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Turn Nesting Into Crafting: 7 Things you can craft for your baby

They say it’s the little things in life that add happiness and joy to our lives and this is true when it comes to nursing your child. Which mother does not relish those early moments of welcoming their baby into the world; those sleepless nights, those quiet cuddling moments or those playful times, watching him grow with each passing day? 

You can make these little moments count with every touch, through well-crafted baby items, and what’s more, you can make most of these items in the comfort of your home. Yes, DIY projects need not be about revamping your backyard only. Here are some creative ideas for baby items you can craft at home.

7  Breastfeeding Pillows

As you may have noticed, these come in a wide variety of styles and are specially designed to give your baby’s neck support as well as put him in a comfy position as you breastfeed him. Most of us first-time mothers find it very hard to find a suitable position when breastfeeding, even after much practice. A breastfeeding pillow ensures proper pose while minimizing chances of mastitis infection. So roll up your sleeves and learn how to make this comfy sweet baby item. Here is a list of materials you will need:

  • A pattern
  • Tape measure
  • A clean cotton fabric, abut 11/3 yards
  • A clean piece of cover fabric
  • Zipper [18 inches]
  • Thread, scissors, pins, sewing machine etc.

With all the above items, you are set to go. 

Steps

  • First cut out the pattern and tape the four pieces together. Use a visible marking pen to trace the edges of the pattern into the cotton fabric. The important thing is to ensure the right side of the pattern.
  • Cut out two pieces from the fabric and pin them, right sides facing each other.
  • Take up your needle and sew the 2 pieces together all around the case, [the seams need to be reinforced to avoid the seams ripping as this pillow needs to be stuffed tightly] but you will have to leave about 6 inches open. This is to make room for stuffing the case.
  • Get into stuffing. You want the best pillow for your baby so ensure you stuff it so tightly for a firm result.
  • After you are done stuffing, you will hand- stitch the opening we earlier said should be left open. Ensure the seams are tight enough, and there you have your cute breastfeeding pillow. 

6  Hooded Baby Towel

Your infant needs to be dry and warm at all times and this is where hooded baby towels come in handy. When your baby is warm and dry, both of you recover quickly from birth. A towel with a hood ensures the ears and head are warm after bath times or when it’s windy. When making your own hooded baby towel, always look for material that has the following 3 qualities:

  • Antibacterial. A child has sensitive skin and bacteria can easily transfer into its skin. So look for products that are antibacterial to ensure your baby stays clean after every bath. 
  • Good absorption rate. Hooded baby towels of high-quality material will absorb water faster and will not be rough on baby’s skin compared to inferior ones.
  • Versatility. Remember you want your child to be warm anytime not just after a bath. Don't you just cherish those cuddling moments you share with your baby?

You will need a large towel, washcloth, scissors, fabric tape and sewing machine.

Steps

  • Cut half the washcloth diagonally.
  • Now take the large towel and fold it exactly in half and cut. The edges might unravel so ensure you sew them.
  • Join the two materials by sewing the washcloth to the corner of the towel. For decoration purposes, you may add a fancy ribbon lace.
  • Your hooded baby towel is now ready.

5  "Taggie" Blankets

Babies feel happy and comforted when cuddled in these little “taggie" blankets. This is a great idea of saving up to $15, [the market price in local stores.] It will cost much less when you make yourself one “taggie” blanket at home. All you need is soft fabric scraps and pieces from an old towel of different textures. 

Steps

  • Cut out patches for the blanket. Fill these patches with different pieces of the large piece of material.
  • Randomly sew on the blanket.
  • Attach a loop on different areas of the blanket.
  • You may personalize the item even more by adding ribbons with the name or initials of your baby. Ensure to heat-shrink the ends of the ribbons to prevent unraveling.

Usually made of soft fabric, this precious baby item nurtures a child's both psychological and emotional development. They are perfect for car rides, entertainment spots and when you need to quickly go out with your baby.

4  Baby clothes

There are lots of interesting and creative DIY ideas to make baby clothes. I know most moms dread the idea of dealing with sewing patterns and that’s why they decide to shop at baby stores. But making your own baby cloth is a fun way of expressing your love to your infant. 

A little altering of your baby’s cloth can add your own unique style. You may personalize your baby’s cloth by adding cool graphics and logos as well as glitter. So I want to show you how you can alter that boring baby top or dress you have and turn it into a cool baby cloth that he/ she will appreciate when he gets older.

Here’s what you will need to get started:

  • Plain baby clothes ( pants, hats, bibs)
  • Fabric paints or ink
  • Sticker paper or freezer paper
  • Craft knife
  • Cool graphic, image or text

Steps

  • Choose a simple graphic so that it will be easier to duplicate the design on the baby's clothes. Print your chosen graphic onto the sticker paper. 
  • Use a cutting surface where you will cut through your paper using the craft knife.
  • Securely tape your sticker onto the surface. Then cut out the graphic from the sticker paper. You now have a stencil.
  • Leaving a 3 inch space all around the graphic cut the stencil from the sticker paper.
  • Hold fast the sticker into the baby clothing in your desired area of the cloth where you wish to create the graphic.
  • Carefully paint inside of the stencil while avoiding any paint messes outside the stencil. Remove the sticker from the stencil and admire your finished work. Remember this technique can also be used on bibs, shoes and other baby items.

3  Diaper bag

We all know how handling a baby’s poop can be quite messy if you are not well organized. A diaper bag helps you to easily and discreetly dispose of your baby's used diapers even when you are shopping or going about your errands. A baby’s digestive habits may also change from time to time, so a diaper bag ensures you never run out of these essential items even when you stay outdoors than expected. 

A good and efficient diaper bag should have compartments, stable structure, and a comfortable strap. You may also wish to add other additional items like baby wipes. Here is a simple DIY project on diaper bags.

Steps

  • Decide how you want your diaper bag to look like; no. of pockets, zippers etc. you may even draw the bag from all angles to ensure you have a clearer picture.
  • Follow the pattern given. Depending on the material of the bag, you may use iron-on interfacing or stiff sew-in interfacing. The advantage of the latter is that it gives more structure to the bag.
  • Attach the tabs as instructed.
  • Sew all four sides of the bag together from the outside. Repeat this on the bottom.
  • Insert the bag into the lining with the right sides facing each other. Flip it inside out and you have the finished product. 

2  Booties

Booties keep your baby’s cute little feet warm and smart and it’s a good thing and they are easy to make at home. A baby's should always be kept warm regardless of the weather and well-crafted home- made booties will do just that. Here is what you will need;

  • Pin
  • Needle and thread
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Rickrack

Steps

Pin the desired template to wool felt. Fold the upper piece in half and stitch along the straight edge. Sew the pieces together after you have pinned the top of the shoe to the sole. Turn it inside out. Hole punch a pattern on the on the outside. Sew a button or you may choose to attach a fancy ribbon.

1 Mittens

You probably adored those tiny mittens covering your baby’s hands from as you came from the hospital. They are often used to prevent the baby from scratching themselves. A baby, who is a few months old often stay curled up, hands on the face and can easily scratch their delicate skin using their sharp fingernails. Mittens also keep babies’ fingers warm when outdoors. Another importance of mittens is for hygiene purposes. 

Some babies may have the tendency to put their fingers into their mouths and germs can easily spread in this way. Mittens are best for infants and toddlers as they fit well in small hands. Older children may use gloves because it allows for more flexibility of the hands and does not need to be taken off every time. With just a few materials and a little bit of creativity, you may handcraft your mitten in minutes and adorn your baby’s fingers. 

You will need a wool sweater, scissors, sewing needle, about 10 straight pins, marker pen, embroidery floss, and buttons. 

Steps

  • Take a previously washed and dried sweater, turn it inside out and lay it on the table. 
  • With your hand on one side, trace a mitten shape around using your marker pen. Remember to leave about half an inch allowance all around for seams. The bottom of the sweater is already a great cuff for the mitten since it is normally ribbed. 
  • Cut your traced mitten and then pin the edges of the front and back layers.
  • Sew using a running stitch along the trace while leaving enough space on the bottom of the mitten for your hand. Trim around the stitching yet not too close to the stitches.
  • Turn it inside out and you have your pretty mitten. For a more glamorous finishing, you may use colorful buttons and embroidery for a perfect finish.

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