This year we have had two babies join our family already. They both live far away from us so I haven’t even met them yet, but I did make them both a Baby Shower blanket to snuggle in as they grow.
These blankets are one of my favourite things to make for babies. I love choosing a special feature fabric and the minkee backing is so soft and cuddly (and super fluffy and messy to cut and sew with!)
This one was made for baby Sebastian. I think the toucans are cool and the bright colours and geometric shapes don’t look too “little babyish”. And of course, you can’t go wrong with Lizzy House’s pearl bracelets fabric for borders!
And this one for baby Odette:
I’ve had this Ikea fabric for years so it was nice to finally put it to use. It is bright and fun and a little bit quirky. Both blankets are backed in soft, snuggly, smooth white minkee which feels lovely against baby’s skin.
Bibs and burp cloths are a necessity for my babies. Between spew and dribble, there is always something that needs catching or wiping!
I figure that if your baby is going to be wearing a bib, it may aswell be a cute one and always have a stock of pre-made bibs in my present box to give to friends when they have babies.
I’m all set with a fresh selection of new bibs and burp cloths that I sewed up a few weeks ago. The kids looked at them and kept asking me “Mum, how come you made bibs out of my shorts/pyjamas/dress/tie”!
In preparation for baby boy, I sewed a couple of Baby Shower blankets last month. I absolutely LOVE these blankets! I have actually been making them for a few years (see here, here, here and here) but I’ve perfected the size and method now to make them the perfect baby blanket ever.
They are the perfect size and thickness for wrapping nice and snug, throwing over the pram or capsule, using as a mat on the floor and they look great too!
Funny how as soon as I found out I was having another boy, what I look for in fabric has totally changed. I’m always on the look-out for cool boy-friendly prints now as I realise that all of those pretty girly fabrics are probably going to sit unused with only one girl to sew for! I’m in love with the fabrics I choose for these blankets.
And you can never go wrong with backing a baby quilt with minkee. It’s the softest, snuggliest fabric ever.
Not long now till we can meet the little man and get wrapping!
If you are not familiar with Creative Cards, they are a fun, compact mini pattern. Make It Perfect Creative Cards come as a single folded, high-quality A4 card and contain all of the step-by-step instructions and templates needed to sew fast and easy projects. Creative Cards are perfect for people with little pockets of time to create! Best of all, they are priced at a very affordable $5.50 (RRP in Australia), making it even easier to pop into your shopping cart for a very achievable project.
The first batch of Make It Perfect labels I bought back in 2008! 600 labels lasted me 5 years, I’m sure I haven’t used them all yet but one day they all went missing so I ordered some more! Last time I bought the folded labels that are sewn into a side seam. This time I went for a flat option, so that I could have more options as to where to sew them into the garment. I can even sew them into the inside of the garment to use as a tag to mark the back now if I want. I bought these ones from here and still highly recommend their service and product.
I have a habit of keeping my present box stocked with baby bibs ready for a quick gift when the need arises (which happens to be very often!) and quickly got to work testing out the new labels on this batch of bibs once they arrived.
And while we’re talking babies, here are my latest belly shots – almost 27 weeks…we’re on the home stretch now, I can’t believe there are only 13 weeks to go – so much to do before he arrives!