Not too long ago, I was browsing pinterest, as I am apt to do, and I saw this toddler vest tutorial.
So cute and it looked pretty simple so I thought I would give it a go. The only thing I bought was a zipper, everything else I had on hand, which is why it is the dotty minky, because that's what I happened to have. Also, that's why it is white because I surely never would have picked out white for my child to wear otherwise. But I am working with what I have here.
I had a few problems getting the pattern pieces to line up and although the directions say you only need 1/2 yard of fabric, I found that to be untrue, I definitely needed more. I also wasn't sure it would fit since my toddler is just growing into a 2T and this says it is a 2T/3T but it fit her just about perfectly so it must be on the smaller end. She has a little room to grow I guess, but not too much.
Since I was using quilting cotton, I used a layer of batting as suggested and then quilted it together a bit, just the 2 layers, no back or anything. I just did some random straight lines so I didn't have to worry about washing it and the batting bunching. It came together pretty easily. It was my first time sewing in a separating zipper, and it wasn't too bad. I fought with it a little, but I won so it's okay. The arm holes were the only real problem. I ended up not catching all the fabric on the underside so there were a few holes to fix when I was done, but it turned out fine. The little one loves it, mostly because there are birds on the fabric haha. Whatever makes her happy! And I love that she can pretty much get it on and off by herself. So really, I call this a win. And just in time for some spring time weather.
And now I must go prepare to fuel my granny square addiction.....