Last weekend I attended my friend Leslie's baby shower and you know a baby shower means... not just a handmade present, but a tiny handmade present. What fun.
Once I found out Leslie and John were having a little boy, Jack, I knew I had the perfect little boy flannel fabric in my stash. Pair that with some cozy fleece and a crisp white onesie and out comes a perfect little baby gift - a bordered blanket and an embroidered onesie.
I traced the cute little bugs on the flannel to create the design for the onesie. I started off thinking the pattern was going to be easy and quick - I had forgotten about all the little legs on the little buggies. Even though the embroidery took a long time to complete (about two evenings while watching tv), I was really happy with how it turned out.
For the blanket, I loosely followed the Patchwork Trimmed Baby Blanket from Weekend Sewing - I just omitted the patchwork part and used strips of flannel to make the border. It was simple and quick to make.
All in all the only supplies I had to purchase was a yard of fleece - everything else I had on hand. Since I am in budget mode, this gift was really good for my pocketbook and I think the time and love I put into the gift make up for how little I actually spent. I kept with the theme of using what I have with the wrapping - an Amazon box, plain white craft paper and flannel and fleece scraps.
I can't wait till Jack is born, I think I may have more ideas for that soft buggy flannel fabric.
My apologies for the poor lighting in the pictures - we haven't seen the sun in St. Lou for a few weeks now!