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Date: 6/18/13 8:38 AM

Well, I skipped parenthood entirely, but now that stepson's wife is expecting I'm about to be thrust into grandparenthood. The shower is coming up in a couple of weeks and I'd like ideas for an embroidered gift. I've thought about bibs, but don't they get all messy? Or blankets but won't they get a ton of them?? Having never had kids myself I'm pretty ignorant about what is really useful... Don't yet know baby's sex or planned name. Thanks

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Date: 6/18/13 11:15 AM

These are some of the things I have made. Moms love them

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Date: 6/18/13 11:25 AM

What my son and daughter-in-law needed most were receiving blankets that were bigger than the ones you can buy (43 by43inches) Sleep sacks were very appreciated. At first the receiving blankets look huge but the baby grows quickly. Also I made a car fold up changing pad with pockets. I don't have the pattern here right now so I can't tell you the pattern #. Be sure to wash Flannel 3 times in hot water to shrink it.

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Date: 6/18/13 12:17 PM

My favorite baby gift to make is baby pillows with their name embroidered on it. I've attached a photo of the latest one I made. The nursery was done in pink/brown so I chose a fabric that would match the nursery but not a nursery print. This way when the baby gets older she can still use her pillow. I always make the envelope back so that the pillowcase can easily taken off and tossed in the wash. Every new mom I've gifted these pillows has LOVED them.

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Date: 6/18/13 2:32 PM

The very best gift I've made is doubled flannel blankets -- I would use 2 yards of flannel-- it will shrink a bit when washed and you may have a little extra left over. I use the entire width minus the selvedges --so the blanket ends up roughly 42" by 42". Most receiving blankets aren't this big-- it's the best size for swaddling or putting on the floor for baby to play on. Plus they are large enough to cover a toddler or preschooler. When my kids were babies I could never have too many blankets. I have given them as new baby gifts and had the 2 year old siblings appropriate them...

Sleep sacks and hooded towels are nice too.
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Date: 6/18/13 2:43 PM

Our daughter hated being swaddled, so we used sleep sacks at nighttime. We received several of those as gifts, and they got a lot of use.

Bibs do get messy, and they didn't really get used much for us until we started on solids (purees), but then we used them a LOT.

Changing pads in varying sizes are also very useful.



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2014 Fabric OUT: 70.5 yards
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Date: 6/18/13 6:16 PM

I have made Bibs (lined with the plastic sheeting); burp rags (made with cloth diapers); and diaper covers (with or without plastic). In my opinion, you can never have enough of any of those items. The last friend I made these for, I made for her 20 bibs with matching burp rags and diaper covers (12 in each size). I know 20 seems like a lot; but, when you think about how many times a day the baby has to be fed, burped, or changed. This gives new parents a day or two between washing loads.

You get the best part: You didn't have to deal with all the crazy stages and go straight into Grandparent land. You will enjoy this!!! Also, whatever fabric I have left from these items, I have cut down into simple squares for a quilt later. So, the child will have a memory quilt of all the fabric you used!!! I am doing that for my friend.

Good Luck!!!


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Date: 6/18/13 7:31 PM

I made a simple blanket for a co-worker that she raves about to all her friends. She is trying to get me to make them for sale.

I used one layer of Minkee dots and one layer of Babyville PUL.

It is a waterproof warm blanket. Perfect for our wet weather, great to put on the ground and not worry about damp seeping through.

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Date: 6/18/13 7:34 PM

I make quilts, bibs and burp cloths. I personalize the burp cloths and they always are a hit. Here is a link to how I make them:

Burp Cloth Tutorial

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Date: 6/18/13 9:26 PM

I just came across this Car Seat Blanket on Pinterest.

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