Baby gifts are some of my favorite things to make. Especially for baby girls. They are a great way to use up scrap fabric or half-used skeins of yarn. Plus, they’re quick to throw together and easy on the budget.
I’ve been to many a baby shower and I’ve got my bag of handmade tricks pretty refined at this point. I thought I’d share my favorite cheap and easy baby gifts for those of you who are like me and trying to use up your fabric stash + save a little money. These are for a baby girl, although everything but the headbands would also work for a little boy.
Our dear friends Josh and Alex are having a baby girl next month, so this is what I made for Alex’s baby shower last weekend.
First, I usually knit a hat or booties. They are fast, easy and super cute. Both of these were made with yarn I already had, so they cost me nothing, but you could easily get a hat or two and a pair of booties out of one skein of yarn.
I used this pattern for the booties and this pattern for the hat. The booties were a teensy bit tricky for me, but I’m a pretty basic knitter, so if you have any experience knitting socks I’m sure they are considered easy. The hat was super simple. I finished it over three episodes of House of Cards (re-watching before Season Two!!)
My Number 1 go-to baby gift is headbands. They are ridiculously easy and fun to make. Plus, cheap, cheap, cheap. I buy packages of stretch lace or fold-over elastic for $3-5 and can get several headbands out of one package. Babies’ head circumference is generally around 12″-13″ when they are newborns.
Okay, so I may have gone a little overboard for Alex. I just couldn’t stop once I had started.
This was my first time making the little rounded fabric bows (pattern and tutorial here) and they are SO cute. Plus, they are perfect for scrap fabric.
I almost always make a felt bow or two. They are really easy and so much cuter than those giant flowers the size of babies’ heads (WHY!?!) that are so popular now. I don’t really use a tutorial or pattern, but here’s a good one to get you started. Tip: wool felt is best, but cheap old craft felt works fine, for small scale stuff like this.
I also made a little felt rose with embroidered little leaves. I was just playing around, but this came out even better than in my head. No pattern, but just type ‘felt flower’ into Pinterest or Google and be prepared for a million results.
Another new gift – for me – was the ever popular knit knotted headbands/turbans. I used this tutorial for the headbands and fabric that I already had. The navy and white striped one was actually made from an old tank top. These are way less complicated than they look and very, very cute on the wee ones.
Another go-to gift is burp cloths. I buy packs of cloth diapers at Target or Walmart, and embellish with cute fabric. These can be as simple or detailed as you want. Tip: back one side with flannel fabric so it won’t slide off shoulders when in use.
Alex’s nursery colors are yellow and grey and purple and I used some leftover Amy Butler fabric from my wedding to match.
Last but not least, a good old fashioned onesie. You can buy packs of plain onesies at Walmart or any baby store and there are a million ways to personalize them. For this one, I bought one yard of stretchy ruffle trim for $2.99 and was able to embellish the neckline, sew three rows on the back for a ‘ruffle butt’ AND make a matching headband with it. Yes, with ONE yard!
Ta Da! I hope that gives you some easy + cheap ideas for the next time you’re trying to save some money but still need a nice gift or just want to put some cute fabric to good use. I already had the felt, fabric, lace, cloth diapers, and onesie, so the trim is actually the only thing I bought for all of these gifts. That’s a lot of presents for less than $5!
Obviously if you’re not a recovering fabric hoarder like I am, you will probably have to purchase some of these supplies. Stock up on onesies or diapers when you see them for a good price and never be afraid to ask for a small cut of an expensive fabric. An 1/8 yard goes REALLY far when it comes to baby gifts. I will try to post some of my favorite boy-specific gifts soon.
Happy sewing – knitting- hot gluing!