Show & Tell this week is dedicated to babies.
For the last six years every woman I know has been having babies. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but all my friends are in the stage of starting and growing their families. I’ve gotten in the habit of keeping on hand, a stock of handmade baby basics like bibs, burp clothes, wash cloths, and embellished onesies.
I love sewing for babies! Making things for my own children was what first got me interested in sewing. When we brought Jude home from the hospital I quickly realized that fancy baby clothes were fun and all… but what I really needed was a good stash of baby basics that could stand up to a lot of abuse.
I slowly began to include some of my handmade items in gifts for my friends with newborns. Much to my delight, not only did the moms-to-be love the way they looked, they actually used the gifts I had made.
There have been several babies born this month, with several on the way (including a new niece or nephew for me!) so I thought it was time to stock up on some baby gifts.
Bibs make the perfect gift. They are easy to sew, good looking, and extremely functional.
I don’t think you can have too many bibs. Normally I use my own bib pattern but this time I used Amy Butler’s pattern from her book “Little stitches for Little Ones”. I like the shape, and it has the food catcher pocket at the bottom, which is a handy feature.
Instead of sewing the front and the back right sides together and then turning it, I edged the bib with bias tape. I love the look of the bias tape but I’ll admit it was tricky. I had to use narrow bias tape in order to make it around all the curves, without getting puckers in the bias tape. It took patience and time to make sure all the fabric layers ended up in between that narrow tape. I had to redo several bibs, but practice makes perfect… or something like that.
Burp rags are another gift I like to give.
I use the plain cloth diapers, dye them with Rite dye, and stitch a panel of material down the center. I think dying the burp cloths really adds a special touch. You have to be careful though, be sure to follow the directions on the dye box. I like to play it safe. I color set the clothes by washing them in the washer with HOT water; not once but twice. If you’re interested in trying your hand at dying, Dana from Dana Made It has some excellent tutorials.
One of my favorite little gifts to give is a stack of flannel and terrycloth washcloths.
They are ultra soft, fit perfectly in the palm of you hand, and are nice and flexible for scrubbing all those adorable baby creases
I always use coordinating fabrics. When you are making a simple gift (like a washcloth) the material you chose makes a big difference. Think outside of the box. Don’t always go for the fabric with the pink hearts or the blue teddy bears. Have fun with it, be a little more daring. Try to take into consideration the mother’s tastes and preferences. She is more likely to use something if she likes the way it looks.
Happy Wednesday to you all ~ April
*As always, if you are interested in detailed step by step instructions of anything I have made, let me know and I will put together a tutorial. Or feel free to send me a message if you have any questions.