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A baby gift for Sophie

Megan Nielsen baby gift // 2 burp cloths, 1 big and 1 oversized swaddle using Cotton and Steel whale print fabric

My wonderful sister in law Sophie recently gave birth to a gorgeous little boy. I knew I wanted to make her something special for him. As you have probably noticed by now, I don’t often sew for anyone other than me and my kids – so if i make you something, you know i really love you ;)

I decided to make her my favourite baby gift – a set of burp cloths, bip and oversized swaddle. All things that I have made over and over for my own kids and have loved and used over the years.

Megan Nielsen baby gift // 2 burp cloths, 1 big and 1 oversized swaddle using Cotton and Steel whale print fabric
Megan Nielsen baby gift // 2 burp cloths, 1 big and 1 oversized swaddle using Cotton and Steel whale print fabric
Megan Nielsen baby gift // 2 burp cloths, 1 big and 1 oversized swaddle using Cotton and Steel whale print fabric

I absolutely fell in love with this Cotton and Steel whale print fabric at Materialise in Perth, and thought it would be a really adorable choice that wasn’t too baby cliche. Do you know what i mean? 

The bib is a design I have tweaked over many years – and in our family we call “the catch it all bib” – and it basically grew out of my desire to have a large bib that would catch things before they fell on the floor, and since it’s backed with toweling, can be used to wipe up babies face/table/high chair after eating. And after all that could be thrown in the washing machine.

I have made this bib so many times, and it’s still my favourite. Just another testament to the fact that if you are a fussy person with specific desires then sewing is a great hobby for you hehehe.

Also not sure if you noticed, but i spent way too long matching up those whales on the bib pocket and they are still a teeny bit misaligned. SIGH.

Megan Nielsen baby gift // 2 burp cloths, 1 big and 1 oversized swaddle using Cotton and Steel whale print fabric

The burp cloths are also large and backed with toweling. For the swaddle I decided to try something a little different than my usual swaddle making method. I still made it really large and oversized like i like them, but this time I mitred the corners and am scratching my head trying to figure out why i never did this for my own kids. It’s resulted in a much smoother softer corner, and makes the blanket look as high quality as the fabric is.

I’m not a weirdo or anything (ok i’m a bit weird) but i must admit that it was really hard to stop myself from stroking this fabric over and over whilst sewing it. Why aren’t i sewing everything with double gauze i am now asking myself. It’s so dreamy and softy and yet light at the same time. Watch out, i may have a new fabric obsession.

Megan Nielsen baby gift // 2 burp cloths, 1 big and 1 oversized swaddle using Cotton and Steel whale print fabric

This was such a fun gift to make, and was such a lovely feeling to turn my hand to making something special and high quality for someone I love so much.

Now i just can’t want to meet that little guy and have myself some baby cuddles!

Megan Nielsen baby gift // 2 burp cloths, 1 big and 1 oversized swaddle using Cotton and Steel whale print fabric
About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Leah Anderson
4 years ago

That bib looks like it is the perfect size. Would you mind sharing the measurements? I could make my expecting friend some presents

Di Ross
Di Ross
4 years ago

Lovely. Is there a pattern for the bib?

Anne Russo
Anne Russo
4 years ago

This is the perfect gift. I, too, would love to know if there is a pattern or, perhaps, what the dimensions are.

Deanna
Deanna
4 years ago

I would love to know the dimensions too please!! ???????????

Deanna Paine-Coombes
Deanna Paine-Coombes
4 years ago
Reply to  Meg

Awesome news!! I cant wait!!!!

Deanna Paine-Coombes
Deanna Paine-Coombes
4 years ago

Have you thought of making your patterns available on Spoonflower? Might be a good marketing tool. A number of pattern makers are putting their patterns on their site. Might be worth checking out; https://sproutpatterns.com/patterns
Could be a way to sell your patterns twice to a customer.

Ann Whitehead
Ann Whitehead
4 years ago

I too would like the pattern for this bib. It looks so practical and really nice.
Ann Whitehead

Susie
Susie
6 months ago

Hi, the bib looks super. I can’t find the pattern on your amazing site though, Please can you let me know where it is at as I have new grandchildren on their way.