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homemade-baby-clothesMake Your Own Baby Clothes  

With today's economy, discovering you're pregnant can bring mixed emotions. You're joyful about the new addition to your family, but the practical part of you wonders how you'll possibly ever pay for it all. On top of all the baby gear you need, there are diapers, baby food, and clothes. It can hurt to pay even a few dollars for baby clothes you know will only be used for a few months. If you are even a little crafty, why not try your hand at homemade baby clothes?

Easy to Sew Baby Patterns        

If the thought of sewing your own baby clothes makes you feel a little panicked, relax. Making baby clothes isn't as hard as you might think. Even if you don't end up with a perfect little outfit, your baby certainly isn't going to judge you, and you'll learn a lot from the process. The first thing to do is find suitable fabrics.

Best Fabric for Baby Clothes

When it comes to babies, natural fabrics are always the best choice. Babies have such delicate skin that fabric that is scratchy, stiff, or even silky can bother them. Cotton clothes for baby are best. Cotton is soft, natural and wicks away moisture.

You don't necessarily need to head out to the fabric store to find material for baby clothes. One of the best places to look for fabric is in your own closet. If you've got a stack of old t-shirts waiting to go to good will or the rag bad, consider recycling them into baby gowns. Not only does this give you a way to reuse your classic duds, it also allows baby to snuggle into something that smells just like you or dad, something that will be soothing.

Baby Gown Pattern

Search online for "baby gown pattern" and you'll find a lot of easy tutorials and patterns you can print at home. If you've sewn before, making a baby gown will be a piece of cake. If this is your first project, you'll want to read the instructions carefully and make sure you understand each step. You should also consider asking a sewing buddy with more experience to come and help you out. Even newbies should be able to make a t-shirt baby gownin an afternoon.

If a baby gown it too intimidating for you, consider trying your hand at a baby pinafore pattern. A pinafore is a long sleeveless top somewhere in length between a dress and a long shirt. Most pinafore patterns have only two pieces and are very simple to construct. You can even hand sew baby clothes like pinafores in a weekend. 

Knitting Baby Clothes

If sewing isn’t your thing, you can always try knitting baby clothes or crocheting a simple project. Baby blankets are great for beginners, and since they are portable, you can take them with you and work on them whenever you have a spare moment.

For the truly craft-challenged, a simple no-sew baby blanket is the ultimate in easy baby projects. Simply cut two one yard square pieces of fleece (36"x36") in contrasting colors. Create fringe on each fleece square by cutting four inches down every inch, leaving you with 36 tassels on each side of each square. Lay the squares on top of each other, right sides facing out and tie a top piece of fringe to a bottom piece of fringe in a square knot. In no time, you'll have a beautiful baby blanket made with your own hands, and what kid wouldn't treasure that?  

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