Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sew Mama Sew GIVEAWAY - Baby Rattles - NOW CLOSED



And the Winner is comment #4: Cherie!  Thank you all for the ideas about the silk, for visiting my blog and dropping me a word.

Welcome!

I have made a set of small baby rattles for the Sew Mama Sew giveaway.



About me: After living in North America for the past several years, our family has recently moved to South America, specifically to Chile. We are all adapting to our new life. Amalia, who is five years old, is doing fantastic and is speaking Gringo Spanish remarkly well, after being plunged into the deep end of kindergarten mid-school year, and being surrounded by a gaggle of eager spanish speaking kids. She thankfully swam and is thriving, despite a couple of adjustment issues we are still working on. The younger child, was only months old when we moved, and as such has no idea of his early voyages.

I am yet to find a source of quilting cottons around here, and shipping charges from overseas are killing me, so I am eyeing my stash carefully. I recently came across this idea of making a rattle set for a baby, where each rattle has a different number of bells inside. Yesterday, while buying some art materials, I saw a bag of bells for sale, so I quickly assembled three sets today. One for my baby boy, one for a Christmas present for a friend's baby, and one for you.

I used a set of precut 4'' cotton squares I recently bought on Ebay for the pillow bodies, and some quilting red fabric I had left over from making Christmas decorations for the numbers. Fusible web, the bells and cotton wool stuffing was all I needed to add to make these cute little rattles. As you can guess by now, the "1" rattle has one bell inside, the "2" rattle has two bells, and so forth. They all sound slightly different and I am looking forward to the baby's reaction when trying them.

So, if you would like to enter to win one of these sets of rattles, please leave a comment on this post. That is all! It would help me if you told me the initial of the baby you have in mind for the rattles, as I will then personalize the rattles storage bag, but it is not a requirement. Also, as an aside, please tell me what I can make with two yards of plain red silk dupioni I have been stashing for the last two years... Any ideas? A Bag? Quilting with silk? Please let me know of any project you may have seen using silk!

For more great handmade giveaways, please visit sewmamasew this week!

Open internationally, ends Friday December 16 at 5 pm PST (our old time zone, sniff sniff). I will select a winner randomly, who I will e-mail on Friday, and who I hope will get back to me within 48 hrs. If not I will draw another name. I will update this post with the winner's name. Please make sure you have a way of being contacted.

46 comments:

  1. L.J. is the little guy who I know would love these!

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  2. We're not completely sure about the initials of the recipient of these (if I win) because she hasn't been born yet!

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  3. My little guy would love these! His name is Elijah. Unfortunately, I have no experience with that material so I don't have any good suggestions for you. :)

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  4. These are cute! S is the initial, and the only thing I've made from silk is a dress. Good luck!

    rebekahricker (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  5. I know play silks are always popular! "K" is the initial for the baby we would give these to!

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  6. i have friend who just had a baby.

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  7. I have seen lovely silk vests, as well as purses/bags!
    the child for which the rattle would be has not been born yet, so we don't have an initial!
    Thanks!
    beth(dot)sebastian(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Very cute! We have a little guy coming into our lives at he end of March, but don't have a nmae for him yet. As for ideas for the silk- what about a cute top?

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  9. Such a cute idea! My little man's initial is M. hopeisfree at hotmail dot com. :-) I like the bag idea for the silk. You could get something that contrasts nicely with the red and it could look very classy!

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  10. How about pleated or ruffled pillow covers? My baby is a B.

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  11. Don't have initials yet, but these are really cute!
    mindfulhome at gmail dot com

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  12. ok, silk... two yards is enough for a skirt, or some jammies... maybe line something like mittens or a hat? silk is warm. e is a good initial for our family.
    thanks

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  13. I would like the initial R for my granddaughter, Riley. As for the silk, it would make a nice bag or even a table runner or quilt.

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  14. your daughter SO needs a silk dress!! It would be gorgeous!

    Baby J would be receiving these! She needs a toy that's all her own since she's the youngest of 6. :)

    I hope you adjust quickly to your new home!

    georgia[at]georgialeigh.com

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  15. We would love the rattles for our little girl, H. I like the idea (above) of making decorative throw cushions with the silk.

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  16. My daughter's initial is H! She is in a real SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE phase right now, so she would love these.

    When I think silk, the first thing to pop in my head is a sling for babywearing, but I don't know if two yards is enough...

    elizabeth(dot)knox(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Oh these are so cute and a cool idea!! I am sorry I have no idea what to do withe the silk maybe a scarf? The baby who I had this in mind for initials are JHR. Thank you so Much for the chance to win these, if I do I know the mom of the baby will be so tickeled to get them!

    Have a great day,

    A

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  18. great idea! Red silk always makes beautiful skirts for 5 year old girls ;) or a really great trim on a super hero cape...just for an extra touch of magic. The babies name starts with K.

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  19. Letter W? I'd make a skirt (or ruffle one!) carrie dot hare @gmail.com

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  20. The initials are K;R our granddaughter. Quilting with the silk is not easy, you had better use an fusible lining first .

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  21. Hmm.. Not sure about the silk.. I have never tried sewing with it myself.. The little boy who I would give these to is Noel :)

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  22. My husband is from Ecuador and it spins me out when we hang out with the spanish community and I know what everyone is talking about. I don't speak much spanish but you just know!!

    xo Steph

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  23. J.J are our 4 month old's initals

    beccanae@gmail.com

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  24. Great idea! Not sure about the silk. Will give it to my little boy J.D.K

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  25. These are really cute. They will be soft enough for a baby to put in their mouth. I will give it to my youngest nephew who is expecting his first child in early summer.

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  26. Ooh, have a baby on the way next month... last initial we know will be an R :) What a clever idea that is. With that fabric, my mother would make a fabulous tailored jacket for formal occasions (looks great with black pants). Good luck!

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  27. What if I don't know the initials yet because the baby has yet to be born?! This is such a cool idea.

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  28. My daughter's initials are A.B. She is only 10 wks old. I love the feel of silk, so maybe a wrap or tunic. A pillow would also be lovely.

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  29. How lovely! My baby girl's name is Amy Jeanne...I would love to give her these beautiful rattles.

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  30. I don't know initials... I have several friends that they could go to! :)
    peachstateme(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  31. These are cool. My boy's initial is C. We loved Chile when we visited about 5 years ago. Hope you are feeling settled soon!

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  32. Letter S please!
    I would use the silk in a quilt - you could hand sew it!

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  33. I loves this.
    Thanks for the chance to win for my baby boy. KL

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  34. My babies initials are MJS. He would love a set of these rattles.
    A skirt is a great thing to make out of the silk.
    email-jenshapiro@cox.net

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  35. I am awaiting the arrival of my cousin's baby boy in NewZealand. With the silk what about some posh Christmas Stockings? Otherwise Collete have a free pattern for a vest-top (sleeveless top) that uses very little fabric. (A vest in the UK is a sleeveless top - A US vest is a waistcoat in UK English)

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  36. I'd love these for my baby, her initials are: ARA

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  37. Those are great items. I'd give initials, but I'm not sure of the name yet.

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  38. LMB is my newest little one, a boy. And I just noticed that kind of looks like lamb :)

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  39. Thanks for visiting my blog today! I would love to mail a package to you, way down in Chile! I love the baby rattles. We have 2 new grandchildren arriving in May and June so they would make a sweet gift for a new little one. Sorry I don't have an initial to request :) And I have no experience with quilting silk but whatever you decide to make will look stunning in that fabric. Good luck - be sure to show us what you do!

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  40. My little guy is Patrick (PJ) and I'm sure he'd be fascinated by these since a lot of his play involves shaking things in front of his face with his eyes inevitably crossed.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  41. Congrats on the move. What an adventure. I have a one year old grandson Zachary and anoter grandchild on the way (due spring/summer). I can visualize Zack banging these on the ground, grinning and drooling at the music he will make with them. Thank you for sharing from your stash. Very generous.

    skowens (at) sbcglobal (dot) com

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  42. I have a K and a T around here, and have never used silk.

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  43. these are soo cute!

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  44. OOh I love these rattles! My daughter's name is Alexis and she loves little noisemakers.

    Have you seen the silk quilts by BHG?
    http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-gardens/blogs/show/2516147/sumptuous-silk-quilts/

    They look so soft and sumptuous. If i had a silk hoard I would make one so I could keep touching the fabric forever!

    Thank you for the chance to win your rattles :)

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  45. Thanks for the chance to win. The initials are D.D.

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