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What does a quilter do when she gets invited to a baby shower just a few weeks away?

She reads the registry and improvises!


My friends chose not to learn their baby’s gender, so my gifts had to be husband-approved for a boy and sweet enough for a girl. These bandana-style bibs are so popular these days that I came up with a simple pattern and sized it on my toddler. I backed them in a flannel shirt, and I made sure they are adjustable without tricky snaps or Velcro.

And the front fabrics match…


A pair of pairs of baby pants! These are based on a pattern from Anna Maria Horner’s book Handmade Beginnings which, thankfully, is often in our local library. My husband suggested a little patch of contrasting fabric which I think turned out quite sweet!

And finally…


I didn’t have time to piece an elaborate kitty softie for the baby, but thankfully I had a panel from the Cotton + Steel line From Porto with Love, which includes a perfect little kitten ready to be sewn and stuffed. Mine I filled with cotton batting scraps and teeny fabric shavings, part of my effort to reduce textile waste.

Baby is due late this summer, and I can’t wait to see if it’s a boy or a girl! Hopefully these gifts will help him or her feel welcome no matter what!

With several friends pregnant and due either side of me, I’ve been working on quite a few baby gifts! Originally I intended sets of three items per child, but as showers began, I just went for whatever felt sweet at the time.

        

Of all the babies, only one is a girl! Her parents are big University of Tennessee fans, so I had fun using bold orange and figuring out an alternative to a bow tie bib. 

The bonnet pattern is from The Purl Bee, and the elephants are from Sew, Mama, Sew. Bibs, stuffed kitties, and “changing cones” are all original patterns. All told, it’s four bibs, four elephants, three sets of cones, one bonnet, and two kitties. Not bad, I think, and the first baby is due this week! Can’t wait to start meeting the little ones I’ve lovingly stitched for (mine especially, of course!)