February 25 ~ FQ Project of the Day

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Baby Gift Sets
Peggy Paisley Baby Gift Set by Sarah, smallish things designs

Sarah writes that she specifically designed these sets of baby items so they would work with fat quarters. She adds, “That way I can use a variety of fabrics while only buying a small amount of each. I use a soft fabric such as microfleece or minky for the backing, and add a couple of extra absorbent layers in the middle for the burp cloths…

…The change pad can double as a car seat blanket, lovey, or nursing cover-up. The end result is always well received as a baby gift!” This set includes a changing pad, bib, burp cloths and cloth wipes. Sarah sells these sets in her smallish things designs shop.

Other related baby items we love. For related tutorials try here, here, here, here, here and here. Here are tons of handcrafted baby item images for more inspiration!

Share your baby gift set links in the comments below, or point us to related tutorials and inspiration.

Have some fun with Fat Quarters! We’re giving away fat quarter packs all month long. Comment anytime this week to win one of 8 fat quarter packs (6 fat quarters per pack). This week’s FQ giveaway pack prints are predominantly… Green!

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159 Responses to February 25 ~ FQ Project of the Day

  1. Bette says:

    Thanks for the info. Always looking to build my stash of FQ and add to the inspiration!

  2. I am very new to sewing and love the idea of starting with smaller projects. You have some wonderful things listed to motivate me! Thanks!!

  3. Maria says:

    Wow really nice fabric….made these burp cloths for my granddaughter last year when she was born. Well here I am crossing my fingers and eyes hope I win this month, if not there will be next month right?

  4. Shelley says:

    soooo stinkin cute! This makes my desire for a little girl so much stronger! Love that paisley green

  5. Faye says:

    THAT is beautiful fabric! I love the ideas I find here on this blog. Thanks so much!

  6. Lisa says:

    Sweet gift idea. thank you! I love the green and chocolate, is it(?) fabric…gorgeous….

  7. Jen says:

    Totally awesome fabrics!

  8. Lauren says:

    My friend just had her third baby and I was looking for a way to give a traditional gift a twist. This will be it. Thanks!

  9. Laura says:

    That color green is so pretty. As more of my friends and relatives have babies, this sort of project is very useful!

  10. Kay says:

    So perfect for baby showers. It seems that everyone I know is pregnant too!

  11. Kara says:

    I’m loving all the fat quarter ideas! Thanks everyone!!

  12. Penny says:

    I’m so glad you were able to use my tuts here! Thank-you so much for the mention!

  13. great post! thanks for all the tutorial links and the giveaway!

  14. Wow, I think that’s a fantastic idea, everything co-ordinates so weill.

  15. jackie says:

    yeah, now i have a present to make for a baby shower on saturday! thanks.

  16. Sarah C. says:

    i love making baby gifts. I used some fat quarters to make some fabric blocks not too long ago…

  17. Ruth Tunick says:

    Since my son just had a baby I’m enjoying all these creative baby ideas and could certainly use the fat quarters.

  18. Shanna says:

    Beautiful set! My project list keeps growing!

  19. Kathie says:

    I’ve just found your blog and website via craftzine.com. I’m looking forward to following your inspiring ideas.

  20. Elizabeth says:

    What a great way to not end up with tons of scraps of fabric…. make the gifts out of fat quarters! I’ve been making baby booties, and I bet I could get a pair easily out of a fat quarter and not have big stacks left over! These look pretty straight forward to produce, but lovely to receive!

  21. Janet says:

    Love the coordinating fabrics. It’s always nice to have something very soft against a baby’s skin.

  22. Prizm says:

    Thanks for the inspirations!

  23. tracy says:

    love the fabric in this use b/c it is not traditional baby. great ideas too!

  24. Karin says:

    I love all of these baby things! I can’t wait to try some of these projects out- 2 new nieces on the way!

  25. andrea says:

    wow so many comments. love using fat quarters for a variety of projects. great for bibs/burps.

  26. Liz says:

    What a fun idea! I love the vintage burp cloths from the Flickr pictures.

  27. Christy says:

    Love it! Just wish I’d had these tutorials & my sewing machine last year when friends/family had a major baby boom. Oh well, I’m sure another one is just around the corner!

  28. Jenn M says:

    What a great idea!

  29. sewinggirljen says:

    the fabric is fantastic! so perfect for a baby gift.

  30. Miss Behave says:

    love the idea!

  31. tjesa says:

    Lots of great baby gift projects in this post… I’m not at the baby stage of my life, but will bookmark this for future use.. Thanks

  32. Kelly Jo says:

    Those are so very cute – and chic!!

  33. Stacy says:

    Thanks for all of the great ideas! I just love making baby things!

  34. Tammy :) says:

    These are awesome! I love the colors and fabric!

  35. Delilah says:

    Yay! I love to make baby stuff. Not only do I have a bunch of pregnant friends, but I also have a 2 month old to sew for (and a 2 year old!). Oh, and green just happens to be my favorite color!

  36. Valerie says:

    I love making baby things. I’ve done the burp cloths before and used terry cloth for the backing, worked great!

  37. miss v says:

    perfect for a baby shower (and i have a few coming up). awesome!

  38. Violet says:

    Love, love, love that fabric!

  39. Anne says:

    Lovely baby items – such inspiration!!

  40. Mindy says:

    With grand-baby number 4 on the way this is one project I need to get busy on!

  41. Christi (sugarscrap) says:

    making things like this for baby is a great gift for both mother and child…i know i was appreciative of having nice fancier things when my baby girl was born, wasnt so “babyish”

  42. Kelli says:

    Who wouldn’t feel great using that awesome green/black paisley baby set? My “baby” is 3 and I was wanting it… I am bookmarking this page for a baby shower I have coming up! Thanks a bunch!

  43. Sally says:

    Have just discovered this site (yes I know, where have I been!) and these look great.

  44. Katie says:

    I make burp cloths all the time for my pregnant friends (seems like there are more and more these days!) with fleece and terry cloth. I have a cousin that I am making some for this weekend, and will have to try one of these methods! Thanks!

  45. Deb says:

    I like these alot!

  46. Kristi says:

    What a great set! I love that fabric.

  47. Ramona says:

    Great ideas for baby!

  48. Libby says:

    Everybody does such lovely work. I love all the different sets.

  49. Linda says:

    All the ideas for fat quarters have been awesome! Just wish I had more time to sew…Thanks for the inspiration!

  50. Meg says:

    I love making baby things from fat quarters!

  51. Christina says:

    I love these ideas! Thanks!

  52. Christy says:

    how cute – perfect for all the mamas to be in my little circle. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  53. Jenny says:

    Thank you! Thank you for the great baby links. My sister is having her first and I can’t wait to start making baby items since my little ones aren’t so little anymore!

  54. Kelli says:

    Cute stuff as always. I have a baby shower coming up so this is incredibly timely.

  55. Clara says:

    I need to start making baby items. Thanks for ideas

  56. Jessica says:

    Thanks! These will be very handy the next time there’s a new baby in the family! If only I had started reading SMS a year ago when my God son was born, haha!

  57. Ellen says:

    Love the green paisley. Sure makes a nice gift. Thanks to all the people posting their stashes, I was inspired to organize and fold for 4 hrs last night!

  58. Erica says:

    There are so many cute, cute ideas at the Flickr site. That will definitely be one I bookmark for inspiration.

  59. Barb says:

    Love baby ideas…everyone I know seems to be having a baby! Thanks!

  60. Oh, what a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  61. Kim Shirley says:

    Love this! I have so many pregnant friends!

  62. Sarah Lee says:


  63. Dominika says:

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  64. Megan says:

    Lovely. These are especially pretty.

  65. Mersey says:

    Thanks for these ideas, I’ve been looking for some stuff to make for my cousin!

  66. Helena says:

    Love it. I am going to teach some sewing to new moms and will show them this. Thank you.

  67. Susan Jonsson says:

    such great ideas for baby gifts…..thanks for all of the inspiration for sewing with fat quarters….


  68. Lorajean says:

    I am hooked this month! my babe has just gone down for a nap and I’m trolling through the blog to find a quick little project to make. THANK YOU! so much for doing all the tutorials.

  69. Shelley C says:

    Yes, these would make a wonderful gift for that new baby. I need to follow some of those tutes and see what else they have in store!

  70. Anya T. says:

    Great ideas. Thanks.

  71. Carla says:

    These are great.

  72. Bethany says:

    I could have used some of those darling burp cloths with my oldest son. He was very much a spitty baby and the flannel burp cloths with crocheted edges just didn’t cute it.

  73. Peta-Jane says:

    OoooH- baby gift sets…all matching..what a wonderful idea…I have 3 friends having babies in the next 6 weeks…I think I best go start sewing…Thank- you for this great idea. I think I will be sad when fat quarter month is over !

  74. Lindsey says:

    such great ideas!!! This whole month has been so inspiring, I’m sad it will be over soon 🙂

  75. Tina says:

    Great posts and great links. Baby gifts are one of my favorite things to give handmade.

  76. KZ says:

    Really fun! what a great gift idea!

  77. amy says:

    Excellent ideas and tutorials!! Thanks!

  78. Deb V says:

    What a cute idea for a baby gift or for your own personal use.

  79. Marilyn says:

    Pretty! I am currently in need of 3 baby gifts. What a great idea! Thanks.

  80. Brandi says:

    I love this idea!!

  81. erin says:

    I love making baby stuff! Great tutorials!

  82. Ramona says:

    oh, green. how do i yearn for green!

  83. jen w says:

    that’s a gift any baby and mama would enjoy:) so cute

  84. Ali says:

    These are always the most fun to make – such a great and appreciated gift for new moms. Throw it in a homemade diaper bag (probably need more than a FQ for that), and they’re set!

  85. kirsten says:

    Expecting #2 with lots of time to wait…I’ll be using up some of my fatties for these.

  86. Harley says:

    Very cute set!!

  87. Aubrey says:

    Baby gifts are probably my favorite thing to make right now – I guess because everyone I know is having a baby, plus they tend to be small items. I like to sew small items because I can get them finished. And there is nothing I love more than finishing a sewing project. Unless maybe it’s starting a sewing project.

  88. Betsy M says:

    Oh, what nice gift ideas!

  89. They are soo adorable~!

  90. Cassie says:

    This is fabulous!! I love this idea and your fabric choice is beautiful!!

  91. Heidi says:

    This is super! My friend just had a baby & this is going to be perfect!!

  92. Suzanne says:

    So many good ideas…I could sit here all day looking at all the stuff 🙂

  93. Stacey says:

    These are beautiful. I have two upcoming baby showers these would be perfect for.

  94. Tiffany says:

    Beautiful Fabric!

  95. Sabra says:

    How cute. That paisley fabric is to die for cute.

  96. Mary Ann M says:

    Wow, so many great ideas. Where will I find the time to try them???

  97. JaneR says:

    The ideas today were incredible. I’ll need to make a set of burp cloths for here and at the grandchild’s home! Thanks, Sew, Mama, Sew!!!!

  98. Tina Mackey says:

    What an elegant gift! I can’t wait until the next baby shower!

  99. Jodie says:

    This is what I needed! I always am looking for great baby shower gifts to make. Thanks so much!

  100. Alice S says:

    Baby items are what got me into sewing a year ago. All of the items suggested are very easy for a beginner to complete and very useful for any new Mom.

  101. Stephanie says:

    Great ideas, thank you! Seems to be a baby boom lately with my friends, so that is quite helpful.

  102. Toby says:

    such neat idea and fabulous presentation.

  103. Laura says:

    Cute stuff for babies!

  104. Kathinka says:

    This set is really very cute. My son will love it. He is six weeks today.

  105. Lori says:

    Baby gifts are probably my favorite thing to make!

  106. Christen says:

    Love the handmade baby gift idea and it’s great to be able to use a fat quarter per item- what a great way to mix and match fun prints and not have to buy an armload!

  107. Shanna says:

    Thanks, I have three prego friends and am looking forward to making fun baby projects with my fat quarters.

  108. Angela says:

    I think your site is amazing! I am new to sewing and crafting and I find your tutorials to be quite helpful!
    Thank you for the wonderful visuals and easy to follow instructions!

  109. Casey says:

    I love the designs in her shop!

  110. Southern Gal says:

    This is a great way to use scraps.

  111. Margaret says:

    I love it! We’ve had FIVE sets of friends give birth to baby boys in the past two weeks — this is a great idea for how to greet them all!

  112. karen says:

    Green fat quarters sound nice….thanks for the chance to win!!

  113. shannon says:

    Cute ideas!! A friend of mine had a baby yesterday and I was thinking of making her a little something like this…

  114. Bethany says:

    What a great way to make unique baby gifts. Making your own opens up endless possibilities for color schemes instead of the usual pastels.

  115. Skulleigh says:

    Good timing 🙂 I just found out a coworker is pregnant. Time to get the baby shower gifts going!

  116. Amy says:

    these are great! i have a bunch of friends that are having babies lately!

  117. Bella says:

    Inspiring! I’m headed to my stash right now to get something together for my daughter’s 6 month “birthday.” Need an excuse, right…?

  118. Dawn-Marie says:

    What a great gift idea…I love the fabric.

  119. Shelley D' says:

    The baby gift set is adorable. I haven’t seen an entire package put together like that before. It’s an inspiration! Love the fabric choice too-

  120. Mary says:

    I love these sets. I made some bibs and burp cloths for a coworker’s baby shower and will do more for my sister who is expecting. I didn’t use the soft material on the back, but I do like that idea.
    Here are mine that I made: http://lifeon19th.blogspot.com/search/label/baby

  121. FS says:

    I love your site ! Thanks for all the great posts and projects.

  122. jodie says:

    Great project!

  123. Rachel says:

    So cute! Everyone around me is having babies right now so this is really helpful!

  124. Shawna says:

    I love this idea! Our Sunday School is booming with babies right now.

  125. Holly says:

    Great ideas! I have a little one on the way, and I can’t wait till the morning sickness subsides and I have energy to sew again!

  126. Kara says:

    Thanks so much! I am going to try one of these tutorials out tonight!

  127. Grace says:

    pretty fabric

  128. Charity says:

    How inspiring – certainly a better alternative to the selection found in retail baby stores.

  129. Debbie L says:

    Great tutorials! I’ve made most of these things and it’s good to see different methods. Thanks!

  130. lesley says:

    this is so sweet. i love making baby gifts. they are such a fulfilling project, and always well-received.
    i am in the throws of a “baby boom” among friends, and have been sewing lots!
    there are some on my flickr
    and written up on my blog

  131. These are so pretty!

  132. Angela says:

    I just want to say–I love that top fabric! I’m so glad paisley is coming back in–it’s so fun and yet elegant too.

  133. Dana V. says:

    That baby set is ridiculously cute!

  134. Kyla says:

    I am just BURSTING to make some baby stuff!! love to see other peopel are doing it as well 🙂

  135. trashalou says:

    I love fat quarters for making a cot quilt as well. A beautiful FQ witrh toning/matching BIG border makes a sweet quilt and again a great way to showcase something lovely.

  136. Rosy says:

    Lots of cute ideas!

  137. Shellyfish says:

    This is great – and I love that fabric! Beautiful.

  138. That brown and green combination is lovely, and the items look SO soft! I once saw display for a baby crib that was brown and green and I really loved it!

    Have a very bright, very cheerful day!
    Miss Eyebright

  139. Tracey says:

    Oh Love this idea!
    And i’m LOVING FQ month! Although i’ve been doing more planning and searching through all the links then actually sewing things! I did search my stash and set a side certain FQ’s for projects though! So many fat quarters and so many things to make!

  140. Steph W says:

    I love the use of these bright colors! Especially since babies seem drawn to primary colors first. Too much pastel makes me crazy!

  141. Whistlepea says:

    So cute!

  142. Heather B says:

    Great baby gift ideas – these are needed as there are 4 friends expecting in the next month!

  143. Danielle says:

    Baby things make me happy!

  144. Dani says:

    I love those fabric choices in this project. So pretty!


  145. Susanna says:

    Oh those are beautiful! I want to make some too!!

  146. Rachel says:

    These are adorable, I love all these ideas!

  147. alisha says:

    Thanks for all of the great ideas!

  148. Katie says:


  149. These are great! I’m going to make some for the next baby shower I attend!

  150. Julie says:

    I love making baby items! The fabrics are so fun and vibrant, ray of sunshine, just like our little ones are!

  151. The nice thing about using fat quarters for baby gift sets is you can get prints the mother to be likes that might not be too your taste. Around here there have been quite a few looking for skull fabric items for their babies!

  152. Darci says:

    I love this idea. The fabrics look gorgeous.

  153. Becky says:

    Love all the baby stuff! Thanks for the tutorials!

  154. I just wanted to say I enjoy reading your Blog and all the interesting ideas, tips & links.
    Keep up the good work 🙂

  155. Missy says:

    A great idea with the minky lining…and I have plenty of babies coming to sew for. Thanks!

  156. Ellen Ban says:

    Cute set…love the paisley!

  157. Sarah J says:

    cute idea, my new nephew is due to be born in June and I will definately be making some of these before then.

  158. britt says:

    And now that all my friends are preggo I need all of these ideas. Thank you!

  159. Valerie says:

    I deeply covet that fabulous green and black paisley fabric!

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