Friday, July 16, 2010

Sweet, Simple Baby Shower Gift

Some good friends of ours are having a baby.  Hooray!  Her baby shower was last night.  I finished the gift about 20 minutes before I left to go to the shower.  Ha.  And since I was working on things at the last minute, I had to keep it simple.  But I still wanted to give my friend a meaningful, useful, high quality gift.  Oh, and they're waiting until the baby is born to find out if it's a boy or a girl.  So I know this looks like a boy gift, but I like to think of it as "neutral."  I always figure that girls do better with blue than boys do with pink.  Blah, blah, blah.  Anyway, if you've you've got a baby to give to, here's what went into the gift.  We'll go simplest part of the present to most complex.  Although all of it was pretty simple.

1. Buy a pack of plain white onesies.
2. Take one out.
3. Cut a piece of ribbon and singe the edges (or don't).
4. Tie a cute knot around the onesie.
5. Done.

Door bumpers are great.  Slip one piece of elastic over the door knob, then (with the door open, of course), slip the other piece of elastic over the doorknob on the other side of the door.  This will allow you to keep baby's door shut while still allowing you to peek in and check without the noise of the door latch.  Also great for keeping toddlers from closing their fingers in doors.

1. Cut a piece of lightweight cotton (or whatever kind of fabric, really) to be about 7" x 6".
2. Grab a too-stretched-out hair elastic.
3. Fold the elastic in half and cut (so you have two equal pieces).
4. Fold your fabric in half, lengthwise (so, folded, it measures about 7" x 3"), right sides together.
5. Pin fabric.
6. With fabric pinned right sides together, slip the pieces of elastic in at the ends, making sure the loops are hiding inside your little fabric tube.
7. Sew tube together, making sure to leave an opening along the wide (7") edge.  Reinforce stitching over the ends of the elastic.
8. Turn it right side out.
9. Stuff with polyfil.  (Don't overstuff it.  It shouldn't be overly puffy, just enough so it's soft and still kind of flatish.)
10. Hand sew the opening closed.
11. Done.

Every kid loves a good ball.  Need I say more?

1. Print off this free ball pattern from Grand Revival Designs.
2. Find a piece of plain fabric (I used some heavy muslin).
3. Using a disappearing ink fabric pen, trace the umbrella on this adorable free pattern from Badbird's.

4. Embroider this adorable little umbrella onto your muslin.
5. Using your ball pattern (I used the smallest size) cut out 6 panels for your ball (including the panel with the embroidery).
6. Follow the directions on the pattern for sewing the ball together.
7. Done.

Wrap everything up and give it to a wonderful baby!


Bridget said...

I've never heard of that door latch thing but it sounds brilliant! Thanks for the idea.

Karin van Dam said...

I never hear of that door bumpers either, but I too think it's a wonderful idea! And I think this is a lovely baby shower gift, very thoughtful.

Kathy Haynie said...

Lucky baby! And then you can make my complicated fabric ball when the baby turns 1! :) said...

I jsut had to come over and say thanks so much for the kind comment on my Meylah interview Katie. You MADE my week! I feel so warm and fuzzy right now. =)