DIY Baby Shower Gifts

How to Sew: baby shower gifts, bib, burp cloths, oversized receiving blanket, tag blanket




 Ironing everything all at once. I did all of
these projects at once and did them in
assembly line style.
My husband's cousin is having a baby shower at the end of May so I decided to make a few items for her that were on her registry. Can you tell I was excited to craft and sew for a little girl?! With three yards of flannel fabric, I made an oversize receiving blanket, 2 burp cloths, 1 bib, and a taggy blanket. I also needed some additional materials as well though, as outlined for each project.


Oversized Flannel Receiving Blanket with Satin Binding

Materials:
-Flannel, 40x40 for each side of the blanket
-Satin Binding (I used Wrights Satin Blanket Binding 4 3/4 yards, 100% polyester Black)
-Sewing machine, thread, scissors, seam ripper, etc.

I used this tutorial from instructables to do the satin binding, as I've never done it before. It's pretty easy and the binding that I bought came with just the right amount for the oversized receiving blanket.

All you're doing for this blanket is sewing the two 40x40 pieces right sides together, leave a small space (fists width) to turn, and then turn the fabric right sides out. At this point, you should iron your fabric flat to give it a more finished look. You can then follow the instructables tutorial to add your satin binding. I love the look of the zig zag stitches that they recommended.




  



This is how I sewed the edges to finish the blanket. This is the trickiest part of this project.


Burp Cloths

Materials:
-Flannel material
-Sewing machine, thread, scissors, seam ripper, etc.
-Download my pattern (or make your own!)

I made my own pattern for this because I was too lazy to look one up. I just used a regular burp cloth to figure out the right length, then drew the design that I wanted on a piece of paper. I folded the paper twice so that each side would come out the same and cut along my markings.

For this, you just need to cut out two layers of flannel with your pattern, sew them right sides together, turn and topstitch.




Please let me know if you have any problems downloading my pattern or anything else- it's my first time putting a pattern up! Also, I did not add a seam allowance to the pattern. I was able to sew pretty close to the edges and it worked out okay, but you may want to add a seam allowance that you're comfortable with.


Bib

Materials:
-Flannel material (any absorbant material will work, such as terrycloth)
-Pul for the back (or you can just do a couple layers of flannel)
-Snaps or hook & loop

This bib from the A Little Tipsy site is also a really great upcycle idea for old shirts. There's even a bib pattern on there. I didn't have any girly shirts to upcycle though so I opted to make my bib from the same material that I used for the rest of the items. I traced over a bib that I like because I've found it to be just the right size. Make sure you add a seam allowance if you trace a preexisting bib... I forgot, but it worked out okay.

All you do with this is cut out your pattern from the flannel and from the pul, sew them right sides together, turn and topstitch. Then you can add your snaps or hook & loops. I prefer snaps because they're harder for the sweet babes to unhook. Baby G has figured out how to undo anything with hook & loop so I should probably seam rip all of our hook & loop items to replace it all with snaps. That sounds like a great idea. It'll happen someday.







Taggy Blanket 
*Not sure where the picture of this went, but you can see the taggy blanket underneath the bib and rolled up burp cloths in this picture (left)

Materials:
-Flannel material
-Ribbon
-Empty wipes case with the opening cut off
-Sewing machine, thread, scissors, seam ripper, etc.












I wrote a tutorial on making these before. Same idea. This time I added some crinklyness to the middle by using an empty wipes container (with the opening cut off) stuffed inside it after I turned the material right side out. I completed by topstitching. I'm not sure I like it this way as much because I like how the other one I made is completely soft, but I know Baby G loves the crinkles.










Finished project!


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