November 21, 2011

Baby Gifts

So there's no where to shop around these secluded parts of Northern New York. And I don't just mean I'm bored with what we have here in Ogdensburg. We seriously have NO WHERE to shop. So to accomplish any type of holiday shopping, we have to make a two-and-a-half hour drive south to Syracuse. In the past I've done most of the shopping online, but common--it's not as much fun! So this year the hubby and I planned a weekend trip to Syracuse ALONE. As in, WITHOUT CHILDREN. Yes. Amazing, I know.

Then I got an invitation for one of my good friend's baby shower. Guess when it was. Yes, during our amazing weekend. I was bummed I wouldn't be able to go, but I did manage to get her gift made, packaged, and dropped to her before we left.

An infant carseat canopy.

This is their fourth child and they've always chosen not to find out the sex of their babies before they were born. Exciting for them. Not so easy for gift buying/making. I've been seeing a lot of baby stuff in bright colors combined with grey, so I thought a cute grey print with bright yellow accents would be pretty gender neutral.

Here it is all laid out flat.


I actually got the idea from Cally over at Calico.

The outside is grey and white quilting cotton and the inside is yellow fleece. Instead of velcro straps, I just used some yellow bias tape I already had on hand to make ties. It looked a little unfinished at that point, so I trimmed the edges with some yellow ric-rac. And voila!


The thing I think I like most about this canopy, though, is that it attaches in a way so that the handle is still accessible. This should keep baby nice and cozy warm all winter long by keeping the chilly wind out.


I also made her this super easy and useful diaper pouch using Anna's tutorial at her blog NoodleHead.


It's the perfect size to hold a plastic wipes case, two diapers, and a tube of diaper cream.

I'm thinking I need to make myself one now that the K-ster is out of diapers and Flyin' A is old enough that I don't really need to carry a big bulky diaper bag anymore. This is so easy to just throw in the car or my purse and go. EZPZ.





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20 comments:

  1. These, by far, are the best gifts ever! Super cute and so useful!! I LOVE the color scheme you chose! Please let me know if you plan on making the carseat canopy regularly as I would like to purchase a second one for back-up when the one I have is in the wash! I absolutely can't wait to use these once our little one arrives! Thanks again...you're the best!:)

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  2. So cute! I love the material! Thanks for sharing! Shay :) http://raisingdieter.blogspot.com/

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  3. That looks great! I love the ric rac and the ties. So great.

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  4. I love the diaper pouch...I don't have any babies but if a Grand-baby ever comes along these would be perfect...I would love for you to share it at my "Anything Goes" Linky party...

    www.mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2011/11/anything-goes-linky-party.html

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  5. Oh, I love these!!! Soo cute!!!

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  6. Trina, I love it! We didn't plan it this way, but it coordinates with the infant car seat we got them! Great job...wish we had things like this when this baby's daddy was a wee one! ;)

    Debbie
    (the Gramma)

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  7. These are great gifts for babies1 love them and so cute! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing at my Feature Friday Linky Party!

    Danielle @ Blissful & Domestic
    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com

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  8. I love the material! Thanks for sharing! Watch Loan

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  9. Well-written blog! :) The topic is simply interesting and your craft is artistic and stunning. Thank you for sharing this tutorial.

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    1. that makes sense, and I will add those columns the next time I update this post.Baby Gifts Online and Baby Gifts Ireland

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  10. DIY baby gifts may sound so challenging to make. However, making that infant car seat canopy is just a proof that DIY baby presents can be done without sweat. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. This post is really incredible, one of the most helpful I have ever read, indeed.
    The Dream

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  12. This carseat cover is gorgeous and versatile too! I was wondering if you would share your dimensions of it by chance please?

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    1. I'm so sorry it took me so long to respond! My life has been super crazy after taking on a new teaching job this year!

      I used the exact same measurements as in the tutorial for this carseat canopy. I've since changed my pattern though. I shortened the portion that originally went over the back of the carseat and then I flipped it around so that the back became the front (and vice versa). It still covers the entire seat wonderfully and allows me to use an exact yard of each fabric. Happy sewing!

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  13. I also wanted to know the measurements! I would like to make something like this for a shower gift! :-) It looks beautiful!

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    1. I used the exact same measurements as in the tutorial for this carseat canopy. I've since changed my pattern though. I shortened the portion that originally went over the back of the carseat and then I flipped it around so that the back became the front (and vice versa). It still covers the entire seat wonderfully and allows me to use an exact yard of each fabric. Happy sewing!

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  14. Did you use the same dimensions that were in the tutorial you followed? Thanks

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    1. I used the exact same measurements as in the tutorial for this carseat canopy. I've since changed my pattern though. I shortened the portion that originally went over the back of the carseat and then I flipped it around so that the back became the front (and vice versa). It still covers the entire seat wonderfully and allows me to use an exact yard of each fabric. Happy sewing!

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  15. Looks great! I need to make one of these for my new niece or nephew. My SIL doesn't find out the gender of the baby either. I am using fabrics from the Good Life line for Riley Blake. Do you put on any kind of fastening mechanism on the sides? So that the sides stay closed around the handle? You've mentioned that you changed the dimensions. Would you please post the exact dimensions you use for the modified pattern? Thanks!

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