I made these for a friend's baby shower this past weekend. A little bird for the new baby on the way, a couple of bibs, and beads for the birth necklace. I love the gray and white polka dot flannel.
These sorts of things almost make me want to have another baby. Almost, but not quite. I'm happy to be making them for someone else. The little onesie is so tiny (newborn size) that it's hard to remember that babies are that small at first. The bibs practically look like blankets in comparison, don't they? I made the bird applique the same way I've been doing them on Maia's and my shirts only in super petite size.
For the bibs, I followed the directions in a fun new book I've been reading called Bend-the-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol. I want to try just about everything in the book. She has various bags and purses, pillows, and lots of very cute baby/kiddo stuff. I imagine I'm going to be making all my gifts out of this book for a while. Amy also blogs as Angry Chicken. I just went over there to get the link and noticed she has a post about amazing looking mini chocolate peanut butter cups, so I think I'll head back over there later today. Mmm...
I didn't have a birth necklace, or anything similar, when I gave birth but I liked the idea when I found out that my friend is planning to have one. Everyone brought a couple of beads to the shower, one for mama and one for baby. I made mine out of Sculpey.
I got the idea for these raised relief beads when Maia and I were using the Sculpey nature prints in playdough. Aren't they neat?! I just pressed a finished Sculpey nature print into another small piece of Sculpey, added a hole at the top with a bamboo skewer, and baked them for just 15 minutes since they were small. I think I'll make a necklace for myself, too, with one of these!