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A Quick & Easy Baby Gift to Sew!

It was just two days before I was leaving for a dream vacation to Greece, I had a baby shower to attend the next day (day before we were going to leave) and I decided I should be practical and not kill myself. In other words, accept my time limitations and purchase a baby gift instead of trying to make something myself! But then, I went to the store and looked at the baby clothes. When did they get so ugly and so poor quality?

I could just whip something up. I stood in the store and hymned and hawed. I even called my friend Kelli so she could tell me I was crazy, and tell me to just purchase something, but instead she told me I could do it and she was right! I did accept that trying to make something smocked was a little too much, so I settled for this quick little outfit instead. 3 hours from start to finish and that includes the bow! I used this free pattern from Purl Soho for the outfit and this free pattern for the bow. I used Queen Anne's Lace organic knit and Navy Dot organic knit fabrics for the outfit (both are now sold out). I did almost the entire thing on the serger, which helped it go quickly because as Kelli says, serging is magical!

Of course, I had to make a few changes! I used 3 plastic snaps to attach the front. I used these snaps and yes, this is an affiliate link (I get a small commission if you purchase through this link). I placed the first snap 1/2" from the corner and the other two snaps 4 inches above and below the corner snap measuring from the corner snap, parallel to the finished edge. I also stitched in the ditch along the shoulder seam line to help hold the facing in place.

Stitching in the ditch of the should seam to keep the lining in place.

As I mentioned previously, I sewed this outfit almost entirely with my serger. The one place I didn't use my serger initially was the crotch seam.

I sewed the crotch seam overlap in the sewing machine and only after making sure I was pleased with the result did I serge the seam.

Getting this correct is a little difficult. I chose to use my sewing machine so I could make sure that I had the overlap correct and that there would be no problem dressing and undressing the baby. Once I was satisfied, I serger the seam to provide extra stability. I also shorted the sleeve and leg length by 1/2" so I could add a contrasting binding. To make the binding, I cut a rectangle of fabric, that is 1 1/2" wide and as long as the circumference of the arm or leg plus 1/2" I sewed the band into a circle, folded it in half and stitched it to the arm or foot with the right side of the arm band to the wrong side of the arm. I folded this on the seam line to the right side and stitched in place using an edge stitch foot. The next time I make this pattern (and there definitely will be a next time), I will top stitch around the front edge to help keep the lining in place. This is now my "go to" baby pattern. It is quick and adorable - what more could you ask!

Finished Baby Gift that is quick and easy to sew


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