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Handmade Baby Gift Ideas

Updated on March 9, 2014
A sampling of soakers
A sampling of soakers | Source

Made With Love

Nothing is more heartfelt than baby gifts that you made with your own two hands. Take a little time to think about what you’d like to make for the new baby in your life. Then, leave yourself enough time so you can enjoy working on the project a little at a time.

Here are some ideas for handmade items that baby and family will treasure for years to come.


A Baby Blanket

Make a baby blanket out of soft fleece or crochet one. There are patterns by the dozens available online and in knitting and craft stores.

If you’re planning on making a fleece one, choose the softest fleece you can find. Then, edge it with satin trim in a coordinating color.

If you are crocheting and you don’t yet know the sex of the baby, create a blanket in an array of soft pastels appropriate for a girl or a boy. If at all possible, choose a yarn that is washable for those inevitable spills.

Buy fun and cute materials!
Buy fun and cute materials! | Source

Baby Bibs

You can make bibs by the dozen in your free time. Create a pattern from a store-bought bib or print one from online. Choose terry cloth fabrics in different patterns and colors. Choose binding in baby-friendly ginghams or stripes.

Create a whole wardrobe complete with personalization. You can embroider baby’s name on or use iron-on letters. Or you can sew on a cute applique patch of a dog or other animal. Create a set for each day of the week or other theme like circus animals or farm life.


Baby Clothes

If you’re more ambitious, you might want to take on a bigger sewing project. Select a pattern for newborns or older babies. Then, plan to make several of the same item. You might choose to make sweat pants in several colors and fabrics. Or you might make onesies or t-shirts in different designs. If you are handy at the sewing machine, you might choose to make an entire outfit complete with hoodie, pants, and shirt. Start early so you won’t feel pressured to complete your new baby gift in a rush. You can always make bigger sizes, too, as babies grow quickly.


Decorative Onesies

If you’re looking for a quick craft, why not decorate store-bought onesie bodysuits? You can use fabric paints or fabric markers. Just be sure that you don’t use the type that dry hard or crunchy as baby’s delicate skin will rub against it.

Use iron-on letters, designs, or decals. You can find cute sayings, type them on your computer, and print them onto special iron-on paper found at the craft store. You’ll find no one gives a gift even remotely like yours!

Funny Baby Sayings

The Baby Boppy is another homemade item you can make!
The Baby Boppy is another homemade item you can make! | Source

Soft Blocks

If you have some extra fabric from another project, you can use it up making soft blocks. Cut squares of fabric and sew them together to form a cube. Stuff with fiberfill stuffing and you’ve got a set that baby will love playing with and mom knows she can’t get hurt with.

Try your hand at crafting items for baby’s nursery. You might offer to make curtains, pillows, bedding, or toys that might otherwise be hard to find in the chosen theme. Take time to browse sites online that offer handmade baby clothes and décor to get other ideas.


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      services4all 5 years ago from U.S.

      Nice clothes for newborn babies. And if it is made by handmade then it looks most fanastic gift for baby from her mother. I have also posted some hub about baby products,please comment on it.

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      sunbun143 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      During my first baby shower, we made onesies with fabric paint but as noted above, they dried hard, so were better for souvenirs than for my baby to actually wear. I instead used iron-ons and found clip art online, to design and print my own onesies. Check back with me soon as I'm writing a hub about using iron-ons to decorate onesies. I'll be sure to include a link here for your other great handmade gift ideas!

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      itops 6 years ago from the sea

      I was browsing the other night about Christmas gifts for my nieces and you just gave me ideas! Thanks!

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      Marylol 6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      When there's a new baby coming to the family my mum and auntie start knitting like crazy. I must say that the results are always beautiful and I agree, you can't beat the handmade stuff. Thanks for the nice hub :-)

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Pinkchic, great homemade baby gift ideas. I also relly like your funny baby sayings. Great job. Rated up and useful.

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      Janice S 6 years ago

      Making onesies with those funny baby sayings would be a great baby shower activity too! Many great ideas here.

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      Christy Chen 6 years ago from Indonesia

      I love your funny baby sayings!

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      Fiddleman 6 years ago

      Just can't beat those home made gifts. My sister in law is such a great one at this and for her it is a hobby and has also been profitable. Great hub and useful ideas.