Say hello to new arrivals in style with these easy-to-sew baby gift ideas. From bootees to blankets, you’ll never be stuck for DIY gift ideas again. You can find step-by-step instructions for how to sew each of these nursery makes in issue 22 of Simply Sewing magazine, or just browse below for inspiration!
1. Pretty & practical: baby wipes case
We’re not fully sure how our parents’ generation coped before baby wipes were invented, but they’re essential kit for mums and dads today. This quick-sew baby wipes case is a unique gift idea that’s pretty and practical. The squishy case protects your lips supply from curious little hands while you mop up spillages!
2. DIY baby bootees
Keep tiny feet comfy and cosy in these plush flannel booties. You can find full instructions for how to make them in issue 22. If your fabric has a repeat motif, like the duck and elephant printed we’ve used, carefully cut around it and use it as appliqué to decorate baby’s first pair of oh-so-teeny-tiny handmade shoes.
3. Shake, rattle & roll
There’s hours of fun to be had (both in the sewing and playing!) with these characterful rattles featuring tactile embroidered faces and a rattle protected by soft fibrefill.
4. Sweet dreams: sew a baby sleeping bag
Hand-sewn sleep sacks are great for new babies, as they help them to stay warm and snuggly when you transfer them to moses basket, cot or crib. This zip-up sleep sack is a wearable blanket that baby can’t kick away, so they’ll stay snug as a bug while they snooze.
We’re not ashamed to admit that we still have our first quilts stashed away somewhere, so if you’re looking dos ew baby gift they’ll cherish forever, make them this simple quilt with a layer of cotton wadding for maximum snuggle factor. With quilted detail but using just two pieces of outer fabric, it’s a quick alternative to patchwork quilts that you can whip up in an evening or two.
Simply Sewing 22, featuring easy-to-follow guides for how to make five of these diddy DIY baby gift ideas, is on sale now. Available from all good newsagents, supermarkets and our online store. Sold out? Download the digital edition from Google Play and Apple Newsstand.
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