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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Baby Shower Gifts

I attended a baby shower a couple of weeks ago. The mom-to-be likes frogs, so I tailored my homemade gifts to go with that theme.
Hooter Hider
I pretty much followed the tutorial here, except I used a metal fastener and I always double seam, to make sure the seams are not going to rip apart easily.
Frog Hat and Booties
For the booties, I used my standby Best Crochet Slippers pattern, but adjusted the pattern to make them smaller, by using a smaller hook, only one strand of yarn, and less rows.
For the hat, I followed the pattern here, except I did the eyes a little different and I used 1/4” ribbon instead of yarn for the contrasting edge.
Burp Cloths
This is the tutorial I followed, roughly. Mine had a more rounded shape on the ends.  To achieve this, I used a dinner plate to trace a pattern of 2 circles, then joined the circles with an inside arc. I used bar towels for the absorbent backside.
Ribbon Tab Toy
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Here’s what I did:
1) I basically just traced a circle with a dinner plate onto 2 fabrics, 1 cotton and the other fleece and cut them out.
2) Cut various lengths  of ribbons ranging 2-4”.
3) Fold the ribbon strips in half and pin them between the the 2 circles of fabric right sides together, ribbons in toward the middle. 
4) Sew around the edge of the circle with a 14” seam, leaving about a 3-4” opening for turning, (leave out 1 ribbon until after it is turned and stuffed). I always double seam, to make sure the seam is sturdy. Turn it right side out.
5) Wrap a large bell , or several small bells, with poly batting. Put about 1/3 of the batting in through the opening, then put in the wrapped bells and finish stuffing with poly batting.
6) Slip stitch the opening closed along with the last ribbon.
Pacifier Leash
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Closet Dividers
For these, I made a template out of cardboard, traced them, and cut the shapes out of foam board. I covered them with contact paper and used acrylic craft paint to color around the edges. I cut out the letters on my Silhouette, applied them, and Bob’s your uncle. Easy Peasy!
Froggy Bank
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I made this bank from a recycled coffee container. It was decaf, since that’s the kind that comes in green.
Here’s what I did:
1) Removed the label with Acetone. They do not make paper labels anymore, but paint them on, so it is a little more difficult to get a label free surface.
2) Clean the container up real well. I place newspapers inside to get rid of the coffee smell. Most of it was gone the next day
3) I cut out the frog and phrases on my Silhouette, but you could easily draw these on with a permanent marker.
4) Cut a slot in the top. I made a frog face (with no mouth) on my Silhouette and placed it so the slot is the mouth and the ears stand up on the edge. I left the backing off on the vinyl behind the ears so they would not stick to the container.
The irony of this is that the container came from the mom-to-be in question!  In fact she asked me what I was doing with it. I told  her I couldn’t tell her and she left it at that.
Gift Bag
All these goodies went into the gift bag I decorated with a frog.
 Have A Hoppin’ Good Day!
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  1. Love these! The coffee container/bank is so cute and such a great idea!
    I love the tag toy, I've made a few small taggie blankets for friends but have never thought about stuffing one and adding bells, that is genius!!

  2. Haha hooter hider. You're funny! Great ideas! I bet the momma to be loved everyone of your gifts.

  3. What a wonderful selection of gifts - you should definitely be on the Godmother shortlist after this ;-) Everything you made is really thoughtful and innovative ;-)

    Found you via Thrifty Things Friday, and happy to become a follower. My contribution is craft related this week too.

    Lakota x

  4. Oh, those are all adorable! What a wonderful gift to give! Thank you for joining TTF! Have a great day!

  5. Such cute ideas! You did a great job and I'm sure the mom to be was delighted!

  6. I love how everything is "themed" to what the mama likes - how adorable! =) I'll bet she loved it! And so very funny that she gave you the coffee container to begin with! ;)

    Mara @ Super Savings

    *found you via The Creative Crate's linky party. =)

  7. Great ideas for a baby shower!

  8. I love themed gifts! It's all so precious.


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