Quick Quilts For Babies

We seem to have a few friends who have just had babies or are about to have them. I always think that handmade gifts are a lovely keepsake and I like to give them whenever I can.  I’ve made a couple of simple blankets in the past and have liked the way that the basic patchwork ones turn out.

We have a new quilting & yarn shop in the next city over from ours…when I say city, it makes it seem like a good old distance to drive but Fairhope is only 10 minutes from where we live.  It has a beautiful downtown area with lots of little independent stores that we like to support.  In The Making opened a few months ago and I believe they have a store open in Birmingham, Alabama also.

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Simplicity 8304 – View D – 2 Versions

When I made my #2018makenine plans earlier on in the year, they contained baby clothes.  Yep, that’s right…baby clothes for my baby.  Quite often I still think that it’s crazy that I’ve got the opportunity to make clothes for MY baby.  Well, Rosie is now 8 months old and apart from a couple of accessories, I’ve actually only made 2 clothing items for her.  We were given the Simplicity 8304 Baby Gear pattern as a gift and I loved the little dresses so much.  I decided that this would be my first venture into sewing for Rosie!

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Bibs & Burp Cloths

A little while ago I shared some of my plans for baby related sewing projects. I had planned on trying to get at least one of each made before Rosie arrived but that didn’t quite go to plan with me being put on bedrest. Even though I started with the simplest make in terms of skill, I couldn’t sit at the sewing machine for any longer than 20 minutes at a time so it took me quite a while to make 6 sets.

I wanted to experiment with different fabric weight combinations and had a bunch of suitable fabric to test out. I had simple cotton flannel,  terry knit jersey & polar fleece.

I used this pattern for the burp cloths and this one for the bibs. I had also read a few other tutorials to give me an idea of what fabrics would be the best for absorbency. I decided to pair 2 pieces of cotton flannel together and also flannel with a layer of quilting batting & jersey. I also combined the fleece with cotton flannel.

The construction was quite simple for both and I would definitely recommend both patterns if you are a sewing newbie. These were sewn right sides together, turned the right way round and then top stitched.  Before turning, I used pinking shears to trim the seam allowance down. On the thickest set I trimmed the seam allowances differently on each fabric to reduce the bulk when they were turned the right way around.

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Baby Sewing Plans

A little update for you all:  I’m 36 weeks pregnant now!  Almost ready to pop and have been put on modified bedrest to help stop our little baby girl arriving any earlier than she needs to.  This means I’ve now got some extra time on my hands, and as much as being in bed & watching TV sounds great, I’m already looking for other things to keep me busy.  I’m trying to compile a list of meals to prep and freeze before her arrival and of course, I’ve been thinking about some sewing plans.  At the moment they are just plans as I need to try and set myself up on the sewing table so that it’s comfortable for my hips and pelvis…maybe pillows strapped to the bench?? We’ll see!

Pinterest has been a great source for ideas and I’ve been quite surprised at how many free baby sewing patterns I’ve found.  I’ve started putting them onto a little Pinterest board but just picked a few out that I’m going to start with.  As I know that I’ll be slower with projects than usual, I’ve chosen narrowed it down to ones I think will be useful to me straight away.  It seems that there are a lot of baby sewing patterns out there that are extremely cute but somewhat lack usefulness…I’ll be making the cutesy things further down the line!

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Blooming Babies

I like sewing things for babies and children.  Toys and teddies are sweet.  Clothes and accessories are nice to work with as there isn’t loads of material trailing on the floor.  That is about as far as I will stretch at moment with anything to do with babies; I know quite a few people who have had babies recently or are pregnant at the moment…that’s fine with me!  I will stick to the sewing for now 😀

We had a couple of friends in mind who we would have liked to send a baby gift.  I wanted to make something different so referred to Pinterest for part of my project.  I found a link to Megan at The Quilt Story where a cute little outfit is made using two separate tutorials; one for the dress and one for the nappy cover.  When explaining this project to my Mum, I used the American word ‘diaper’ …she laughed and said I was becoming all American already!

They were nice to sew as nothing seemed too much trouble.  I did a double fold on the hems and inserted elastic where necessary.  The trickiest part was folding and sewing the hems on the legs of the nappy cover due to them being curved.  There are a couple of folds where the excess fabric gathered but once they bunch up with the elastic, they are hardly noticeable 🙂

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Soft and Scrumptious

A quick post to show the other items that I made a couple of weeks ago for two expected babies.  Hopefully, they will have made their way to England by now!

These are ‘taggies’ or ‘tag toys’ and they are very soft and scrumptious!  I have never sewn with this soft flannel fabric before and it was a little trickier than I originally expected.  A little stretchy and slippy!   I chose owls; 2 different patterns and lots of ribbons.  I think these are nice as a little handmade gift and will certainly keep them in mind for further gifts.  Enjoy 🙂

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