Super Heroes for Super Mum

Over time I have found not every mum likes simple or plain bags to match a buggy. Some like a floral vintage look, which is lovely if they are expecting a baby girl or have plans for after baby bag use.  From experience, mums expecting boys tend to be a bit more conservative with plain toning colours outside and  a bright lining.  But some mums just like to be a little but differnet and that is absolutely fine!  After all, life would be so boring is everyone liked the same things.

A mum requested something for a superhero.  She didn’t know what type of baby she was expecting but chose the bag style for her own personality and to amuse her toddler and daddy who would also have to be okay to be seen carting around the baby change bag.  The following photos show the Grace bag made in grey suedette to match the buggy but with a superhero theme.  The lining is a toning lemon so that the important items inside can be found easily.
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Some of the features of this one includes two standard expandable external side pockets. these can hold a bottle, or even a takeaway coffee cup.  This one has a large front pocket as well which is easy to slip your hand under the closure flap for a quick access to a muslin  or a wipe.

The top flap is fastened with a magnetic fastener but with room so you can cram more in if needed.  The single long padded handle fits over a buggy handle but is also soft enough to go over mums shoulder and next to a carried baby.

Internal pockets are within easy reach for mums mobile phone.  This one has an attached Carabiner to hold baby dummy, teether or favorite toy.  In addition a swivel key hook was included to secure the car keys, just to make sure they don’t get posted outside the letterbox by the toddler.  Yes it has happened….

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The back of the bag has a concealed security zipper pocket.  Large enough to store mums purse or cards so they don’t get mixed up with baby change items.  The idea is that you only want to carry one bag if you also have a baby to carry.  No-one wants to cart around a baby change bag and a handbag for a purse. The internal pockets are designed with some for mums items and some for baby items.  There are two large expanding pockets with pop fasteners at the bottom.  These are ideal for stacking in disposable nappies or some lovely fluffy cloth nappies.  As the bag is really spacious, a full day change of soft cloth can fit in, with space for reusable wipes, lotions and potions.  1240367_10153258750075597_1863010375_n

I had a message from the owner of this bag.  She was visiting another mum outside her local area and attended an attachment parenting group. As she  walked in the venue with new baby and toddler, a mum asked ‘Is that a Scrapdragon bag?’  The mum was impressed that it was recognised.  But honestly, I only think it was recognised as I had donated a beautiful Grace change bag in gothic skulls to raise funds for the group sling library. The bags are still rare and unique.  I don’t create two the same as every baby is unique, even identical twins!

Last minute school dress up!

Why do we only find out that the child needs a dress up outfit with a couple of days to spare.  Alright it is a couple of days and not an overnight miracle creation which is expected to be produced as has happened when my children were small.  Of course its my daughter to blame 🙂  She was advised of the costume requirements some time ago but actually thought that my granddaughter would not be at school due to a planned operation on her hearing.  But as out great NHS scheduling proves, the operation has been postponed for a week so all the household family plans have just had to be rescheduled.  Which now means that her mummy has just realised that an underwater themed costume is now needed for Daisy to wear on Thursday!

As ever, my daughter thought of the near impossible challange of creating Daisy a mermaid costume.  Given the time and lack of suitable facilities, and impracticalities with even trying to walk in one, I thought it was not really a good idea.   The theme was underwater and I lothe making outfits for the sake of a daft theme as everything should be functiional as well as decorative.  I found in my fabric stash some lovely bright tropical inder the sea 100% craft cotton.  Not really dress fabric but as this child loves anything unusual I think I can pull it off.  Therefore my task for tomorrow is to turn that into a swirly party dress as I am sure she will wear it again if I make it with the fishes and Nemo on.

finished and photo added.

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Hopefully I will get a bit more notice before these school demands arise.

Free to a new home, Hesta the Tilda Hare

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This sweet little Tilda Hare is free to one Lucky Liker of the @ScrapdragonUK facebook page.  If you want a chance to win her go to my page and Like the page found HERE.  You can share the post and let me know why you would like to win Hesta.  At the end of April she will be posted off to her new home.

Hesta is made from 100% craft cotton with soft polyfibre filling and posable arms. Good luck to all the Lucky Likers who can offer a home to Hesta.#Iwantoneofthose  from #ScrapdragonUK

Floral Grey Baby Wearing Change Bag

The latest commission is now complete, just ready to add a little surprise gift and pack it up for posting.  This baby change bag was commissioned by a loving Grandma who cant wait for the new baby to come along.  Mum had requested a grey bag, I am not sure whether it is to match a transport solution or to fit with a professional lifestyle.  Grandma had requested something floral and girly with embroidery.  Mum is planning on using washable cloth nappies but is unsure whether baby wearing would be a priority or an option.  Therefore the change bag was designed with the following features.

After searching for the right fabric chose this smart grey pinstripe which was soft enough to drape for the pleated design but very practical. The two large external pockets can hold bottles or other items.  The soft concealed zippered security pocket on the rear can keep items safe such as mums purse or cards.  This bag has a single long soft handle, soft enough to wear next to baby and long enough tomwear cross the body and go over buggy.

Inside the bag has floral cotton lining with two large expandable pockets for cloth nappies, enough space for several changes of clothes and a smaller pocket for essentials.  The dedicated Mobile phone pocket is located close to the top at the side so it is easy to find when you get a call.  Specific locating tags are incorporated to attach keys, the carabiner makes it easy to store baby dummies or favorite teether toy.

The top cover of the bag is embroidered with small daisy and rosebud flowers and fastens with a magnetic clasp.

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What baby wearing bag will you choose?

When you find out you are expecing a baby, all sorts of things are on your mind.  From decorating the nursery and choosing what sort of buggy transport will suit your family.  To deciding if you will breast feed and use washable cloth nappies.

I used cloth nappies for my three children, not because they were as nice as they are now, but as my children are now having their own children, washable cloth nappies were the only affordable choice in back then.  When disposable nappies first came out, I remember being quite upset when I had bought an expensive pack to use for a special day out and baby dirtied the nappy straight away.  I was much happier with my washable cloth nappies.

Attachment parenting techniques are being promoted to create a stong bond between mum and baby,  Many mums choose to breast feed and use washable nappies.  Many mums also choose to wear their baby with a baby carrier or sling.  Baby wearing slings are used all over the world to keep a baby safely snuggled up to mum.  But if you are wearing your baby, have you thought to what sort of baby change bag you will need?

Many baby change bags on the market are designed to go over the buggy, be hauled about by dad or packed into the back of a car.  Some have features such as adjustable straps which are advertised for baby wearing.  But look again and really consider how those designs will work with you and your baby.  Many bags have metal D rings or strap attachments on the outside of the bag.  Some have strong webbing straps which can be rough on mums neck and baby’s skin.

When you choose a Scapdragon artisan baby change bag or one of our Wrapbags specificlaly designed for baby wearing, you can be assured that the whole bag is made from soft squishy fabric soft for mums skin as well as babies.  All have been through rigourous design test from mums wearing babies and designs have been tweaked based on their feedback.  Therefore we do not use hard metal or rough items on the outside of the bag which could accidentally scratch or harm baby.  Here are a list of the common features of all Scrapdragon bags.

  • Soft styling means no hard edges around the bag but still strong enough with internal reinforcements to carry loads.
  • Soft squishy handles which can be worn next to baby with safety,  either wrapped around, over the shoulder and long enough to hang over the buggy handles.
  • Generous outside pockets to hold formula bottles, baby snacks but large enough for mums take away coffee as well.
  • Concealed zipped security pocket in the rear of the bag to keep items safe.
  • Large internal pockets to hold wipes, creams and enough washable nappies for the day.
  • An internal pocket to keep smaller items secure.
  • A dedicated  mobile phone pocket on the inside but close at hand to find quickly.
  • Internal placeholders to keep smaller items attached such as keys, babies dummy or favorite toy.
  • Our bags are large enough to be used for cloth nappies, several changes of clothes and even store a baby sling.
  • in addition to all of the above, the Scrapdragon bags are all unique with choice of fabrics and personalised designs.

Just because it is made at my home, it is not ‘homemade’.  The majority of artisan crafters provide better quality designs and quality assembly techniques than large third world factories.  Keep it Unique, Keep it British and Keep it Local.

Scapdragon is proud to support Hartlepool Attachment Parenting group with their @Real Nappy Week #realnappyweek by providing a unique baby change bag prize.

UFO Finally finished

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I started this little fabric textured picture at a class in the Knitting and stitching show in Harrogate in November 2012. As I was cleaning out my sewing room I found the UFO (Un Finished Object) and decided to get it out of the drawer and finally show it off. It only needed the extra sand and beach elements adding and the sand dune grass adding. I also stitched the seaguls as a simple fly stitch into the sky. it only measures 6 x 8 inches once it has been mounted in the frame but it looks lovely in my beach themed downstairs loo.

Perhaps I should get round to looking for my other hidden UFO’s.