(Boy, I sure do love parenthesis!)
1. Nursing Cover from Sew Much Ado - These are a must-have for all nursing mothers. They're $30 at many stores, but you can make one for a fraction using fabric of your preference! Nursing was very important to me, and doing it modestly (and somewhat fashionably) is a must!
2. Diaper Cake from Homemade by Jill- Perfect as a gorgeous (and useful!) gift or as a unique centerpiece at a baby shower.
5. Itty Bitty Baby Dress by Made by Rae- A sewing project suitable even for beginners! I made a black and white one for my sweet little Elliott. She wore it once. Go figure. I didn't get any pictures of her in it, either. Lame! Anyhow, this was the first dress I ever made and Rae's tutorial is practically foolproof.
|photo by Rae Hoekstra, used with permission|
|The Itty Bitty Dress I made for Junebug|
7. Crocheted Hat from Girl in Air. It's super simple, even for a new crocheter like me! Below is the hat I made for Junebug using Girl in Air's pattern, and I embellished it with a crocheted butterfly from Little Birdie Secrets.
8. Pacifier Clips from Prudent Baby. I received some of these at Junebug's baby shower and man, were they handy!
9. Lullaby CD by Prudent Baby. You don't have to be crafty to pull this off, but it is such a thoughful and personal gift. I received a soothing lullaby CD in a gift basket when we returned home from the hospital with Junebug, and lemme tell ya, that simple CD meant a whole lot to me. Soothing music really takes the edge off of the frustration and exhaustion that comes with a newborn (I mean, babies are precious, but they're not always easy, ya know?)
10. If you're not crafty, why not make dinner for the baby's family? A meal that can be frozen would be especially appreciated by dazed and confused, sleep-deprived new mommies and daddies!