A friend had a baby boy. We are not super close so waited until things settled (a bit) before visiting. So that meant almost six months. If memory serves, that means the lad will be starting solids and sitting upright unaided. Possibly considering the concept of crawling.
This friend appreciates hand made gifts and I wanted to make something. I don’t often feel the need to create things for babies. I prefer to give something to the mother. I racked my brain for what was super useful when our three were little. Sleeved bibs! I found several freebie patterns via pinterest and picked one that had the least pages to print. It was from Fleeting Thing, whose website appears to have disappeared.
I found a hand towel we never used, shower curtain lining (from my own children’s bibs – 19 years ago), some pyjama remnant fabric and a few badges for fun. Remember my bengaline trousers with awesome pockets? I used them too.
I got the construction order a bit mangled. I attached the lining to the front with sleeves attached so that there would be no raw edges. But I didn’t finish the underarm sleeve so had to turn a tiny hem. Spotty bias binding went around the neck edges. Adding elastic to such a small wrist area was mistake number two. It was very awkward.
I fixed that on the next two. This time I stitched the cuff elastic channel, then inserted the elastic. Next, I stitched the underarm seam, catching the elastic.
Then came the shoulder seam to the front of the bib. The fourth step was to attach the bias binding to the sleeves and neck. Finally some velcro, to keep the back flap bits together.
They seem impossibly small. Yet they are sized to fit a 12 to 18 month child. I don’t know if the intended baby is big or small. Here are all the gifts:
All in a reusable gift bag. Stacking cups, bibs and a sipper cup for the lad. My all time favourite gift for new mums – hand cream for home and for the nappy bag.