Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Baby Gift is Finished!

When I asked my sewing muse, Sandra of Sandra Sews about her bib patterns because I needed to make a baby gift, she not only gave me links to free patterns, but suggested that I might want to include a taggy blanket, and maybe a little stuffy especially if the fabric had some little beast in it.  Now I have the most adorable baby gift EVER.

 This link has all three of the bib patterns I used.  LOVE them.
I liked the idea of having different sizes.  I've had the Michael Miller duck
fabric sitting in the stash for a while now.  Finally got to use it!
I quilted a heart on the little one.  It's there--really--look closely.
Kind of a funny story on the duck stuffy.  I got the pattern here.  If you look at Mariska's duck and my duck, you would never believe they were from the same pattern.  I enlarged the pattern to 125%.  For some reason, I ended up with a giant head and a small body.  I turned it upside down which looks fine to me.  Since this is for a tiny baby, I embroidered the eyes, satin-stitched the beak in place, and left off the lovely flower.  I also opted for folded ribbon for the feet instead of Mariska's design.  Muse Sandra did a little owl with ribbon tabs for feet that I loved.  Ribbons were easier, too.  I like easy.
I sewed the neck ribbon to the stuffy and
 through the bow itself  so it won't come undone or off.
The duck is made with Minkee someone gave me.  I now know why she gave it to me.  It's not the easiest fabric to work with.  It slides WITH pins in it.  Must go online to find the tricks to working with Minkee before I use it again!

About the taggy blanket...  I made it a bit large.  I had no idea how big a taggy blanket should be.  As I started lining up the ribbons, I decided less is more.  (That sounds better than saying that I was too lazy to put on all those ribbons.  I'm happy with it!  I put the ribbons between the seam instead of on the edge--happy with that result, too.

I even had some matching ribbon in the stash, ducks and bubbles just like the fabric!

 Everything is backed with yellow flannel, the color of the ducks.  The flannel makes the blanket perfect for summer--enough but not too much.   Thanks, as always, Sandra!  I am so freaking pleased with how it all turned out.


  1. What a beautiful gift to give!!! Love the duck fabric!!! Fancy finding matching ribbon with ducks...

    1. Glad you like it cuz I put it in you baby linky:-)

    2. I featured your baby gift set today...

  2. Lucky baby - you did WELL, Grasshopper! I love all your goodies and your embellishments, and the new mom will love them too! I think I'll "borrow" your quilted heart idea if you don't mind (and I'm sure you won't!) :)

    Do you have any scraps left over of the ducky fabric? You could use it to make (or embellish) a fabric gift bag to hold the goodies :) I was working on one tonight - I did a penguin themed gift so I'm making a Jeni drawstring bag with an appliqued a penguin on the front :D I'm doing the same penguin for all the g-nephews/g-niece and some neighbour kids for Christmas, so I'll be doing the same kind of bag for all of them :)

  3. Sounds interesting! I can't wait to see these new bags. More ideas to steal!

    After all the stuff I've copied from you, you sure can take the heart idea.

    I shall attempt a fabric bag in the morning--love the one you had on the blog yesterday.

  4. Absolutely adorable!

  5. Lucky baby to get such wonderful gifts.

  6. they look adorable!! I JUST went to a baby shower for a co-worker who is literally obsessed with little duckies - too bad I didn't give her anything this cute!!

    Thanks for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

  7. What a fabulous gift. I'm sure it will be well received. Love how the ribbon matches the fabric - brilliant. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

  8. I was just looking for the last time.