Baby hats

I love making baby stuff, especially out of fleece. It is so forgiving, not to mention super soft and cute. Since I have two baby showers this month, I made two little fleece hats using McCall’s M4682. I used this pattern several years ago to make a hat for my niece and it turned out surprisingly well. The first shower was for a baby girl. Since the registry had mostly items in neutral colors, I chose ivory fleece for the hat and decided to make it monochrome with ivory flowers.


The pattern said to use purchased flowers, but really, flowers are pretty easy to make. I freehanded them and attached them at the center with pale pink embroidery thread.


I have to admit, this is a pretty cute hat. In fact, I could only think of one thing that would make it cuter.


Oh yes–ears. I drew a simple ear shape and sewed the ears into the seams. I think they are a tiny bit too far apart, but overall not bad. This one is for the first grandchild of an awesome friend. I wanted to line it with ivory fleece, which I used for the ears, but there wasn’t enough. Instead I chose a blue, ivory, and brown print that is a decent, if not perfect, match.

I meant this to be a shower gift, but the baby was just born so I need to get this in the mail soon!

These hats were lots of fun to make and the pattern is really easy to customize. They do seem a bit large, though, so I think the recipients will need to grow into them.


More baby things

Just in time for my sister-in-law’s baby shower, I made a few more gifts to go with my fleece baby washcloths. I noticed that her gift registry included burp cloths, so I made her three of them using fabric left over from other projects. The blue seersucker is from a dress I made for my niece and the owls are from a skirt for my sister. The pink striped cotton is from an old pair of pajamas. I just cut 9 X 18-inch rectangles for these–so easy!


I also made a little pair of fleece booties using this pattern. I used fleece instead of felt and machine-stitched them with the seams on the inside. It took three tries to make these look decent. Even though fleece is very forgiving, it is difficult to keep the right shape while sewing tiny pieces. Furthermore, the fleece has to be sturdy enough to stand up a bit.



These were great projects for using up scraps and they were quite fun to make.



Baby washcloths

My brother and sister-in-law are expecting a baby this spring, which is exciting news because it means I get to make cute things. After taking a look at their registry to see the types of things they needed, I decided to make some washcloths. Inspired by this tutorial, I decided to add a little pocket to the corner of each one. This will make them easier to hold on to when washing and give them something to hang from to dry.


These were super easy. I used bright fleece for one side and plain white flannel (left over from some quilts that Jared made) for the other. I made the little pockets of the white flannel and some green seersucker left over from this little sundress. For the cloths, I cut 8-inch squares of the fleece and flannel. The pockets were 4-inch squares cut on the diagonal. I sewed each piece of seersucker to the flannel backing along the diagonal edge, turned it right-side-out, and sandwiched it between the squares. I didn’t need to use pins because the flannel and fleece stuck together nicely.


I thought it would look strange to not topstitch around the pockets, so my pockets cannot be used on either side, like those in the tutorial I found. On the first two that I made–the yellow one and the pink pattern–the topstitching is a bit janky. The two later ones, both green, turned out much better, I think. Although I know these are going to be used to wipe up baby messes and don’t have to be perfect, I think I might redo the yellow one.


I think these would have been better if I’d had cuter fleece or flannel, but I am really trying to use up the overwhelming amount of fabric that I have. This was a great project for using up small pieces. Now to think of what else to make…


Baby shower gifts

Two lovely friends of mine are expecting a baby boy, so I decided to make them a shower gift. I have made a few baby and little kid things before, and they are usually quick and fun projects. After looking up various tutorials on the web, I decided on a bib and a little stuffed animal. Additionally, I decided to make a little bucket style hat from McCall’s M4478, as I’ve had success with this pattern in the past.

I began with the hat, using a green textured fabric for the main portion and a colorful coordinating cotton cut from an old pair of pajamas for the lining. It went together easily, though hand sewing the ribbon to the lining nearly made me crazy. I hope it will stay together.


Next I made the bib. I used this tutorial for a boutique-style bib, and it worked nicely. I used the same two fabrics for the front and super-soft, off-white fleece for the back. I thought about adding some yellow rick-rack where the two front fabrics meet, but decided to leave it plain.


The instructions said to use Velcro for the closure, but I only had black Velcro, which would have looked terrible. Fortunately, I had a snap kit among my stash of vintage sewing supplies; the snaps have a lovely pearl finish. I had never used snaps before, but it was very easy. Had I planned ahead a bit more, I would have used something inside to stabilize the snap, since the green fabric and fleece are kind of flimsy, but I think it will hold up okay.


The last item was a stuffed giraffe. I based my design on this tutorial, but I didn’t have the example in front of me when I made it and, as will become clear shortly, I just freehanded the design. The result is a little awkward and I’m a bit embarrassed of it, but Jared told me it’s cute. I wanted to put bells inside, and I was sure I had some, but I couldn’t find them anywhere. The back is made of the same fleece as the back of the bib.


Here is the complete set. I love the fabrics together, but overall I’m worried that everything looks too cheesy. I cut out the hat pieces a few nights ago, but I finished everything else, including fixing numerous mistakes and washing and drying all three items, in one evening.