Monday, March 21, 2011

Newborn Gift Set Tutorial

I am kinda a dork and somehow I got all mixed up and I am going to be doing these posts kinda backwards.  So today I am going to do the gift sets and tomorrow I am going to do more onesies.  I know it would have been better to  do all the onesie post together, but I haven't finished them yet and I even went to the store (with all 4 kids because there was no school today) to get a sharpie so I could finish the onesies for my sister, and when I got home I realized I didn't buy the sharpie.  Sometimes...
But I guess I can start the newborn gift sets anyway.  I have been kinda excited about his one.  Basically because I love these little gift sets.  You can make a few of them in an afternoon and then just have them on hand.  There are two different versions.

The smaller gift set includes a onesie, sleep pants, and a receiving blanket.  Cute Right?

And if you are feeling really giving you can super size your set by adding an additional larger blanket.

For this set you will need;
1-2 yards of fabric.  (2 yards if you are doing the super sized set)
A onesie (I used 0-3 mos long sleeved with fold over cuffs because you can't ever have too many of those for a newborn.)
Thread (obviously)
and about 12 inches of elastic.

Let's start with the pants shall we.

First I taped together 2 pieces of scrap paper and traced my favorite pair of Gymboree newborn pants.  Then I added a extra inch to the top and a few inches to the bottom.  Just make sure the part at the top and bottom is the same width all the way across for like 2 inches.  That way when you fold it over to add the cuff or make the casting, (is that the right word....Maybe this is a good time to remind you that I have no idea what I am taking about and have NO formal training.) your fabric will be even.

All right so your fabric will be 36" X 44-ish".  Fold the 44-ish length over on its self just enough for your pattern and cut it out.  You want to leave as much as you can because the left over is you blanket.

Next is a "think about it" moment.  Look at your fabric and make sure the pattern on your fabric is going to line up right.

Once it the lined up lay it down and cute out your next piece.

With wrong sided together sew up the legs.  Then turn them right way out.

Line then up and sew around the crotch.

Then at the top fold it over and iron then fold it over and iron.  Then sew around, about 3/4 inch from the top, leaving an opening to insert the elastic. Run the elastic through it and sew the two ends together.  Then sew the top closed.

I serged around the bottom, but you could do a zig-zag stitch or an narrow hem.  And you are DONE.

For newborn size I rolled up the bottom, but then you can then unroll the bottom and get more use out of them.

Now for the blanket.  Just trim off uneven part and follow this tutorial.

Even with cutting off the part for the pants your blanket will still be bigger than the standard Carter's blanket.

Keep them matchy matchy

OR mix and match.

 Then fold up your blanket, add in the pants and onsie and you are good to go.

Now on to super sizing it.  Follow this tutorial again.  Only use basically the whole yard of fabric.

Ok so fold up your big blanket and slip in the little blanket set you already made and check it out.  You are awesome.  Tomorrow I will go over a few fun onesie ideas.  Ummmm or as unbelievable as it may sound for me to be saying this... you could always buy a cute onesie and then buy fabric to match it.  


  1. I am in love with that first fabric.

  2. So cute! I love that the pants match the blanket! :)



  3. Hello, just stumbled upon your blog...what an adorable baby gift!

    Much Love & Blessings,
    Our Simple Country Life

  4. Super cute!! Thank you for linking up to my K.I.S.S. blog bash last week. This weeks blog bash is in full swing again!! If you haven't already please be sure & link up more of your creativity, I look forward to seeing all your great ideas. :)

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