My Mum gave me these two remnants of fabric about three years ago for Christmas – they are a good weight cotton canvas and I love the prints. I’ve been saving them to make something special and the opportunity to do just that came a few weeks ago, when my older sister gave birth to identical twin girls at 27 weeks – H & V. The girls are doing well but they won’t be in the all clear for another 4-5 weeks. It’s been really difficult to know what to do, what to say and how to help. I find myself thinking about their little family a lot of the time – hoping that the girls keep getting stronger and stronger. Even though H & V won’t be able to wear these sweet booties for a very long time I still wanted to make something to welcome them into the world and perhaps to serve as some sort of good luck charm.
The booties are taken from a book by Anna Maria Horner I bought from The Works called: “Handmade Beginnings: 24 Projects to Welcome Baby“. (There’s a quilt in there that I would really like to make for baby boy number 2! It is divine!) The patterns are tucked away neatly at the back in an envelope and are to scale. After one or two disastrous encounters with book patterns that need enlarging I now only buy books that have patterns to scale. The patterns in this book are easy to read and clearly labelled. Cutting out is always my least favourite part – it is so time consuming and you don’t really feel like you’re getting anywhere.
Being a practical person I’m not normally a fan of booties on babies – they seem to just fall off all the time, but these are elasticated at the back and front so are sure to stay on.
The booties were very easy to make once I’d got the multiple lefts and rights sorted!