These baby shower gifts were created for Making the World Cuter by our sewing contributor Jennifer Shelton of The Life of Jennifer Dawn. Do you need a gift for someone expecting a new little bundle of joy? Do you just have the urge to sew something special for your own sweet baby? Well, here is a great option…
Baby Shower Gifts
Raspberry Creek Fabrics and Trims sells these fantastic blanket bundles each with 2 yards of soft flannel fabric. There are a lot of fabric designs to choose from. For this tutorial I used the bundle with Robert Kaufman’s Pretty Paisley Retro Flower Flannel and Riley Blake’s Farm Fresh Brown Polka Dot Flannel which coordinate beautifully together.
Here’s how to turn just two yards of fabric into three fabulous baby items.Supplies:
- Blanket Bundle or one yard each of two different coordinating flannel fabrics
- Basic Sewing Supplies (coordinating thread, pinking shears, pins, scissors…)
- Snap or Velcro
- Sewing Machine
- Ribbon (optional)
1. Prewash, dry, and iron your flannel fabrics.
2. Lay both yards on top of each other with right sides facing. Use an existing bib as a pattern by pinning it down to one corner of the fabric and cutting around it. Be sure to cut the flannel about 1/2 inch wider on all sides than the actual bib. You can also just pin down and cut around a bib pattern that you already have in your pattern stash. Above where you cut out the bib pieces, cut through both layers of flannel to make rectangular pieces that are about 10 inches wide and 18 1/2 inches long. Use the remaining fabric for the blanket pieces. Make sure the top and bottom layers for each item are the same size.
3. This step is optional, but it is a nice detail to add. A piece of coordinating ribbon can be pinned to both the bib and burp cloth. Make sure to pin the ribbon on the front side of each item. I placed my ribbon a few inches up from the bottom of both the bib and burp cloth.
4. Sew the ribbon in place by stitching along the top and bottom sides of the ribbon. If you place your pins through the ribbon and fabric as shown in the pictures above, you can sew right over the pins and pull them out once the ribbon has been secured.
5. Place a few pins through the top and bottom layers of each item. This will keep the layers from slipping when you sew them together.
6. Using a 3/8 inch seam allowance sew around the perimeter of each item leaving a small gap along one of the sides. For the bib and burp cloth, it is sufficient to leave a gap that is around 2-3 inches. For the blanket you will need to leave a gap that is 4-5 inches. Sew slowly around the curves of the bib guiding it gently through the machine. Remember to backstitch at the start and finish.
7. Use your pinking shears to cut off the excess fabric around the edges. Clip the corners of the blanket and burp cloth at a diagonal angle. This will result in crisper corners when you complete the next step.
8. Turn each item right side out by feeding it through the gap. Use a chopstick or unsharpened pencil to help push the corners out.
9. For each item, fold the fabric in where the gap is and pin it closed. Press each item.
10. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew around the perimeter of each item making sure to sew each gap closed with this step. Attach a snap or sew Velcro onto the straps of the bib. Finished! Give the finished products away as a baby gift or use them for you own sweet baby. There is always something so special and rewarding in making something for your child. You can see the blanket, bib, and burp cloth that I sewed for my son by clicking here.
Now It’s Your Turn!
What is your favorite gift to give to a new mother to be? Share in the comments!