If you’ve been reading here for long you know I love sewing for babies. After all, it’s when I was pregnant with my oldest, Natalie (who will be 10 in a couple of weeks!), that I rediscovered sewing. I still remember sitting at my kitchen island sewing her crib bumper – in labor and I didn’t even realize it. I finished it though! And I can’t say we really got a whole lot of use out the crib bumper either. Just one of those things I guess.
The other day my mom asked if I had any Divided Baskets lying around. She needed a baby gift. I didn’t, but of course I couldn’t say no. A basket for a baby girl, sure! I did struggle with picking out fabrics though. Because I don’t know the recipient, I really second guessed myself. I pulled fabrics from every nook of my fabric shelf trying to pick a combination I liked and would be a welcomed gift. It’s hard! I love making gifts, but when I know the recipient it’s so much easier. And when I’m not making gifts I usually pick whatever I’d like. I didn’t let it hold me back for long though.
Once the fabric selection was done I really enjoyed sewing up this Divided Basket. It’s the kind of relaxing sewing that I need more often than I think. I love knowing what step is next, what things I can customize and change. It’s nice to be able to go through the motions and still feel creatively intrigued. One of the best parts is seeing how the finished project comes together. I love doing that final press and standing back and seeing the finished project.
The other thing I love about sewing gifts is making things in sets. You know, a pouch with a tote, a pillow with a quilt, stuff like that. I think it makes the gift super fun. So the quick and always fun diaper pouch (tutorial from Diary of a Quilter) is one I make often. For a small amount a fabric, this pouch comes in really handy for keeping diapers in your bag. Love them (but also secretly glad I don’t have to lug diaper around anymore, hehe).
Off this set goes, I hope the new mom gets a lot of use out of it!
Have a lovely weekend!