Friday, May 22, 2015

• Baby Gifts, Volume II •

Whew! It's been a busy week! Between getting back from a short trip to see my grandparents in Minnesota, gardening, sewing, Etsy-shop-opening, and other such goodies, it's been quite hectic!
It's good to be back into the swing of things, however, and today I'm finally sharing the sewn part (part two) of our baby gifts!
(See part one here)

I found a pattern for this adorable stuffed bear in an old sewing book of ours. It is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen, and so easy to make! I can't wait to make bunches of them; the possibilities are endless - plaids, stripes, florals! 

I used some scraps of fleece from a blanket that I made a while back. He's the fuzziest, softest, cutest bear ever.

Technically, you're supposed to make the eyes and nose before stuffing the bear, but I did it once he was finished with a curved needle. I used yarn rather than embroidery floss. 
A pretty orange ribbon complimented him quite nicely.
Oh, and did I mention he's really cute? ;)

My mom made several adorable burp cloths to send along. Aren't the fabrics just darling? 

They seem to be the perfect size and thickness, with two layers of flannel. The nice part is, you can make one out of a fat quarter! The topstitching adds a very nice touch.

Just look at that. Did you ever see anything cuter??!!
Mom was going to make a couple of bibs to go with the burp cloths, but she decided instead to make an adorable little baby robe! 

She used a vintage pattern we have which is actually for a little jacket with an open tie-front, lengthening it into a robe-length, and making slightly longer sleeves.

Impressive seaming! :)

She had just enough of the polka-dot fabric left to make sleeve bands and a belt. It's so cute.

We topped it off with a little duckie tag. Cute? Yep.

I'll be back Monday with a fresh-off-the-sewing-machine 1940s dress that I'm very excited about.
Meanwhile today I am celebrating my birthday! :) Antiquing, lasagna and cake-eating, and present-opening are the plans for the day so far.

And to all of my new followers, welcome! I'm thrilled to have you following along! :)
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  1. Happy Birthday Esther!! May you have a truly blessed day. : )

  2. Hello! I am a new follower. I found you via your interview with Jessica at Chronically Vintage and I absolutely LOVE your style. Can't wait to read your previous posts!

    1. Welcome, Southern Ladye!! I'm thrilled to have you following, and thank you ever so much for your sweet words! :)

  3. Happy birthday, Esther! Hope you enjoy yourself!
    What a lovely bear! I've always wanted to make something similar - and not even for a baby, for me, haha - it's just so cute. :D

    1. Thank you so much, Ellie!! I did indeed enjoy myself! :)
      Isn't the bear adorable? I know...I not-so-secretly was tempted to keep him for myself. So soft and cute! ;)

  4. Happy Birthday, Esther!! Hope you have a great day!
    Loved seeing your baby projects by the way! I look forward to seeing your new dress, too!
    God bless

  5. Happy Birthday!!! :) Hope your day was as fun as your plans sounded. :) Looking forward to seeing your newest dress...and maybe photos of any special gifts or treasures you received/found today?! (hint, hint!)

    Sarah A.

    1. Thank you, Sarah A.!! :) It was quite fun, although we didn't find anything (except a zipper) at the antique store.
      Thanks for the tip on posting about the gifts, I think I'll do that! ;)

    2. Hurrah! Always fun to see new treasures. :)

  6. Aww, that bear is so, so charming! I agree, it's one of the cutest ever and I can practically feel how soft it is through my computer screen. What ever wee one gets to play that bear some day is going to love it to bits!

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thank you, Jessica!! He was quite soft, I have to admit!
      I hope the sweet little one enjoys it! :)

  7. Oh my heavens! What adorable baby things! I wish you had been making these 17 and 13 years ago when my boys were babies! I would have kept you in very good business! It looks like you had a birthday so please allow me to wish you a very Happy Birthday!

    1. Aww, thank you, Gina!! I would have enjoyed making things for your boys!
      Thank you for the birthday wishes also!! :)

  8. These gifts are so lovely. Your new niece or nephew is incredibly lucky. And I just love the robe

  9. Happy Birthday! (I love that bear!!!!!) I like the duck tag a lot, you're very creative :)

  10. Happy birthday. The bear is very cute indeed!


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