I have completed my 2018 series "Sew Easy Baby Gifts" with the items I have made recently. I just though I should add another 2 great baby quilt ideas!
I would be remiss if I did not mention my two baby quilt patterns Pick Lots of Daisies and "Featuring" Baby Quilt Patterns. These patterns are "sew" easy as well. The Pick Lots Of Daisies looks a little more girly but the "Featuring" Baby Quilt Pattern is very unisex. Pick Lots of Daisies uses solid fabrics so it could be very affordable and the "Featuring" Baby Pattern was designed to help use up baby fabric fat quarters as the "feature" fabric. See pictures of my completed pattern samples below:
Pick Lots of Daisies is a "Sew" easy appliqué quilt pattern which includes full instructions and a poem to free motion quilt or use as wording on a label. "Featuring" Baby involves simple piecing and use of an entire fat quarter along with just 3 accent colours and a background. To purchase these patterns click here or on the shop tab above.
Craftsy also has an abundance of baby quilt resources!
The best gifts are those you make by hand. Craftsy has the patterns, inspiration and tutorials you need to deliver a baby quilt that will be cherished for years. There are also a lot of Free or affordable resources!
Check it out here
Happy Wednesday! 😊
Last week Wednesday, I promised I would share my pattern for pacifier clips to hold baby's pacifier to clothing or a diaper bag so that mom/dad/caregiver can find it quickly. A pacifier sure comes in handy when baby is very upset. Knowing where the pacifier is located, is critical for mommy and daddy's sanity! The idea is the snap connects to babies clothing and the loop end connects to the pacifier with a snap closure. I used size 16 pearl snaps from Snap Setter and pacifier clips that I purchase on Amazon- see resources near the end of this post.
What you will need to make your pacifier clip:
How to Make A Pacifier Clip:
3. Press the long sides 1/4" in after the short ends have been pressed
4. Fold in 1/2 , press well along the length and pin
5. Top stitch with matching thread a scant 1/8" from all edges all the way around your fabric
6. Grab your clip and insert your fabric strip through the bottom of the clip as shown below , pulling about 1.5" of excess fabric to the back.
7. Top stitch a rectangle with an X through it as shown below to support the clip. Start sewing about 1/4" down from the clip
8. Loop the opposite end down about 1.75" and add a snap closure to the other end as per the instructions of the snap manufacturer - see below
Where to find the pacifier clips and snaps?
Click on the links below for these supplies
Don't forget to "package it up" and make our classic bib (free pattern download here) and matching pacifier clip! See below:
I hope this tutorial is useful for your baby gift giving!
Last week I talked about the cool and trendy kerchief bibs. Some new moms also like the classic bibs that actually come down further on the babies chest, they are especially great as your child gets bigger and longer in the torso. So today, I am sharing this free pattern download. See some pictures below of the bibs I have made and made ready packaged for gift giving:
I have made matching pacifier clips and will share this pattern next Wednesday, so please check back with us. The bib and the pacifier clip make a great customized combo gift. Not like anything you can purchase in a store and much better quality if you purchase great quality cotton and lining materials.
How to Make the Classic Baby Bib
Look at your snap options below, sew many ideas:
Bright Idea! Add rick rack for a girls bib- see this blog post here
I hope you have a great Wednesday!
Kerchief bibs are sew easy! They take 5 minutes to cut up, 5 minutes to sew and 5 minutes to place a snap or closure. That's only 15 minutes for the entire thing! Straight sewing only needed and very little fabric.
You can add fancy snaps as I did but if you don't have a snap setter, add some velcro, it's readily available and easy to sew in.
These bibs are trending right now as new mom's like how different they look than a traditional bib.
Bibs made ready for gift giving
I have made lots of them!
Pretty pearlized snaps help to add colour and easy closures to these bibs. The Snap Setter www.snapsource.com/snaps/snap-sets/pearl-snap-sets/ is my go to tool for putting on snaps for all of my projects, I highly recommend it. This makes it easy to add snaps to your project with just a small "ladies" hammer.
What you will need to make your kerchief bib:
Kerchief Bib for Babies- Free Pattern Download click here or click on the shop tab above and free patterns
A Fat quarter or less of 100% cotton fabric
A small piece of flannel or minky for a soft lining against the baby
snaps or velcro
thread to match
How to make the kerchief bib:
Cut out the pattern from the free pattern download
Cut one of outside cotton
Cut one of lining
Sew 1/4" from the edge with both fabrics right side together, leave a 2" gap for turning
Clip curves and turn to the right side
Use a turning tool to smooth edges and press
Slip stitch gap closed by hand recommended
Top stitch 3/8" from the edge of the bib
Use velcro or snaps for closure at marked neck area
Make more... they take no time at all and admire your efforts.
Stack a few up and wrap them for a very useful gift.
I have to credit this idea to my cousin Tiffany who had one of these infant head supports for her little girl Cora. I have decided that it is to be called a head Snuggie as it snugs up great to support little noggins! See a pic of the lovely Cora below with her Snuggie:
When I took a look at it, I knew that I could make it easily.
I am pleased to report that this snuggie was a hit as a gift for my grandson!
It works also as a head support while changing baby, as well as in the car seat.
I chose gender neutral prints as we did not know until my grandchild arrived that he was a boy. My daughter and her husband wanted to wait on the gender reveal and it made a wonderful surprise. The below picture shows the head snuggie lined up on the changing table with a serged and environmentally friendly bottom wipe, See that blog post here. We are ready to change baby below:
As you can see there was a design modification for the head snuggie that took place in BC while I was out visiting. The light stuffing in the centre was removed and a triple line of stitching was added to allow for babies neck contour. The snuggies look like butterflies and they are very effective at supporting babies head. See picture of my adorable grandson Eli with his head snuggie below:
How to Make the Head Snuggie
What you will need:
Free Pattern Download Here
A piece of cotton fabric (cotton breathes) (pre-washed so it will not shrink too much when it is washed)
Fiber fill stuffing
Thread to match
A sewing machine
Normal sewing notions
Hand sewing needle
How to make your head snuggie:
Download the Free Pattern Here
Using the pattern, Cut 2 from fabric
Sew right sides together leaving a 3" gap on one side of the neck area to turn to the right side
Turn snuggie to the right side
Stuff moderately dense with fiber fill on the "wing" ends only, leaving the centre neck area free of stuffing,
Sew the gap in the neck area closed by hand with a slip stitch
Sew 3 top stitch lines of sewing in the neck area about 1/2" apart, see above picture.
And you are done. 20 minutes of work and several months of use. A win, win!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will try your hand at making this very easy gift!
Burp cloths are a necessity when the baby is on the scene! I know years ago we used towels, flannels diapers, old rags and anything we can get our hands on to burp baby. As they say "necessity was the mother of invention". OMG I think I just aged myself but be assured I am one active, happening Grammie!!
Why not use beautiful fabric now? As most sewists' and quilters know, there is so much beautiful cotton fabric out there. Also, if you are giving someone a baby gift, why not make it pretty with gorgeous fabric and make it so it suits it's purpose? These shoulder burp cloths do just that as they have a cut out contour designed for the shoulder so that it sits nicely while holding baby. My oldest daughter Katie and new mommy to Eli is the model for my shoulder burp cloths below:
The Shoulder Burp Cloth
Tutorial to Make Shoulder Burp Cloths
What you will need:
To make one:
Free Pattern Download for this website, get it here
or go to shop tab above and to free patterns to download
10" x 18" piece of 100% cotton fabric (front)
10" x 18" piece of flannel (recommended) or towelling fabric (back)
Thread to match
How to make it:
Use a 1/4" seam allowance
Using the Free pattern download, cut one from cotton (front), cut one from flannel or towelling (back)
Place front and back right sides together and pin
Sew around leaving a 2" opening in the shoulder arc for turning
Remove pins as you sew
Clip curves close to seam line prior to turning to the right side
Use a "purple thang" or turning tool to turn to the right side and press
Sew your 2" opening closed by hand with a slip stitch
Top stitch all around the burp cloth approximately 1/4"-1/2" from the edge
You are done, admire your efforts and make more , these are a cinch to make!
I hope you enjoyed and can make use of this tutorial, they are so practical for my daughter and Eli of course.
Make some today to put away as baby gifts for the new moms in your life!
Happy Wednesday! 😊
Receiving blankets are so necessary when a newborn arrives into the world because they needle to feel loved by the feeling of being swaddled in a soft and cozy blanket. A newborn has difficulty regulating and keeping body temperature so keeping them warm is essential. If you think about it, they have been in a warm, tight and cozy womb for 9 months. Being wrapped in a soft blanket must feel good!
I have made many of these as gifts for friends, coworkers, nieces, nephews--- you name it! I have had friends recently tell me that they loved my receiving blankets because they are big and some of them are double sided and reversible. They are the easiest gift to make and are so very useful.
The ones shown above are double sided, which means 2 layers of flannel.
These receiving blankets are exactly square and are larger than store bought but that is what makes them fantastic for swaddling as they are large enough for all sized babies.
Good quality flannel that you can feel when you purchase it, is also often better than the packaged flannel receiving blankets.
I also make them with a single layer as some babies are warm blooded like my grandson Eli. The single layered ones are also useful for the warmer months and as wind/sun shields on strollers and car seats.
What you need to make them:
Double Sided Receiving Blankets:
2 lengths of flannel ( I use 100"% cotton flannel) the same measurement as the width- i.e.. if the fabric is 42" wide, purchase 42 " in length.
Make sure each side is different, as it provides more visual interest for mom and baby.
Thread to match
A sewing machine and straight stitch foot
Single Layer Receiving Blankets:
The same as above except , one layer of flannel, the same width and length and serge all the edges or zigzag and press hem at 1/2" and once again and top stitch (that's it!)
How to Sew Double Sided Receiving Blankets:
Cut the top fabric the exact same size as the bottom.
Serge all raw edges if you own a serger or zig zag them.
Place the top and bottom right sides together and pin around perimeter marking with pins a 4" gap where you will not sew and for turning to the right side.
Sew 1/2" seam allowance all the way around, leaving the 4" gap open
Clip corners close to stitching
Turn to the right side through the 4" gap
Use a turning tool or Purple Thang , shown below to make edges crisp and to point corners.
My go to tool for turning items!
Hand sew opening closed
Press and top stitch 1/4 to 1/2" from edge. That's it you are done!
Bright Idea! Single layer receiving blankets make great "wrapping" for other baby shower gifts.
Eli loves his giraffe double sided receiving blanket! Also "doubles" as a wake time play blanket!
Have a great Wednesday!☀️
Need some affordable and easy gift ideas for upcoming baby shower or mom and baby to be?
We have lots of ideas and this series will focus on some ideas shown below and more.
These easy sew gift ideas focus on useful, quality, practical, affordable and sustainable gifts for baby along with some really cute fabric selections!
Today I would like to talk about how to make easy, sustainable and environmentally friendly bum wipes that can also double as spit up wipes and burp cloths with very few dollars involved!
I have to credit this idea to my sister-in-law Rosemary along with my niece Annette who gave me a great idea on how to use them.
Flannel Bum Wipes
The above wipes according to my niece and from my recent personal experience with my grandson, eliminate the need to purchase as many store boughten diaper wipes. Diaper wipes end up in a landfill and do not break down easily. These wipes work effectively to moisturize baby's bottom naturally with one to two spritz's of water and a slather of coconut oil and a soiled bottom is wiped away easily.
*However, you may still want some disposable wipes for travelling, so you are not carrying around unnecessary laundry.
You will need:
Several 10 x 10" of Flannel Fabric (pre washed) -I made 48 for my daughter = 12 per meter (4 meters needed)
A serger to serge edges or hem all edges (the serger is easy and works great)
Neutral thread for Serger or sewing machine to match all fabric (cream, white or grey)
A sprayer bottle-filled with water
A large jar of coconut oil
Cut out many 10 x 10" Squares of flannel- you determine the number (12 per yard or meter)
Serge all 4 edges of the squares or zigzag, turn under and top stitch.
Press with an iron when they are completed
It's that simple!
Suggestion: Kit up the wipes in a stack with a jar of coconut oil and a spritzer bottle with clear basket wrap and place a pretty ribbon around it for a lovely gift for those environmentally, all natural moms you know.
My daughter has also found them very useful spit up and burp wipes, so even if they don't get used for baby's bottom, these are very useful!
Mom's will thank you for this great gift !
Happy Wednesday! 😊
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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