Posts Tagged ‘baby gifts’

I finally finished up the third of the spring Oliver + S patterns, the Lullabye Layette. Just one of the many things I had planned for Kids Clothes Week but didn’t make – that’s always the way.

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It’s such a sweet little set, and I was so happy to see a little baby pattern from Oliver + S. The sizing goes up to 24 months, but to me this kind of thing is cutest in the tiny sizes (and for girl babies!), so I opted to make it in 3-6 months as a baby gift. Good thing other people keep having babies so I don’t have to miss out on sewing stuff like this.


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The pants are shot cotton, which I chose for its baby-softness and orange hue – they’re light and airy and they feel great, but I should probably apologize in advance to their recipient because I have a feeling they’ll end up a wrinkled mess out of the dryer. It’s love/hate with shot cotton, I tell ya.

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I added a little band of the shirt fabric on the back pockets by making some single-fold bias tape from a one-inch strip (cut on the grain). And I swapped out the snaps for buttons, only because I had three matching buttons in the correct size, which was too good to pass up. Otherwise I followed the pattern to the letter, and no surprise, it all came out just right.

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Originally I chose the print (Leah Duncan’s Gentle Breeze from her Meadow line) for Lila’s Hide & Seek dress, but after I got it home I decided to set it aside for the layette. It’s such a delicate little print, it seemed just right for a baby girl.

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Oh, and I forgot to mention that the pattern comes with two addition garments, a sweet little jacket and a bubbly bodysuit. I highly recommend the Lullabye Layette, both for its undeniable Oliver + S quality and its squishy-baby cuteness. Thanks to Liesl for sending it my way!


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Awhile back I attended a baby shower for none other than skirt as top. I guess you’ve got all the gear you need by the time you get to baby #3, so this was a diaper shower. But I couldn’t very well bring diapers without sewing something to hold them. Kristin has sewn a multitude of Divided Baskets as baby gifts, which I figured must mean she thinks they make good baby gifts, right? So I went with that. I looked through her Camp Ivanhoe Pinterest board to see what might work with the baby’s new room, and picked out a fabric from Sarah Watson’s Indian Summer line.

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The Divided Basket is one of many wonderful Noodlehead patterns. This is my third basket (first two here) – it’s such a fun pattern with such a useful end result, and it’s surprisingly quick to sew after you get everything interfaced. This time I followed Anna’s advice from this post and used Pellon 809 in conjunction with fusible fleece for the main basket pieces. If you’re using all quilting cottons, this combination of interfacing gives the basket a nice amount of structure.

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I also made some burp cloths by binding the edges of some cloth prefolds, same as the ones I made before Oscar was born.

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Baby skirt as top, I can’t wait to meet you and maybe even mop up a little of your cute spit! 🙂

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Pattern :: Noodlehead Divided Basket

Basket Fabrics :: Sarah Watson’s Woodland Pine, Moda Crossweave in Aqua, Kaffe Fasset spots in Sprout

Burp Cloths :: Joel Dewberry’s Herringbone True Colors in Turquoise, Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelet in Tin Man, Dena Fishbein’s Tarika in Moss

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