February 23, 2012

Three Super Simple Baby Gifts to Make

My sister Cassie is due with a little girl in March.  She has been nesting and doing a lot of fun projects, so when I stopped by her house today and I thought it would be fun to show you what she's been up to.  All of these would make great and inexpensive baby gifts.  I don't have a full tutorial to show you for each project, but they are all easy to explain.  Here we go.

1) Easy Peasy Baby Blankets.  I'm not kidding.  These are cute and crazy easy and cheap!  This one is made from flannel, but you could use other fabrics.  (I wouldn't pick anything super thick though.)


Cut two pieces of fabric a couple inches bigger than the size you want the blanket to be.  Place WRONG sides together (meaning that you'll see the print on the outside).

Fold each edge over twice and sew it.  You're folding in the unfinished edge and essentially making it look like thick bias tape.  (However, you don't have to spend the money on bias tape or spend hours making your own.)  You can make the folds at large or small as you want them to be.  These are about 1.5 inches.


Do this all around the blanket and you're done.  I told you it was easy!  (Sidenote: The corners have a lot of layers, which is why I recommend not using really thick fabric.)


2) Personalized Blanket.  My sister loves the thin muslin blankets that are all the rage right now.  They can get pricey, but you can find plain ones at Target that are a lot cheaper.  She bought those and let her boys design one for the baby.  They used fabric paint and stamps.



They even made little handprints at the bottom.  You could buy the plain ones and monogram them or write the babies name in the corner with fabric paint.



3) Burp Cloths.  Buying real burp cloths is actually really expensive.  I feel the same way about buying them as I do toilet paper.  I'm going spend that much money on something I'm going to use for that?  These are also pretty easy to make.  My sister and I like flannel for burp cloths because it absorbs lot better than any other ones we've tried.  These were made using a pack of receiving blankets my sister found on clearance.  My mom made bias tape from orange flannel, but you could also follow the instructions from the blanket above to make these quickly and easily.  They are two layers thick, so the fabric is different on the back side.


Already have burp clothes but want to girlify them?  Just add a little rickrack and you're good to go.


So if you're invited to a baby shower and you want to give something homemade, you're set!

AND if you like my sister's projects you'll be happy to know that she's taking over for me next week while I'm out of town.  She's going to show you the rest of her house makeover.....the playroom, the new nursery, and the mud room.  You're going to LOVE it.  If you missed the first part of her house you can find it HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.

19 comments:

  1. Those are so cute, you can also do those corners in a miter style and then the fabric bulk decreases. A little more complicated but looks great.

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  2. Oh I love that idea for blanket. That makes it SUPER easy. I have never thought of that way before. Thanks so much for sharing! We're having our first in a couple months, and I could definitely do some of these projects for him.

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  3. Great and super simple ideas! I love making blankets, so nice and easy :) and personal, too!

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  4. All those Ideas are Super Cute! Thanks for sharing! Always on the hunt for baby gift ideas! THANKS!

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  5. Can I ask what the dimensions are on the burp cloths? I am planning on sewing my own, and I want to make sure I make a good size. Thanks for the ideas!

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  6. I made burp cloths for my oldest (he's now 5 and they are long gone now). I bought some cloth diapers and made my own binding that matched his quilt, which had about 6 different fabrics. They came out super cute. And easy.

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  7. Great ideas. So, I actually didn't know about those muslin blankets. They look really useful and I like how your sister let her boys help decorate one.

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  8. Great ideas. Also just FYI, you can make your own thin muslin blankets for cheap! Just use cotton gauze. It's under $5/yard on fabric.com and they have tons of colors and it's wide. I want to say its 54". They aren't the true "muslin" I don't think, but close enough. :)

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  9. I'm so excited for Cassie to have a baby girl! The way you M girls create really inspires me. I'm afraid I might just have to beg some of these off of your mom if I have a girl next. :)

    The handprints kind of make me want to cry. What a sweet way to immortalize her two boys on the blanket for the baby. So sweet!

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  10. These are great! Pinning these on pinterest for future reference! Thanks... Do I wash the fabrics before sewing or no?

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    1. Washing your fabrics before sewing them is always recommended....thought to be honest I don't always do it. It's your call :)

      Cheri

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    2. The one time I washed flannel before sewing, it frayed really bad. Any tips for no fraying?

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  11. Brilliant!

    I also think it's scandalous how much we pay for toilet paper.

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  12. A friend made little flannel burp cloths when my sons, now 7 & 5, were born. When they stopped needing them for burps we used them for running noses because they're much softer than tissues. We called them "nose blankets" cuz they gave their nose a little comfort! :)

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  13. Love the handprints on the blanket! What a great idea! For the flannel one, I used this tutorial http://fabricfamilyfun.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/magicbindingblankets1.pdf
    It was SUPER easy (the hardest part was cutting out the two squares of fabric) and the corners are beautiful.

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  14. On the baby blanket, how much flannel did you use? Gonna make this for my sister in laws first baby! I'm excited to get it done. As always, love the great ideas!

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    1. It just depends on how big you want the blanket to be. I don't have the exact measurements of my sister's. Sorry! We always just lay it out and cut it to a square that looks like a good size.

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    2. Thanks Cheri, sounds good! But I have one more crazy question. I used one piece flannel and the other part from a piece of flat sheet. I made the "binding" four inches, folded in half twice like you did and now my corners are huge and I don't think I'll be able to finish them on the sewing machine. Would you try and hand stitch them or cut some of the bulk off? I looked into miter style like said above and apparently I still have a lot to learn about sewing. Thanks for the help!

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  15. I don't know how much you can cut out. I would try and fold it as nicely as possible and even press it and then see if my machine could sew through it. You'd be surprised what they can sew through. If not, maybe try a few hand stitches? I hope that helps!

    Cheri

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