Make Your Own Baby Stuff
Creative ideas for making baby
|With some inspiration and a little imagination,
you can easily create your own cool baby
Expecting moms want their bundles of joy to have all things fancy, from clothes
and toys to cots and pillows. Unfortunately, all that looks like a prop out of a fairytale realm usually comes with
an exorbitant price tag, so moms-to-be have to prioritize baby gear purchases like true pros.
Good news: you can outsmart the modest budget and make some baby stuff yourself
with just a few basic supplies, creativity, and a bit of spare time. Although making a cot would definitely call for some drill power,
certain baby essentials are super-easy to make – and if you are short on DIY inspiration, feel free to steal some
of these cool creative ideas.
Burp cloth a la
|Be ready for those after-meal moments with your own baby burp
Babies turn into little burp-a-lots after meals, so moms have to arm themselves with a
hefty cloth stack unless they truly rejoice at the idea of humongous laundry piles. Burp cloths come in various
shapes, materials, and sizes, and all you need to make them is some textile, scissors, iron, thread, and a needle.
Cut out a discarded T-shirt or similar soft fabric into a rectangle (two feet by one foot should do it), trim the
edges, then fold them and use the iron to press them into position. Sew the edges using a needle and thread, wash
the cloth, iron it, and voila – your new cloth is ready for the baby burp spree!
Soft and snugly little
|Show your knitting or needlecraft skills by creating baby
Mamas who know to knit will have no problems making a pair of mittens. A ball of
soft yarn, a pair of single-pointed needles, a classic mitten pattern, and a couple of yarn bowls to hold the string in place are all it takes to make a lovely pair of mitts for your little angel. Or you can also
buy Yarn Bowls from Amazon.
If you are new to needlecraft, try making mittens out of an old sweater: simply
draw a line following the baby’s hand shape (the thumb sticking out gracefully), cut out four identical pieces of
fabric, and sew each pair together. Once done, wash the new mitts, and flip them inside out – congrats, the super
mama has made it!
Cloth wipes keep smears
|With some stitching ability and absorbent cloth,
you can easily make cloth wipes for your
Use a soft, high absorbent cloth or high-end fleece, needle, and thread
to make your own cloth wipes. If you want to be really fancy, you can stitch a piece of hemp on one side of the fabric:
this will help prevent liquid absorption. Cut out the fabric into squares (seven inches by seven inches will do
just fine), wash the pieces, and iron-dry them. Fold half an inch of the fabric at the edges, secure them into
place with pins, and sew a quarter-inch hem. Nicely done!
Baby hatter wrapped in mama’s
|No matter where your baby goes, you will always need some hatters,
which can be crafted from any old
Transform an old sweatshirt into a baby hat. Measure
the circumference of the baby’s head at the widest part, divide the number by four (the number of fabric pieces
you will be using), and add an inch to the figure to get the base hat length. Multiply the base length by 1.4 to
get the base height, and draw a T on scrap paper based on the base figures. Connect the ends of the T to the end
of the base height to get a triangle and trace it on the fabric. Cut out four triangles and pin the tips
together into an inside-out facing cone. Long edges should overlap so that the base lengths form a gap at the
bottom. Sew quarter-inch hems along the long edges, pin a half-inch hem at the base length edges, and sew
another set of quarter-inch hems. Add a fuzzy ball at the top of the hat, and your hard baby hatting work is
Baby stuff does not have to cost a small fortune if you are up for a bit of
handiwork. Kudos to all crafty mamas out there!
Clark is a mom of one baby girl and one miniature schnauzer. She
is a visual storyteller and aesthetician by heart who often writes about decorating and DIY ideas. She loves
sparking creativity in people and giving them ideas for their own projects.
Freelance author Zoe Clark