A mini layette set
As predicted, June was a busy month and I did zero sewing. Last week, I had a free weekend with no plans, so I worked on something I've had in the plans for a while.
My friend is having a baby soon (could be as early as next week!!) and we're all very excited. I wanted to make something sweet to celebrate her little baby girl.
She had found a gorgeous fabric that would go well in her nursery, and mentioned wanting a boppy cover. So of course I volunteered!
I found a free pattern online and printed it out. I'm not going to link it because I think there could be better options out there, but there are tons all over the place. It was very easy to make. Very basic sewing, and inserting the zipper was the only skill needed other than basic sewing.
Keep in mind, boppies are BIG. Much bigger than I anticipated. This eats up a pretty large amount of fabric for a pillow - I'd say over a yard.
But as a garment sewer, I never buy less than 2 yards of fabric, so I had enough left over to surprise her with a couple of fun little items.
First, a couple of burp cloths. I based the design off of a tutorial from Cloud 9 Fabrics, but didn't bother to print off the pattern. I just drew a rectangle based on how much fabric I had left and made the curves with my curved ruler.
I made the back of each out of something called diaper cloth I bought at Joann. It's narrow, so I ended up needing 2/3 yard for these two cloths. It feels very absorbent and soft, and will be perfect for burp cloths! I might buy some more to make cleaning cloths.
And then, of course my favorite thing to make...
This dress is so adorable, and was so simple to sew. I was dying as soon as I cute out the pieces! They are so teeny! It's the Geranium Dress by Made By Rae. This pattern has a large range of sizes and can be made as a top or a dress. It has pockets but I left them off. Why would a baby need pockets? They don't even know what hands are!
I love the little buttons in the back! The bodice is self lines and the skirt is just a gathered rectangle. This is SO easy to make, and something you can whip up in about an hour. I can definitely see myself making more of these as gifts.
So, with two yards of fabric and a little bit of diaper cloth, I made a little mini layette set for a girl I am so excited to meet! Sewing for new babies is so much fun, and I really can't wait to see these items on the little bundle of joy!