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3 newborn sewing projects

Crafter's Companion – 17/06/19

There’s nothing quite like giving a homemade gift to mark the arrival of a new baby. It’s something that will be treasured by the parents and loved by the child for years to come, so if you’re looking to stitch something together for a little bundle of joy, you’ve come to the right place!

In this post, we’ll be sharing step by step instructions on how to make a comforter, a bib and a mobile – three things that are very useful to have with a new baby, so would make the perfect gift!


Comforter

A comforter is absolutely brilliant for a new baby – it provides them with a bit of calmness on a night time and the extra textured ribbon around the edge gives babies some sensory stimulation. This is such an easy project, so give it a go!

You will need:

  • Fat quarter of patterned fabric
  • Fat quarter of plain fabric
  • Minky (or fleece) for the backing
  • Assorted ribbons and rickrack
  • Gemini Build-a-Block die system
  • Co-ordinating threads

Tools

Fabric preparation

  • Die-cut two 11.4cm x 11.4cm (4.5″ x 4.5″) squares from main fabric
  • Die-cut two 11.4cm x 11.4cm (4.5″ x 4.5″) squares from contrast fabric
  • Cut a 24cm x 24cm (9.5″ x 9.5″) square from minky fabric
  • Cut 16 10cm (4″) lengths of ribbons/rickrack

Step 1

Place each main die-cut piece right sides together with a contrast piece, and sew using a 0.6cm (1/4″) seam allowance (see photo A). Sew these two pairs together to form a four-patch block for the top.

Step 2

Arrange the ribbons and rickrack around the block with the right side of the block facing up and the ribbons and rickrack folded and facing inwards (see photo B). Sew the ribbons and rickrack to the block using a 0.3cm (1/8″) seam allowance to secure them well.

Step 3

Place the minky backing right side up. Position the four-patch block right side down in the middle of the backing, ensuring the ribbons and rickrack are all tucked in. You will have a 1.2cm (1/2″) gap around the outside (see photo C). The minky can slip so this makes it easier to sew. Using a walking foot will also help at this stage. Pin well and sew around all four sides of the block using a 0.6cm (1/4″) seam allowance leaving a 7.6cm (3″) gap for turning.

Step 4

Trim around all four sides and clip the corners before turning through. Lengthen your stitch length to 3mm and topstitch 0.3cm (1/8″) from the edge around all sides (see photo D). This will also close the gap to finish your comforter.


Baby bib

Prevent any spills or food splats from coating baby’s clothes with this adorable bib! Again, this is a very simple project to make, so it’s ideal if you’re a beginner.

You will need:

Tools

Step 1

Use the template download to cut out two layers for the bib (and a layer of fleece if preferred). If you’re using fleece, adhere the fusible fleece to the wrong side of one of your pieces.

Step 2

Layer up the fabric right sides together and sew together, leaving, a 5cm (2″) gap at the bottom for turning.

Step 3

Clip around the neck and turn right side out. Press and handstitch the opening closed. Sew the hook and loop to make an easy closure at the neck.


Mobile

The classic image of a mobile hanging over the baby’s cot is something that almost every expecting parent dreams of. Why not give the gift of a homemade mobile for your beautiful bundle of joy and a sweet personal touch to the nursery?

You will need:

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Basic sewing kit
  • Heat erasable fabric pen
  • Co-ordinating embroidery thread
  • Stick and Spray fabric adhesive
  • Computer and printer

Preparation

  • Cut 10cm (4″), 15cm (6″), 20.3cm (8″), 25.4cm (10″), 30.5cm (12″), 35.5cm (14″) and 55.8cm (22″) lengths of ribbon
  • Cut four 25.4cm (10″) lengths of ribbon
  • Cut two 30.5cm (12″) pieces of wooden dowel
  • Use the template download to cut ten small stars, two large stars, two moons and eight clouds

Step 1

To make up each of the shapes, sew pairs of pattern pieces, trapping a length of ribbon between. Add toy stuffing into the clouds for extra dimension.

Step 2

Sew a star and a cloud on to each of the 20.3cm (8″), 25.4cm (10″), 30.5cm (12″) and 35.5cm (14″) pieces of ribbon. Sew the large star on to the 10cm (4″) piece of ribbon and sew two stars and moons on to the 55.8cm (22″) piece of ribbon.

Step 3

Once you have sewn your shapes together on to the ribbons, they need to be tied to the dowels.

Step 4

Prepare the dowels by taking about 15cm (6″) of ribbon and tie the dowels together, crossed at the middle. Then tie your ribbons and shapes on to the dowels as shown.

Step 5

Use the four 25.4cm (10″) pieces of ribbon on the ends of the dowels, bringing them up to the top and attach to the ring for hanging.


We hope that this post has given you a bit of inspiration and provided you with all you need to craft some beautiful handmade gifts for a new arrival. These projects would also make brilliant items to sell on a stall or at a craft fair, so give them a go!

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