Thursday, October 2, 2014

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Sewing for baby.

Beside my computer, under my real "do" list, I have a list of things to sew for baby.  I haven't even been looking at it, because I've been focusing on making Angled class and then these last 2 quilts for my sister's children.  Now that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I'm starting to peak at my list.

And it's long.

I'm 18 weeks pregnant today, almost halfway there.  Between sewing for baby, sewing for the nursery and making new quilts for Aria and Liam's new room (not to mention possible holiday sewing), the five months I have left until this baby is due aren't looking all that long.

So, this is my question:  What would you sew for baby?

I'm thinking some prioritizing is in order.  Probably some of the things on my list are not all that useful or important, and definitely some are.  Probably I'm missing some things that would be fun or super practical.  Probably you all can help me make my list longer, because obviously that's where this is headed...

I HEART these burp cloths

I've already made burp cloths and a few toys and some sweet dresses for 6-12 months.  What should be next on my list?

I'm going to take your suggestions on what's worth sewing and what's not and take my list and sketch out a possible sewing plan for the next 5 months.  Then, as the months tick by, we can all laugh at how far off things end up!  Grin. 

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  1. I have my first granddaughter due in January and have been making these fun little mitered corner flannel blankets that end up about 34 inches square and such fun to use decorative threads and fun machine stitches when you stitch in the ditch around the mitered edge. Here are the instructions - start and end 1/2 inch away from each end of your focus fabric and use 1/2 inch seam - easy peasy and great gifts for expected little ones: http://weallsew.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2012/01/Mitered-Corner-Receiving-Blanket-Dribble-Cloth-Set-by-Natalie-Olsen.pdf

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    1. Thanks! I have a "lovey" blanket on my list (both of my kids used those in satin) and wanted to do mitered corners like in this tutorial. Perfect!

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  2. A sling wrap that helps you carry the baby. I am not sure of the exact name, but I have seen tutorials around the net and they look easy to make. Fabric storage boxes, a big bag, a small blanket of different tactile fabrics

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    1. Mmm... fabric storage boxes. Those might be nice to mix in with baskets for toy storage. Then again, I hate working with interfacings!

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  3. Nursing pads and a nursing cover! Because a happy momma helps make a happy baby. :)

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    1. I cheated and bought those! But, yes, totally essential.

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  4. I made buggy quilts: Mia was born in February and was just in her buggy (rather than her pram) for the summer. I made two different quilts: one with a patchwork front and flannel back (no batting) - it was small so stayed out of the way of the wheels and I added loops in the binding so I could attach it to the buggy. I also took a muslin (light weight thin cotton towel - not sure if you have the same thing in the US) and added a bit of interest and then bound it with the same loops. It didn't add any warmth for the middle of the summer, but protected little legs from the sun - I blogged about them here: http://jenniesthreads.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/buggy-quilts-two-finishes.html These are the things I have used the most so far but we're only 7 months in... I'm looking forward to seeing what you stitch! Good luck!

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    1. These blankets that attach to the stroller are really clever! I think we're going to hardly ever use a stroller though, as I'm a homebody and otherwise I think I can manage to use a carrier or leave baby at home. We'll see!

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  5. We need more information, like do you need crib sheets, bedding, changing table covers/mats? Those would be my first priority followed by simple receiving blankets (big enough to swaddle that little baby,) bibs and then baby quilt! I always saved clothing sewing for last (mostly because I had 2 boys and they aren't as much fun to sew for) but also because they outgrow stuff so fast, so if you make more clothes I would do the 9-12 months sizes and up!

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    1. Yes, the crib and bassinet sheets, changing table covers and such are totally on my list. Must do! For receiving blankets I'm a big fan of the huge, muslin Aden and Anais ones, so I got some of those. I'm kind of stuck on the bibs. I forget... will I really use many absorbent flannel bibs? I guess it depends if the baby is a drooler!

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    2. Definitely bibs! The first 6 months at least between feedings and drooling, we must have had 2 dozen. Don't stress yourself out though- you can buy a few things. :)

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  6. A diaper bag! And a quilt, obviously! :)

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  7. I'd make flannel bibs, backed by that super soft terry/minky fabric. I made a bunch for my last baby and saved them all because they are so thick and soft and held up great! Hopefully I'll get to use them one last time. I also love the little fabric shoes. I have a tutorial I wrote and never posted online I can email to you, or I could get off my butt and post it;). It's for three sizes and there's no point in paying for a pattern on etsy. My cousin and I just figured it out based on her baby's feet and made three sizes as he grew. Are you due in February? The little fabric shoes are like socks (but way cuter) that won't come off when they kick or squirm.

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    1. I'm definitely interested in the fabric shoes/booties as a sock replacement. Falling off socks are the worse! Jamie, for the bibs are you meaning smallish bibs for the drooling stage? Those are on my list, but I was wondering how many?

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    2. I would love to see your shoe pattern! I am due in December. Please let me know if you post!

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  8. Most asked for things a friend who has a specialty shop - hats, bibs(but nobody wants to pay what they cost to do right), extra changing pads, diaper bag, wipe and diaper mini set, and a crazy thing she has done lately is a baby bottle carrier like water bottle carriers that she first made for her niece. It frees up her hands and makes the ability to carry a smaller amount of junk for quick trips. Her niece fills a bottle with water, carries a baggy of formula, and can mix anywhere. The niece is a part time nursing mom since she doesn't make enough milk and doesn't want to give it up completely. She can fit the wipe/diaper holder in her purse. I would love to have made the sleep bags for my grand babies, but I had no idea they existed. Swaddles are also popular.

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  9. Hooded towels are super easy. All it takes to make one towel is one yard of terry cloth and enough fabric for binding. Trim the terry cloth to approximately 36" square, and use the excess fabric for the hood part and a matching washcloth. Bind the exposed edge of the hood first, then pin to one corner of the towel. Bind the towel + hood and the washcloth, and you've got a perfect shower gift. The hood can be embellished with applique or embroidery before being attached to the towel.

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    1. Yep, hooded towels are totally on my list. I think I can makeover some bright pink bath towels we already have and no longer need for this project!

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  10. Don't wear yourself out! Take time to put your feet up. While it is nice to have homemade things, it isn't so good to be tired and have swollen feet. Trust me, I have been there many times! I made my last baby 3 quilts (1 for her crib, 1 for her playpen, and 1 for her car seat) and some burp rags. I tried to make a car seat cover, but that didn't work out so well. People always have way too much stuff and never use it. The more kids you have the less you find you really needed. You can always purchase something if you run out of time!

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    1. I think my plan is to wear myself out now and rest later (when I can sit and enjoy baby). But I promise to sit down if my feet are swollen =) I'm definitely not above buying things that I could make. For instance, I was at this great, huge secondhand baby sale and bought a diaper bag and a nursing cover, two things I was "planning" to sew, because I liked them and the price was right!

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  11. Oh babies are the best! I really wish I'd sewn more for my own, but I've always struggled with whether or not things would actually be used and loved. I think you're on the right track though...those burp cloths are beautiful! I love AMH's Quick Change Trousers, and one of the things that gets used like crazy in my house are simple little washcloths - I use 9" squares of scrap fabrics and back in terry cloth or sherpa, turn and topstitch...my kiddos love to pick them out. Also, the Noodlehead divided basket is fun for storage.

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    1. Oooh, I forgot about the Noodlehead divided basket. Oh, no, that has to go on the list!

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  12. Disclaimer: I have not had a baby yet, so I am not an authority on what you need vs what seems nice :)

    If I were having a baby, I would first make burp cloths (like you already did). Since they're not supposed to sleep with blankets or pillows for a while, my next priority would be a nursing pillow. After that, a play blanket for tummy time and exploring colors and shapes. One with tags and pockets (and photos?) and animals. Big enough for rolling around and eventually to sit up on, but not so big that it's a hassle to have out. After that, I'd make a blanket for the car seat that I saw on Pinterest. It has openings for the straps to go through, meaning that it's not adding unsafe bulk to the baby, but still keeps baby warm in the car seat by wrapping around them from behind (avoiding the fuss of winter coats - probably not a big deal down there, but up here it's pretty brutal). After that, I'd make an art quilt from hand-drawn appliques as a baby blanket, with a pretty nature scene and lots going on. And if I had time, I'd make a drawn embroidery piece with the baby's name on it as decoration for their room.

    I suppose if I managed to finish all of that, I'd make some soft stuffed toys and animals for play (I'm assuming I'd get a lot, since I'm thinking of my first), and then some clothes for when the baby is older. Last on my list would be a handmade baby swing for the tree in the yard (neither of which I have...yet) - also seen on Pinterest - because they wouldn't be using that until they were older (giving me imagined time to finish up, right?).

    I find sewing on a deadline for someone you love is easier than most things on a deadline. Happy sewing :)

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    1. Ah, your comment reminds me of the peek a boo quilt I made from Handmade Beginnings for another friend's baby years ago. I had considered making it again as a fun floor blanket. Hmmm.. I guess that goes on the list!

      And I would LOVE for Brandon to make a baby swing for the yard. But, then again, he probably should make a whole new swing set. Best not tell him yet... He's currently working up to the nursery remodel.

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  13. I think Anna Maria Horner's Quick Change pants are a great clothing option. Reversable is always a good idea with babies. :) Simple receiving blankets are also so great for a myriad of things. I would make several since they can multi-function as a blanket, swaddler, burp cloth, floor mat, and so on. You might make some thicker ones with flannel and some thinner absorbent cotton ones to have a range at your disposal. Have you made any PUL items (diaper change mat, wipeable bibs, etc...)? You don't need to sew these per say, so they can be quick projects. I hope this helps generate more ideas!

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    1. Thanks, Jenelle. I think I am set on receiving blankets, but I was hoping to use this motivation to try some PUL projects. I've never sewn with oilcloth before. Some wipeable bibs are already on the list!

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  14. I have no babies of my own (=no idea what is useful and what's not) but here's my two cents :
    - Changing pad cover
    - Diaper bag
    - Bedding (crib sheets - I've heard having a few is handy)
    - A quilt, of course
    - Bibs
    - Sleep sacks (the Lua Sleep sack is absolutely gorgeous and the pattern is really well done)

    I think that would be a good start :)

    Good luck with all that !

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  15. I think I must be a minimalist when it comes to baby sewing. I am a huge, HUGE fan of flannel burp cloths because they are incredibly practical and blow the storebought competition out of the water, and I did make a feature quilt for my daughter's nursery before she was born, but... when it comes to sewing for an unborn baby, how are you supposed to know what she will like before you meet her? Certainly, some matching family outfits for future family photos would not be a bad idea, and a nursing cover in your own fun fabric is something YOU can use when she is little (as are crib sheets or curtains for her room, although often those are less expensive to buy than make). But overall, I wouldn't stress it. The first few months will be hard, but after that, hopefully you can get back to your to-do list.

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  16. I'm going to agree with Shannon. Don't wear yourself out. These next 5 months are probably going to be the calmest you will experience for many years :) I agree it's lovely to have handmade items for your baby, but I would stick with making things that will be loved and used for many years beyond the baby years (sorry burp cloths). I'm thinking quilt (obviously), and a few keepsake toys. Maybe an outfit for a special holiday or photo shoot.

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    1. Woa, the next 5 months are the calmest I'm going to experience in years. Um, that makes me pause. Kind of forgot about that.

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  17. Hi, for my Baby Girl I made pacifier Clips, a Divided Basket (Pattern by Noddlehead) for diapers, lotions and all these things, Bandana bips (great when the first theeth arrive, they are really useful), a diaper clutch (I use mine every single day), of course a quilt and I am going to sew a Lua Sleep Sack, Pattern by Straight Grain.
    Happy Sewing! Best Barbara

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    1. Yes, I had forgotten about pacifier clips. Need those.

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  18. One of the most used handmade baby items in our house are simple flannel receiving blankets. Just sew around two pieces of fabric rst, turn right side out and top stitch. (I add rick rack around the edges because I Love it.) So easy and there is such cute flannel out there. Like the AMH flannel I saw on sale at Pink Chalk Fabrics.

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  19. I made a ton of stuff for my daughter, half of which never got used or loved, haha. Now that I'm baking a second bun (a boy) I did burp cloths, a lovey for him to snuggle (I wrote a tute for my blog) and I'm definitely going to make a car seat cover because that was the one thing I used all the time with my daughter. Cluck Cluck Sew has a great tutorial for that and it's so easy. And when baby can sit up in a grocery cart or restaurant high chair, a shopping cart cover is invaluable. I'm having a December baby so car seat and stroller quilts are also on the list. And tiny adorable pairs of pants!

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  20. My son was playing football when my daughter was an infant and I had intended to make her little flannel-lined slip-on coats. I never did. I still have the pattern and I'd be happy to send it your way if you're interested. If you can't get me by the Google ID, you can find me online at http://stitcherie.ning.com/ as K.B.

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  21. Yay on making it halfway!!! I didn't start sewing until after my third but I don't recall having to buy anything new with the exception of onsies and diapers. Have you seen the baby kimono wrap by Purl Soho? Hats are always good for bald little heads.

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    1. Oh, that looks sweet! I wonder if I'll really get to clothes, though. Maybe that'll be one type of project to save till after baby arrives. At least then I'll know her real size for the seasons.

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  22. Same boat, trying to prioritize! Our little is due late January and I have a hard time accomplishing anything in November and December on a regular year!

    Anyway, my list is as follows:
    -clutch to coordinate and fit inside our diaper bag for all of MY essentials in one place! (Noodlehead pattern)

    - car seat canopy cover thingy

    - head wraps/headbands to dress up all the sleepers she will inevitabley wear day in and day out. Maybe some Sew Liberated Sweet Pea caps, too?

    - knit infinity scarf to double as nursing cover. if it works :)

    - and IF i can, something simple and coordinated for all 3 girls but not sure that's realistic.

    Can't wait to see your list too.

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    1. Oh, and a Starbright quilt of course. But maybe that one is mostly for me!

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    2. Oh, yes, I posted my love for the Sew Liberated Sweet Pea cap before. Good reminder! I am looking at some hats by Purl Soho that are on my baby pinterest board too.

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  23. Congratulations! I have big sewing plans where our son is concerned, but they're yet to eventuate. I have no real advice on what to sew - I'd say take the pressure off and just sew what you think would be cute and you're inspired to make at the time. Leave the rest to Target ;) Enjoy the next 5 months :)

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  24. A zippered wet bag would be high on my list. PUL on the inside, cute fabric on the outside, and a strap that snaps open for easy carrying. We've used them with all three kids and consider them to be essential. Even if you aren't cloth diapering (that's our primary use), you know you'll have plenty of wet and poopy baby clothes to transport home from the inevitable blowouts at grandma's or at the grocery store. They are reusable and easy to wash.

    Also, one thing I always wanted to make (but was grateful to have received a ton of so I didn't have to) was the tea-towel bib. You know, the kind that's just a small terry tea towel with a stretchy t-shirt neck stitched in near the top. Not only do they stay on better than the Velcro kind, but they are super absorbent and very comfortable for baby!

    Oh, and if you are using disposable diapers, a diaper clutch that opens to a changing may is awesome. Then you don't have to haul the big diaper bag with you everywhere. Just leave it in the car and reload as needed!

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    1. Rosemary B here:
      Great ideas! Loved those bibs the best two.
      talking about soppy poopy stuff, oh yeah, we had plenty. I used to carry a package of ziplock gallon bags in my trunk --- well both car trunks!
      We used to call them Toxic Waste Depositories

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    2. We cloth diaper, so you bet I have some wetbags! My old webstore sold those, so I bought some from our retired inventory. I can't imagine not having one now, since as you say there's always dirty and wet clothes to deal with.

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  25. I would make flannel nighties with the bottom semi-closed with elastic--for ease in getting to diaper changes. Also, something for taking the baby out. I suggest a zippered bunting bag, with a hood--all quilted of course. I know you said you are a homebody but there are trips to the doctor and grandmas. Make yourself one really nice maternity outfit that you can wear over Christmas and into the new year--something that makes you feel wonderful.
    Also, I would make stuff for your other two children so they don't feel neglected. Now you have a really long list.

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  26. Rosemary B here:
    :-D I am late to the party here... it seems that Google sends out my updates late ha ha
    When I was pregnant with Christina, I was sure I was going to have a boy. So, I made everything in very generic colors, all of the bedding, sheets, bumper pad. I made it all, and I also made myself some wonderful dresses, pretty much all from the same pattern. I loved those dresses. I did not make much else.
    With Lizzie, I made a zillion blankets and little quilts. It was just fun.
    The bedding, I just went out and bought happy cutie stuff because we knew she was a girl.
    I think my favorite thing was making my own dresses. they did not have nice maternity clothing back in the days of olden (25 years ago) Everything was frumpy.
    I suggest you just make what you really want, and just go with the flow. No stress. Perhaps you can make a list of things you Need. Then your sweet friends can get you those things.
    Oh! I loved making the little blankets with tabs and different textures. My girls loved and remember those items the most
    16 weeks. Oh goodie, halfway there indeed! Being an olden RN, my hubbs and I called our first baby the scientific experiment haha
    With baby #3 you will have lots of loving helpers

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  27. I have zero experience with this sort of thing but the message I saw indicating these will probably be your calmest five months for many years to come strikes me as being right on target. :-)

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  28. One thing that I made for all of my children (I have 5) and my grandson was blankies. I took 2 yds of flannel and folded right sides out to make a 36x45 blanket. Then I bound the edge with a package of satin blanket binding. They are large so a child can use them forever! I made at least 3 per child (maybe more) so that there always was a clean one. I always made my crib up twice, putting a flannel backed rubber pad between the layers so if a child becomes sick then the crib can be stripped of top layer and save you the struggle of remaking the entire crib. Oh, and I used king size pillow cases to cover the changing table pad. Thanks for sharing this exciting time with us!

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  29. So excited for you. I'm planning sewing for my sister who is due in January and I can't think what to make first. I'm thinking you need to make yourself a top or dress or something that you can feel amazing in and still feed comfortably. There is nothing like a clean shirt that's happy and you love when you've had no sleep and the baby is driving you mad.
    Can't wait to see what you get sewn before baby arrives.

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  30. I'm due in December and struggling with the same. What to make?! I monogrammed a burp rag today. Umm... i bought sheets. Lol! I love the idea of nice nursing tops for you. Otherwise, they don't need much so make what you're inspired by!

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  31. When it really comes right down to it, babies actually NEED so little -- so I would say make what you want! That said, what I found that I was grateful to have made were more diapers than I thought I'd ever need, flannel wipes (if you're cloth diapering anyway, why not? and I liked them so much better), tons of recieving blankets for burp rags and barriers between baby and everything else, and postpartum pads -- again, if you're cloth diapering, why not? :) -- and I found them so much more comfortable, breathable and absorbant than the store bought kind. Also a pair of those little mittens so you don't have to scare yourself silly trying to cut baby nails as often. :) So happy for you! sarah@forrusia.org

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  32. I have a grandson due the beginning of December so I have a similar list going. Still left on my list is a cover that will go over the car seat handle (the kind you carry), a diaper bag for mom to carry and one for daddy (International Harvester) so he won't be embarrassed by the other and several quilts and one for "tummy time" that the bottom is ugly so if it gets ruined its ok :)

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  33. has anyone suggested a baby quilt big enough for a twin bed? Not one that hangs over the sides, just big enough to cover the top of the bed and just barely as long as the bed from the pillow to the foot. This way you have a quilt that is big enough for you and baby to sit, lay or play on, but not so small that it gets outgrown at age 2 or 3, nor so big that you can't fold it up and take it to a park and baby gets to have it long enough that they will remember it as a childhood object because it can last until they are 10 or so before it gets way to small to use.

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    1. Oh, that's different. That is a sweet memory object for sure!

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  34. Oh, it's difficult to prioritize with so many baby goodies to make!! Being 4 weeks behind you, I have the same temptations. So, since I kinda do this every 18 mths or so (*wink*), here's my list: (minus what you have already made)
    1. Sleepers. These are invaluable during those late night diaper changes. Quilt Story has a tutorial to make your own using onesies and knit fabric. If you make 1 (or more!), be kind to your sleepy self and use the elastic at the bottom and NOT the ribbon closer. Trust me.
    2. You may not need one where you live, but a car seat cover that ties or velcros to the handles is a great thing to have. Sweet little babies get chilled easily and wrapping them up in a blanket is not possible while they are buckled in.
    3. A hooded towel. I simply cut a wash cloth in half (corner to corner), centered it to the middle of one long side of a terry cloth towel, and sewed them together. While the store bought ones are cute, they are so thin that they're pretty much useless.
    4. A baby/toddler quilt (of course!).
    5. Bibs that will "grow" with your daughter. Terry cloth ones are good for droolers (easy, only-one-hand-needed type closures are best for this age) and vinyl ones are good for the solid food stage (save yourself the head ache and DON'T use snaps or velro closures. Buttons or ties are best so she can't ripe it off her!).

    And that's it. Keep it simple, Mama! There will be time for making clothes later, if wanted/needed. I've never made my own bedding (sans the quilt part), so that could be 1 less worry. The above commenter was dead on: enjoy these next 5 months. While she is definitely worth it, they will be your last for a while. :)

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    1. I'll have to check out that Quilt Story tutorial. Sounds like a nice short cut! I think a hooded towel is going to be soon on my list. I agree - the ones they sell at stores tend to be hardly absorbent.

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  35. I actually found myself spending the time sewing for myself more than my baby. Babies grow so fast that other than a few special outfits and Halloween costumes, I didn't find the work worth the effort. (I'm a bit lazy like that though so take with a grain of salt.) =D

    I found I liked spending the time sewing for myself finishing up projects because I knew I wasn't going to be sewing again for a long time, and even after I could sew again, it would never be the same amount of time I had before kids. So my advice would be to work on projects you want to finish and enjoy the ME time. =)

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  36. I read the other comments- spot on! This little thing I whipped up for my daughter is the only thing I didn't see anyone mention:
    http://faithandmacaroni.blogspot.com/2014/02/handmade-life-giveaway.html
    It's the little sun ray toy pictured. It's a great scrap project. She loved teething on the little knots and just staring and drooling all over it. It was one of my first sewing projects.

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  37. What about a quilted playmate for when baby is having a kick around on the floor?
    I think a hooded towel or two is a must too.

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  38. Hi: This week will be my 20 week so i am starting to think what can I sew for my little girl. I have a lot of sheets from my previous 10 nieces and nephews, so I will make the bumper crib, some quilts, some cushions, bibs... probably dresses but I will wait till she is here, just to check sizes. Ohh a noodlehead divides basket is on my list too and some pouches to carry things.

    Congratulations again.

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  39. Not sure if it's been mentioned, but I had fun making a front carrier when I was pg with my last baby. There are lots of free patterns around the web! I loved carrying baby in it :)

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  40. My granddaughter just turned 1. When my daughter was expecting I made 20 burp cloths, 10 receiving blankets, and 3 baby quilts for her.

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  41. I made a diaper bag and a smaller version as a "big sister" bag. Since my son was due the end of October, I became weirdly focused on a Halloween costume and taught myself to crochet to make an orange swaddle sack and pumpkin hat! Next time around (if there is one) I want to make a new cover for my bobby.

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  42. I sewed a lot for my recent baby and at almost 18 mos we still use the noodlehead divided basket, an 18" quilt for play and tummy time that we took everywhere, and lots of quick change trousers, I also made flannel wipes with my serger that I still use for cloth diapering (I love all the AMH!). I wish I hadn't spent as much time sewing bibs, receiving blankets and the teeny tiny clothes that never really even fit (he was 8.5lb and the 0-3 size big butt baby pants never fit and 3-6 was a blur), stretchy knits are definitely a safer bet! Have fun!

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    1. Thanks for those tips, Courtney. Seems babies either really need bibs... or they don't. It's definitely not near the top of my list anymore. I am going to hold off on the clothes too, especially since we cloth diaper so I'm having trouble imagining what size pants will be right. But that Noodlehead basket has to be!

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  43. One thing I loved were the little flannel nighties that had a drawstring at the bottom. They were easy to change baby in the night, and kept little feet warm ; )

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  44. Sleep sacks, lots of sleep sacks. I have a little one who lives with us. I made her several pairs of leggings, spit or drool bibs, changing pad covers, boppy pillow covers, small flannel wash cloths and some really cute dresses. I tried making onesies but decided I could buy them at the resale shop with a lot less hassle. I also made crib sheets, quilts and some burp clothes.

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    1. You made a lot, Margaret! That's what I want to do. I've been looking forward/wishing to get to sew for baby for years. This is my chance!

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  45. I've made two of Noodlehead's divided baskets each for my best friends and they swear by them. One for the bedroom, and one for the living room. Fill them with diapers, butt cream and wipes!

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  46. Simple receiving/swaddle blankets, LOTS OF THEM. You go through these and they are constantly getting wet, spit on, etc. If you have lots, just make a few more. I recommend some in that light cotton gauze fabric, in a larger size, at least 36 x 36. These are great!! And burp cloths, you need TONS of these, and I don't mean 10-20. I also recommend 2-3 little mats made with that PUL fabric for laying under baby at night for protecting sheets from over-wet diapers. Then you don't have to change sheets in the middle of the night as often when they overflow those diapers.....

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  47. I didn't read through all the comments so probably some/all of these were already mentioned.
    Here's what was most useful for us with our baby:
    1. Double gauze blanket,42"x42". Size makes it useful for many many things and fabric means its super lightweight and fits in any bag any time. We use it ALL the time.
    2. Divided basket for nappies and creams and changing pad.
    3. Burp cloths I made with one side made from "regular" cotton with a bright fun print (I used Ed Emberley's prints). Baby loves to looks at them so if we're outside and he's restless I give him one to look at and he's a happy boy.
    4. Boxy pouch with baby toiletries - Vaseline, nose sucker, creams etc. Was very useful in the hospital.

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    1. I love the idea of making a double gauze blanket. What a great use for that kind of fabric! Boxy pouches for baby toiletries is a great suggestion too!

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  48. I'd have to make one of these monkeys http://fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/fun-of-fair-book-tour-and-giveaway.html. Not entirely practical, I know, but very cute :)

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  49. I have just read comment no. 67 from Carla and my son had a couple of these in jersey with an elasticated bottom and they were brilliant. I found one similar here http://www.asolonclothing.com/product/red-and-white-trimed-merino-sleep-suit/

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  50. Bibs backed with old towels. They are thick and can be used to clean up messes after meals.

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  51. I use everyday: about 3 quilts, swaddling wraps I made from organic cotton jersey (maybe Birch? or Monaluna?) I just bought a yd of 5 different prints and hemmed them. Quickest make ever and I use them as wraps and pram blankets. I also sewed two back to back to make a thicker weight. I hate making bibs, but I love my hand-me-down ones made by my friend. Finlay seems to be a tactile baby and loves to chew on them. Nice to have a 'toy' that's attached because she still drops others and can't find them. I use my AMH flannel and voile single cloth quilt I made under her on her mattress. In hindsight, it would have been less work to make a cot sheet out of flannel. But I guess we'll still get use out of this one when she moves out of a cot! Happy sewing! I can't believe she's 18 weeks along already! Please keep us updated on how she's going. Been praying for a safe pregnancy and delivery. Been still thinking of you a lot after your loss. xxx

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  52. I think a few special small and lightweight quilts (possible just lined with a layer of flannel or cotton) to used as a visual and protective shield against sun, wind, and prying eyes (are there any nowadays?) if you are nursing. I get such a kick out of following along, as my kids are in their teens now and it seems my time is over. However, my twin brother just made me an auntie, so I am looking for good ideas too!

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