Don't worry, I'm not giving up on the ear flap hats. I'm just sidetracked by another project... The Craft Hope project this time is to "craft for a cause" by make something out of the Craft Hope book, which I got as an early birthday present from my boys. Thanks guys! One of the things that I really like about the book is the encouragement to create and dontate items to local organizations. In other words, make a difference in your own community.
Megan and I have talked for a while about making baby gifts for our local Care Net Pregnancy Center. This center counsels and assists those with unwanted or crisis pregnancies. The Craft Hope project has spurred us into action. We, along with our new friend Angie, are making baby hats and onesie sets for shower presents that Care Net distributes to the newborns and their mothers.
We are using the Simple Knot Baby Hat in the book for our basic pattern. With the boy's and a few of my own purged t-shirts, I made 12 hats in about 1 1/2 hours. A boy's extra large or a women's medium yields two hats per shirt. The un-knotted hats above are being saved for a dying session, but they give you an idea of the general shape.
I put out a call at church for old t-shirts, so that we can repurpose them to make even more hats. With the leftover fabric, we are embellishing onesies to match the hats. Here are a couple of my boy versions:
A little argyle... I couldn't resist! There's nothing cuter than seeing a little boy wearing 80's argyle.
Girl versions are in the works, but I've got to make a run for hot pink thread and more onesies. Any one have a cheap source for onesies?