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« on: December 16, 2008 07:18:14 AM »

It always seems that when you are entering a phase of life, so is all your friends and people around you. Maybe it's just because you are aware of it in your life that you notice it more...But Anyway...

I have an ever growing list of friends that are announcing pregnancies and I would love to have a fun gift to give that is easy to make multiples of but can be customized to the couple or even the baby...if we know gender or name...

I want to spend a little more time making the gifts versus just buying something.

Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2008 09:07:44 PM »

Good idea!  I agree with that phase concept...I have experienced that!  There are some great tutes on this forum for baby gifts.  (I'm not a new mom, but a soon-to-be (grandma) Mimi.)  I saw something cute on here recently. Will try to remember for you!  I think bibs are easy and another mom suggested to me: burp cloths.
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2008 09:06:29 AM »

I'm the same way! It seemed that ALL my friends were getting pregnant and I was so jealous, but now it's finally my turn (due in 5 wks!).
Anyway, I like to make baby blankets and burp cloths for shower gifts. With blankets you can get pretty fancy and use some nice minky fabric. As far as the burp cloths, I like to use cloth diapers and sew on fabric and trim. Either of these can be customized for the parents (favorite colors, sports teams, former college, etc.)
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2008 10:09:00 AM »

We have a very large family and it seems that there's always someone pregnant - in 08 we had a baby born in Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, and Dec. So I've learned what things are the biggest hits at showers.

Handmade Blankets - pick out fabrics that have the parents inteste in them (one Dad likes pool alot, I found great flannel fabric with pool balls on it, loved it) try to make it unique

If you know how to knit or crochet - booties and tiny socks are wonderful - especially with babies born in the colder climates or seasons

burp cloths - using a prefolded cloth diaper you can fancy it up by adding a strip of fabric

bibs - making these to match the blankets or burb cloths are always cute

Sleep saks are wonderful for babies - just remember to make them in a fabric for the season

Baby Legs - or little leg warmers are great too, perfect for layering or under a little dress (you don't have to wrestle with getting something over the diaper which is a plus when changing tons of diapers a day

Tiny headbands in soft fabrics

a carseat cover - again use fabric appropriate to the season

Tiny clothes are well recieved, especially when you make them - beware though you may get request for many more in the future

Mittens - newborn size and slightly larger - these things are always disappearing

If they are going to use a pacifier you can make a holder thingy (don't know what they're called, but it's basically a small strip of fabric or ribbon sewn to the end of a clip to attach to baby so it won't fall to the floor and get dirty)

A breastfeeding Momma might like a "hooter hider", a large blanket type thing that allows her to feed without an audience

Handmade wash clothes and towels are great too, and they "grow" with the baby

I usually also get diapers in either cloth or disposable depending on Mom's preference, these make super cute wreaths. I bought a wreath form at the Dollar Store, wrapped the diapers around securing with a small hair band and jazzed it up with ribbon and tiny baby items like nail clippers and such. A mega hit at all three showers, and it doubles as a decoration for the shower, always a plus.

Good Luck! And you have it right, babies tend to come in "crops" as my Grandma calls them.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2008 04:58:46 PM »

My sister and I stenciled and tie-dyed onsies for our aunt's soon-to-be-born twin boys!  Each one says "It was him" with an arrow, so they'll point together.  My aunt says she needs one to wear around her husband, haha!
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2008 09:25:35 PM »

It seems that my family is abundantly fecund this year as well!  I have been making patchworky jingly tag balls.  Let me clarify - they are soft stuffed balls sewn with ribbon "tags" sewn into the seam and a plastic egg with a jingle bell or two sewn inside.  The bell isn't jingly enough without it being in the egg, it gets muffled by the stuffing.  There are a few patterns and tutes out there if you look around.  This works well with blocks also.
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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2008 06:42:14 PM »

Since you have many to do, I think some of the cutest/easiest/cheapest items are:

Binkie clips -- make them with a badge ID clip (from walmart) on one end with a cute large button E-6000'ed to the clip - attach ribbon permanently to this end (I used E-6000 again). At other end of ribbon, make a velcro loop so the clip can be attached and dettached from the binkie Smiley

Burp cloths -- made from store-bought cloth diapers and emellished with pretty fabric, etc.

Wall hangings -- decorated pic frames, perhaps four frames each with containing a letter of B A B Y and decorated with ribbon

Mini album/scrapbook/journal -- perhaps use parents names on front... can recover a cheap-o dollar store/walmart mini album and make some pages so the busy mommy can enter in baby memories without being overburdened with scrapbooking-in-full after the pregnancy.

Stencilled onesies or bibs -- this could be easily customized to your recipients - I've heard the biggest thing is to buy a size other than newborn, cuz many people give a ton of newborn sizes at the shower but no larger ones for the weeks/months later....

That's all I could think of for now -- please show us what you end up doing!!!
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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2008 11:43:39 PM »

One of my favorite things to do is embroider animals or sayings on onesies. That way, they're unique for every kid and they're easy to mass produce.
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