A close friend of mine is expecting her first baby any day now.
[UPDATE: Just hours after publishing this post, she had a healthy baby boy! We are so happy for her!!!]
I will take any excuse to get crafty, but wanted to do something really special for her. I enlisted the help of our mutual friend, Maelee (pronounced MAY-Lee — isn’t that the prettiest name?), to help me put together a fabulous gift of handmade baby items!!
The only problem was Maelee didn’t know how to sew. *gasp* The horror!! Well, we quickly resolved that issue! Here’s Maelee learning to use the serger. She did quite well and it was so much fun!!
We made all sorts of baby items, and what I loved the most about this project was that almost everything was repurposed and made with love for the new baby. Maelee and I enjoyed some quality time together. Mark kept asking why we needed wine, chocolate, and latin music to do sewing. *Pffftt*
Here are the baby pants we made from these pillowcases. Sewing for babies is ideal for a beginner’s sewing project. It uses such little fabric, and the seams are quite short. Baby pants are especially easy, since the seams are mostly straight or just slightly curved. I used a pair of Clara’s pants as a pattern.
We also made flannel and fleece baby blankets using the serger.
We had to make some baby bibs from old jeans too. So cute!!
And my personal favorite — burp clothes!
We wrapped everything up in tulle and used a bassinet basket.
Fun stuff — If you don’t know how to sew, but would like to learn I’m considering offering a free online workshop for beginners if there is enough interest. If that is something that would interest you, please leave a comment. I think everyone should learn how to sew! Come on, you can do this, and it will be so much fun!!!