I really do love sewing. Yes, I could use a better machine and yes, I could spend lots of dollars on designer fabrics. But with my trusty 30+ year old puke yellow machine and the occasional, absolutely darling fat quarter, I manage to get along just fine.
One thing I love sewing is baby stuff. These projects are easy and quick which make for satisfying look-what-I-made type projects.
1. Nursing Cover.
A must have if you’re a big time nurser. These covers make nursing in public or around male family members much more easier. I love my blue chevron cover I made for Sam. If I’m going to be whipping out my equipment around others, I might as well be stylish doing it. I added a pocket for holding pacifiers or breast pads while the baby is busy doing his business but really it’s mostly for looks -it’s always fun to add coordinating fabric to a sewing project.
I have made several of these. A couple for myself and a couple for friends and sisters. You are basicly hemming a rectangle but it gets a little more complicated when you add the boning and straps and D rings. Completely do-able if you can sew a straight line. Here is a great tutorial if you’re looking to make one yourself.
I wanted to get a shot of me actually using it but A) I was still in my pajamas, B) Leah was my photographer, and C) Sam had already eaten and didn’t want anymore.
Maybe not such a good idea. But here it is for a good laugh. I’m not ashamed of my purple pjs. Check out Sam’s flailing legs.
2. Pacifier Clips
These are SUPER easy. These are, of course, available at the store but homemade ones can be so much cuter. You just have to get your hands on those little suspender clips. I think you can pick some up at the craft store. If you have a cute ribbon on hand they’re even easier. I didn’t haven any manly looking ribbon on hand for my little guy so I just used scraps of fabric left over from my nursing cover. The awesome thing is that you can use these for toys and teething rings too. Then there wont be any dropping or throwing onto a dirty public floor. Yea!
Sam likes it just fine. Although, he prefers his thumb to the pacifier. He’s just not coordinated enough to keep his thumb in his mouth yet. Perhaps I can break that habit before it starts.
3. Baby Shoes
So so cute! Yes? I love making these little shoes for new mamas. Luckily I’ve had 3 sister-in-laws have baby girls plus a couple of friends. I have been busy cranking out baby shoes. I even made a couple boy ones but gifted them before I had a chance to snap a pic.
This is my favorite baby shoe pattern. These shoes are pretty simple but take a bit of practice. Start with throw away fabric scraps at first. Things are a bit tight and curved when sewing but the pattern is great. These shoes even stay on babies feet!
4. Little Man Tie
It’s great to have a sewing project even when you have a baby boy. These ties were surprisingly easy and fun. I only had to buy fat quarters too. I found the pattern here.
Here is Sam modeling the gray one.
5. Car Seat Canopy
These are all over the place. I made one for Leah but haven’t gotten around to making one for Sam… now that he is 3.5 months old I don’t think I’m going to either. If you are looking for a good tutorial, I like this one.
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And now for those of you who don’t have any babies to sew for any more… Sew something for your big grown up school aged
Emma has been needing a book cover for her math book. Instead of running to the store, yet again. I grabbed my stash of scraps and made her a custom personalized cover. She loves it. Tutorial found here.