Make one of these easy baby sewing projects that are perfect for your little one. Use up your scraps and upcycle items for perfect baby shower gifts.
Baby sewing projects are one of my very favorite things to sew. Everything is tiny and cute. You use such a small amount of fabric, and all the seams are shorter. It makes baby shower gifts so easy!
I love using remnants from clothing I made for myself, for my own babies and kids so that we can match! I also love using adult clothing and sewing them smaller for babies.
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.
Do you like sewing for babies? Here are some ofther project ideas you might like!
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