This bundle of fat quarters arrived this month in my subscription from Stacked Fabric Company. I instantly went all squealy and excited when I opened the package, because they’re so cute! I decided to use these 4 fat quarters to make a simple DIY patchwork baby blanket for my nephew for Christmas. His bedroom is kind of an animal meets lumberjack theme, so I figure these tribal prints will fit right in! I’ve seen him bury his face into fuzzy blankets, so I think the soft minky fabric I used on the back will be a hit. 🙂
Start to finish, this DIY baby blanket took me about 2 hours. It’s nice to be able to finish a project in one sitting! That’s practically unheard of among crafters who typically have about 84 unfinished projects lying around at any one time!
A word on my fabric subscription. It’s like crack for crafters, I’m totally addicted! Every month I get 4 coordinating fat quarter quilting cottons. It’s a mystery bundle so I never know what’s coming, which is literally half the fun. It’s the absolute best mail! Stacked Fabric Company is Canadian owned and operated by the sweetest lady. (Who is not compensating me for singing her praises by the way, I just reallllly love this company!)
Ok, carrying on.
There really isn’t much to this DIY patchwork baby blanket, I kept it super simple. So the instructions are also pretty basic. If you have a fair knowledge of sewing, you should be fine!
With Halloween just around the corner it’s time to start dreaming up some costume ideas. If your kids are like mine, they will likely change their minds about what they want about 23 times leading up to the day. So you should have a few different options up your sleeve! Since most of us have a couple of boxes lying around at all times, some ideas for cardboard box costumes are good to have on hand. Most of these you can whip up using only scissors, string and paint!
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I’m a big believer in the homemade Halloween costume. And not just because I’m an avid crafter and any excuse for a project will do!
Creating a costume can be a family exercise in creativity. Get everyone involved and the kiddos can have a little pride in a costume they helped make. Store bought costumes tend to be cheaply made and will fall apart half-way through the trick or treating anyway.
Yes, I understand that cardboard box costumes aren’t going to last more than one night either, but at least they required a little imagination and effort. You’ll be making memories to last a lifetime!
Because you’ll always remember the year that little Johnny dressed up as a washing machine!
Last but not least, I’ve gathered up an epic list of 36 DIY baby shower decorations to round out this baby shower series. I’m certainly feeling ultra prepared to host the next baby shower and I hope you do too! I’ve got one planned in a couple weeks’ time and I’ll be using a lot of the freebies, food and gift ideas that I’ve shared in the past 5 posts. I’m actually really looking forward to putting together the favors with the printable tags I created!
This post is full of DIY ideas for baby shower decor. From garlands to balloons to photo booth and flowers. You name it, I rounded it up! Unless otherwise indicated, every link goes to a tutorial or set of instructions.
Several of these ideas are actually bridal shower diys, but they are totally appropriate for a baby shower too.
I also included a couple of printable freebies that I designed. Mainly because I’ll need them for the shower I’m hosting…but also because I thought you’d like them! 🙂
Every good party needs good food! Now that we’ve talked about diy gift ideas, rounded-up all kinds of free baby shower printables and come up with some super cute favor and prize ideas, it’s time to fill up the food table! I’ve created 4 different baby shower menus that I think would be amazingly delicious and leave your guests satisfied!
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Baby Shower Menu Ideas
I’ve tried to include a variety of food groups in each of these menus. I like to include at least one meat or protein based item to help keep everyone fortified. Sometimes showers are scheduled at odd times and guests may or may not have skipped a meal to attend. It’s a good idea to provide something substantial for them to eat.
Before we dive into all this yumminess I want to remind you to check out the previous post of 9 frugal diy baby shower favor ideas. Each one comes with a free printable thank you tag designed by yours truly. 🙂
If you’ve been following along in this DIY Baby Shower Series, we started with 60+ free baby shower printables and we’ve also covered DIY baby shower favors & prizes. Today’s topic is DIY baby shower gift ideas! These are all either free tutorials or come with free patterns. Either way, the only expense to you will be in materials. I tried to pick DIYs that didn’t look too complicated, because often we’re not given a whole lot of notice for a baby shower!
I’ve been having lots of fun putting these posts together and I hope you are enjoying them too! I’m still at an age where lots of my friends are having babies, so I’ve got a few more showers to plan before I’m off the hook.
A homemade gift is a really sweet way of letting a friend know that you’ve been thinking about them and that you care about them. Creating something from scratch takes time and thought and it is usually met with tears of appreciation. (Pregnancy hormones probably contribute a little to the weepiness, but feel free to take the credit anyway! Lol)
Here are my best picks for some adorable tutorials for diy baby shower gifts.