I love sewing gifts for newborn babies. There is no shortage of ideas for baby gifts but I like to make my own. I always think there is something more special, more unique, about a handmade gift. Sewing gifts for babies has been an important part of my sewing education because they were simple. Simple shapes, simple process, and it was all about finding beautiful fabrics.
Early in my sewing “career”, I discovered the wonderful Purl Soho blog. I was taken by the simplicity of the projects and the gorgeous fabrics. Also, I loved that I could make things that would be used and worn. I started making things people would be able to use everyday. And several projects became part of my “repertoire”. Over the years, I made a lot of “new baby gifts” for friends and they seem to be hugely popular. So simple to make, and yet beautiful.
Recently, my friend Emma gave birth to a baby girl. So I decided to come up with my usual baby gifts. I had to wait until the baby arrived. Many women in Australia prefer to leave the gender a surprise and, out of superstition, I prefer not to create anything before the baby is born.
Hooded Baby Towel and Washcloth Set
This is a lovely project, easy to make if you like straight lines. The hood is a small challenge and it really helps if you use a walking foot, as the layers of fabric can be quite thick. Using quality terry cloth is definitely worth it, I buy mine on Fabric.com. Cutting terry towelling can be messy, so if you happen to have a serger, use it. The Hooded Baby Towel is big enough for the baby to grow into and you can make as many Washcloths as you want.
These are so easy to make and it’s all about soft fabric in many colours. It’s also a great project to help you learn how to sew curves. The tutorial for the Oxford Burp Cloths is really easy to follow and the first ones I made used that very fabric. Using quality absorbent cotton flannel is essential for new mothers. My first burp cloths were for a set of twin boys who had reflux for several months, and their mother used to lay one in the cot every night.
This is a bit more advanced and a first for me, and I’m very pleased with the result. The fabric possibilities are endless and I love the contrast of light white fabric and prints. There is nothing like patting a baby’s bottom and the Purl Bee Baby Pants is an absolute winner!
The fabric I used came from the Marche Saint Pierre, funky and bright. I go there every time I visit Paris to find some great bargains!
I have further lists of handmade Children’s and Baby projects:
- Little Girls Sewing Projects
- My Favourite Handmade Children’s Sewing Projects
- My Favourite Purl Soho Handmade Baby Gifts
Those Newborn Baby Gifts are beautiful and popular as ever! Do you have handmade baby gifts you love? Please share in the comments below.