We all know how it goes: Everyone oohs and aahs over the usual collection of cute baby gifts. But you can make your baby shower present stand out from the bunch by making it yourself!
These adorable DIY baby shower gifts, from toys to blankets and nursery necessities, are easy to create and sure to be cherished by both the mom-to-be and her little one. Oh, and be sure to let her in on these great saving opportunities for new moms, as well!
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1. Jumbo Soft Cubes
Little ones will love playing with these stuffed cubes that are both soft and light. You can make them in various bright solids, or use different colors, patterns, and even textures on each side.
- 6 fabrics in colors of your choosing (and additional fabric for drawstring bag if desired)
- Sewing machine
- Cut each of the six fabrics into six 4-inch squares.
- Sew the squares together in a row of four, then stitch the remaining two to each side of one of the middle squares (as shown). Use 1/4-inch seam allowances throughout, and start and stop 1/4 inch before the beginning and end of the row.
- Fold up the remaining edges, forming a cube, and sew them together. It helps to pin each side as you go so you know right where to start and stop.
- When you get to the last edge, leave a 1 1/2-inch gap. Turn the cube inside out through this hole, pushing out the corners.
- Stuff the cube. Slip stitch the opening closed with a matching colored thread.
- Repeat to make the remaining five blocks.
- If you like, make a drawstring bag to go with them.
2. Knit Washcloths
Source: Chocolate Mints in a Jar
New moms will be doing a lot of washing up, and these charming knit cloths will make it less of a chore. Follow the simple pattern to stitch up a colorful basketful.
3. Bibs & Burp Cloths
Source: Two More Minutes
You can never have too many bibs, so an expecting mom will appreciate a pretty new collection of them. This simple tutorial is makes it easy to stitch up a few, and includes instructions for matching burp cloths as well.
4. Quilted Pacifier or Toy Tether
Source: The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood
Nothing’s worse than a pacifier or toy dropped in the mud. This charming tether solves that problem, and looks pretty pinned to the side of a stroller.
5. Rainbow Swaddle Snail
Source: Mini Matriarchin
This adorable and unique character is perfect for a little one to cuddle with. Made with cheerful rainbow patterns, it’s sure to be appreciated by baby and mom alike. This site is in German, so make sure you translate to English!
6. Divided Storage Basket
This handy basket can be made using any patterned fabric of your choosing (to match nursery decor), and it’s perfect for storing diapers and other baby essentials. You might find it hard to resist making one for yourself, as well!
7. Bunny Ear Teether
Source: This Charming Life
These adorable teethers are perfect for little ones breaking teeth. The wooden ring is all-natural and easy on gums, while the fabric ears add a touch of color and give baby something to hold onto.
8. Double Gauze Swaddle Blankets
Source: Purl Soho
Gauze swaddle blankets can cost a pretty penny, but you can make your own with simple cutting and four stitched seams. Beautiful, light, and a life-saver when mom needs to soothe a cranky baby — or use them as a stroller blanket, play mat, or even burp cloth.
9. Fabric Ring Stacker
This classic toy is typically plastic, but this fabric version is so much lovelier. You need to purchase a pattern, but it’s still a lot less expensive than your typical baby gift!
10. Felt Baby Slippers
Source: Purl Soho
These chic slippers are fun to make and look adorable on little feet. The simple pattern is easy to follow, and quick enough that you could make a few pairs in different colors.
Babies require lots of stuff — but instead of giving the new mom another dime-a-dozen store-bought item, give her and her little one something unique and handmade. These gifts are beautiful, practical, and sure to be cherished for years to come.