Sometimes a baby just needs a bowtie. Or at least I think so.
Baby bowties were among the DIY baby gifts that I gave to my best friend at her shower last month.
And I promise the rest of the gifts were a tad bit more useful.
Altogether, a selection of DIY baby gifts can make for a unique shower present, if I do say so myself.
I adapted these DIYs from other crafty gals on the interwebz, and in several of these projects, I was able to use bits of fabric I already had on hand.
I’m including the links to the original projects, photos of the items I made and any changes I made to the tutorials.
I hope these can help you avoid the whole mishmash of baby registry items that, at least in my case, I’ve given in the past at showers.
Every baby boy needs to feel dapper from time to time.
I found this DIY on Shwin & Shwin, and it involves making bowties and putting them on onesies.
Since my friend is having her baby in November, I opted for long-sleeved onesies.
Also — so she can use the onesies when maybe the little guy isn’t feeling so formal — I used snaps to attach the bowties, as opposed to sewing them on.
Let sleeping babies lay — a wish of many mothers.
These door jammers wrap around door jambs so that the door doesn’t click when it is closed.
I came up with this DIY after I couldn’t find any jammer tutorials that I liked.
Considering I’m not a mother, I didn’t know about pretty burp cloths or burpees — beyond that fact that you usually want to put something between your shoulder and the baby after a feeding.
But after looking up some DIY baby gift ideas online, I now know that these are in demand. Plus they are useful when cleaning up other messes — not just those that come out of a baby’s mouth.
They are made from pre-fold cloth diapers and fabric. I opted for cotton duck.
I got the tutorial from See Kate Sew.
Another helpful item for new moms and babies that I now realize makes perfect sense, though I had never thought much about before.
You loop the pacifier through the ribbon and attach the whole thing to the baby’s shirt via the suspender clip. And hopefully when the babe spits out the pacifier, it won’t drop to the floor.
This is another project from See Kate Sew.
This was the easiest DIY of the bunch. Sew one line, and you’re done.
As Coterie writes on the tutorial, it doesn’t scream nursing cover. It’s more like a nursing shawl or poncho. Yet it still covers mama and baby.
You probably could get away with sewing a regular straight stitch, but I would recommend using a stretch stitch if your machine has one considering this is knit fabric. If not, use a zigzag stitch.
And try not to let the fabric stretch while you’re sewing it.
Do you have any other favorite DIY baby gifts or ideas? If so, please share.
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