Monday, August 16, 2010

Baby Legs, Ruffle Bums and Burp Rags

They say that good things always come in three's--or was it bad things? Well, weather we love or hate them--baby showers seem to come in fourteen's.  I've been making lots of baby gifts lately.  Here are my top three:

Here Wyatt is modeling his very own set of baby legs.  Baby legs are great because they are like pants you don't have to take off.  They make diaper changes simpler.  They protect the little knees of crawling-type babies.  And if you have a dress-wearing-type of baby they look cute under a dress.

How to Make Baby Legs:

You need one pair of adult women knee-high socks.  Cut in five pieces as shown.  Discard all but pieces 1 and 2. 

A- Take piece number 2 and fold in half length-wise with right sides facing and sew through both sides up the long side so it looks like B.

B- fold the bottom open edge up around the outside of itsself  to the next edge to form a cuff like C.  (The right side of the sock is on the outside again.)

C-Take piece 1 with the right-side facing out.  Bring it up through the middle of the cuff so that the three raw edges meet like in D.

D-Sew the three raw edges together all the way around.  A zigzag stitch will give a little bit of stretch. Then fold the cuff down.

Ta-da! Baby legs.  I think they are pretty hilarious.  I made Jeremy pick out the socks for baby Wy so they wouldn't be "too girly" for him. 

I've seen these ruffle bum onesies around and think they are pretty cute.  You can put these on a baby alone or wear it under a dress.  (I didn't make one of these for Wyatt.)

I upcycled a plain periwinkle blue t-shirt to make this.  When you use jersey fabric you don't have to hem the edges.  Just cut strait strips.  Sew a long running stitch down the middle.  Pull on the bobbin thread to gather.  Position and sew on.

My most frequent go-to baby shower gift is burp rags.  And I recently realized that ripping the fabric instead of cutting it made it a faster project and gave it more character. 

I start with prefold cloth diapers.  Rip two pieces of fabric about an inch wide and as long as the width of the diapers you're working with.

Sew a strip down either side about an inch from the ends.  Sew 1/4 inch in from the ripped edges. 

This is a great gift because it's a highly useful and functional gift but you are making it cute so that your friends are happier to drag it around in their diaper bag and sling it over their shoulder.

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Emily said...

"A dress-wearing-type of baby" - hilarious! I love these ideas! We need to get together for a sewing night. (And in that sewing night we could actually start quilting.)

Anna and Stephen said...

I love those baby leg thingies. I want to make a pair for Baby Z. It looks easy enough that I could maybe do it! I'm definitely in for a sewing/craft night!

Anna and Stephen said...

P.S: Wyatt is such a great model! I think he may be giving us his own version of "Blue Steel."

Kara Lyn said...

These are so sweet!!! I am so glad that I was able to be gifted them from you. You rock the nation and you are very inspiring. I am hoping that in a couple of years we will be closer to each other so you can teach me some skills.

Lorie said...

So cute!!! My niece just had a little boy, so I will have to keep my eyes open for some cute, yet boyish, socks to make her a pair.

THanks for sharing them on Show and Tell Saturday!

Denise said...

So cute...I do alot of things using recycled sweaters...what a cute idea! Thanks for sharing on show and tell!

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allison said...

love these gift ideas! What an easy way to dress up burp cloths and I have GOT to try the ruffle onesie! Also, I've been wanting to try the baby legs for my son, but didn't know if they were boy baby approved. So glad that someone else is doing it - so that I can too! :)


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