Spring is for babies! I just love a spring baby, Natalie happens to be a spring baby and it really is a fun time to have a newborn. When she was a baby it was so nice to take a walk outside and enjoy everything fresh and new. In my last divided basket post, I proclaimed my love of baby gifts! There is something so cheerful and helpful about a small gift that makes me want to bust out all the projects, including this butterfly Divided Basket.
These Lizzy House butterflies had been calling my name for too long. I pulled them out for projects quite often, but it never quite clicked until I was making the other basket. This happened to be the alternate pick of fabrics and I figured I might as well make it! Our friends are having their first baby very soon and it was fun to think of them while making it. It’s really crazy to think that 10 years ago I was getting ready for Natalie to come. I did try something new for this basket. I’ve been machine basting the lining and exteriors together before topstitching. This has worked really well for me. Yesterday I tried glue basting and it was really slick. I’d recommend trying it the next time you make one!
I hope this basket of diapers will come in handy for all the fun and chaos that a first baby brings. I can envision this set up in the living room for those diaper changes that happen all too frequently, one less trip to the next room to the changing table can be a very good thing. And maybe it’ll live on eventually to hold toys or bath goodies, who knows. Whatever the case, the happiness that gift giving brings me is what makes it worthwhile.
And because I was digging through my bookcase for more baby project ideas, I found some books that I recommend. I know it is quite easy these days to jump online and find free tutorials and such, but I believe that having a beautiful book of projects is still extremely valuable. I kind of have to catch myself sometimes thinking that everyone here that reads this post might already know about certain books or patterns or even fabrics for that matter, but we all start somewhere. These books are ones I’ve personally sewn projects from and have enjoyed, all focused on baby items or project for small children. Some are written by women I can now call a friend. Let me know if you have questions about these books in the comments!
Pattern: Divided Basket
Fabric: Natural History by Lizzy House, Moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale (Cotton + Steel) lining,
Apricot shot cotton for divider and handle accent, Robert Kaufman cotton/linen chambray
Hope you have a fun-filled weekend! We’ve got a birthday girl and lots of mother’s to celebrate! ps. My new dining room rug is from Rugs USA! I really love it so far.