Remember when I said I have only one Japanese sewing book for babies? Well, I lied. It wasn’t intentional, but it turns out I have four books for tots sewing, though two are so old and not at all like your typical, light-filled, airy Japanese sewing books that I hesitate to include them in the same genre. They were tucked way in the recesses of my craft bookshelf.
But I have no excuse for forgetting about this one above (which had been hidden behind some books because it’s smaller in size). The Japanese Sewing Books blog did a lovely review of it here. And similarly, I bought it explicitly to make those adorable shoes back in 2008 when a bunch of my friends were pregnant, but I didn’t even crack open the book until two weeks ago when my sweet friend J was due to have her baby boy.
I was able to whip up these ticking stripe cuties and deliver them to J the day before her scheduled c-section. Whew.
Too precious, right? It’s a great way to use up scrap fabric and though the straps were a bit of a bear to turn right side out, baby shoes are a very quick sew. I know that I’ve been using this fabric for so many things, but I just love love love it.
I actually have a few more pairs ready to be cut out (the book offers several styles), but I’ll have to show you those another day. Ah, it feels like baby fever everywhere! (Nope, I’m not expecting #2, in case you’re wondering…)