A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to attend a baby shower for my sister-in-law. FOR TWINS! That’s going to make 5 kids, people. I’m sure a live-in nanny, cleaning service, or all expense paid vacation would have gone over well, but instead, she got this:
I always like to go the practical route for baby gifts, so I focused on bathtime.
- Towel Apron
- Washcloth Lollipops
- Gum Massagers
- Babyganics Bath Wash
- Babyganics Lotion
- Babyganics Diaper Creme
- Gender appropriate Rubber Duckies
- Bath Caddy
The lollipops were fun to make.
Start with two coordinating colors of washcloths. Fold them into thirds or fourths depending on size.
Place one on top of the other,with the top cloth hanging off one side about an inch. Fold the top cloth down and under itself, leaving about 2 inches at the top.
Then roll the clothes, with the bottom cloth wrapping around the top. Once rolled, secure with a piece of tape.
Tape a toothbrush (or gum massager), on to the back to act as the “stick”. Cover with a treat bag and secure with a ribbon.
Then, I had to sew. Booo. I found a bath apron online and almost purchased it, then thought…hmm, I bet I could make this. I found some tutorials online, but they seemed harder than they needed to be. So I winged it. I’m anticipating hearing how well it holds up after a couple of uses (due to my sewing skills).
Start with one large bath towel, 1 fat quarter of fabric, coordinating thread, and pins.
Yes, I had to buy pins. Ha. But if you have pins, all the materials for this project are under $5 at Wally World (aka Wal Mart).
Then I folded both corners to the center, just eye-balling it until looked “apron-y”. I’m very precise…
Then I stitched one straight line parallel to the edge. Then I folded the corner under and stitched another straight line. I did it this way because I was too scared to the attempt a turn while sewing. Ha!
As a bonus, it made it extra cushy and super-absorbent.
The next step was to make the straps–4 of them–2 for the neck and 2 for the waist. So I cut my fat quarter into 4 equal pieces.
I folded over and pinned each strap, then ran a straight stitch down the middle of each.
After that, I pinned each strap onto the towel and ran three stitches across. Better ways to do this, but this was effective.
As an afterthought, I realized I’m pretty tall, so the length of the towel would probably be too long for most gals. So I eyeballed it (again, I’m very precise) and trimmed a few inches off the bottom, then hemmed it.
An hour later, all done. NOTE: It probably didn’t need to take that long, but someone kept unplugging the sewing machine and running around the house with the fabric on his head…
Then I had to find some
willing not-so-willing models.