Last week the sewing room was covered in sewing projects for the girls, but with so many little ones being born this winter and spring, it was time to set all that aside and start sewing for babies.
Making things for my own babies is what made me first fall in love with sewing. I never mind having an excuse to sew for babies, it feels like coming home again. It brings back all those sweet (and not too distant) memories of having a newborn in the house and all the little things that go with those tiny beings.
My very first sewing project as a mommy was making bibs for my oldest son. Over the years I’ve used many different bib patterns, types of fabric, and fasteners.
These two were my attempt at making gender neutral bibs. I’m not very good at gender neutral. They tend to all come out a little masculine looking. These are both made from “vintage” Amy Butler farics. I’ve had these in my fabric stash for 9 years now. Amy Butler’s beautiful fabric lines were another reason I fell in love with sewing.
These bibs are backed with super soft cream Minki fabric. I like having soft things to put on my babies.
This small diaper clutch is another project I like to make for friends. It’s free tutorial from a sewing blog I absolutely love, Noodlehead. Ana has long been one of my favorite sewing bloggers and her tutorials are hands down, the best.
I used more of my Amy Butler fabric and paired it with some natural linen-blend fabric. I like using a soft color pallet when I’m sewing for newborns.
The diaper clutch is such a quick sew, and it’s easy to get an assembly line going and make 2 or 3 in an afternoon. What mom doesn’t need a pretty diaper holder to keep unruly diapers from taking over the diaper bag? It’s a must. When you pair the clutch with several bibs, you’ve got the perfect baby shower gift.
Embellished onesies also make a great gift. It’s a simple thing to do, but babies live in onesies for the first few months of their lives, they might as well be fun. There are so many clever ways to dress up a plain white onesie. Just do a Pinterest search, and you’ll be scrolling for hours.
I’ll give you a quick walk through:
Before I begin any sewing project I pre-wash and dry all my fabric and onesies
1. Start with some solid, light-colored fabric. I’m using the same natural linen-blend I used to make the bibs and the clutch. Brush your favorite stamp with a light, even layer of fabric paint, and stamp it onto the fabric.
5. Pin the fabric carefully to the front of the onesie and sew around the edge. Make sure you keep the stitching close to the edge of the fabric. Because the onesies are so small (especially the NB size), sewing the patch on can be a little tricky. Just take your time. Keep checking the underside to make sure you aren’t catching the back of the shirt in the stitching.
If, my friends, you have been tempted to take up sewing as a hobby (and I highly recommend it), these baby projects are a great place to start! The bib is an especially good place to start. The pattern is free, the sewing skills required are basic, and if the button and buttonhole scare you, just do what I did when I was first making them… use extra strong Velcro. You can do this! And the pleasure you get from seeing your little one in something you made especially for them, is a great feeling!