a gender-neutral baby gift

25 Sep

i get it, some people like a delivery surprise.  i couldn’t wait that long to find out what i was having with either of my pregnancies, but i see how the “it’s a boy!” or “it’s a girl!” moment could be pretty special after labor and delivery.  my cousin therese, having her first baby next month, hasn’t found out what she is having.  she had a baby shower this weekend, and the “not finding out” element definitely presented a challenge for gift-giving!  i’m not a person that’s TOO hung up on gender roles, either, but it sure makes it easier to know a little more about who you’re sewing for, you know?  anyway, it’s sometimes just as fun to have restrictions.  i kind of like working that way.  gotta be more creative.

i decided to make another two projects from my now well-used and dog-eared copy of “little things to sew” by liesl gibson – the cozy winter hood (with ears!) and mittens.  i made them in an extra-small, but they fit O perfectly at 9.5 months, so i think therese & chris’ baby might get more use out of them next winter instead of this one.  both the hat and mittens are made in a supersoft white microfleece and michael miller celery ta dot flannel.

i couldn’t help myself and also appliquéd a 0-3 month onesie with little clouds.  i love the white-and- natural linen together.  these photos were taken in O’s room (which i need to finish up and do a room tour for).  isn’t the wall decal perfect for a baby’s room?  it’s by shanna murray.  i’m in love with it, and my little guy is definitely growing strong so far!

therese seemed to like the gift at the shower, and i can see myself making another of these hoods for O for the wintertime.  it came together quickly and lives up to its name – COZY!  the mittens are great too, they stayed on O’s hands despite crawling around.

happy laboring, therese!  i can’t wait to meet your little one!

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16 Responses to “a gender-neutral baby gift”

  1. gail September 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    it all came out so cute! i love that cloud onesie. and o’s front teeth :)

  2. mama-pan | mary frances September 26, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    these are so lovely. is it wrong to want an ear-ed cap like that for myself?

  3. anna September 26, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    love it so much, the linen with white is perfect and your pics are just stunning!

  4. Carolyn September 26, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    What an adorable gift set! They are going to love it!

  5. prttynpnk September 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    Oh, the cuteness has beaten me almost senseless! I love them- great job!

  6. Trinh September 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    what a great gift set! seriously adorable. love the cloud applique. i’m really amazed that you can get so much done with a job and 2 kids.

    • kristin September 28, 2011 at 10:53 am #

      housework slides in a major way and i go to bed way too late almost every night because sewing clears my head and i just love to do it. :)

  7. jessica September 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    I LOVE it Kristin! Can’t wait to make this hat for both of mine!

  8. kristin September 28, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    thanks everybody!

  9. Holly September 30, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Oh dear, that set is so incredibly sweet! I have 3 pregnant friends and I think each new baby might need a hat with ears :) So nice to find your lovely blog via kojo. Have a beautiful weekend.

  10. Merja September 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    Adorable! I love all of them. The hat with it’s ears is so nice!

  11. Kristi October 7, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    Coming over from KoJo. This is such an adorable baby set. I love it and will be pinning it as a future project. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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