I have to say, I love sharing simple little tutorials. I love finding ideas and creating new ones. I think it is the teacher in me. As a few of you know, I attend a church where babies pop out on a regular basis – which gets you invited to lots of showers. Hence, I am forever searching for baby gift ideas.
Speaking of baby showers, I am heading to one on Saturday where the baby’s sex is unknown. While this little surprise is great for Mom and Dad, it creates a dilemma for me – I can’t punt and monogram something. Monogramming is my fave – you should see my bathroom towels – but this gift requires a bit more imagination…time to think…check the mom-to-be’s registry (How much do they want for a giraffe chew toy?)
So, in the spirit of giraffe love I’ve settled on a trio of cute things for an unnamed baby that may be a girl or boy….A stuffed giraffe rattle, a crinkly sensory taggie/toy, and a bib for catching slobber, drool and general baby messiness. I’ve chosen a neutral color scheme – lime green, olive, and tiffany blue – works for a boy but won’t look too out of place for a girl.
What you’ll need:
My hastily drawn patterns (see below)
1 piece of chenille fabric. Lots of people go with minky cloth, but it doesn’t absorb like chenille.
1 piece (1/2 yard?) of gender-neutral fabric (Hobby Lobby)
Several different ribbon choices (I had some, and bought the rest at 1/2 off – spent $2)
2 little jingle bells for the rattle (given to me)
1 crinkly package (I put mine through the dishwasher after I polished off the chocolate chips…it is amazing my commitment to my craft!)
Some poly fill for the stuffing
Gift 1- Crinkly Sensory Taggie
1. Cut out 1 piece of fabric, 1 piece of chenille, and 1 piece of something crinkly 6″ x 6″
2. Pin the crinkly paper wrong sides together to the fabric. This way, the packaging doesn’t come through on a light colored fabric.
3. Cut 8 pieces of ribbon 3 1/2″ long and pin them about 2″ apart around the toy.
4. Place the chenille fabric right sides together and stitch together using a 1/2″ seam. Be sure to leave an opening for turning.
5. Turn right side out and add a little bit of stuffing to make it soft. At this point I resort to using a fabric gluing pen or Unique Stitch to close the seam. I let the glue dry for about an hour and then stitch closed with a decorative stitch like this.
Gift 2 – Baby Bib
1. Print pattern pieces from Media Fire link below. Cut out 1 piece out of fabric and 1 piece out of chenille. Pin right sides together and stitch using a 1/2″ seam. Be sure to leave an opening for turning.
2. After turning the bib, close by top stitching around the entire bib. I used a simple zigzag for this.
3. I put a Snap Settersnap as a closure. If you plan to make a lot of things that might need a snap, this inexpensive tool is your best bet. However, you can easily stitch down a small piece of Velcro. Just be sure the Velcro matches up.
2. Cut out 5 pieces of ribbon each 3″ long. Pin 4 pieces of ribbon along the back of the head making a mane. I angled my “mane” a little bit so it would look “real.” Pin the last ribbon piece near the bottom, making a tail.
3. Pin the chenille right sides together and stitch using a 1/2″ seam. Be sure to leave an opening for turning on the back between the mane and the tail. Clip the points at the neck and crotch (sorry only word available for this spot
4. Turn and stuff. Don’t forget to add the little jingle bells.
5. I would definitely recommend some fabric glue on the closure. Dab a small amount and pin in place. Let dry for an hour and then sew closed using a 2.5 mm straight stitch.
Now, here’s some pattern love…
See my horrible cutting job…and see how cute the bib and giraffe turned out. No experts here. I’ve placed the jpeg pattern pieces on Media Fire. Follow the link to the jpeg pattern pieces. The bib has 2 pieces that will need to be taped together before cutting out and the same for the giraffe.