November 23 ~ Gifts for New Parents
|New parents on your holiday list will appreciate your thoughtfulness with these fun (and innovative!) gift ideas…|
|Quick Trip Diaper Bag
With it’s compact size and waterproof lining, the Quick Trip Diaper Bag from Liz at Sew4Home will be appreciated by any new parent.
|Baby Blanket Gift Set
Shower an expecting friend or relative with Jessica’s Baby Blanket Gift Set which includes a large baby blanket, reversible bib, 2 burp cloths, and an embellished onsie. Check out Juicy Bits for her complete tutorial with step-by-step instructions.
|Fleece Baby Booties
We’d love to see every baby in a pair of these irresistible Fleece Baby Booties from Julia of Adirondack Mama, guest posted at Rhythm of the Home.
|Shopping Cart Seatbelt
Caroline at Obsessively Stitching shows you how to create a Shopping Cart Seatbelt using a single canvas D-ring belt!
|Sushi-Roll Changing Pad and Diaper & Wipes Pouch
Our coordinating Sushi-Roll Changing Pad and Diaper & Wipes Pouch designed by Violet will make an excellent gift set for any parent still wrestling with diapers.
|Felt Name Wall Hanging
Welcome baby home with a colorful Felt Name Wall Hanging by Rae of Made by Rae.
You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Baby Kimono Wrap, Pacifier Clip, Reversible Baby Bonnet, Crayon Box Quilt, Sleep!, More Gifts for New Parents, Play!, More Gifts for Babies & Toddlers, Teach & Learn!
Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:
|You Are Loved Baby Book from Gadanke
Gadanke’s Baby Book has 70 pages to fill with stories, photos and memorabilia for you to treasure in the years to come. Gadanke will be giving away a journal of your choice to one lucky winner with your Handmade Holidays comment on this post today. Please specifically mention Gadanke, baby books or journaling in your comment if you’d like to win this specific prize.
|Dairy, Egg and Nut Free Shortbread Cookies from Food Allergy Mama
No one will notice that these Shortbread Cookies from Kelly at Food Allergy Mama are free of dairy, egg and nut. Bake a batch or two with a little one and enjoy their buttery goodness!
|Modern Paper Mobile for Babies
Entertain a little one with this simple Modern Paper Mobile from Joel at Made by Joel. These can be simple and fast to put together using Joel’s templates and clear instructions.
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By Lotta Jansdotter
(Chronicle Books, $29.95, ISBN: 9780811865470)
From the Publisher:Beloved designer Lotta Jansdotter’s smart, organic design has earned her international acclaim. Now she shares her recipe for a stylish home: take a whole lot of Scandinavian influence, mix in a dash of flea-market finds, and then top it all off with expressive handmade touches. The result? An entirely fresh approach to home décor and contemporary living. In this lavishly illustrated book, Lotta shares her decorating secrets, design resources, entertaining tips, and family traditions. Tucked away at the back she’s included stencil pages and perforated recipe cards featuring classic Swedish dishes. Equal parts inspiration and how-to, this charming book shows readers how to create a warm home with elements of simple Scandinavian-influenced style.
Seams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing
By Anna Maria Horner
(Wiley, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-25926-9)
From the Publisher:
Anna Maria Horner’s signature style combines the techniques of a seasoned sewer with the vision of an artist. InSeams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing, she walks you through the fundamentals, offering practical advice on everything from fabric selection to color choices to choosing and buying a sewing machine. Simple step-by-step instructions show you how to turn her designs into fanciful creations:
- Sideways Squares Skirt
- Prairie Blouse
- Full Contact Cooking Apron
- PlayingAlong Quilt
- Doggie Dreams Bed
Vivid full-color photographs and designs will invite you into the creative process. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, the twenty-four projects in this beautiful book will transform your home and wardrobe into a collection of unique treasures.
By John Murphy
(Lark Books, $14.95, ISBN: 1-60059-604-5)
From the Publisher:
Quick-there’s a monster in your closet! No? Then, MAKE one! Every closet hides a multitude of out-of-style sweaters, pearl-trimmed jackets, ill-fitting jeans…and worse. And all the repurposing in the world won’t make them wearable again. Fortunately, the inimitable John Murphy of Stupid Sock Creature fame has devised a “green” solution: take those ugly pink sport coats and muumuus and turn them into goofy goonies, multi-legged monsters, other awesomely adorable creatures. They’re all charmingly illustrated with cartoonish élan by the author himself.
The Green Grocery Bag Challenge is a project to encourage sewists to wrap their holiday gifts in reusable cloth grocery bags, thus reducing the amount of wrapping paper entering the waste stream while simultaneously getting multi-use bags into the hands of consumers. Please include Mother Earth in your holiday plans. Read more here and join us on The Green Grocery Bag Challenge Facebook page where we’ll be posting wrapping ideas, sewing patterns and tips for reducing waste this holiday season.
22 ~ Scholars
21 ~ Sports Fans
20 ~ Audiophiles
19 ~ Deck the Halls
18 ~ Dads & Grandpas
17 ~ Hipsters
16 ~ Pet Lovers
15 ~ College Students
14 ~ Teachers
13 ~ Foodies
12 ~ Deck the Halls
11 ~ Sleepyheads
10 ~ Travelers
9 ~ Preschool Kids
8 ~ Outdoor Adventurers
7 ~ Tweens
6 ~ Crafters
5 ~ Deck the Halls
4 ~ Moms & Grandmas
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Girlfriends
1 ~ Imaginative Friends
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