15 Baby Gifts to Sew

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Get inspired with all these sweet baby gifts to sew! Use these easy sewing projects to make matching sets for baby showers!

Do you every feel like there’s a wave of babies born all at the same time? I feel like there’s always several babies born within a couple of months of each other, and I need lots of baby gifts at once.

I love making sets of matching things for baby showers and baby gifts. It makes the gift fun and unique, especially if I choose a fabric the parents will love. Look through these fun baby gifts to sew to get some ideas!

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Get the Baby Sewing Pattern Bundle!

Get 8 printable PDF patterns of beginner sewing projects for babies. The Baby Sewing Pattern Bundle includes 8 easy photo instructions and printable sewing patterns. This is a great way to get enjoy sewing while making fun projects for babies.

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Do you love to sew? Try one of these fun sewing projects:

free baby bandana bib sewing pattern

Is it worth it to sew baby items?

Even though fabric isn’t cheap to buy and babies stain everything, I love to sew baby items. You need so many little things when you have a tiny baby.

You can save money by using free sewing patterns for babies and by using up scraps of fabric and smaller pieces of fabric. Sewing for babies is great because it requires less fabric!

Why sew handmade gifts?

  • They are unique and custom. You can choose fabrics and colors that the recipient loves which shows that you thought about them. It could fill a need in a way that a store bought item can’t fill. You can also add a name to personalize it even more.
  • They can be more affordable than store bought gifts. Depending on what you have in your sewing area, you can make handmade gifts cheaper than store bought gifts. It can honestly go both ways with cost, so you have to be intentional about how you spend your money to get the most gifts from your money.
  • They are a great way to show your love and appreciation. Whenever I make a gift, I think about the love being poured into the item I make it. You can show lots of love with a handmade gift because it shows the time you thought about and effort you put into creating for the recipient.
Baby Headband Sewing Tutorial

Why I love to use free patterns for babies

  • they are free!
  • you can print these PDF patterns at home
  • they are easy and simple to sew.
  • many are unisex and work for boys and girls
BABY Snap-Tape BIb Pattern

What fabric is best for baby clothes?

The best fiber to use for baby clothes is cotton. It’s soft, breathable, washable, easy to sew, and easy to find.

When I am making something that requires woven fabric I use quilting cotton, chambray, cotton lawn, or fabrics like this. These all work well for baby clothing even if they wrinkle easily. (Learn all about quilting cotton.)

When I am making something that requires knit fabric I love to use cotton spandex jersey. It has the breathability of cotton, but it is stretchy and recovers nicely. It’s easy to find and the easiest knit to sew of all the knits. (Learn all about knit fabric.)

Should I prewash the fabric?

When sewing clothing for babies, you should always prewash the fabric. You want to wash out anything in the fabric that could irritate the baby’s skin. You also want to remove any shrinkage so it won’t shrink after you finish, and then it won’t fit the baby anymore.

If you are sewing quilts or blankets for a baby, you do not want to prewash the fabric. You want to sew the project, and then wash it before you give it to the baby.

Baby T-Shirt Pants Sewing Pattern

Baby Gifts to Sew

free ball sewing pattern

Free Ball Sewing Pattern

Learn how to sew a ball or sphere with a free ball sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is great for little kids or pets to play with!

baby leather shoe sewing pattern

Free Leather Baby Shoes Pattern

Learn how to make baby shoes with a free leather baby shoes PDF sewing pattern. This baby sewing project is great for a handmade gift.

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DIY Fat Quarter Skirt

Learn how to make a DIY fat quarter skirt for little girls. It's fast, easy, it's a great scrap fabric project, and would make an adorable gift!

free baby burp cloth pattern

Free Baby Burp Cloth Pattern

Learn how to make a baby burp cloth with a free sewing pattern. New moms always need several so this easy sewing project makes a great gift!

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Upcycle an adult t-shirt into a baby DIY t-shirt romper with this free sewing pattern in size 6 mos. It’s a great way to save money and save time!

free baby bandana bib sewing pattern

Free Baby Bandana Bib Pattern

Learn how to make a baby bandana bib with a free sewing pattern. These drool baby bibs are cute to wear and easy to make.

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Free Baby Shorts Sewing Pattern + Bloomers

Use the free baby shorts pattern and free baby bloomers pattern to make upcycled shorts! Reuse the hem of any shirt or patterns for a fast sewing project! I’ve got a treat for you today!

free baby bib sewing pattern

Free Baby Bib Pattern

Learn how to sew a baby bib with or without a pocket with a free sewing pattern. Use quilting cotton or laminated cotton for two different bibs!

upcycled baby shoe free sewing pattern

Upcycled Baby Shoes: FREE Sewing Pattern!

Learn how to make upcycled baby shoes with a free sewing pattern. It’s a great way to reuse and recycle denim for durable fabric shoes! I love making baby shoes.

diy baby cheater quilt

Make a Baby Cheater Quilt

Learn how to make a cheater quilt that is fast, easy, and you can use any striped or plaid fabric. A cheater quilt is perfect for gifts!

easy diy baby tie

Easiest DIY Baby Tie

Learn how to make the easiest DIY baby tie by refashioning a men's adult silk tie. It looks professional, but it's really easy to sew!

free baby leggings pattern

Free Baby Leggings Pattern

Learn how to make baby leggings with a free sewing pattern. Use either knit fabric or an adult t-shirt for a quick baby sewing project.

Baby T-Shirt Pants Sewing Pattern

Baby T-Shirt Pants Sewing Pattern

Upcycle an adult t-shirt into loose fit pants or shorts with this sewing pattern in toddler and baby sizes. Cut the pants and shorts to reuse the graphic on the back. When I started sewing for babies, I really learned to love making baby clothes out of adult clothing. It’s a cheap way to get

FREE 18 mos Babydoll Top Pattern

FREE 18 mos Babydoll Top Pattern

Make an adorable top for you baby with this babydoll tee pattern. It’s a free sewing pattern that only uses one fat quarter of fabric! Have you ever tried sewing something from a fat quarter of knit fabric? Or do you have knit remnants that are big enough to be saved but you struggle to

diy swaddle blanket

DIY Swaddle Blanket for Baby

Learn how to make a DIY swaddle blanket out of cotton gauze fabric. It’s the perfect lightweight blanket that makes a great baby gift!

15 Baby Gifts to Sew

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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