Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Baby Shower

I come from a big, BIG family. So when I say that I am going to a shower for "my cousin" it could mean one of 19 first cousins (11 boys and 8 girls), many of whom are starting to get married and have kids of their own. That makes for lots of showers, both for weddings and babies. And lots of shower gifts to give. Tonight is a baby shower for one of my younger girl cousins. Well...I'm the oldest girl in the group so they are all younger.

For the past few baby showers I decided to make gifts - something little, special, and practical for the new parents. Last week, with my own not-so-little-baby underfoot, I made this taggie blanket.

Each of my girls loved tags. Of all sorts, mostly the ones on stuffed animals, but the twins were also strangely drawn to drooling over shoe laces. I'm not kidding - laces were hypnotic. Place a shoe in front of them and they were entranced for at least 30 minutes. Give them a shoe lace and they were happy for 45.

[I've always felt a little strange about the fact that my kids played with shoe laces for so many months during their early development. So aside from the obvious safety (choking!) issue, I couldn't ever bring myself to create a 'shoelacie' plaything.]

But, it wasn't until my youngest arrived that I realized the utility of a plaything made entirely of tags. And now I will pass along that seasoned-parent wisdom to my younger cousin. It's a bit wonky - as sewing with a toddler ensures - but it's fun and funky. And most of all its covered in tags.

I started with one 14"x14" square of flannel, and one of polar fleece. I basted the ribbons (raw edges facing out) on two sides of the flannel and then sewed the right sides of the fabric squares together, leaving a gap for turning. Once it was turned, I topstitched all around: to close the gap, for added tag security, and to keep the fabric from shifting around too much.

I'm pretty happy with the result. The plaything is small enough to tuck into a car seat or stroller without being cumbersome, but just big enough to cuddle with and provide entertainment/comfort.

I'm also going to gift one or two of the fabulous bibs from Melissa, but I can't decide which one(s) just yet. They are all so cool it's impossible to choose!


MamaMidwife said...

I made one of these also for my now 4 year old daughter when she was a baby. My, oh, my how she loved her little taggie blanket.

I got all of the pieces in the clearance and remnant bin at JoAnn's. I think it cost me like $3 to make.

Great gift!! Love the variety of "tags:!!

Little C and Little J said...

This is so beautiful, I love the tag contrast with the flannel fabric. Lovely. Thanks for the sweet shout-out. Reminds me I need to 'shop' soon in your market, have some baby showers coming up myself! I've also been meaning to say I LOVE YOUR NEW SITE DESIGN. It is seriously stunning and so peaceful. Perfect.

Rebekah said...

I think I might make one of these for a friend who is expecting soon. I have a big ribbon stash and I'm always on the lookout for something new to add to the gift pile :)

Juniper said...

Very clever idea, and such a sweet blanket with the cloud print. Market- yes am a week away of getting my stuff there - ready to barter!
Miss ya!
x j

Siubhán said...

What a cute idea ! Must make one soon !
Love your blog & I love the name ! How many times a day do I say or think ' at the end of this row...' ! It's a lovely name.
I have just started blogging about my crafty adventures & would be honored if you would pop by & visit me sometime !