Oooh, such lovely things, mamas. I like that we have a thread (no pun intended) full of sewing patterns now...bookmarked! Lulu, those gowns are so flipping adorable. Wish I needed gowns myself but they're going in my baby gift idea file for sure.
Here are a few stitched-by-hand projects I've completed. My sewing machine -- I love her so much, 1940s Singer, a real beauty -- is in need of servicing and I'm afraid to have it done here in the UK due to the electrical current being different than the US. Even using a transformer we've blown out some appliances and she's not one I'm willing to lose. Anyway, that's led me to find some fun things to make by hand; small projects that can be stitched up quick in just a session or two.
These felted baby shoes were super easy. I plan to make more. These I made from a cashmere sock that accidentally went through the wash. They barely take any material at all, and stitch up in no time. http://www.purlbee.com/felt-baby-shoes/
And the famous katrina's soaker pattern - http://katrinassqs.blogspot.co.uk/2007/10/free-soaker-pattern.html I'm trying to build a NB stash for as close to $0 as I can. These are both NB size and in both cases I had plenty of sweater leftover (for more booties maybe?)
This one is a grab ball toy I made years ago for DS on a machine but it's finished by hand and wouldn't be too hard to do in its entireity by hand. It's another of my go-to baby gifts becasue it's unisex, size-less, and you can chose fabrics that you know the parents would like. Also a great way to use up itty bitty scraps of random materials. http://sewing.about.com/od/babyshowergiftsewing/ss/babyball.htm
Do any of you have a favorite upcycled sweater longies pattern? I've bookmarked this one - http://doityourselfec.blogspot.co.uk/2008/02/recyced-wool-sweater-longies.html - as it looks more like well-fitting pants than some I've seen out there. That's hopefully my next project if I can find some big wool sweaters. Unfortunately the sweaters I used for the soakers above (my size) shrunk down too small to make longies. I may still be able to get some babylegs out of them...