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« on: October 28, 2008 01:21:56 PM »

My friends are pregnant! Unfortunately I just got my invitation, and its on Saturday, the 8th of November.

Any ideas for handmade presents? I can sew clothing and bags and stuff very well, crochet pretty good/fast, and knit but only at a snails pace.

The parents have a lot of tattoos, they have pugs, and they're both second-gen Mexican. (That sounds weird)
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2008 01:10:29 PM »

One thing that you can make relatively quickly is a no-sew fleece baby blanket. It could work if you find the right theme/imagery on the blanket and find a coordinating colour. You could even give them ones at different sizes: one for the crib, one to swaddle, one to pack in the diaper bag or use as a receiving blanket.
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2008 07:44:34 PM »

Do this! (Only do it better than mine, k? Mine's a little sad)

Or a monster, or a space ship... or some other sweet stuff...?

Seriously, a pack of 3 wee baby tees is like $7, onesies are maybe a couple bucks more, and (even with all the trial and error of a total newbie) it only took me one evening- but you are FAR more talented with sewing and sh&% so you could probably do way better! (But really? Don't skimp on the stabilizer- that's why mine looks so jacked)

Have fun! Let me know if you need embroidery supplies, 'cause I just bought tons! (SUCH an idiot... lol)

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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2008 10:44:19 AM »

You could get some cool funky fabric and some fuzzy soft minky and make a little cuddle blanket... you could make the fabric as funky as you wanted Smiley Also... I make bottle covers with taggies so they are no throw if you clip them to a paci clip, and it also helps keep the bottle insulated and is very very cute:) Also.. burp cloths... everyone needs those! You can buy cotton prefold the think ones! 6 ply centers (others don't seem as nice) and put a piece of fabric on the ends to jazz them up a bit... you could make a whole set... blankie, bottle cover, and burp cloth all matching fabric and have a set Smiley You could also make a paci clip too. These things are all very very useful and quick/easy to make! Here is a link to my site for samples/ideas of what I'm talking about Smiley  Good Luck!


« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2008 12:52:42 AM »

Second the burp cloth idea.  Cloth diapers (shell out for the good birdseye fabric, it's not that much more expensive than the gauze, and much more durable) make the best cloths.  You can get these at Target.  The second-best ones we have are several layers of T-shirt fabric quilted together.  Don't bother making the silly little peanut-shaped ones.  Big squares are good.  Smiley  Really big squares.

Bibs, of course... quick and easy, and you can never have too many bibs, especially once the kid learns to drool.  This is a good free pattern.  http://www.newconceptions.com/patpdf/bibspdf.pdf

Receiving blankets!  But bigger than storebought, and SQUARE.  (Swaddling works better with a square blanket, but for some reason all receiving blankets are rectangular... and if you use a blanket in the crib, it's supposed to be long enough to tuck into both sides of the crib... which most receiving blankets are not).  If you get two full yards of a nice flannel, you can have two 1-yard square blankets, which are a nice size, plus extra to decorate burp cloths or to make bibs with.

Not entirely crafty, and certainly not very hip, but very very useful: small organizer or tote with baby-is-not-a-happy-camper supplies (baby acetaminophen, simethecone drops, saline nose drops, bulb thingy for sucking crud out of baby's nose, thermometer and covers, and a couple of dosage syringes).  It really helps to have all of this junk in one easy-to-find place, because it is NOT fun looking for the saline solution while your kid is howling like he's being murdered.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2008 06:59:07 PM »

I just sucked it up and bought some yarn...And made a baby blanket in two days.

It was Caron Simply Soft Quick but still. I was finishing it before we had to leave. I intarsia'd the Black Flag bars into it. And forgot to take a damn photo!

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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2008 08:21:56 PM »

I'm late, I know, but if you want to make something else, a baby hat, and do a mohawk using the excess strands of yarn, like so: http://www.chroniclebooks.com/images/items/0811857/0811857441/0811857441_norm.jpg
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