I love giving gifts and whenever friends have babies it's always a great excuse to get crafty. This past weekend was my friend Beth's baby shower (more on that later) and I put together a fun basket of handmade gifts.
I got most of the ideas from things I saw on Pinterest.
So what all is in the basket??
A newborn sized monster hat. I've been wanting to make a little one and Beth does some photography so I figured that it would be something she could keep and use for photoshoots in the future.
Can't wait to see it on a head!!
A set of bibs with ties. Super cute!! I found the tutorial at Markham Street Design and it was a great one to follow.
Some quick tips in case you decide to make them...
*I used heat-n-bond to hold the ties in place.
*You do have to iron that on and my bibs said not to iron. Well I did anyways and it discolored the parts that were ironed a little... so I just ironed the whole bib real quick and it turned out fine.
*To design the tie- I free handed it and once I got it about the right size I folded it down the middle and cut it out that way so it would be symmetrical (like you cut out a heart.)
They were a lot of fun to make!
I also made a bundle of burp cloths using cloth diapers. You can find the tutorial at Petite Lemon Blog. These turned out well enough but I don't think I will do it this way again. I've seen several other ways to make burp cloths and will by trying a different way next time. (The thing I didn't like was that I could not get the ends lined up well. That bothers me.)
The last thing in the basket was an awesome hooded towel! My kids have towels like this and they are so great. A bit big for a newborn baby but the day will come when they will love having that huge towel!
I'm hoping to put together a photo tutorial explaining how I made the hooded towel. There are several tutorials linked in pinterest but I wasn't liking how they were going so I pulled out the towels we have and figured it out. Hopefully I'll have that tutorial together in a week or so. (It's super simple!)
So that is what Beth got from me. I was happy with the way everything turned out.
What kinds of gifts do you give to new moms?