Hey Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I worked on a ton of really fun projects. It was one of those weekends where I floated from one thing to the next to the next, getting a lot done! Most of it was centered around our front porch makeover for Fall. I’m finishing up a few things this week and then will have photos for you next week!

Today though, I wanted to show you another great, really simple sewing project perfect for new babies! I actually made this for my little guy right before he was born 2.5 years ago – and we STILL use it every single night after bath time. While it used to swaddle him up and now acts more like a hooded cape, it still serves its purpose perfectly! I even wrote this project as one of my top five baby sewing projects – one of my most popular blog posts to date!

I don’t have a tutorial for you because the project/pattern/idea isn’t mine. I got it straight from Sew 4 Home – you can read the full, well-detailed tutorial HERE. Instead, I just wanted to show you how cute mine turned out, as well as a few things I did to make it extra cute and easy!

Just like the directions suggested, I used terry from the bolt (just like my burp cloths). I paired the terry with this really bold and adorable airplane print – I don’t have a source for you, it was from my Mom’s stash.

The airplanes are on the outside of the hood, while the inside of the hood is lined with soft turquoise fleece. I bound the entire towel with bright turquoise bias tape!

 Oh, and speaking of binding. Yes, I hate it too. Of all the sewing skills and techniques, applying bias tape is my absolute least favorite ever. Why? No matter how hard I try and how slow I go, it ALWAYS seems that I end up with a section that didn’t get sewn on right. You know what I mean? It doesn’t get “caught” on the other side. Well, this time around, I did exactly what the directions suggested: use a zigzag stitch. Oh.my.friends. Why have I never tried this sooner? I realize that there are some projects where a zigzag stitch isn’t the right look; but boy for a project like this, it makes applying bias tape a breeze. By using the zigzag stitch, you’re pretty much guaranteed to always catch the bias tape on both sides – YES! If you haven’t tried this yet, try it. I am totally hooked! And, the zigzag is a fun little detail!

This project comes together really quickly and also doesn’t take much fabric, making it an idea baby shower gift! I wrapped mine with a simple bow…

…and then paired it with the burp cloths that I showed you last week!

Together, they make a perfectly lovely handmade gift for baby!

I hope you all have a great start to your week. Later this week, I’ll have one more easy-sew gift idea for you, and then I’ll start to spill the beans (so to speak) on our Fall 2013 decor!


See You Soon!