Handmade Baby Gifts You Can Make
There’s no better way to show you care than by giving a handmade baby gift. The present can be practical or silly, simple or intricate. No matter its characteristics, when you make something using your creativity, it’s personal and heartfelt. Both parent and child will feel the love that went into the making of the gift.
You don’t need to be a master crafter to make something nice. The internet is filled with clever ideas to help you put together something you can be proud of. Some of our favorite ideas for handmade baby gifts come from mom/artist/entrepreneur bloggers who have shared instructions for their creations.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Headband for Girls
For a twist, literally, on a little girl’s headband, make the Knotted Baby Turban as seen on “The Sara Project.” This quick project uses knit fabric with a good amount of stretch. Turbans have an old-Hollywood sort of glamor, but on a baby, they just look adorable. The little cutie in the photo looks ultra chic in her matching turban and leggings. Sara also has instructions for the leggings, so check out another take on making these staples.
Baby clothing tends toward simple shapes. That makes them easy to reverse-engineer. Using the instructions on “Everything Golden” and an existing pair of baby pants, you can make some great little leggings. You’ll trace a pattern, cut out the leggings and sew a few seams. Before you know it, your gift is ready to wrap. For an infant, you’ll need less than half a yard of fabric.
Custom Onesie or Tee
A white onesie or tee is the ideal canvas for all sorts of decorative touches. Sew on an applique or ribbon or use a stencil to add graphics. If you want to try your hand at painting fabric, check out this tutorial for adding a sweet little bear (with a bowtie!). Artist Oana Befort’s blog has more DIY ideas, including several more downloadable templates for tees. Don’t forget to linger over Oana’s beautiful portfolio.
Natural Baby Balm
The list of ingredients on some commercial diaper creams is as long as it is incomprehensible. You can make a simple and effective cream thanks to the tutorial on the “Premeditated Leftovers” blog. The recipe comes in two versions: basic and whipped. The basic version contains just beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter. We think this balm would sooth a baby’s tender skin as well as a parent’s chapped hands. Add the finished product to a nice looking jar wrapped with a ribbon.
Bowtie for Boys
Bowties never go out of style. You can make a little man a basic clip-on bowtie using the instructions here. While you’re at it, why not make a matching one for Dad? Learn how with this illustrated step-by-step guide. If you prefer a snap-on bow, check out this tutorial. To add both a bowtie and suspenders to a onesie, follow the tutorial here.
If you prefer to buy a handmade baby gift, choose from our selection of bibs and accessories. Each of our items is made with care, and we’re always adding to our selection.