I'm attaching a link to the pattern for the slings I made for Ellie. These are perfectly sized for her at almost 3 years old. Be sure and hold the printed pattern up to your child's arm and adjust the size of the sling as needed before buying your supplies. If you increase the size of the sling, you will need more fabric, webbing, and binding accordingly. The Orthopedic Surgeon said that bigger is better for slings so make sure your child's arm will fit comfortably completely within the pouch. There is no need to have their fingers poking out when they aren't using them.
She is my fastest, wildest, most often bleeding child of all. She leaps from tall objects and falls on her face more often than is wise. She is a truck. When she falls down and bleeds from both knees and both elbows, she gets back up without a tear and runs off before even accepting a hug and kiss. It's just how she rolls.
So, it comes as no surprise, that she fell off her sister's bed, landed on her brother's head, and broke her arm. Here's how it went down....
1. I heard the thump of a falling child
2. Said child started crying so I met her in the hallway to see what happened
3. She repeatedly tells me her arm hurts and wants me to hold her (this isn't like her at all)
4. While waiting for her Daddy to get home, she climbs and runs and does pushups on her arm but, every once in a while stops and grabs it and whimpers
5. I decide to take her to the ER despite the fact that she is chipper and active
6. The doctor watches her use her arm like a lunatic but decides to still x-ray it since I'm worried
7. Doctor returns and says "you weren't kidding about her high pain tolerance". A splint is ordered.
8. Arm gets splinted, we get some Motrin, she goes to bed.
9. An appointment is made for tomorrow when she can get a real cast.
In the meantime, she keeps using her splinted arm to climb and catch herself when she falls. I made her a sling since the doctor said don't let her bend or dent the splint.
The first try was a bit too small and she kept sneaking out of it
So, I made another one from Heather Ross West End:
So far, it's much better, but, short of super glue, I don't think anything will keep her little arm still ;)
I was lucky enough to win a fat quarter bundle of Laurie Wisbrun's new line. It hasn't been released yet but it's called Brrr! It's produced by Robert Kaufman. I used it to make a super cute little modern quilt.
I improv pieced 4 blocks and then kept it super simple with lots of natural linen. It was quilted in vertical lines of varying widths.
I am lusting after shirtdresses right now. There is just something super cute and practical about a little summer dress I can throw on over my volleyball shorts and feel girly, but covered, in. I am not, however, spending much on clothes right now. I've had back pain and discomfort for years from my breasts being oversized for my frame, and I am hopeful that I will have a reduction in 2012, which will make me need new clothes then.
So, when I saw a cute shirtdress for $4.99 at Savers I bought it. Sure, it was a small, and I'm not a small in dresses, but it was a good deal, the two year old was about to have a conniption and I needed to roll out of there. So, I added a 3" racing stripe from some old dress fabric to the sides and....voila
No time to fix my hair for the pics, but the dress is still cute ;)
I needed a new diaper bag. I was having a hard time deciding on a pattern though, until Heather, of Fiberosity came for a visit and brought her Anna Maria Horner Multi Tasker Tote with her. I knew right away that it was the perfect tote to shlep my kids' stuff around in. The next step was fabric. I had just been into Remnants the other day and knew that Jessica had just gotten in Valori Wells' Karavan line of fabrics. Although the white fabric with rainbow elephants enticed me the most, I went with the pink elephants for the main portion of the bag. I think the pink will show less dirt than snow white will over time ;)
The bag came together super cute:
I decided to make a few little accessories to match
I'm super pleased with it and have been toting it all over town!
Here is a peek at a current work in progress:
it's a circle of geese block by piece by number in