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Sewing for babies is the best! Now that I have had two kids, I love choosing gifts for baby showers and baby birthdays because it brings back so many fun memories. My favorite gift is to pair something store-bought and useful with something handmade. I think especially once you become a parent, you appreciate handmade things more because you realize how little spare time parents have! I rounded up 10 of my favorite, best baby gifts to sew and shared links to several free patterns or tutorials for each category so there will be something for everyone!
For the practical part of the gift, it’s hard to go wrong with anything feeding related. For this post, I got to check out Playtex Baby™ VentAire® from Target and snagged the three pack. All of the babies I know have been choosy about their bottles, so getting different kinds is a gift in itself! If you have a fussy, gassy baby you will literally try or buy anything to make them feel better (and sleep better!!), so bottles designed to help with that are great.
Other store bought things that I’ve included with handmade gifts over the years are teethers, nose suckers, favorite diaper rash creams, and of course diapers themselves. I was thankful for each gift I received, but it certainly was nice to have extras of those things on hand even if they aren’t as fun to buy as toys and tiny clothes! Another of my favorite ideas is to pair a stuffed animal with a corresponding book, like a truck softie with The Little Blue Truck – I have two posts that pair up books and free patterns here and here.
On to the handmade ideas! I just made a new Pinterest board specifically for baby sewing, so check it out and please let me know in the comments if you have any favorites!
Best Baby Gifts To Sew
1- Soft baby toys!
Baby toys are so much fun to sew, and they usually use up fabric scraps. They’re not free, but be sure to check out my shop for some fun softie patterns too! I have even more toys, some geared at older kids, in a free pattern list here.
- Patchwork Soft Ball at While She Naps
- Rainbow Softie here at Swoodson Says
- Taggie Ball at Apple Green Cottage
- Cloth Baby Book at Sew What Alicia
- Cloth Baby Rings at Make It Love It
2- Baby shoes
Does it get any cuter?
- Baby Booties from Handmade in The Heartland
- Upcycled Sweater Boots from Back To Her Roots
- Baby Moccs from Diary of a Mad Crafter
- Mary Jane Baby Shoes from The Cottage Mama
- Faux Toms for Babies from Homemade Toast
3- Baby Bibs
Whether for drool or food, you can never have too many bibs. The one shown above is on a toddler as an art smock, but we used it from 6 months on, keeps food messes to a minimum!
- Longsleeved bib sewn by Swoodson Says
- Basic baby bib from Mary Martha Mama
- Appliqued baby bib from Shiny Happy World
- Bib with pocket from Peekaboo Pages
- Bandana bib from Apple Green Cottage
- Monster bib from Stubbornly Crafty
4- Baby Hats
They are perfect for knit fabric scraps, and so stinking cute.
- Modern knit baby hats from Zaaberry (I’ve sewn these, they’re great!)
- Bunny baby hat from Melly Sews
- Basic baby hat from Coral and Co
- Baby turban from DIY Crush
- Baby sunbonnet from Purl Bee
5- Stuffed animals/dolls
Stuffed toys can be fun to play with for several years! There is something special about handmade toys, they’re my favorite.
- Sheep softie here at Swoodson Says
- Easy baby doll at Very Truly Me
- Knotted baby lovey at Easy Sewing For Beginners
- Lovey doll from Sew Can Do
- Whale softie from All Friends are my Flowers
6- A baby quilt
Quilts are SO special, I still have the baby quilt that my Grandma made me! My Mom has made one for each of my kids and I love them.
- Activity quilt here at Swoodson Says
- Geometric baby blanket at Life Sew Savory
- Patchwork baby quilts at Polka Dot Chair
- Lattice baby quilt at Diary of a Quilter
- Classic baby quilt at Cluck Cluck Sew
Little things that make life easier, these all are handy to have!
- Babywearing convertible pouch here at Swoodson Says
- Wet bag from SewJourners – Wet bags are awesome, even if they use disposable diapers, they hold yucky clothes and keep the rest of your stuff dry, or pacifiers, etc.
- Pacifier holder from Viva Veltoro
- Hooded baby towel from Mary Martha Mama
- Newborn baby mittens from Treasures Under The Willow Tree
- Portable baby changing mat from Vicky Meyers Creations
- Baby Bjorn Slipcover from Sew Much Ado
8- Baby Clothes
It’s hard to guess season and size, but baby clothes sew up so quickly and use so little fabric, I can’t resist!
- 4 free baby pants patterns tested here at Swoodson Says
- Baby bloomers from Sew Caroline
- Infant peasant dress from Sew Much Ado
- Baby cardigan onesie from Feathers Flights
- Newborn gown from This Mama Makes Stuff
9- Sleepers and blankets
Once my babies were done being swaddled, they loved snuggling their swaddles!
- Tie dye baby blanket here at Swoodson Says
- Basic swaddle from Coral and Co.
- Zip up sleeping bag from One Little Project
- Pom Pom trimmed blankets from Patchwork Posse
- Watermelon baby blanket from Me Sew Crazy
- DIY Woombie from Peekaboo Pages
10- Burp cloths
These are a necessity for early days, it’s much easier to wash one burp cloth than to change clothes (or buy a new sofa).
- Rainbow burp cloth here at Swoodson Says
- Basic burp cloth from Bite Sized Biggie
- Frayed burp cloth from Sugar Bee Crafts
- Contoured burp cloth from Muslin and Merlot
- Terry and flannel burp cloth from The Homes I Have Made
What’s your go-to baby shower gift?