Y’all…I am so NOT a sewer. Look closely at almost anything I make, and you’ll see what I mean. But, I do like to try. Recently, I wanted to make a couple of gifts for a baby shower to which I was invited, and in my mind, I knew exactly what. I just had no idea how to do it.
You see, when I was expecting my oldest, I was given the most precious pink hooded towel you have ever seen. I promise. The top of the hood had fabric roses and satin ribbon, and the towel was plush and soft…and FULL SIZE. I didn’t know it at the time, but that turned out to be our most favorite baby gift. And, even today, long after the roses have lost their bloom, my daughter still uses it…because she can.
So, I wanted to make a towel like that, one that was pretty and soft and useful for years to come. And, this is how I learned to do it. The tutorial is fairly simple to follow and the results are great, don’t you think?
Granted…the photo doesn’t exactly do it justice, but I was really happy with how it turned out. For the trim, I used satin blanket binding and satin ribbon (the widths were just what I needed). The colors aren’t very “baby,” but there are two reasons for that. First, like I said before, I wanted to make something that could be used for more than just a few months, and second, I chose the towel by the way it felt and picked the girliest color available in the towel I liked best. So there you go.
In addition to the towel, I wanted to give something a bit more “baby” so I made a bib. Again, a fairly simple project that I was very happy with. What do you think?
I tried to use a pattern I printed from online, but it just wasn’t big enough so I sketched my own and went from there. The front is just a cotton fabric, and the back is light green flannel…very soft! I was going to put a snap closure, but I realized (too late) that my snap thingy was missing a piece so I added a cute button and went with it. When I sewed the back and front together, I left an opening for turning then flipped it right side out and pressed it well. To sew up the opening, I used a decorative stitch all the way around instead of just a simple top stitch.
So, if you’re looking for a great baby gift, make it yourself! The web is FULL of ideas and tutorials so have fun! Now, to start making baby things for these babies…..