Friday, September 30, 2011

Teddy Hoodie Jacket: Sneak Peak

A little while back, I received the Mini Boden catalog in the mail. Did you get it, too? I thumbed through it, gawking at the adorable baby clothing items. They have some of the cutest, most inspiring stuff, but their price tag is rather high for this SAHM. This particular Teddy Button-through caught my attention.
I kind of loved it. But at $40 plus shipping, I wasn't so sure. Babies grow out of things too fast for that price tag! I ripped the page out of the catalog and taped it to my windowsill above my sewing machine. I was bound and determined to figure out how to make it.

I walked through Hancock and was pretty let down at what was available in the fabric department. Not only did they not have any cute striped jersey material to line it, they didn't have that super soft outer layer either. I knew I could find something just right if I looked online, but even that area wasn't coming up with the results I was aiming for.

Then, I went to shuffle around Wal-mart. Yep, Wal-mart. I was passing by an aisle when I saw these Kozy throw blankets just sitting on an endcap. I sunk my hands down into it! Perfect! Even the right color! It was that soft blanket that you touch and think, I could just curl up right here with this blanket and have a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace kind of blanket!

I put it in the cart and headed home. I was so excited to have found my perfect fabric, that and a 3X Wal-mart t-shirt. I had to map out my design right away! It just goes to show that you can find the right fabric in a variety of avenues.
This is what I came up with!
Too cute for words, right?
Well, if you want to know how to make one for yourself, you will just have to wait a little bit longer. I took so many pictures during the making of this hoodie and revamped so many areas, that I have quite a bit of sorting to do. However, I will post something for you guys that want to make your own.

And for those of you that are wondering about the cost of making my own...well, the throw blanket was $15.88. And I only used about 1/4 of it, so I may be making more items out of that. And the T-shirt was $3. I do plan on including a zipper or some kind of button/hooks/closure when I post the tutorial (which is not shown in these photos), so I will add the cost of that, but overall I think I did quite well at saving money! Plus, I had so much fun making this and putting it on Cai. Can't you tell?