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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

A Quick Baby Gift



A couple of our friends have just welcomed their new baby boy into the world. I'd been thinking about what to make for him (assuming I would knit something), but when we were out shopping and saw a really great quality baby sheet at a massive discount, I couldn't resist. Still, I wanted to make it a more personal present.



I know lots of you are mothers or expecting or know someone who is, so I thought I'd share this quick and easy way to personalise a sheet or blanket.

I used a couple of rulers to keep the letters straight, and wrote his name in (blue) dressmaker's chalk first. Then I picked out an appropriate shade of embroidery cotton (deep blue, in this case, to complement the pale blue of the sheet) and stitched carefully over the name. The top section of this sheet is double-thickness, so I was able to stitch on the front without putting the needle all the way through to the back, which hopefully makes it less likely that tiny fingers will pull the stitches out.

It only took me a couple of hours, and now I just have to iron it and wrap it. I'll probably still knit something, too - any recommendations for baby patterns you've used and loved?

14 comments:

bellsknits.com said...

that's a great idea! Looks gorgeous!

Velva said...

Beautiful. It's a loving and personal gift. I wish I could provide advice on a good knit pattern-but, I cannot even sew a straight hem.

Jeanne said...

That's perfect--and simple enough I might even manage it.

ladyfi said...

Awww.. what a great idea! (Although you wouldn't get me anywhere near a needle.)

Louiz said...

That's lovely, and a really smart idea. For hats, go to Ravelry and search for hats, you can customise your search to get baby / newborn hats that are in your library or are free downloads, and that match what yarn you might have...

Chef E said...

I used to have so much fun making friends baby bags for diapers and things. I was not great at it, so I imagine they used them for dirty laundry instead, he he, but that is okay I had the fun!

I love the name Charlie, you are doing so well at your needle work! Keep it up...I wish I had stuff I made back then...*sigh*

Together We Save said...

What a great idea!! It is so cute!!

cornflakegirl74 said...

That is absolutely adorable! I love giving personalized gifts and was having a hard time deciding on a friend who is having twins. This might just do the trick (if I can manage without pricking myself with the needle 100 times, LOL!).

Great idea, Rachel!

Helena said...

Dang, you make that sound easy. I really love it.

liliannattel said...

Beautiful, Rachel, and creative.

Jenny Woolf said...

What a nice idea! and not too hard for those of us with sausage fingers.

Stephanie V said...

That's my grandson's name...maybe he'd like a sheet for his bed? Great idea, Rachel.

Jamie said...

Oh...to have talent. I missed that train. Happy Friday!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

That is too cute! Great idea!

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