i’ve gotten in the habit lately (ohhhhh in the last two months or so) of combining a little handmade thing with a store-bought gift for new babies. i love giving handmade gifts and i’d love to sew more elaborate things for these special little ones, but i’m a bit short on time these days and everything always feels last minute.
here are a couple examples.
for good friends that just had a baby girl, an outfit i would have loved for Em to wear as a baby – a lap shirt locally made by a little lark, some babylegs, and a baby circle skirt! mostly neutral colors with feminine touches, and just a smidge of coral pink. 😉
i referenced Dana’s free pattern and tutorial for the skirt, but bound the hem with chambray bias tape to finish it.
for another friend’s baby shower, i bought a trio of classic board books, and made a couple bibs using my free bib pattern.
she doesn’t know if she’s having a boy or a girl, so i kept them as gender-neutral as possible (so hard to do – everything always ends up looking either boyish or girlish to me). i backed both bibs in gray ikea towel. the ones i made when O was a baby worked well for the baby spit up phase and still fit him now for popsicles and such, so i know they’ll last a while.
i added a cloud appliqué to the top one. i love adding appliqué to bibs, and i always forget how quick and fun these bibs are to make. great scrap buster! these fabrics are from my hospital bag lining and Em’s “karate dress” as she calls it.
do you have a quick go-to baby gift?
10 thoughts on “handmade + storebought baby gifts”
I love doing this! Also, for the older kids, I make a little tote bag and add a book or a coloring book and set of pencils. Sweet tote and gift bag in one!
Such cute gift bundles! I love to make bloomers as baby gifts — easy and always useful 🙂
so adorable! love that skirt and the onesie… very sweet. -E
This is so sweet…I would have LOVED to have these for my babes.
Impressed that you can find time to sew with a new babe. Darling creations as always. Thanks for sharing.
super sweet!! and yes, I’m all about buying baby gifts as well. Sometimes you just can’t sew ALL the things!! 🙂
kristin, i think you deserve an award for best baby gift giver! i would love those gifts so much! you nailed it with both of them!
oh that skirt is killer!
that feather shirt is so cool – i love a little lark. and baby circle skirts are such a ridiculously cute concept! nice gifting 🙂
Such lovely baby presents! So many sweet baby makes… I get so carried away, not sure I have a go to make