Sewing Simple Baby Gifts

Sewing Simple Baby Gifts

Baby Toys

These lovely giraffe rattles were inspired by Lotta Jansdotter, in her book, Simple Sewing For Baby. The baby can hear the gentle rattle of jingle bells inside, easily hold onto it’s trunk, and will LOVE to munch on its ribboned ears. They are sooo easy.. I made a small army!

Ribbon Tag Blanket also inspired by Lotta Jansdotter, in the same book, Simple Sewing For Baby. The blanket is about an 8″ square and easy for Baby to hold on to, and munch on the ribbons. Easy to machine wash too, and get rid of the germs!

Baby shoes inspired by Joanna of Stardust Shoes. She incredibly provides a pattern for free on her blog for home use (only). I have a special friend I intend to gift these adorable shoes to! 

These burp cloths were inspired by a favorite blogger, Erin, @ Sutton Grace.   

Bibs for him… I used Simplicity 2924, view F for this one. I usually wait until JoAnns is having a sale and buy the patterns for $1. or $1.99. Then I stock up : )! For the closure, I used cute button snaps. They come as a kit, and I used the backing fabric to cover each button snap!

Baby gifts ready to mail. I think I made all this (and a little more) in 2 days.. Sure do get lost in it all when I am having so much fun!!!! Where do the hours go? So….. I say, “Bébé bienvenu”! (Welcome Baby)! And, I hope you enjoy your handmade gifts, my friends!

 
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A Carrier Cover

A Carrier Cover

 Since I made one of these for Nathan before he was born, I have been in love with this idea! I used mine all. the. time. The cover kept my little guy warm, kept rain, wind, and the sun off his face, and became one of my favorite sewn items I used for him. This one was made for a friend, and obviously for a little girl. And, I love how it came out!
 How this project came together was really a blessing from the Lord, really. When I wanted to make it for my friend, I had all of the matrials, even the flower and buttons! The project all came together so quickly, that I was even amazed.
 The flower, at this point, was just a hair clip from Hobby Lobby, but I liked how cute it looked as a girly accent in the corner!
 And i got to use one of my fancy edging stitches to topstitch around the cover. So cute!
 Here is the stitch detail up close.
And, before I make you think I’m so wonderful….I’m not. This design I copied from this tutorial HERE. And HERE was Erin’s first cover that I fell in love with! It’s very simple to make for anyone…It’s one yard of fabric on each side, corners rounded off with a dinner plate, topstitched, and 2 pieces for the ties that are rectangles with velcro. Even if you are a beginner sewer, you should try this!
I used flannel for the top, purchased 2 years ago at JoAnns, and white microfleece for the underside, also from JoAnns.
And because I apparently never posted photos of the carrier cover I made for Nathan, here it is (pulled out of our basement storage…wrinkles and all….haha..:

fabric here from Ikea. Where else? : )
A Shower for Angie & baby Hannah

A Shower for Angie & baby Hannah

I hosted a party on Saturday for a VERY special friend, who’s soon to have her 2nd baby soon. I am SOOOOO excited for her! Baby Hannah will be born anytime between Angie’s 3 due dates of:  Jan 26, Feb 3, or March 6th…or well, whenever the Lord says she’s ready to come!
What a great time I had getting ready for the party! With the help of both my creative sister and friend, it all came together so well! Thank you Amy & Johanna for all of your help, creative ideas, and decorations! You both inspire me constantly!
Shower Preparations: 1) Making Tissue Pompoms

directions HERE on my Pinterest board for how to make these easily yourself. The paper lanterns were from Beloved Dollar Tree.
2) Creating Personalized Frames to decorate with:

3) Creating  a Paint Chip Banner:

 

4) Making Paper Cone Favors for the guests:
Johanna covered these awesome clothespins with scrapbook paper, following my tutorial HERE.
She also helped me by designing these darling paper cones to become favors for the guests. Some were filled with candy, and others were filled with a small beauty kit of a nail file, nail polish, and chapstick. We made the cones by our self-made pattern, but HERE is a good tutorial to follow.
5) Creating Flag Banners:
This great idea was from my sister, Amy! It was so simple, lovely, and made a great decorative addition to my semi-plain living room. I used fabric from my already growing stash, cut the triangles, and sewed them on in a quick row on a piece of ribbon. HERE is where Amy recommended the idea from. LOVE it!
6) The Food Tables:

I used 2 white bed sheets to cover the table, with empty boxes underneath to tier certain food items. A huge “thank you” to Amy, who let me borrow her self-made cake stands, & ton of decorations! I also used several wooden toys Nathan already had in his toy arsenal. And, “thank you” to Johanna too, who helped me make some of the delicious food and punch!
7)The Gift Table:

&…  8)The Party. I know…Finally.
The guest(s) of honor:
The guests:
Playing games:
And taking pictures with close friends:
I love you, Angie! It was such a delight to plan, decorate, and host your shower! We are so excited with you to welcome baby Hannah soon!
Ready for Winter with Homemade

Ready for Winter with Homemade

 While Steven was home, he gifted us with the installation of new lighting in our loft area/craft room. I can now see to sew properly, and will no longer, to be sure, sew Nathan a pair of pants inside out! Ha ha (yes, it did actually happen). While he installed the lights overhead, I grabbed this sweater I had felted from Goodwill about 3 months ago, and sewed a little.
Note: To make a garment feel and act like “felt”, you buy/use a 100% wool sweater (from the thrift store); Put it in the washing machine with really hot water, and dry in drier on hot. It will shrink. I promise. You can even do it twice. This is one method for felting (as I used). The other way is to use dish soap and bubblewrap, but I have never attempted this, as it takes longer to do.

 Here’s what I made Nathan out of the sweater. The pants and hat will keep him toasty warm through the winter, and well, he’ll look extra cute in them too!
The hat is cut in a semicircle out of the bottom edging of the sweater. The pant legs are made from the sleeves. Remember the pants I made for Nathan at 3 months old? Or the other easy sweater hat?

These make great gifts and is also a great way to recycle those old sweaters before you give them away!
If you are interested in a tutorial on this, please just let me know!