Baby Gifts.

My step-sister is having her first baby, a baby boy!  Last weekend she had a baby shower, and although I swore I would never shop off of the registry for baby showers, I had to make something handmade for my little nephew to be.  Baby gifts can be so much fun to make because there are so many things that are needed, plus all of those cute little things that aren’t that you just can’t resist.  I’ve been wanting to try the Lucy’s Kimono pattern from Heather Ross’s Weekend Sewing book for quite some time now, so I went for it.  Who says it has to be for girls just because it’s called Lucy’s Kimono, right?

The pattern was easy enough, the instructions left a little to be desired, and I had to tweak a bit, but I think this turned out to be just darling.  The fabric is from the Boys Will Be Boys line by David Walker and Free Spirit.  I chose it because it was boyish, but not too babyish, and not too cutesy.  I’m not a fan of cutesy baby boy things at all.  With homemade off-white binding (I added the binding on the bottom hem) I think it looks very elegant.  It’s the details that make it special…


I had some fabric left over and wanted to do something more.  Knowing what the color scheme is in the baby’s room, blue and brown, I thought I could incorporate the leftover fabric somehow, so I started scouring the internet for some ideas.  I found a cute little framed picture that said “Owl Love You For Always”, but for the life f me I cannot find it now or I would link to it!  Anyway, it was my inspiration for this freezer-paper-stencil-turned-art for the nursery.

I used my Silhouette to cut the text directly onto freezer paper.  I found the owls image online and traced it, then filled in the rest of the tree myself!  It was a lot of fun.

Mom-to-be LOVED the baby gifts!  The art is waiting for the baby’s arrival, and so are we.  We’re anxiously awaiting meeting this sweet new member of our family!  We are so excited!

What are your go-to baby gifts when you have a shower to attend?
What was the most meaningful baby shower gift you ever got?



  1. Danni says:

    They turned out adorable, Jenny! I just love that pattern. :) My go-to baby shower gifts are always a monogrammed baby quilt, a nursing pillow and cover, and burp cloths. You can *never* have enough burp cloths — especially cute ones with beautiful designer fabric! (Or at least *I* don’t think you can.)

    • Jenny Yarbrough says:

      I agree, Danni. Burp clothes are one of those things that you can never go wrong with and when they’re cute it’s even better! A nursing pillow is a great idea too… do you have a pattern you use for that?

  2. kellie says:

    the kimono is darling and i really love the framed art. so thoughtful and such a great use of the leftover fabric!! the most fun gift i gave recently was a set of tie dyed swaddling blankets. i had so much fun making them. i did a rainbow of blankets and each one i tie dyed in a different design. my friend loved them! i also love giving little gifts just for the mom.

Speak Your Mind