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.


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