Monday, February 13, 2012

Baby on the Brain.. And the Bladder

Well, I know I promised to share some table decorating ideas today, but I found out yesterday that everything was in some of the most inconvenient spots in our storage shed. (We recently moved back to my in-laws for a while.) I was quite sad, but maybe on a day when we have some extra time, I can dig everything out and share some fun stuff with you all.

Now switching gears, I hit the 32 week mark today! WOOHOO!! Hopefully that means we'll be meeting our 2nd little boy in around 8 weeks. (He may have other plans, but I'm hoping not!) Can you tell I'm getting excited? The reality that there's a little less than 2 months left until my due date has me thinking about all the projects I want to get done before he gets here. So here's a collection of some of my favorite tutorials and goodies for moms and babies. I've included a tutorial and place to buy for most of these, so whether you're crafty or not, you can still get in on the fun!

Reusable Nursing Pads

Great tutorial to make your own from DIY Maternity. I might try making these with layers of bamboo velour (yummy!), hemp fleece, and some PUL for extra protection.

Or you can buy these luxurious looking bamboo fleece "Hooter Soothers" from Sweet Bobbins on Etsy. There's also several other types available for sale, these just seem extra special. :)

Nursing Covers a.k.a. Hooter Hiders (teehee!)

I'd love to have one of these instead of a receiving blanket. Blankets always seem to get ripped off at the worst time possible, but these have a strap that keeps them in place. Awesome! Sew Much Ado has an awesome tutorial for these covers, and I'll definitely have to make myself at least one. I LOVE the fabric she used too! Don't you?

I love this one from Lilacs & Lollipops too. Amy Butler fabrics are some of my faves, and she also offers several matching baby items.

Diaper Bags

This is actually a messenger bag tutorial from Mommy By Day, Crafter By Night, but I think it'd make a super cute diaper bag too. I didn't see directions for any pockets other than under the front flap, but adding a few to the inside would help to keep it organized. I've never been a fan of the elastic pockets, but I don't think they'd be hard to add either if you'd prefer them.

Bag Envy offers this bag in a variety of colors and patterns. This particular listing allows you to choose what color chevron you'd like. I'm in love with the blue and the green! ;)

Baby Blankets

I already made a crib blanket and several receiving blankets, but here are some of the other blankets I'd like to make, and blankets I'm just plain in love with. :)

Faux chenille blankets are something I just recently discovered. They definitely seem to take some time to make, but what fun! The "chenille" side looks so soft and fluffy, and the thickness of the blanket helps make it super versitale. Dana at MADE shared this tutorial, and it's one I'm hoping to try for both boys sometime in the near future.

I wish I knew how to crochet.. I'm in love with this blanket from Ribbons Undone.

Chevron seems to be all the rage these days. Here's another version of the chenille quilt from Aesthetic Nest with the chevron design on the chenille side as well. Anneliese, you rock!

Who loves minky? I do! I also love the Alexander Henry Zoo fabrics. This great tute is from Mama Stellato. I love the idea of using newspaper as the cutting guide. I'll definitely have to try that!

I have yet to try machine quilting, but it's something I want to learn. Making this super cute blanket might just push me to finally try it. Diary of a Quilter shared this tutorial at Moda Bakeshop. I love the Lily and Will collection by Moda too. :)

Baby Hats and Photo Props

Once again wish I could crochet well enough to make something this cute! Snazziebeans also offers other super cute hats and photo props.

Love love love these bear ear hats from Lena's Boutique.

How adorable is this picture? I love the owl hat with the nest. Birds of a Feather Photo Props has a few different kinds of these and other great photo props. Wouldn't these make the sweetest newborn pictures? I don't know what I'd do with the nest afterward, so I'm not sure if I'll buy one for myself or not, but I might just have to give in cause it's so darn cute!

I can't wait to get started on some of these projects. What are some of your favorite things to make buy when a new babe is comin' around? I'd love to see what other ideas you have too. :)



amy smart said...

Cute, CUTE selection of goodies. I feel humbled to be included. Thanks so much!

Tiffany said...

Thanks for stopping by Amy! And thanks for sharing such an awesome tutorial with the rest of us. :)