This bubble mix recipe was given to me when my baby was small, so I don’t know where it originated from. Continue reading
On my most recent trip to Arusha, Tanzania, I was determined to photograph more of the everyday scenes, especially the way mamas carry their babies on their backs (my favourite way of carrying my toddler). Continue reading
While I was in Arusha, Tanzania last month I had the privilege of visiting the Cradle of Love Baby Home. This is the only orphanage in Arusha which takes in babies, they currently care for around fifty babies and toddlers from newborn up to three years old. The babies are there for a number of reasons, sometimes the mother may have died, or the babies may have been found abandoned, or the families just can not care for them. Some orphans are up for adoption, some will be returned to their families, and others will be transferred to a nearby orphanage which cares for children up to 18 years, the SOS Childrens Village. Continue reading
|Babies being worn as mamas go about their day in town|
|My baby sleeps as I work|
|Baby wearing starts young here!|
|A mama and baby on their way to the market|
- a bib to use as a pattern
- two pieces of coordinating fabric a bit larger than your bib. I have used a printed cotton for the front and white flanelette for the back.
- small square of Velcro
- scissors, pins, tailors chalk (or a pencil) and some matching thread
Step 2 – cut out along the line you have just drawn.
Step 3 – Unfold your bib shaped peice and pin face down to the ‘right side’ of your top fabric. Right sides will be together.
Step 4 – Sew straight stitch almost all the way around, leaving an opening about 10 cm long on the side, as shown in the image above.
Step 5 – Turn inside out through the section you have left open on the side.
Step 6 – Iron the bib flat, making sure that the edges are turned in and even where you have left a gap.
Step 7 – Topstitch – Stitch all the way around the outside very close to the edge. I use the edge of the foot as a guide, and set the needle to the right hand side using the dial at the top of my machine to make sure it is even.
Step 8 – neaten the loose threads by tying a simple double knot and trimming close to the fabric
Step 9 – Pin the velcro tabs – one on the front, the other on the back.
Step 10 – Sew the velcro tabs on very close to the edges, then neaten as you just did with the topstitching.
Step 11 – There is no step 11, you have finished, and now have a very cute new bib!