Baby Conrad is almost here and I decided to make Kelly a handmade basket of goodies. I started out by picking some retro inspired fabrics and looking at lots of blog ideas. My first project was a Simply Snuggly Blankie. Prudent Baby has a ton of great ideas for DIY projects and this one turned out to be super easy. Here's a pic:
My next project was iron-on transfers for onesies. I got the idea from the blog Homemade by Jill. I found an image of little owls online, saved it as an image to my computer, then inserted the image in a word document. Then I downloaded a cool (and free!) font on Font Space and typed a huge "M" on the same word doc. I recolored the "M" to aqua blue so it matched the rest of my goodies and then printed the document on an Avery T-shirt Transfer sheet that I bought at Wal-Mart. I cut out the images, ironed them on to my pre-washed onsies and voila! Custom onsies :) Here's a pic of the owls:
My last project was custom burp cloths. I purchased a pack of Gerber cloth diapers (they make 2 types, I use the extra plush ones). I cut strips of prewashed cotton fabrics, folded the edges and ironed crisp edges, then did a quick stich along the edges with a sewing machine. There's no wrong way to do this one - and the burp cloths already have lines to help you know how big your fabric strip should be. Here's a closeup:
My final gift was the book Baby 411. That book was my lifesaver during pregnancy and early motherhood - it's an easy read, has super useful info and is current for modern families. Then I wrapped up all the items in a basket, filled the empty gaps with mini tissue puffs (Homemade by Jill has great tips on making beautiful puffs) and wrapped the whole thing in cellophane. I also have a mini obsession with homemade tags - those are a little more complicated to make. I use Publisher to make mine, but you can buy them from TomKat Studio if you prefer. The tags are punched out with Marva Uchida paper punches that can be purchased online or at Michael's Crafts.