In the last few months, most of my crafting has been for our forthcoming daughter, hoping to have her surrounded by handmade things when she arrives. Since she’s a Rainbow Baby, I’ve included a lot of rainbows and sunshine themed things. Throughout all of this my husband has been cheerfully tackling setting up her room, painting, building furniture, etc. Sometimes I even catch him sitting alone in the nursery, just thinking about her being here.
While he has been content to let me pick things, I wanted to include some Jim things too. He’s a big Dungeons & Dragons player, so for Valentine’s Day I bought him the baby books the ABC’s of D&D and the 1, 2, 3’s of D&D for him to read to her. And while searching for a fun, geeky Lovey for her, I bumped into some on Etsy that had beautiful fabrics from Spoonflower. They were each around $30, which was totally reasonable for a handmade item, but of course like all crafters I thought, ‘I can do that!’. So I went searching for some fabrics, and found this amazing Rainbow Dragon print, from an artist in Dublin. For the same $30, I could get a whole yard of it printed on ultrasoft minky, and make her not 1, but a bunch of Loveys!
I’ve heard way too many horror stories from parents who lost their kiddos favorite blanket, or who were frantic to soothe a crying baby when their blanet was in the wash, so I kinda went nuts… and made 4. Can you say ‘backups’? The minky came 54" x 1 yard, so I was able to cut 4 at 18" each, and once stitched up they come to about 17". I picked up a simple purple minky dot fabric from Joann’s for the backs, and they have lots of coordinating satin ribbons down each side for the little one to grab onto and play with, including a fun rainbow ribbon.
Now I’m trying to decide if I’m going to break down and buy the same artist’s cut & sew Dragon Pillow from Spoonflower too… Any bets on how long it will take me to cave in?