Thrifty Tip: DIY Baby Shower Gifts

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Let’s Get Creative | Baby Shower Gifts

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DIY Baby Shower Gifts | Thrifty Tip

Everyone I know is turning up with a new bundle of joy. As much as I enjoy smothering all the new, tiny humans with love, it can be an expensive venture when you are invited to baby shower after baby shower.

Recently I have turned to my rudimentary sewing and crafting skills to come up with some great do-it-yourself projects that make wonderful (and useful) baby shower gifts. Particularly if you’re adept to using coupons, you can save big when you make some common baby shower gifts at home.

Infinity Nursing Scarf

This how-to takes the cake. If you can sew in a straight line (and honestly, the line doesn’t even need to be all that straight), you’ve got this project on lock down. These things retail upwards of $30. You can easily do this project for less than $10, depending on the deal that you find on your fabric. When you’re choosing fabric, you want to ask someone to point you to the section of “jersey knits.”

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 yard of 60-inch jersey knit fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins

Here’s how you make it:

  • Make sure all the edges of the fabric have a clean cut. Sometimes the person who cuts your fabric at the store doesn’t leave the cleanest of cuts. Take some scissors and trim up the edges, if needed.
  • Lay out your fabric on the floor with the right side of the fabric facing up. The ‘right’ side of the fabric is the side of the fabric that you eventually want to be the side that people see when the scarf is finished.
  • You should have a long rectangle of fabric lying in front of you. Fold the fabric in half “hamburger style” so that the right sides of the fabric are touching.
  • Take your pins and pin along the edge directly across from the fold that you just made. If you’ve folded and pinned everything correctly, you should have an infinity scarf lying in front of you that is inside out.
  • Here’s where the sewing machine comes in. Sew along the edge that you just pinned. One straight line is all it takes. If you know how to reinforce the edges, you can do that. If not, that’s okay too!
  • Turn your scarf right side out and you’re done! You can leave the raw edge of the fabric as is because a jersey knit won’t fray on the edges. It really is that easy.

Burp Cloths/ Baby Blanket/ Washcloths

This is a catch all sort of how-to. Depending on the size of fabric you have will determine if you’re making burp cloths, a blanket or washcloths. This is another simple and cheap way to give the mom-to-be something that is very useful and can typically be quite expensive.

Here’s what you need:

  • Flannel fabric – The amount of fabric depends on what you want to make. Make sure your fabric is two inches larger all the way around than what you want the final size of your project to be. Don’t pick anything super thick though.
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

Here’s how you make it:

  • Take two pieces of flannel that are the same size. You can do the same fabric or two different fabrics that coordinate. Place them with the wrong sides together. This means that the print side of the fabric will be on the outside on both the top and the bottom.
  • Fold each end over twice and sew it in place. You can use pins to help hold down the fold while you sew it if you need to. Basically all you’re doing is hemming the edge and making it look pretty. You can make your folds as big or as small as you want them to be. The folding part is the reason you want your fabric to be larger than the size of the finished product.
  • Repeat step two on all four sides. The corners are pretty thick so this is why you don’t want a fabric that is really thick.

That’s all there is to it.

All of these gifts are staples for new moms in the first few months of mommy-hood, so you can give them something they need and save money too! It’s a win-win.

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