I am very excited that I can finally announce that I have launched my new range of bibs for big kids and they are now available in my Etsy shop! After falling into bib making earlier in the year, and making them to be sold on other websites and in shops, I have been itching to take the same idea and apply to bibs for older children, especially those with special needs, and oral sensory needs. And I have done it! (And I have also managed to finally list baby bibs in my online shop as well, so you can buy them direct from me as well!)
Regular readers will know that I started making the baby bibs with a teething chew attached after a friend asked if I could design and make a bandana bib with a teething chew sewn in. I agreed to give it a try, and after experimenting with different options (including walking around with wet bits of bamboo fabric on my shoulders to test their ability to hold moisture!) I came up with the design for a bandana style bib with an absorbent bamboo backing, and the teething chew sewn onto the end. (I even worked out how to stop the sewing machines feed dogs from scratching the chew!) They have been selling well in the Shop Handmade here in Canberra, and at markets and through a friend’s facebook page, but from the beginning I wanted to make them for older children. This weekend the planets aligned, I had all the materials, the time and the will, and the first batch have been made. (Can you tell I am a little bit excited!?!)
Little kids bibs
Having a child with special needs has introduced me to a whole new world of needs. Although my boy doesn’t have a problem with dribble, he and one of his sisters both like to have something to chew on at times of anxiety. With multiple holes in sleeves and collars I have discovered chewellery – plastic and or silicone jewellery that is designed for teething – or for kids with sensory needs. It occurred to me that children who also have problems with controlling dribble or drool might also need something to chew on – so taking the teething bib to a new audience made sense. I am also keen to make things that suit their age – because no 10 year old boy wants to be wearing teddy bears around his neck to make him stand out more than he already thinks he does.
Being able to combine my passion for sewing, fabric, research and children into one small accessory has been very rewarding. Now to get the word out and let people know that they are available – and make some more!
Hmmmm…… other things that have happened in the nest over the last week or so…… we had rain. Lots of rain. The grass is long and high and in need of mowing…. soon. Autumn weather is well and truly kicking in, with winter wardrobes starting to peek out piece by piece, and heaters occasionally being turned on to take the chill off the morning.
The chicks and I and some friends went to see The Lego Movie yesterday morning as a treat (promised since Christmas when it was advertised, and then we had to wait until April for it to be screened in Australia!). We loved it! I suspect that “everything is awesome” will be part of our everyday language for a long time.
I also started preparing for the workshop that I am running at the Mega Craft and Makers Day here in Canberra on Saturday (12 April). Attendees at my workshop will make a freezer paper stencil and then paint their own design on a tote bag. I thought that I needed a few examples to take along and show the group, so here are the two I made on Saturday. I have about 100 more ideas to make, so will make a few more before Saturday!
I hope that you have had a great weekend!