So I had a yummy baby girl a few weeks ago - and I'm still smiling. I really LOVE babies, and this girl turns me into mush with every yawn and smile just like I knew she would. Lack of sleep, dirty diapers, and piles of laundry mean nothing to me when she opens those eyes. I'm an honest to goodness sucker like that. And I'm a sucker (obviously) for all things handmade when it comes to wee ones, so I racked up the hours creating handmade goodies on the sly while pregnant. I even got the kids involved.
To start I made the Simpatico Flying Geese Quilt. Then, once I knew it was "the one" for my baby, I sewed up some coordinating baby and toddler blankets, crib sheets, a diaper basket/organizer, and infant dress. I also made a couple of painted guaze swaddling blankets, pom pom and felt window garlands, and an infant car seat set. This is my second mostly handmade nursery, and I'd love to share what I've learned about sewing for infants and babies over the next few posts.
The first project I'm going to share is the simplest. It's a heart garland made of felt that my daughter and I made together in under an hour. If you want to make one of your own, then cut hearts, roughly the same size, out of felt in your choice of fiber and color (we used leftover recycled and wool felt from Purl and Benzie Design). Then sew down the center of the hearts with a continous straight stitch using a sewing machine. Try to keep the space between the hearts approximately the same length, and leave long tails of thread on both ends to make the garland easy to secure.
I packed our heart garland in my hospital bag and draped it on our baby girl's hospital bassinet the day she was born. The nurses in the mother baby unit at our hospital all loved the garland, and we always knew which baby was ours!