Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby: 20 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers by Lotta jansdotter. Chronicle Books (May 13, 2009).
I love this book – it is so very obviously written by someone with young children – the projects are practical and fun – and simple. Written with the knowledge that as a new mother with a young baby/toddler your sewing time is limited – yet you want your kids to make use of natural toys, wear groovy unique clothes and be surrounded by colour and style – and to top it all off you are on a budget!
I was lucky enough to preview this book before it was released and as I say on the back cover “New mothers are crying out for a way to express their creativity” this is so totally true. I love the photography – the real life situations and along with Lotta’s simple illustrations this book is a wonderful resource.
Projects range from clothing, practical accessories for parents and baby, fun toys and colourful household items. Baby bloomers, a bib that doubles as a kerchief and is cool enough to wear all the time to catch the drool, simple A-line dresses for the girls with a fun little toy attached to the pocket and simple pants for boys and girls. A small complaint about the lack of sizing information on the clothing – especially if you are making this a gift for someone else’s child – the need to measure the child in question might prove awkward.
Lotta also brings her print making style to the book with some decorating tips for clothing and the book includes some of Lotta’s stencils.
The toys too are practical and natural, and washable! A softie rattle, a big ‘buddy’ and soft alphabet letters. There are some wonderful essentials for new baby too – I love her design for the baby snuggler – and the pocket bib, a nursing pillow for breastfeeding mothers, the essential diaper bag (that the dad can carry too).
Many of these projects are not new to the world of new mothers, but Lotta manages to put a new spin on old designs and offers new mothers something fresh to help them out in this exciting journey of parenting and creativity.