Happy Mother’s Day! + DIY Baby Clothes for a New Mama

Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful moms and mamas-to-be out there! Wishing you all a much-deserved day of pampering and relaxation (or adventure!) and – most importantly – a darn good brunch. As for me, I’ll be snuggled up to my fur baby when I’m not working in my sewing room. (We have a fish baby, too, but he’s not much for cuddling.)

I recently scoured Pinterest for printable newborn sewing patterns from some awesome bloggers after receiving an invite to a friend’s baby shower. My goal was to create a collection of coordinating pieces she could mix and match once the baby arrives, and, a huge fan of homemade clothing herself, my friend (and first-time mom) was so excited when I gave these little garments to her.

Searching for baby shower gifts can be daunting. There, I said it. I love rifling through all the cute little outfits out there, but the choices can be overwhelming. However, a homemade outfit is the perfect candidate for one of those keepsakes new parents can hold onto to remember just how itty bitty their newborns were long after they’re out of diapers.

The best part? These PDF patterns are all free, and I was able to create several outfits for what I would have paid for a single set at a kids’ store. They’re great gifts and stash busters for those fabric scraps!

Baby Romper

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Confession: I had to exercise every ounce of restraint in my body not to purchase every coordinating fat quarter in the fabric store just to whip out a stack of these too-cute rompers in every pattern combo I could think of. And, honestly, these come together so fast, you could easily create a whole wardrobe of ’em in a weekend. Get the pattern from Melly Sews.

T-shirt

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This classic envelope-neck shirt may look a little challenging, but Melly Sews breaks the construction down beautifully for an easy make that fits easily over baby’s noggin for everyday wear.

Baby Hat and Leggings

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These cozy little leggings from Andrea’s Notebook and hat from from Coral + Co come together super quickly and, cut from matching fabric, make an adorable mini gift set unto themselves.

For my next foray into the kids’ clothing arena, I’m looking forward to trying out the Baby Ringer Onesie from Shwin & Shwin and these Footed Baby Pants from Sew Much Ado—both patterns are also free! Maybe a cold-weather set in some wintry patterns?

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