Monday, October 27, 2008

Make something to go with the baby quilt

We've all been there. You make a single quilt, but end up with reams of scraps, blocks and ideas left over. So what to do with the little bits left over?

Now, I just cut up the rest of everything and put it in my scrap bins for future quilts, but sometimes the fabrics I would use in a baby quilt just don't blend very well with everything else in my stash. So it's time to think of what you can make to "go with" the quilt. This could be everything from a crib bumper to match the crib quilt or some quilted wall hangings. How about a bed skirt or a diaper bag? Simple as binding on a cloth diaper and you've got burp cloths or get a bit more complex and make a stuffed animal.

Getting the picture? Just using the scraps you have left over or by buying just a smidge more fabric (seriously? Does anyone buy just a smidge?), you can add some extra value to your baby gift without adding much to your time or cost.

I started looking around at some of the options and found the pattern featured here - Sweet Baby at Home and On the Go! This nursery set pattern includes three crib quilts, bumper pad, valance, crib sheet, bed skirt, mobile, organizer and high chair cover for home, and a diaper bag and peek-a-boo cover for on the go.

So what other options are out there? I just love this little teddy bear featured over at mumistitches blog. You can also look into doing a receiving blanket, washclothes or even vinyl bags for mom to keep all those little items collected inside the diaper bag.

You can also look to buy items that you could customize a bit by adding your scraps of fabric - binding on a blanket or towel, an added pocket on a bag or maybe some applique on a diaper stacker.

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