Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Summer Sewing - Aug 2010
Baby Futons were born from my work as an early childhood educator working with infants and toddlers. Babies like to be on the floor and the caregivers used thin blankets or sheets to help keep the baby clean while playing or sleeping. I thought a mat might give some softness but not too much fluffiness. Babies need a firm surface to be able to push themselves up and move around.
I designed the futons using an envelope fold method. The design is based on the traditional Japanese futon I slept on while living in Japan. Japanese design is all about folding; think origami paper folding.
The baby futons are simple to care for - machine wash and dry. The insert is about the thickness of a mattress pad and easily removed for washing. There are no buttons, snaps or zippers.
This first group of baby futons were created from fabrics collected over a number of years.
Most of the time, I'll be posting about baby futons and sewing projects but every so often I'll throw in some pieces about my travels and other interests. Contact me here if you'd like to buy a baby futon. Each futon is individually designed so prices vary according to the specific futon and fabric I use - usually about $50.00.
That's me sitting in the giant Bird's Nest at the Pacific Grove Museum of History garden in Pacific Grove, California.
Check it out.
Nest Artist - Jayson Fann