Sunday, February 28, 2010

In/out or How Monstery Triplets can become a Baby-in-a-Pouch

Lately ideas have been coming from lots of directions...but I guess that's just how ideas always come...anyway, you can think of this post as a kind of improvisation on the last post I put up since the basic shape of the baby is the same as the shape of the monstery triplets...it's just a very simple shape that can be adapted to all sorts of things.
Nikki left a comment on my "triplet" post about how kids like to put things in and out of other things...endlessly really...and that's the kernel of the idea behind this baby in a pouch...just something simple and small and soft...easy for little hands to hold...and easy for them to play putting-into-and-out-of games with.
Here's our little friend nicely tucked in:


The template for the pouch is a "house" shape. The base of my "house" is 15.5cm, the sides are 5cm high, and a line drawn staight up from the middle of the base to the highest point of the "roof" is 11cm.



As you can see I've used different materials for contrast and a thin piece of wadding to give the pouch a nice spongy feel and a bit of thickness.

Important: when you sew the 4 cut out pieces of your pouch together make sure that you sew them in the order shown below...



...it should look like this when you've sewn the 4 pieces together:



When you turn your pouch inside-out make sure that you turn the top layer of material over the other layers:



I made the baby's blanket in the shape seen below...



...to avoid it becoming too bulky when the baby is all wrapped up:



Now the fun starts...in out in out in out in out in out in out in out in out in out...you get the picture...


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36 comments:

  1. it's so cute 'I' would play with it for hours!
    xxrosey

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  2. hey Trixi - both of my girls would love this. Moonshine for the putting in and out part and Rainbow because she loves all things little and baby. Her sleepy face is so dainty.

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  3. I love your beautiful blog and have had such fun looking back through previous posts. My fave was the quilt one, what a gorgeous present that was for your daughter. You are a very loving and creative mum! Hope you are having a happy day, see you again x

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  4. oh yes i think miss martha and her friends would like these, thanks for the tutorial - I will give this go !

    just great Trixi,

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  5. That is so cute, I'm going to make one for my soon to be two yr old. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Oh Trixi, she is a bit too cute. I love the hair... very "just woken up" hair! The blanket is a great idea and the pouch is perfect for out in out in out in out in out in out in out.... oh yes, I get the picture!!

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  7. Sooo sweet, I gave a link at my blog:)

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  8. Adorable! I definitely want to try this project sometime.

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  9. That's gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing :) Just a quick q - is that ribbon you've tied around it? Or a rubber band? Cheers, Kat

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  10. hi kat...in answer to your question: it is a ribbon...i have sewn it to the middle of the back of the pouch with a small stitch...also: i folded the ribbon in half so that the stitch is in the middle of the ribbon...hope this helps.

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  11. Hello,
    thanks to visit, I am glad to me that you like my works:
    Besos.Aida.

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  12. Oh she is so absolutely GORGEOUS!

    thea.
    www.spoonfulzine.com

    xx

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  13. I just love this! I can't wait to read your older posts and see what else needs to go into my "must make for my 'someday grandchildren'" file!! Thanks for becoming a follower, too! :)
    XXOO

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  14. Thanks Trixi for answering my question. It all makes sense now! How did I think that was a rubber band???? *blush* Cheers, Kat x

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  15. Hiya!
    thanks for your comment on my blog, I've just left a comment on Emma's blog explaining your problem, you have to click the actual words " word verification" then it brings up a wee box for you to fill in, have you tried this?
    hope it sorts out, lovely seeing your blog and your lovely swaddled babes! take care Lisa:)

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  16. I've shown this post to my 4-y-o daughter and she loves the little doll!! so I guess I'll be trying to make one very soon ;)
    It's really cute.

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  17. Hi Trixi, that last picture looks just how I feel!

    Thanks for the pointer on fabric with text - I'll definitely check out your links... and then start spending ;o ! x

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  18. found you on chez beeper baby's blog... these are sooo adorable! thanks for the tutorial.

    www.carlasdeleon.blogspot.com

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  19. btw, just became a follower... can't wait for more postings!

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  20. I love this tutorial! I just made one, but made a few changes to it.
    Thanks for posting this!!
    Michelle

    http://noggintoppers.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/yikes-easter-is-upon-us/

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  21. Hi Trixi,

    Thanks for visiting 973. I'm glad to find your delightful blog.

    Cheers!

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  22. This is just the cutest idea. In fact I love all of your projects. Do you have a template for the little doll? I am signing up to follow you. Come stop by my blog when you have a chance.
    Carey

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  23. This is so, so cute! I want to make one for my small little friend. Do you have dimensions for the baby?

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  24. Catherine & Carey: The baby is a peanut shape drawn onto calico. It's about 3 inches long and 1 inch across. Hope this helps.

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  25. can you post a pattern for this? this is so cute but i cant seem to get the shape right. PLEASE!

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  26. Olá, sou brasileira e amei seu blog. Nossa, que trabalho maravilhoso! Fiquei encantada, e muito feliz, por saber que existem pessoas que compartilham suas idéias. Obrigada!

    Hello, I am Brazilian and I loved your blog. Wow, what a wonderful job! I was delighted and very happy to know that there are people who share their ideas. Thank you!

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  27. Thank you for your sweet comment on the magic box, Trixi! I just have to leave a few lines on this tutorial - it is so lovely! I definitely have to make a baby in a pouch, it would be the nicest little gift for a child! Spring greetings from Sweden, Juliane

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  28. You have so many wonderful projects for the kids. Will come in handy with the school holidays coming soon.

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  29. Oh these are just so cute, I love their little pouches x

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