Archive for November, 2018

A friend passed me on a box of cotton fabric curtain samples, which were perfect to make catheter bag covers out of. I couldn’t find any patterns so I roughed one up out of a sheet of newspaper. It worked so well that I didn’t want to redraw it, so please excuse the original newspaper pattern below! The lining is unbleached calico. All catheter bags are different shapes and sizes so I basically drew around one for size and shape and went from there.

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Layer the cover fabric and lining fabric, then pattern and cut out.

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Mark where the openings will go for tubes and elastic ties onto the right side of the cover fabric.

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Fold the cover in half, stitch front and back together with a turn down for the open edge. Repeat for lining.

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Put the two right sides together of cover and lining and stitch halfway around top opening. Trim corners, clip inside corners.

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Turn everything to right sides out , push lining to the inside and stitch around the top opening.

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Tricky but hold the layers together with safety pins and make large buttonholes where you have marked your openings then cut the openings.

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Sew on your buttons and voila, a catheter bag cover!

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I decided to use my trusty old pattern from August 2012 to make a pair of booties for a small newborn baby and by using a size smaller needles was able to make some very little booties. The sole also needed to be cut a bit smaller.

I’ve rewritten the pattern below so the main stitch is a garter stitch to make it look more modern, but have kept the moss stitch along the top of the foot. The hat I knitted is called “Newborn Cozy Cap” by Cathy Payson.

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Sheepskin Soled Bootie Pattern Sizes: 0–3 (3–6, 6–12) months

Materials: 1x 50gm ball of double knit wool, 3.25 mm and 4 mm straight needles, 2 twisted cords or ribbon (30 cm) long, a pair of sheepskin soles.

Bootie Upper: (Make 2 the same)
Using larger needles 4mm, Cast on 43 (49, 55) sts.

Starting with a knit row, garter stitch 9 (11, 13) rows.

Then, Row 1: k 24 (28, 30), k2tog tbl, turn.
Row 2: (K1, p1) 2 (3, 3) times, k1, p2tog, turn.
Row 3: (P1, k1) 2 (3, 3) times, p1, k2tog tbl, turn.
Row 4: (K1, p1) 2 (3, 3) times, k1, p2tog, turn.
Repeat Rows 3–4 until 31 (33, 37) sts rem.
Next row: (P1, k1) 2 (3, 3) times, p1, k2tog tbl, knit to end—30 (32, 36) sts.
Change to smaller 3.25 mm needles.
rib k1, p1, for 2 rows.
Next row (eyelet row): K1, p1 *yo, p2tog; rep from * to end.
Rib 17 (19, 19) rows.
Cast off on next row.

Finishing: Join the back seam. Pin and sew the knitted upper on to a prepared sheepskin sole. Thread a twisted cord or ribbon through the eyelets of each bootee.

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Sheepskin sole:

On a piece of paper, mark the length you want your sole to be, about 9.5cm (11.5cm, 13.5cm). Draw in a sole shape like a kidney and there is your pattern. Trace around it on to sheepskin making sure you have a right and left foot. Cut out with scissors and trim the wool to about a cm thick. Use a hole punch to evenly space sewing or crochet holes around the edge.

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