What Do You Like to Sew for Babies?

One of my favorite things to write about is sewing for babies, since that's what I spend most of my sewing and quilting time doing. I'm heading to a baby shower (for twins!) on Sunday, and am contemplating what cute and quick sewing project I can whip up for the babies.

A bib, made from Robert Kaufman flannel.

I've talked before about how I was stuck in a baby quilt rut where that's all I made for new little ones, but lately I've branched out into bibs. Baby bibs can be both fast and fun to make, and I've enjoyed sewing some in vibrant, child-themed flannels.

But with just a few days left until the baby shower, and with my flannel stash dwindling, I'm contemplating a few alternatives for handmade baby gifts I can sew for the twins.

I've never sewn baby blocks before, but patterns I've seen look easy. A coworker just made burp cloths for two expectant mothers in our office, and they looked doable (and adorable).

I know several people whose go-to handmade baby gift is a knitted or crocheted blanket. Those are adorable, but I'll have to save those ideas for when I have time to learn a new craft.

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What projects do you like to sew or make for babies—quick and easy, or otherwise? I can't wait to hear.

 

 

 

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Abby Kaufman is assistant editor of Stitch magazine. When she's not scoping out new fabrics for her collection, Abby enjoys outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. 

27 thoughts on “What Do You Like to Sew for Babies?

  1. Hi Abbey,
    Our third grandson is due in May. Previously I made flannel receiving blankets and taggies from flannel and minky cloth. This time I have begun to use the PUL fabric and make burp cloths and the backs of flannel bibs as well as my first try at diapers!

  2. Hi Abbey,
    Our third grandson is due in May. Previously I made flannel receiving blankets and taggies from flannel and minky cloth. This time I have begun to use the PUL fabric and make burp cloths and the backs of flannel bibs as well as my first try at diapers!

  3. I found a new (for me) item that I have made for the last two baby showers I went to. What a hit! They are “Quick Change” bags. I saw them on Pintrest and made mine out of both flannel – for the new mom with no theme, and cotton – for the mom with a monkey theme. I used four coordinating fabrics and used pinking shears to cut the bags out. I tacked the length of ribbon to the top, back about one inch down before sewing the sides. Turn them inside right and voila! The perfect gift – of course I stuffed them with the essentials, one baby diaper size one, a disposable changing mat, a small package of baby wipes, hand sanitizing wipes, and a diaper disposal bag. Now all mom has to do is keep them where she will need them. In the glove compartment, a few in the diaper bag, so if she’s out she won’t need to take the whole bag to the ladies room. Etc. Even dad liked them!!

  4. I found a new (for me) item that I have made for the last two baby showers I went to. What a hit! They are “Quick Change” bags. I saw them on Pintrest and made mine out of both flannel – for the new mom with no theme, and cotton – for the mom with a monkey theme. I used four coordinating fabrics and used pinking shears to cut the bags out. I tacked the length of ribbon to the top, back about one inch down before sewing the sides. Turn them inside right and voila! The perfect gift – of course I stuffed them with the essentials, one baby diaper size one, a disposable changing mat, a small package of baby wipes, hand sanitizing wipes, and a diaper disposal bag. Now all mom has to do is keep them where she will need them. In the glove compartment, a few in the diaper bag, so if she’s out she won’t need to take the whole bag to the ladies room. Etc. Even dad liked them!!

  5. I found a crocheted pattern for a baseball many many years ago in a 5 x 8 inch magazine called THE WORKBASKET. I usually have a couple already made so when I hear someone has had a baby, be it a boy or a girl, I give them a soft stuffed baseball even if I don’t know them very well. I have been making these since 1979.

  6. I like to make name pillows. It is comprised of several letter-shaped pillows spelling the baby’s name. They are inexpensive to make but are always so very appreciated. I sew and stuff each letter and then sew them all together to form the name. They are great for hanging on the wall, sitting on a dresser, in the crib or on a chair – they can be used anywhere.

  7. I’m having my 3rd grandbaby in July, and I have been sewing up a storm. I’ve made a stroller quilt (small enough to cover little legs, but not so big as to get tangled up in the wheels. I made a quilted throw to match the nursery (to cover mommy and baby during late night feedings in the glider, a stuffed giraffe that stands on his own for the nursery. I’ve also made piles of baby bibs in several sizes, including ones with sleeves during the messy feeding himself phase. I have made stuffed blocks (not as difficult as you would think) and an “I Spy” quilt. I’ve made a “touchy” quilt with chenille, terry cloth, washable satin, monkscloth, corduroy and regular cotton. I’ve made piles of burp pads with cotton on the front and flannel or terrycloth on the back, a changing pad for when mommy is out and about with baby and an alphabet book. I have more ideas and plenty of time!

  8. I’ve made hooded towels for my toddler grandchildren — they wouldn’t be needed for a few years, but are so nice! I’m sure there are ideas for babies, though. I’ve also made changing mats from “vinyl” tablecloth fabric — something that can go on the floor, is wipeable, and will protect the baby.

  9. If you like English paper piecing, use pentagons to make a baby ball out of bright colors, stuff it softly, and it’s really cute. There are instructions on line, or Jinny Beyer has a book, and kits on her website. Easy and fun way to use little bits of fabric.
    Also cute soft stuffed rabbits are fun to make. Lots of patterns for these.
    A pancake bear is great for tiny babies–just draw out a bear and sew together with no stuffing. Embroider eyes & nose. Really nice made from soft fleece or flannel.

  10. I still like onesies. They are inexpensive and have endless possibilities for decoration. I like to do a cute applique/embroidery and then iron a piece of soft interfacing over the stitching on the inside next to baby. I’ve also tie dyed, stamped, or drawn on them. I’ve had their siblings or cousins draw on them with fabric markers as well. Lots of fun.

  11. I wish I could get everyone who sews to make dozens of crib sheets with elastic corners. They are so easy and don’t cost a lot! I have taught young women and single girls, and they learned in just a couple of hours with a finished product in hand. Babies could have a clean sheet every day—very healthy, very tidy, and a real sign of love and care!
    You should publish more in magazine articles. Remind others—great gifts!

  12. Lately I have been making baby sleeping bags out of quilts that need to be repurposed. It’s very easy but also is a good use of quality, gently used quilts that are sitting in storage. For directions or pictures, please email me at bsugrad07@gmail.com

  13. Lately I have been making baby sleeping bags out of quilts that need to be repurposed. It’s very easy but also is a good use of quality, gently used quilts that are sitting in storage. For directions or pictures, please email me at bsugrad07@gmail.com

  14. I’m(among other crafts) a knitter. I usually try to make blankets or sweaters for a new baby. I’m now starting to rethink and do some different things, including a little quilting, and some quick and easy things, bibs, burp cloths, onesies, etc. So, onward and upward. Keep them guessing! The best part- Shopping!

  15. Actually, I’m spending a fair amount of time on maternity wear for my DIL, some dresses and tops. Just found out today that first grandchild is a girl. I’ve already made one quilt, my first, in bright primary colors. Halfway through crocheting a blanket in aqua, teal, and gray. I’ll make another quilt in the trendy non-gender colors of the nursery (sage, chocolate, light blue, and cream) just for show. I have until August 😉 And I will make burp cloths and maybe some baby washcloths. Have a towel to run through my embroidery machine and a pattern for a bath caddie, too. Way too much fun for the newbie grandma!

  16. Having 17 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, I have made many baby items. The best non-family gift I have found is a quick baby bunting that can be adjusted for a growing baby by using a 22″ square of fabric and batting, 4 large button holes and 3 large buttons. I usually make a ball to compliment the color by using 6 ellipse shaped pieces of fabric, using the old 35 mm film plastic containers filled with 2 or 3 small buttons (makes a rattle sound) to place in the center of the ball when stuffing. It is a ball, chew toy and rattle that can be washed. Great for using up small remnants of material and odd buttons.

  17. Anything really. I can’t wait till I have a baby, it is my goal to make her entire layette including her christening gown and a bassinet cover along with her diapers. Can’t wait!

  18. Babies are never critical of what you make for them. They like lots of colors, crazy prints, and whatever you do for them is enjoyed. I have 15 grandkids, 28 great grands, and one great great grandson so I have plenty of babes to sew and quilt for.

  19. Babies are never critical of what you make for them. They like lots of colors, crazy prints, and whatever you do for them is enjoyed. I have 15 grandkids, 28 great grands, and one great great grandson so I have plenty of babes to sew and quilt for.

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