Posts Tagged ‘gifts for baby’

Such a simple and satisfying little project.  I love soft blocks.  I get to use up lots of little odds and ends of favorite fabric and make a pretty and practical little toy at the same time.   This batch of blocks was for baby Fiona (recipient of the Sweater Slippers) but since I know first hand how awesome they are to have kickin’ around, I feel extra good about this little gift.

I made soft blocks for Soren way back when (isn’t it amazing how 18 months feels like it stretches back to forever ago?).  Full of fluff and some little jingly bells to boot, these blocks worked well for all ages of babyhood.  Now, when my active toddler wants to play catch with his bro, or you know, just chuck something across the room, it’s nice that that something doesn’t leave a dent in the wall (or someone’s head for that matter).  It’s also nice that it jingles while it pops his brother in the face.  Soft blocks span the ages, see?

I hope Fiona agrees that they’re as good for chomping on at 3 months as they are for clobbering your brother with at 18 months.  Oh Fiona, there is so much fun in store for you….

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While at 18 months old, my own baby is hardly a baby anymore, I am comforted by the fact that others keep reproducing.  There is no shortage of babies to love.  And maybe just as importantly, there is no shortage of babies to make for.

Baby Fiona is the newest and cutest little muse of mine.  As the new baby of a close friend, I have been itching to shower her with some handmade baby love.

Anna Maria Horner’s Cute-as-a-Button Booties from Handmade Beginnings seemed the best way to utilize the scraps of an accidentally, ahem, felted sweater.    My hope is that next year when she’s scooting around, this winter baby will have some warm and woolly goodness to protect those sweet little toes.

I couldn’t make sweater slippers for just anyone.  Some I know might find it a little, gross maybe?, that the fabric of these small shoes is used.  But I love the idea of upcycling.  I love that I can take something that I wore and loved and make it freshly into something that my newest little friend will wear (and hopefully love).  It’s giving something another go-around.  A sweater gets a brand new life as a pair of baby booties.  That’s reincarnation at it’s best, I think.

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I do so love Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby.  It’s so nice to sit down for an easy little sewing project (one that I am unlikely to botch) and be rewarded so quickly with cuteness.  These little giraffe rattles were the perfect project for me and a little helper (okay fine, Eli stuffed for about five minutes before getting bored with it.  But those five minutes were still really nice).

These are going to make the sweetest little baby gifts.  Our two-year-old  friend Sam already came and left exuberantly with one.  And there are plenty more babes on the way from both family and friends (and my own round belly, of course).  I’m ready with the rattles.  Bring on the babies!

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