Sunday, September 27, 2015

Wee Care Bonnets for SAGA

September is National Sewing Month...and yes I have done some sewing, mending etc. Actually have spent more time trying to clean up and organize the sewing room/area AGAIN...sigh. Never ending cycle you know that.

But as September draws to a close [yikes] I am getting ready for the SAGA retreat in Valley Forge Pennsylvania.  Part of that getting ready is helping to supply 'kits' for a small Wee Care bonnet that an attendee can smock while enjoying down time at the retreat.  Seriously...the down time is limited...there is always something going on...but these are tiny bonnets for the smallest of angels.  [Look for the Wee Care label on the left side of the SAGA website]

As I also post on Facebook..many asked for the directions for these bonnets. So I wrote a note, which is the most basic of directions. But for those of you who do not frequent or join Facebook, I share it here.  Along with the photos.

Later I will post a finished bonnet...if I get to finish one...sometime soon.

In the meanwhile...here you are...hope you are encouraged to try one.

Pleating half spaces, note the Machine shell tuck
edge feeding on the groove; also the folded
fabric .
Daisy chain pleating..using my box.


Fifteen pleated bonnets ready for smocking!









The bonnets are for the tiny preemies...Here is what I did. You can expand/ alter the size as you see fit. Fabric is 5 inchs by 19 long; I folded approx 3/4 inch on one long side; Machine Shell tucked the edge... Roll and whip other long edge, and short sides. Create casing on opposing long side. Pleat with 4-5 half spaces positioning the first needle about 1/4 inch from tucked edge. [Tucked edge will roll through a needle space...I don't like having to spread on long threads]. Pull up to 5-6 inches and smock. 1/8 ribbon in casing...1/4-1/2 inch for ties. the pleating/smocking keeps the folded hem stable...
Remember...you can increase the size by adding length, and width. At one time, there was a marvelous size description written by Maggie Bunch that gives a very good size comparison for preemie babies and small infant size heads. I am personally acquainted with size as I worked for many years as a Labor and Delivery/ OB/ and Nursery nurse. Maggie however has a good visualization for you. IF I find it I will add it here!!


I do not mind if you share...these are general notes..simple instructions. I do mind if anyone gains profit...this is all done as a gift of sharing with love. Please respect that premise 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Grandchildren and more

Monday: September 14, 2015...the day after Grandparents Day.  And we had 'Sunday' Dinner at Mom mom and Pop pop's house yesterday!  I enjoyed the day, noisy and just wonderful to have our children and grands here. Much how I have envisioned my Sundays.  Maybe, just maybe we will start a trend...once a month?

Grandchildren are the pot of gold in my life these days. We have a new grandson, Brantley Caden Eveland...born August 31st, all 9 lbs. 8 oz. and 21 inches long!!

Just a short two weeks later at Mom mom's house:


Growing and being part of the family!! 
Speaking of growing...our two girls are leaping ahead!

Mackenzie [red] is 9 months old...has first tooth! and is starting that wonderful thing called 'walking'..look out world!!
Brooke [white] is 7 months old...babbling up a storm, crawling, laughing, and is getting taller...30 inches her dad says..here's to ?modeling? or basketball??

With Bryan's wedding we added another grand daughter Kimberley, big sister to Brantley, and a great cousin to JJ...don't have that photo to share but here is Kim with her baby brother.

JJ is in Kindergarten now...5 years old..what happened to the years??
Loves his little sister...now...and always will..but we are just waiting..as all know how that goes ! 


Our oldest grandson is 14..Jonathan. He wasn't here yesterday...missed him. He is a typical teen now...no explanation needed.  Loves his sister Brooke and is becoming one very good looking young man!
February time...Look at how Brooke has grown!!

So..that's the recent snips of life as they are growing! I have been busy babysitting full time since March. Since Labor Day, I have stopped...only doing one day a week with Mackenzie. Always ON call for any of them if able. 

As has been habit for over 50 years, September is the 'new year' for me...school starts, summer ends, fall arrives. Back to sewing meetings, holiday preparations, and more.  And with all new years, I am hoping to keep up and blog just a bit more, along with sewing some more, reading some more, and living some more.