DIY: Wrapped Ribbon Baby Wreath

I’m from the South – the part of the South that makes crazy large Homecoming mum and makes birth/baby wreaths.  Yes, this is a real thing.

Birth or baby wreaths are traditional hung on the hospital delivery door after the baby is born with a plaque or card with the baby’s vital information.  Some new parents transfer the wreath to the front door of their homes to announce that the baby has arrived to the neighborhood.  My mom has made these creative wreaths for her friends’ delivery doors since I was a barely old enough to ask why.  Usually, she would give the wreath to the couple at the hospital.

When my friend announced that she was pregnant, I decided to continue this very Southern tradition in a slightly more modern way – with a wrapped ribbon wreath.

Baby Wreath

Baby Wreath

Materials

  • 1 12 inch straw wreath
  • 2 rolls of 1.5 inch wide solid ribbon (approximately 16 yards)
  • 6 to 8 inch section of 5/8 inch wide patterned ribbon
  • 1 medium-sized wooden letter
  • Hot glue gun with hot glue
  • Yarn (I did not measure the amount of yardage I used, but I would suggest making sure that you have more than you think you need.)

Directions

  1. Wrap the widest ribbon around the wreath and the secure the ends with hot glue.  I was able to wrap the ribbon around the wreath without cutting any of the ribbon.

    A false start to the wreath - one roll of ribbon wrapped around the wreath

    A false start to the wreath – one roll of ribbon wrapped around the wreath

  2. Tightly wrap the yarn around the wooden letter.  This can be difficult – Just wrap as tightly as you can covering as much of the letter as you can.  If you have difficulty wrapping around a curve or an angle, try wrapping the yarn from a different direction and meeting up with your yarn at the present location.

    Tightly wrap the yarn around the letter.  Tigher is better.

    Tightly wrap the yarn around the letter. Tighter is better.

  3. Hot glue the ends of the yarn down. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min.
  4. Hot glue the wrapped letter to the wrapped wreath. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min.
  5. Hot glue to the ribbon to the wreath at the appropriate area. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min.  Let sit overnight to complete dry.

    Now to dry ...

    Now to dry …

  6. Ta-da! One beautiful, Southern baby wreath ready to hang.

Baby Shower: Milk and Cookies

In January, my friends and I threw a milk and cookies themed baby shower for a dear friend.  Decorations were my main job for the shower.  These are some of the cute things that I had for the shower.

Most of the decorations (the milk carton, cookie/drink flags, cookie labels, and Sweet Baby garland) were bought as printables from Anders Ruff.

A dear friend of mine sewed streamers together to make beautiful and eye-catching decorations.  A tutorial for these streamers is available at My Paper Crane Blog and Creative Baby Shower Ideas.

FO: Rhythm Week Socks

During the coldest parts of the winter (and honestly, during the warm days of summer), I crave the warmth of hand-knitted wool socks. Nothing beats the warmth and love your feet feel upon slipping into a pair while cuddling up with a cup of hot cocoa.

Rhythm Week Socks

Rhythm Week Socks

I’ve heard people complain about hand-knitted socks ranging from hatred to disgust with one of my favorite garments. Honestly, I think that these people may not have worn a properly knitted pair of socks.

Yes, the inside of most knitted socks has a bumpy, garter stitch pattern. However, the softer the yarn, the softer the bumps. Yes, hand-knitted socks can be thick, but if they are knitted tightly enough, they can be worn with any shoe.

Broadripple socks with my favorite pair of heels

Broadripple socks with my favorite pair of heels

Yes, hand-knitted socks can have a tendency to fall down, but elastic can be woven into the band if you desire socks that stay up without fail. The band can also be knitted with a smaller needle for a tighter fit.

Knitting socks properly could be called an art. I haven’t mastered the art, but with each sock that I knit, I understand a bit more and feel a bit warmer.

My latest sock art creation was supposed to take a weekend. It took one full week. However, they are warm and soft. I can’t wait to slip my feet into them tonight and sip hot cocoa.

Warm, warm socks

Warm, warm socks

My Ravelry Project Page:  Rhythm Week Socks

Yarn:  Jojoland Rhythm

Needles:  Size 4 dpns

Pattern:  Weekend Socks

FO: Baby V Love

What is a better way to start a new year than with a baby and some hand knitted gifts?

I knitted up one adorable blanket, a newborn hat, a baby bonnet, and two pairs of baby booties. Most of these patterns took less than a few hours to knit and turned out so lovely.

Plus, an adorable baby wreath that can grow with the baby was crafted up for good measure.

My Ravelry Pages: Wolfe Baby Blanket & Estelle for Baby V

Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport in Crocus and Reef + Bernat Softee Baby Solids in Flannel

Needles: An assortment of sizes

Patterns: Brooklyn Tweed  – Tweed Baby Blanket, Basic Baby HatEstelle bonnet, & Chaussons mignons

Happy Holidays

For the first time in years, I didn’t take a photo of our Christmas cards.  We only sent out a limited number of cards this year – so if you didn’t receive one, let this be your Christmas card from us.

Happy Holidays!!

FO: Jilted into a Crocodile

This project started off as a striped Jilted sweater, but after a set-back of knitting the wrong size (and a year), I decided to change patterns. Fingers crossed that this one looks amazing!

The In A While Crocodile pattern worked better for this yarn. Using a size 4 needle (instead of a size 7 for the Jilted pattern) caused the drape of the pattern to be much lovelier than I expected.

My copy of the pattern had an error in the sleeve section. As written, the copy had the knitter knitting a 6 row pattern and then continuing in a 8 row pattern. I first knitted the sleeves knitting in a 8 row pattern (the 6 row pattern + a knit row + a purl row) – however, this caused the sleeves to be two inches too long for the body of the top. After knitting the sleeves according to the 6 row pattern only, the sleeves fit neatly into the body.

I originally wanted to crochet the crocodile stitch.  However, I am not very good at crocheting.  My skills are basically limited to uneven single crochet.  In retrospective, I decided that crocheting (that seemed to require more skills than I have) was not a good way to advance my limited crochet skills.  Maybe next time.

Ravelry Project Page:  Jilted into a Crocodile

Needle Size: 4 dpns

Yarn: Regia Design Line Ombre Stripe

Map Love

When you have too many maps lying around your house, you find yourself wanting to create some map art. Regardless of what you do with the map, it always seems to turn out lovely – especially when you pick cities that have sentimental connections.