Monday, March 5, 2012

Baby Shower Gift

I'm a firm believer in shopping from a registry for baby showers, but I also have a new love of making things from pretty fabric!

This past weekend I attended a shower for a friend expecting a sweet baby girl.  For me, making things with pretty flowers and pinks and purples is double fun in a house full of boys.  I found my inspiration, and loosely followed a tutorial, found here on Cluck Cluck Sew.

I've been buying up cheap clearance fabric for a few months - so, luckily, I had everything I needed on hand.  I used, roughly, two yards of fabric (a print for the top - flowers, and a print for the inside - big polka dots).  I also used scraps of yellow to make the straps that attach to the carrying handle.

My Polka dot fabric was a bit smaller than the flowers, so I used it as a template to cut the top fabric down to size - first I rounded out the edges as seen here.
Then I placed the two fabrics right side together and sewed around the edges - leaving a hole to turn it right side out.  Once turned right side out I pressed it and sewed all the way around the edge with  1/4 " seem allowance closing the hole up.  I placed the piece on top of my car sear, as the tutorial suggested, to decide where the handle straps should be placed.
I then pinned them on and sewed them on. (Note - I used super strong glue to attach the velcro to the straps because my thread kept breaking).

In the end - this is what I got!

I was pretty proud of myself - and I think the mom to be appreciated the hand made effort.

*Sorry for the poor picture quality - we're computerless and I haven't been able to upload any "real" pictures yet!