, padding for the hearts and a bit of gold/beige yarn as hangers for the hearts.

To save some fabric, I decided to make the sack with a circular base and a large rectangle to go around it. I first measured the diameter of the bucket and added a bit of extra to make the sack a bit more fluffy. After that, I took a piece of pattern paper, folded it twice and with a pen and a ruler marked the radius +1cm for seam allowance. Based on the radius, I calculated the circumference of the circle and then cut out a rectangular piece (with seam allowance included).sack_for_christmas_tree_5When sewing, always try to sew the “flat things” first which is why I started with the top hem of the sack. After that, sew the rectangle into a tube and attach the tube to the circle. This was one of the easier things I’ve made in a long time :)

The pattern for the hearts can be found here.