Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sewing Ideas for Baby - Some Practicial, All Beautiful

If sewing is therapy to you, like it is to me, I encourage you to create some needed or not so needed items for the little love in your life. 

Let me share a few of my baby-inspired-creations with you.

Here is the Easter dress I made for Monet...

Can you believe she's only 9 months old?

Below is a before picture of a mobile we received as a gift for Monet's room before she was born.  I didn't like how it clashed with the room's decor so Josh and I gave it a makeover.


As an infant, Monet absolutely loved this mobile.  The dark color of the birds and the way they contrasted with the rest of the mobile really helped in catching Monet's eyes when she was young.  Monet would lay under this thing and coo sometimes for ten minutes straight.  This was a lifesaver on those mornings she woke early and I was scrambling to get things ready so we could get out the door on time.  And even though she is older now, she still enjoys it!  I think she likes it because she knows it was given some TLC from Daddy and me.

Dear friends made this beautiful blanket, each making one block of the quilt.  I will always cherish this gift deeply, and as Monet gets older, I will tell her stories about each block, along with the kind thoughts and past stories that go along with the person who created it.
Currently I have a friend who is pregnant and she too has decided to do a blanket like this for her baby.  This is how she described it in an email, "Rather than color schemes or themes, we'd like to have a quilt made by all the people we love and who we know will be part of our child's life.  It is something that could turn into a bed time story, telling him about all of you and covering him up with your love."

What a beautiful idea!  Yes?  

Some other more practical ideas include: burp cloths, towel with a hoodie for after bath time, boppy cover, crib bedding, sling, diaper bag, etc, etc, etc.  Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby: 24 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers is a great place to start if you would like to try some neat baby projects. 

How about you?  What have you made for your little loved one?

P.S.  Wednesday, March 31st, is the last day to enter our "Baby Giveaway".  Share the love and spread the word.  You can enter up to five times.  Good luck!


Kristin said...

Angela, I love my bag and will give a good review for your etsy shop!

Also, thanks for the wonderful pillow and funny card. It looks great in our blue room. :)

Can't wait to see that Monet in person! She is so grown up! I heard rave reviews from Gabe and Karen. :) See you soon!

{eleise} said...

That dress is adorable!

Great work!

Run Lori Run said...

That blanket is so great! That is my next project, a blanket, gateway to my goal of actually quilting.

My first drafts of my dolls always go to my daugther.

The Artists House said...

Thanks you three: Kristin, Eleise & Lori, for all your nice words. You provided a little sunshine for me on this dark, snowy day.

Lori, quilting is the best. I'm currently finishing another quilt and every time I finish one I'm convinced that quilting is my favorite art. I love how your first drafts go to your daughters. I can understand that. There is a learning curve to all these beautiful things we make. Let me know if you have any questions regarding quilting. I'm not an expert by any means, but would love to help if I can.

Happy day to you three!

Jamie - Rock of Agius said...

LOVE, love, love the Easter dress you made! Sewing IS therapeutic especially when you're sewing for a special little one!

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