Handmade Baby Gift Ideas

DIY Handmade Baby Gift Ideas via lilblueboo.com

 

Want to make something special for an upcoming baby shower gift?  Here are 10 handmade baby gift ideas that are sure to impress the parents to be.

 
DIY Baby Gift Ideas: Personalized Onesie by Finley and Oliver via lilblueboo.com

Personalized Onesie at Finley and Oliver.

 


 

 

 

 

Gender Neutral Nursery Inspiration

Gender Neutral Nursery Decor Ideas via lilblueboo.com

We have rounded up some of our favorite gender neutral nurseries from around the web!

Click “continue reading” below to see the gallery and links:

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Personalized Name Art (and Animal Print Download)

How to Make Personalized Name Art (with Animal Print Download) via lilblueboo.com #silhouette #diy #tutorial #baby

 

I haven’t made one of these in a while!  I just finished this “Courtney” painting for my niece for Christmas:

 

Here is Boo’s original one I made with a Peter Rabbit inspired theme:

 

They aren’t very hard to make with a little patience because they are done in steps!  Here’s a gallery of ones that I’ve made for some ideas and links to other tutorials:

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DIY Baby Gifts and Gear

This is an oldie but a goodie…..updated with new projects for baby gifts and baby gear! I love giving handmade gifts for baby showers and I made almost all of Boo’s gear and clothing when she was a baby…..that’s how Lil Blue Boo started!

20 diy projects to make for baby via lilblueboo.com

 

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Printed Scrap Ribbon Tag Toys (A Tutorial)

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

An easy toy for a baby, toddler or even a puppy! You could even make a large version for a throw pillow or “mini” versions for a baby mobile. You can use a freezer paper stencil, a screenprint, or even just a fabric stamp to make these. Just make sure to use non-toxic, ACMI AP approved water-based ink products that are made in the USA if it might go into a mouth!

Step 1: One you have a fabric print finished and ironed, place the fabric wrong sides together onto a piece of fabric for the back of the toy. Cut out the image with a 1-inch border surrounding it so that you have a front and a back:

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 2: Cut various 3″ mismatching pieces of scrap ribbon.

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 3: On the front of the toy, fold each ribbon piece in half and pin in place as shown:

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 4: Add as many ribbon pieces as you prefer:

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 5: Using a 1/4″ seam, sew all the way around the front of the toy to attach the ribbon.

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 6: Take out your pins and place the back of the toy face down onto the front. Sew all the way around using a 1/2″ seam and leaving a gap…..

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

….so that the toy can be turned right side out. (If you have curves in your design you will need to “notch” the seams before you turn it inside out so the edges look smooth)

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 7: Top stitch all the way around the toy using an 1/8″ seam and making sure not to close the gap yet….you’ll need to add stuffing:

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 8: Add your choice of stuffing:

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 9: Carefully fold under the open section of the toy and top stitch it closed:

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

To make a crinkle tag toy:

Cut a piece of cellophane or plastic packaging (like from a microwave popcorn package):

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Insert the cellophane or plastic flat up into the toy before closing:

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

So many different designs and prints you can use!

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

And they look so cute!

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

 

 


Here are some other scrap ribbon tutorials to check out!

Scrap Ribbon Wallet or Clutch DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Scrap Ribbon Camera Strap DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

 

Vinyl Tablecloth Roll-up Diaper Changer (A Tutorial and Download)

How to make a round diaper changer from a vinyl tablecloth (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

It’s a baby boom in the Lil Blue Boo family. I have two brand new nieces…..one is only a week old. And of course there’s the recent announcement Boo helped me make.  I love round diaper changing pads and wanted to make a few for gifts.  I’d been stocking up on these pretty vinyl tablecloths from Marshall’s and TJ Maxx because they were all under $5. I had a few projects in mind for them and this was one of them.

How to make a round diaper changer from a vinyl tablecloth (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

A diaper changer pad in action:

How to make a round diaper changer from a vinyl tablecloth (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

 

I love the variety of color and how easy they are to make. The most tedious part is making the bias tape……but you could always use store bought trim and you could whip one of these out in 30 minutes.

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A Baby Shower Gift – New & Upcycled

A big bucket of goodies for our dear friend Jackie who is having a baby boy soon! It turned out so cute I thought I would share some gift ideas:


“Big” and “Li’l” t-shirts, one for big sister and one for the new baby brother:


The shirts were silk screened using the contact-paper method (click here to find the full tutorial for the method):


We added an upcycled pair of baby pants. These were made from a golf shirt and I added some cute truck trim to the bottom. (You can make a similar pair using elastic for the waist using the Recycle T-shirt Gauchos Tutorial.)


A pair of upcycled baby booties to match the pants (free pattern from Michael Miller):


We added in some new blankets, toys and this fun book The New Dad from A to Z by friend Dan Consiglio (also the author of the hilarious blog What my Kid’s Art Says). Dan’s book is the perfect gift to add for a dad because of its offbeat humor.

I love an eclectic mix of new and upcycled gifts!

"Wannabe" Beanbags

Look a little familiar? (click here if they aren’t)  Sienna wanted tiny beanbags for her doll too so we spent yesterday afternoon making these itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny “barley” bags. We aren’t creative enough to come up with a name besides “b-a-b-y” yet…….
"Wannabe" Beanbags via lilblueboo.com
These were SO much harder than the original large beanbags. Look how tiny the squares are! The most frustrating part was getting them turned right side out after sewing them.
"Wannabe" Beanbags tiny squares via lilblueboo.com
Only two or three pinto beans would have fit in these tiny bags, so we used pearl barley instead….and made a “funnel” out of a straw. (Sienna got into some of my blue paint before hand…..)
"Wannabe" Beanbags filled with pearl barley via lilblueboo.com
“Baby” and her new little “baby” beanbags….. just the right size.
"Wannabe" Beanbags finished via lilblueboo.com
I love miniaturized things…..
"Wannabe" Beanbags miniature via lilblueboo.com

More Crinkle Tag Toys

I guess babies DO love these! If you remember, I made these for two of my friends’ babies a while back (used them as present toppers). Monique asked me recently if I would make several more for her daughter.
More Crinkle Tag Toys via lilblueboo.com
Thanks to Julie at Joy’s Hope for the Baby Crinkle Tag Toy Tutorial!
More Crinkle Tag Toys for baby tutortial via lilblueboo.com
I love making these toys because I get to sort through my ribbon stash.

Elephant Infant Gift Set

I love giving handmade gifts and I love little matching layette sets! I made this little set (onesie, pants, booties) for my friend Kenesha’s baby shower. She is expecting a boy! I just LOVE this cute elephant flannel fabric that I found at Joann’s Fabric.
Elephant Infant Gift Set via lilblueboo.com


I used a gerber onesie and added the elephant applique. (see my applique tutorial)
Elephant Infant Gift Set applique via lilblueboo.com
I LOVE booties! These are the first ones I have made and they were really simple. I used the 3-Seam Footies pattern from New Conceptions. My friend Emily likes the kimono baby shoes from Homespun Threads. She uses felt for the soles which is a cute idea.
Elephant Infant Gift Set booties via lilblueboo.com

I made my own pattern for the pants. I wanted a wide leg roomy pant. I’ll try to create a PDF of it soon.

Elephant Infant Gift Set pants via lilblueboo.com

If I have time today before the shower (it is tonight) I want to try to sew a matching crinkle taggie toy or burp cloth to go with the set.

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