I really like sewing gifts for others as long as I think they’re appreciated. If the recipient doesn’t care of the item is from Walmart, why would I waste my time and effort when I can be doing more selfish sewing. I know I’ll appreciate my sewing gifts to myself. hehe
IRL Sewing Friends
I’m really lucky to some great IRL sewing friends. I know my sewing friends certainly appreciate handmade items so I take the opportunity to sew them items when I have the time and occasion. Awhile back I had two occasions to make gifts. I’m blogging about them now because I had to keep the gifts a surprise.
Occasion #1: New Born Baby
For my friend, Raye Ann, who just had her little boy, I made him a baby bedtime bag. This is a PDF pattern from Running-w-Scissors. It’s swaddles the baby and has a zipper at the bottom for easy changing. I had a hard time finding boy knit in the quality and weight that I wanted, so I went to the Goodwill and bought some large t-shirts for $2. I picked a really cute dog t-shirt. The weight was really nice. I was able to reuse the ribbing from the t-shirt neck and the ribbing already matches.
Would have been nice if I noticed the lettering on the shirt. It’s a t-shirt from a local high school. FBLA is their Future Business Leaders Association. Ooops. I was able to cut off the high school name but couldn’t avoid the FBLA.
Double oops is when I noticed the back of the t-shirt had the names of the students in the club. Yes, I’ll deal with it. LOL
One of modification I made was to move the snaps to the left side. I did this to avoid the dog image.
The other slight modification I did was to use an invisible zipper. I already had the red zipper in my stash. I like the way it looked and I’m hoping it’s easier to spot when changing the baby.
The pattern came with a free leggings pattern so I whipped one up from remnants from my pajama jeans. The topstitching is pretty horrid. I was just climbing out of my sewing no-jo so it was an effort to just get something done before it wouldn’t fit on the baby anymore.
Occasion #2: TBD
I’m going to have to wait to blog about this gift at a later date. I haven’t given the gift yet so I don’t want to ruin the surprise. More to come…
Happy gift sewing,