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Craft projects for your baby

post #1 of 63
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One of my favorite threads in a previous ddc was one where we all posted photos of things we'd made for our babies. So I decided to start one :) 

 

My first project so far is an ombre dyed gauze wrap. I figured it would be the ideal weight for summer. My toddler offered to test it out.

post #2 of 63

So far all I've made is cloth nursing pads for myself. I'm waiting until we find out the gender to make some more things. So far planning on bibs but I don't know what else. I'd love to see other mamas' ideas!

post #3 of 63

That's a great looking wrap!

 

I made tons of fitted diapers for my last baby. The tiny ones are in fine shape but the rest are pretty dead. I'll need to decide if I'm going to make more or just use prefolds this time.

 

I suspect I'll start sewing clothes once I know boy/girl. 

post #4 of 63

Any easy tips/stuff for newbies who are sometimes crafty, but don't want to get overly so?  I live in a studio for now so my access to "stuff" and "space" is somewhat limited. 
Not knowing what I'll need/want, I'm not sure where to start.  I do love to DIY, but limit myself to fairly easy projects without much startup or ingredient costs. 
I want to make/have made matching shirts for the dog and the baby (preferably a snappy onesie, actually) that say "I poop for daddy."
Hoping to meet some local moms soon so maybe we can go in on some of the craft ideas/basic materials together. 
I have a sewing machine I picked up off a street corner that I need to try to get back online and then I could make simple things like flat rice socks.  (Have considered making rice socks the old way and sewing, but haven't had the energy/interest in sitting for a while, yet.  Also had an idea for rice sock hand-warmers and got a couple pairs of baby socks a while ago.  Never completed the project, but that might be an idea for later on when they start to outgrow them.)

Love the gauze wrap!!

post #5 of 63
I won't do much unti we know the gender and then time will dictate how much I accomplish. Before Dd was born I made a few diapers before I remembered how much I hate sewing diapers - so I bought the rest.
I also made 4-8 outfits in each size up to about 9mth, several summer weight large guaze blankets - DS had been a winter baby so his blankets were all flannel. I made curtains for the nursery, several pillow covers, and giant diaper bag - not an everyday bag, but one for those time when we would be at one grandparent's house or one friends house for an entire day. I made many wetbags, and a couple roll-up change pads. I'm sure there's more ... I sewed a lot before she was born, and even her first couple months as she slept a lot smile.gif
If this baby is a girl, I will proably only sew a few things, as I still have all of DD's things. If it's a boy, I'll need to sew more, I didn't really start sewing clothing for kids until DS was 6 or 8mth old, so we don't have any mama-made newborn boy clothes.
I've made myself many carriers, so I likely won't make any more, though a 2nd stretchy wrap might be nice if I find fabric I love.
Easy crafts - if you can learn from youtube a crochet edge - you can edge squares of fabric into really nice blankets, it's all hand work, so no sewing machine needed, and you can sit in front of the TV while you work on it once you master the stiches. The no-sew tied fleece blankets make great floor mats (a double layer of fleece), and 1yd of fleece folded in 1/2 makes just the right size for a winter carseat blanket for next winter.
post #6 of 63
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Since we're not going to find out the sex, I get to start already and stick with gender neutral colors (which I tend to prefer anyway). This wrap was super duper easy. If anyone wants instructions I can write them up. Up next on my list are diaper covers, a boppy cover, a crocheted blanket, and some gauze swaddling blankets. I'm sure I'll come up with more ideas, but this is it for now.

post #7 of 63

I was thinking a bout a thread like this over the week-end since I cleared up the space I'll set-up my sewing machine in.

 

I did baby blankets for every babies around in the past years as shower gifts and I'm eager to sew some for myself. I have some I did for my son but the ones I made more recently are better. They are minky on one side and a cute printed fabric on the other side. I like big square blankets, I find the one from the store are always to small.

 

Just this past week I realize that I could make lots of burp cloths with the leftover minky (I have a lot) and cute fabrics (which I also have a stash too big for the little sewing I do).

 

I might do another pouch sling since the one I made for my winter baby was double heavy fabrics. I might do a shorty woven wrap and a pouch from one big woven tablecloth I bought years ago with this sewing purpose but never did.

 

I would like to sew some baby fabric shoes to since baby will probably live in rompers in the heat of july.

 

And I would love to make a tag little blanket to play with. Someone knows how to achieve the crinkly sound many baby plush toys have ? I imagine it's something to sew in between the 2 fabrics but what ?

post #8 of 63
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Originally Posted by Dandy Lion View Post
 

Since we're not going to find out the sex, I get to start already and stick with gender neutral colors (which I tend to prefer anyway). This wrap was super duper easy. If anyone wants instructions I can write them up. Up next on my list are diaper covers, a boppy cover, a crocheted blanket, and some gauze swaddling blankets. I'm sure I'll come up with more ideas, but this is it for now.

Yes, please! 
I know how to (basic stuff) crochet, but I'm not very good at it (too tight, usually, or inconsistent) and I'm sick of doing it after so many scarves. 
 

post #9 of 63
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I would like to sew some baby fabric shoes to since baby will probably live in rompers in the heat of july.

 

And I would love to make a tag little blanket to play with. Someone knows how to achieve the crinkly sound many baby plush toys have ? I imagine it's something to sew in between the 2 fabrics but what ?

In dog toys it's a bit of plastic and they tend to be baby-safe since a dog will do more damage than a baby will.  From the ideas I can gather from what I have around here, I would try using a bit of space blanket.  Can't think of a plastic that would make that noise, plus a space blanket somehow sounds safer.  Clearly, this is for inside a well-sewn toy.  Maybe this will help you find a better resource online to confirm.


Here's an idea for baby shoes I came across the other night.  No idea how practical these are since I know next to nothing about babies, but they look cute and easy.  I'm surprised I was able to find it again so easily.
Felt baby shoes: http://www.babble.com/home/an-adorable-baby-diy/

post #10 of 63
While space blanket would likely work well, the tutorials I have seen are much simpler - baby wipe bags, pretzel bags, twizzler bags, graham cracker bags, cereal inner bags, etc. Way cheaper and easier unless you happen to have extra space blankets lying around. If you google "crinkly taggie blanket," a ton of different tutorials come up, and they each have a different suggestion for what to use to make the crinkly noise.

I am not a super-crafty person and didn't make a lot for my last two babies, but want to make some cotton gauze swaddle blankets and dye them with kool aid. That is about the limit of my sewing skills and I do not knit or crochet at all. But I will be reading along with this thread to see all the neat things you ladies come up with to make for your babes.
post #11 of 63

The new-super-annoying-SunChip bags are really good for that crinkle effect inside a toy :) two layers for maximum effect.

post #12 of 63
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by fromMontreal View Post

 

Just this past week I realize that I could make lots of burp cloths with the leftover minky (I have a lot) and cute fabrics (which I also have a stash too big for the little sewing I do).

 

And I would love to make a tag little blanket to play with. Someone knows how to achieve the crinkly sound many baby plush toys have ? I imagine it's something to sew in between the 2 fabrics but what ?

Just keep in mind minky isn't absorbent, so it won't soak up any spit-up :) As far as the crinkle sound goes, I would guess plastic. Maybe just start paying attention to the way different plastics sound, if if you happen to hear what you're looking for, add it to your project.

 

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Originally Posted by Michelle Murphy View Post
 

Yes, please! 
I know how to (basic stuff) crochet, but I'm not very good at it (too tight, usually, or inconsistent) and I'm sick of doing it after so many scarves. 
 

 

I used the 100% cotton gauze from Joanns. With a 50% off coupon it was a little over $3 a yard. It takes 5 yards, so you'll want to use a coupon.

1. I washed it on hot and dried it to preshrink it.

2. I opened it up and stretched the width out to 45 inches--it tends to crinkle in on itself. I measured out 29 inches, cut a little notch, and tore down the length of the fabric. (when you tear woven fabric it will always tear straight) At this point you'll have two 5 yard pieces of fabric--a fat one and a skinny one.

3. I sewed a rolled hem all the way around my wrap. I used a 1/4 inch rolled hem foot. If you don't have a rolled hem foot, you need one. They're awesome, and make life so much easier! There are tons of youtube videos on how to use them too.

4. I practiced dying my fabric with the long skinny scrap I had after tearing my fabric (which will become two scarves). I kinda used these instructions http://www.ritdye.com/dyeing-techniques/ombr%C3%A9-dyeing, but gauze soaks up dye really quickly, so it only took about 5 minutes total. I also used a different brand of dye this time.

5. Wash it, dry it, try it on!

post #13 of 63
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Originally Posted by Dandy Lion View Post
 

Just keep in mind minky isn't absorbent, so it won't soak up any spit-up :) As far as the crinkle sound goes, I would guess plastic. Maybe just start paying attention to the way different plastics sound, if if you happen to hear what you're looking for, add it to your project.

 

 

I taught minky was used in many cloth pads ...

You think it would not sink in or it's just that I should put a middle layer for absorbency ?

post #14 of 63
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I don't know about pads, but on diapers it's sometimes used as the outer layer on all-in-ones since it doesn't wick moisture. For a burp cloth, I would look for fabrics that are 100% cotton.

 

And just for fun I'll show off my middle child. She was a spitter!

 

post #15 of 63
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Originally Posted by fromMontreal View Post
 

 

I taught minky was used in many cloth pads ...

You think it would not sink in or it's just that I should put a middle layer for absorbency ?


Minky works for diaper inners or outers. I tend to prefer cotton velour or bamboo velour for inners as they are natural fibers, but minky will work. You can read more about diaper fabrics here if you want some other ideas for types of fabrics. http://greenjellybean.com/materials-in-cloth-diapers/

 

I would use it on the 'clean mama side' of burp cloths though ... that spit up texture would just sit on the top of it -- flannel is much better on the 'baby-spit-side' :)

post #16 of 63

About the burp cloths : I was hoping to use fabrics I already have in my stash also to find a project to use leftover minky stripes. So now I understand Minky isn't absorbant like 100% cotton which is better. I have lots of quilting cotton in cute prints I'd like to use, if I sew those with minky and put the minky on the mama clean side, would that be enough absorption or should I recycle old flannel blankets as a middle layer for absorbency ?

 

Thanks ladies for advice on the crinkly plastic/chips bags I'm eager to try it.

post #17 of 63

I bought a boppy cover several weeks ago because it was three bucks and I want to make my own organic/natural version.  This is mostly for myself, I think.  I like having options and I think properly filled this could be great as a low-back support/prop. 
I'm just not sure what to get to fill it with.  Keep in mind I have only cursory knowledge of such things. 
Do I get buckwheat from the bin at the grocery store or does it need/should be treated specially for pillow use?
Is organic filler a better option?  Cotton? Wool?
What about another idea?  Millet? 

I'm thinking to keep it inside and still have the cover I'll just use a makeshift "bag" from scraps.  Any other ideas appreciated!

post #18 of 63
I am due a new sewing machine for my Xmas present so after I get that and find out the sex in early feb, I will be sewing a bunch! I like the idea of making a non stretchy gauze wrap for the summer too.
post #19 of 63
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Has anyone else done any baby crafting? I haven't done much yet, but I just picked up a bunch of thrift store shirts to re-purpose yesterday. I made this jumper (I still need to add the crotch snaps) yesterday, and I think it turned out pretty cute.

post #20 of 63

That's very cute! Did you use a pattern or tutorial?

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