After having 5 girls (in a row) my good friend from high school was recently blessed with a beautiful baby boy! In honor of this lucky baby # 6, I made 6 baby gifts especially for him. Check out these tutorials on how to make baby blankets, bibs, burp clothes, soft block toys, pacifier leashes and crib shoes.
The gift set included…
1. Baby Blanket. Made with super soft minky and light-weight cotton, this blankie is perfect to snuggle up with. Check out this easy tutorial for a baby blanket.
2. Bib. To catch all the dribble and preserve that cute outfit you just bought, this bib does the trick. I roughly followed this tutorial, but used velcro instead of a snaps.
3. Burp Cloth. To preserve your clothes from babies mishaps, this burpie gets the job done. Here’s a simple tutorial for this..
4. Pacifier Leash. Never use the 5 second rule for the pacifier again. This tutorial is from one of my favorite blogs.
5. Soft Block Toy. I think it’s hilarious how babies love tags/ribbons so much, why not make a toy full of them?! I followed this tutorial and even added some crunchy plastic inside for added fun.
6. Crib Shoes. Perfect for new walkers! I made these from a pattern I purchased and added buttons extra flare.
These shoes were made especially for Zander’s little friend in the neighborhood. He’s just learning to walk so I wanted to make him something cute and comfy. I purchased this pattern on Etsy and altered it to fit his narrow feet. I also added a foam insole for more cushion as he walks and soon enough, runs. For added fun, I made the insole reversible. Hope this inspires you to make your own version of these cute shoes for the kiddos in your life!
So… Zanderoo needed a new hat to fit that growing head of his. I found this tutorial which I followed almost to the tee. The only part I skipped was the hand-sewn part at the end. I just used my sewing machine for that part, too. If I can avoid hand-sewing something, I’m all for it. I used the pattern that fit’s a 3-5 year old and low and behold, it barely fits him! So either Z’s head is huge, or this pattern is off. I’m gonna go with the pattern. If you use this pattern, I think it’s safe to assume the 3-5 year old size will fit a 12-15 month old.
Considering I started this project on a whim one night after finding the tutorial, I’m proud to say I completed it in one night! From start to finish, it took me 2.5 hours. There’s no better project than one that offers immediate gratification.
That said, hope this inspires you to make a cool ‘lil hat to keep the your ‘lil ones stylish and protected from those pesky UV rays.
Zander is ready to kick it old school in his new hoodie. This was the second hoodie I made using this pattern and it came out almost perfect – to my standards at least. If you try this pattern, be sure to use these tips to align the pockets. It didn’t work perfectly for me, but it was definitely an improvement from my first hoodie. The best thing by far about this hoodie is the “twofer” factor. That’s right, two jackets in one!
I know what you’re thinking. In the age of smart phones and media players, he’ll never know the true beauty of cassette tapes. Well, thanks to his Daddy and Auntie Angie, he’ll grow up with a complete set of 80′s mixed tapes and an original Sony boombox to play them with. Here’s a pic of Z at 9 months, ready to jam.
After looking around for some new (stylish) long sleeve shirts for my ever-growing baby boy with very little luck I was on a mission to make him some myself. This, in addition to my Upcycle project was a good excuse to get my hubby to go through his overflowing dresser full of clothes – mostly t-shirts. He has the largest t-shirt collection of anyone I know. Considering I’m an Inker, it’s pretty astonishing I’M not the one with the larger t-shirt collection. Making a small dent in his collection, he let go of about a dozen shirts. Using the 90 minute shirt tutorial from one of my favorite blogs, I transformed my husbands old shirts into brand new long sleeve shirts for my sweet Zander. The first version I made (navy with white trim) took MUCH longer than 90 minutes (more like 300 minutes), but I’m thrilled to say I can make him a shirt in LESS than 90 minutes now! Hope this inspires you to think twice about your next Goodwill donation.
Inspired by a diaper motorcycle at a friends babyshower, my sister-in-law and I created this biker baby bundle. It includes various goodies I made for the baby:
bib = mudflap
burpie = seat saddle
shoes = biker boots
crocheted hat = helmet
blanket = handbars
I made these kimono shoes for a 5th generation Japanese baby! Quite fitting if I do say so. He is only about 5 weeks old now, so they fit him perfectly. The pattern for these shoes are pretty small, which can make it tough to sew. The instructions are easy to follow though, so give it a try!
Z is stylin’ in his custom printed shirt with tattooed sleeves to match Daddy’s real tattoos. For his shirt, I silk screened a basic white onesie using my Yudu machine. For the sleeves, I cut a small piece of cardboard to act as the platen. For the pants, I followed the flat front pant tutorial on Dana Made It and added the knee pads myself. I didn’t follow her knee pad tutorial since it was a bit more complicated than I wanted to make them. I simply:
1. Sandwiched two pieces of fabric together (right sides together)
2. Sew around edge (leave opening for turning)
3. Turn inside out
4. Hand stitch opening
5. Top stitch onto pant leg
Zander’s business up top and ALL party on the bottom. For his shirt, I silk screened a basic white onesie using my Yudu machine. For the pants, I followed an easy tutorial on Dana Made It.
I made these boots a few months ago for Z and whadaya know, he’s already outgrown them! I used the 12 month pattern from I Think Sew. Last I went to their site, it was down, but I’m hoping they’ll come back up. They have tons of great, easy to follow patterns. Making these were a bit tricky, but totally doable. Just remember to switch the Velcro and buttons of the flap on the opposite shoe, or else you’ll wind up with ’2 left feet’ (like I did the first time around). Now sing it with me…”Boots with the fleece”…”The band-aids make everything complete”