Our youngest daughter asked me a while ago if I could make a gift for het sister in law who was expecting her second child. Her sister in law is always admiring the clothes I made for my daughter. Flattered by this words so obviously I couldn’t refuse her request. The parents already knew it was going to be a boy again. Our youngest daughter had no suggestions so I started looking for inspiration. And then I saw this giant sloth on Instagram tegen een luiaard aan in de vorm van een knuffeldoek. I already had this pattern because I came across it while I was looking for patterns to make a soft toy sloth. After printing and finding fabrics I could start making it. Finally I ended making Two homemade babyshower gifts.
Fabrics for the Two homemade babyshower gifts and stitching
I used a combination of waffle cotton and cottons with a cloud print and small dots. Pre-washing was done first. The waffle cotton had a shrinkage of 15% and the others 8%. Uiteraard ging alles eerst de wasmachine in. A small piece of leftover faux black leather was used that came from the Paprika Opal cardigan.
Eyes, eye patch and nose are all stitched on the face with a small zigzag stitch. The mouth is done on the sewing machine as well and the face was attached with zigzag stitch. Tooth were first attached to one side of the body and when both body parts were sewn together I secured the tooth by going backwards and forwards to be sure thy wouldn’t come loose. The sloth lovey has also been top stitched.
Two homemade babyshower gifts: Number two
After cutting the sloth lovey I had a generous piece of leftover fabric that had an oval shape. A while ago I made for our eldest daughter a soft toy ornament in the shape of a cloud. It was a gift for a pregnant colleague. She bought a pair of baby socks that had a cloud design and this was a perfect match.
I decided to use the pattern again but made it slightly bigger so almost the piece of leftover fabric was used. A piece of leftover fleece for the cheeks and instead of embroidering the mouth and eyes I used the sewing machine.
Patterns and Time en Tijd
Both babyshower gifts are made free pattern. The sloth lovey is made of this Dear Stella sloth pattern and for the soft toy ornament the Cute Cloud Baby.
sloth lovey: printing, cutting and assembling the pattern 30 minutes; cutting sloth 45 minutes; rijgen, stitching and finishing 8 hours (I used different colours of yarns to get a good match with the colours)
soft toy ornament: cutting 15 minutes; basting, stitching and finishing rijgen 4 hours
Two homemade babyshower gifts
Making these kind of small objects is something I like to do between sewing cloths. Both homemade babyshower are stitched with a smaller stitch. A smaller stitch will prevent that the cloud and tooth will loose their original shape after stuffing. The baby in the meantime is born.
I decided to sew the name and birthdate on both gifts. So whenever one of them will gets lost these personal identity marks will perhaps be useful to find it back.