Saturday, August 14, 2010

Baby Gifts

Some of my most favorite things to sew are baby gifts - especially those of the girly variety.  Our fab friends just welcomed a sweet baby girl to their family, and Mama got her sew on.

My new obsession is freezer paper stenciling.  There is a great tutorial on MADE that I used to get started.

Next up is my go-to baby gift - the tag blankie.  All you need is one yard of furry fleece (I get mine at JoAnn's) and several ribbon choices cut in 4" lengths.  I get most of my ribbon at Michaels, and have had some luck with the ribbon grab bags at Hancocks.

The baby item I get the most requests for are the flannel burp cloths.  They are super cute and super absorbent.  I made a smaller version of the burp cloths to use as diaper wipes for PBJ.  Yes, I had to wash them, but when you cloth diaper, you're washing non-stop!  The best part about these is that they hold up through multiple kids.  I have friends that have used these with 3 kids and they're still their fav's.

Last up in the gift basket was this adorable 5 minute headband.  I scored several of the plain headbands at a trip to Hobby Lobby.  Though we don't have a Hobby Lobby remotely close to us, I stop whenever I see one to stock up on some of their great finds!
To make the headband, I deconstructed a silk gebera daisy - removing the plastic back and center.  Pin the petals to the headband and sew a small X using your machine - ensuring not to sew over the hole* in the center of the flower.  Attach a button or scrap booking brad* to the center of the flower and VOILA! 
*If you're using a scrap booking brad as the center of the flower (as I did) you need to make sure not to stitch over the hole in the petals.  When attaching the brad, splay out the brad arms in between layers of the petals so it doesn't scratch the infant's head.

All of these baby items are quick and easy options for a memorable, handmade gift!

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