Friday, March 2, 2012

{three} Handmade Baby Shower Gifts

It's here. Baby Season.

First for my youngest sister, who had #6....and her only girl.

(Photo stolen from facebook - thanks Efren.)

And now for the rest of the world too. Babies are popping out everywhere, which makes for lots of baby showers. Which makes for lots of sewing projects. Which always seem to begin with grand dreams, yet finish in a heap of mediocrity.

For all of you that have been blessed with seamstress-ing skills (or maybe just undeterred by constant failure like me), here are some fun printable patterns of projects that can be whipped up in a night.

(or week?)

(plus another week to get around to cleaning up the mess)

(even though my messes usually stay for months)



#1: Elephant Softie from Riley Blake Designs

The original:


My attempt:

No two toned eyes, 'cuz they freak me out, and no gathered ears because somebody forgot to follow directions. Again.

For the boy version I messed with the ear shape a bit so they can be extra flip-flip-floppy. I'm still undecided about the result. Whatever.


#2: Stuffed Menswear Bunny from Martha Stewart.com

The original:


My attempt:

I used old denim instead of "menswear," and added the fleece Dr. Seuss star belly because he looked naked and we can't have that.
P.S. heavy fabric is near impossible to turn right side out because it's so thick. But it was free...


#3: Lion Taggie by mmmcrafts
{pattern from Chez Beeper Bebe}

The original:


My attempt:


I used fleece, so I didn't have to turn it inside out....just sewed around the perimeter (leaving a small opening), stuffed, and sewed shut the hole. Don't ask why I can't sew a perfect circle. None of the ones I made turned out symmetrical. That's the beauty of handmade, right?

Plus, babies don't care anyway.


Happy Showering.

25 comments:

  1. Love the lion taggie! Handmade gifts are always treasured around here...imperfections and all.

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    1. Wow…amazing Handmade Baby Shower Gifts designs creation. Baby Shower celebration is important because it’s make the mom to be feel happy, special and even pamper her and showering her and baby. I want to try this with my students, who are coming for cover letter help with me at CV Folks. Also recommend and forward this idea. Happy to read such new idea here. Thanks for sharing new idea of handmade baby shower gift.

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  2. I love handmade! Your creations are always completely adorable. I <3 the gift wrapping, too.
    P.S. I like your 'sneetch' bunny better than the original, nicely done seeing today is Dr. Seuss's birthday!

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  3. I think they all turned-out just great! I especially love the elephants.

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  4. I think they turned out great! I never would have noticed either of your "mistakes" in the elephants, and I like your denim version better than the original. I also like your taggy and think using it as a gift topper is adorable.

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  5. Yeah for sister! What a tiny little peanut. Sorry boys, she needs her own room! I made a dog, but did not take a picture. Start with the lion, and then let to zoo grow.

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  6. Congrats on your new baby niece...how special!

    And...you make the CUTEST, COOLEST homemade things! Your talent and creativity is awesome! I ♥ what you you did....very cute!

    Have a great weekend. :)

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  7. Ok, so now I feel obligated to make starbelly denim things and wonky circle jobbies for granddaughter. Well, maybe not. Instead I'll be sewing dipe covers 'cause preggo girlie wants her girlie to have a cute bum. Maybe I could do a starbelly denim butt cover?

    Off to catch up on posts, although I already chucked my drink over Abe Lincoln....

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  8. I think your handmade gifts turned out great! I've used the menswear bunny tutorial and can never get my bunnies to turn out like Martha's. I've had the Riley Blake elephant softie tutorial pinned for awhile so maybe I need to give that one a try. And I love the way you wrapped the gift with the denim and the toy as a topper. I have a baby shower later this summer so I'm keeping your idea in mind!

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  9. i keep forgetting to save the jean pieces dern it!

    as for ur sis....congrats to her...there is hope for 6 and the girl. my neighbor next door has 5 boys...they are going for a 6th like us....

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  10. I love them all!
    I am in the middle of making a chenille blanket...in the middle = I bought the fabric and it is still sitting in the bag, oh and the shower is on Sat. Whoops!

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  11. Really cute, great ideas! Our grown children are in the 'process' of growing their families, and we have several nieces that are expecting, so these will come in handy for something different! Trudy

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  12. I think your elephants are adorable! great job - you are too hard on yourself.

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  13. I think they are all adorable, great job. And I love how you wrapped the gift using the seams from jeans. Very clever!

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  14. I found your blog today via pinterest, and I love your style! You have great ideas for gift wrapping and you make the most adorable things :)

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  15. Taggies make the best baby gift! Yours is gorgeous, but when I accidentally make a baby gift that's ugly, I always tell the mom that it's so she won't be too upset when it inevitably gets lost.

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  16. It IS baby season! My son's friend is the first one of their high school/college group to be having one...and it's a girl. I found some vintage pink/floral pillowcases at the local Goodwill to do an easy striped/white chevron quilt...starting on it later this week.

    Your creations are way cute. Oh and just FYI, sewing a perfect circle is highly overrated LOL.

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  17. Wow your creations are just as good as the originals! I love the elephants and the taggies! What gorgeous gifts!

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  18. these are really cute and very industrious! when you have your next baby i am going to make you one.

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  19. You could never tell from your creations that you aren't a master with a needle and thread!!!! I think handmade gifts are the most precious and thoughtful kind for sure... Mama and baby will be so happy. Your sister looks like a million bucks with her sixth. So neat that she had a GIRL!!

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  20. Oh Man! I made that MS bunny too and promptly threw it in the trash...it was horrible. Then I tried another. BAD. Then I made a BIG one and it was passable, but no winner. NO MORE STUFFED ANIMALS!
    Flat things only.
    But it's hard to resist that Pinterest stuff.

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  21. Super cute! You've got mad sewing skillz!

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  22. Just a warning about your lion "taggie". About a year ago, I had a blog site with some samples of things that I sewed using ribbon loops similar to those that "Taggies" uses. Somehow, Taggies found my blog site and I received an email from the company stating that I needed to remove the pictures from my website. Taggies has a patent on their ribbon loops and is very specific about the length and spacing of their loops. Don't get me wrong, your lion is very cute, but I would hate to see a fellow crafter get into "trouble".

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  23. First, congrats to your sis and her hubby on #6 ... as the only little girl in the family I think this baby is going to have tons of big brother protection growing up!

    I loved each of your sewing projects and I hope you are only humorously critical of your sewing skills, because what you produce is great. And it may be heresy to say, but I way like your stuffed {menswear} bunny better than Martha's :) I always enjoy dropping in here and I don't know why I haven't already joined but I am now your newest Follower.

    Robin
    happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

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  24. Beautiful handcrafted baskets are also excellent pieces of gifts. The handcrafted baskets are made of superior quality rattan reed.Ours En Peluche Géant

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