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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. <