Make one of these easy baby sewing projects. Use up your fabric scraps or upcycle items to make 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!
One of the most classic styles is a peasant dress, and peasant dresses are very easy to make especially when upcycled from a button up shirt. Both men’s and women’s button up shirts can be used as long as there is enough fabric and a button placket.
Crib sheets are easy, fast, and fun to make. They also make a great gift alongside a matching quilt. Just purchase an extra 2 yards of a matching fabric when selecting fabrics for the quilt to make a matching crib sheet.
Learn how to show you how to make a crinkle taggie baby toy just like that brand with your fabric and ribbon scraps that feel great for little hands to touch, and a surprising upcycled material that makes that wonderful crinkling and crackling sound that is just fascinating for big and little ears alike!
If you make something using one of these baby sewing projects, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!
I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather