Spring is in the air and this lady is ready for some porch time. I love waking up, going outside, and enjoying my coffee on the back porch with the birds.
I'm a simple person. Ha!
Babies and weddings usually go hand in hand with Spring. Don't you agree? I've been to a few baby showers lately and thought I'd share some easy handmade gift ideas for you to make and take to your next shower.
As sewists, we always have extra fabric that we're dying to use up. This gives you an opportunity to use it up or go shopping for new fabric. Win-win!
Let's get making, we've got a shower to attend!
To make this baby gift set, you'll need:
Now that you have your fabrics picked out, let's make some baby gifts.
Square up a yard of soft baby flannel. I like to cut the swaddle blankets 40"x40".
Take a bowl or plate and trace the curved edge at each corner. Or, fold the blanket in half and half again so you have all corners on top of each other. Then trace and cut.
Cut and make a few of these blankets using different patterns of flannel fabric. These are quick and they will be well loved. After you have all the swaddle blankets you want, set them aside.
Grab your store bought burp diapers. Measure the width and multiply that number by 2. Cut a strip that length by 4 inches wide. Fold in half hot dog ways. I serged the raw edges, use the zigzag stitch on your machine if you don't have a serger. This is supposed to be quick and easy. Don't stress over edges that aren't perfect.
I didn't gather the strip for the ruffle before I attached it. I folded the strip in half and used clips to attach it at the mid point on the burp diaper. Then, just eyeballed the gathers.
Sew 1/4" from the bottom edge of the burp diaper being sure to catch the ruffle.
After you attach the ruffle, press the seam up toward the burp diaper. Topstitch the top 1/8-1/4" from the edge. This adds extra security to the ruffle and burp cloth seam.
Grab a cute headband set or some baby bath items to add to the gift set. Or not. Keep it super simple.
I loved having thin blankets when I had my babies. They're great for diaper changes, sun shields in the car or stroller, swaddling newborns, wiping up spills, etc. Blankets make the best gifts because they're so versatile.
If you're feeling adventurous, make a nice blanket with a layer of faux fur and flannel. I make these as well and embroider the baby name on the flannel side. The new mom might not use the fancier blanket for baby right away, but it will be special for the baby as they grow into a toddler.
Sew the blanket with right sides together leaving a 3"-5" gap opening for turning. Slip stitch the opening closed or top stitch around the whole blanket. And you're done.
Handmade gifts for baby are the sweetest. With a little fabric and some time, you can create things that baby and mama will both love for years and years.
Hope these blankets gave you some ideas of what you can make for your next baby shower.
Other easy gift to make are
More difficult gift ideas
Do you make gifts for baby showers or do purchase them instead? Comment below.
Thanks for hanging out today and enjoying all the sweet baby things we made.
Hi there, I'm Annette and I love eating and sewing. I usually have a cup of coffee or tea with me, but not next to my machine because I'd probably spill it. I am the reason we can't have nice things.
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