Homemade Baby Gifts
Are you a good sewer and would like to give homemade baby gifts? There are so many things you could quite easily sew for babies. You'll first have to decide whether you'd like to make a toy or clothing, a car seat cover or a sleeping bag! There are plenty of directions on the net so this page is more to give you ideas, and let you know of some easy things you won't need a pattern for.
Homemade Baby Toys
As most baby toys go into the baby's mouth it's a good idea to prewash all materials so the baby isn't swallowing any excess dye. I've given instructions for only a few toys because it doesn't matter about getting the dimensions exactly right. For all others, such as classic looking teddy bears check out the patterns already on the web or in your local sewing store.
Another easy toy to make is a ball. To make it more interesting to look at you can use two colors, but it will still come out well if you only use one color as long as the material is interesting. You'll also need some stuffing. These are a great toy for a baby. They will be able to easily grab the ball when they are around 3 months, they can start to throw and catch it, then kick it, all over the period of their first year, making it a toy that will be used in the longer term. If you've seen the nursery decorations you can also personalize the colors for the baby you are giving it to.
Teddy Bears are also very loved toys, and some can be moderately difficult to sew, requiring a pattern. You don't have to go for a classic looking teddy bear though. This teddy bear, though not classic looking is still well loved and certainly makes a memorable gift. You could choose to use Just three colors of material, one for the body and limbs, one for the face and ears and one for the eyes and nose. On the other hand you could use different colors for the limbs, ears, face, eyes and nose! Whatever you have available is great.
Homemade Dice are also easy homemade baby gifts. They require a little more effort, and at least two different colored materials and some stuffing. If you want to be really fancy, a bigger range of materials means your toy can help teach the baby colors. Having seven different colors, one for the walls of the die, and one each for the sides makes this work well. You can also make different shapes for each of the different sides.
If you're short on time or money or would just like to add a quick, easy gift to your other homemade baby gifts, a tag toy is a great idea. They are basically two squares of cloth (or a fun shape if you're feeling adventurous.. stars?!) which are sewn together with "tags", which are loops of ribbon sticking out every inch or so. They were originally created (yes, you can buy them....) because so many babies love sucking on the tag of their other toys. If you haven't sewn much before this is the easiest thing to try.
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Homemade Clothes and Bedding
Baby clothing is quite fiddly to sew as everything is so small (though not as bad as making Barbie clothes). It takes a good skill level to make a onesie. If you do decide to make baby clothes, check out the
Trendy Baby Clothing
page for some ideas of which types of clothes are appropriate for different age groups so you can make something which will be useful for as long as possible. It also contains the
World Health Organisation
average sizes for ages so you can check to see if your pattern is likely to fit the child.
An easy bedding idea to try is a sleeping bag. These come with zips, buttons, or are just a sack with a longer piece for the head to rest on, so there is something for all skill levels.
A nursing cover for the mom is also a gift that can be modified to suit your skill level.
Other practical homemade baby gifts to sew are cloth diapers. Just check that the parents would actually be interested in using cloth diapers before going to the effort of creating them. They are easy to moderate to sew in skill level.
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