Making Clothes for New Baby with Older Sibling

Davina here - Its not long now till my due date - less than six weeks! I can't believe how the time has gone by so quickly. This weekend my friends threw me a surprise baby shower, which made it all seem more real and was so so lovely - Thank you so much Jelena for organising it. I will post soon some pictures of some of the beautiful gifts friends made and bought for the baby. 

Nick and I are always thinking about ways we can prepare Elfie for the new baby and we had an idea that it would be lovely Elfie 'made' the baby's first outfit. I am a big fan of customising baby-grows so I bought a packet and let Elfie decorate them in different ways. 

How your toddler or young child can customise a baby-grow:

  • Fabric pens to draw or markmake
  • Rubber stamps (Elfie used a custom stamp of her MouseBear)
  • Stencils - I love using freezer paper to make my own stencils - post coming soon
  • Spray fabric paint (I made my own by simply pouring fabric paint into empty spray bottles)
  • Fabric paint

Note: For all the above techniques you will need to allow to dry and then iron for 3 minutes to set dye permanently. 

Elfie used fabric pens to make dots

Elfie used fabric pens to make dots

Here Elfie stamped her Mousebear rubber stamp and made dots using fabric pens

Here Elfie stamped her Mousebear rubber stamp and made dots using fabric pens

Elfie used DIY Fabric Spray paint here (I didn't have much left so had to dilute it with water - I think it would be nicer more concentrated)

Elfie used DIY Fabric Spray paint here (I didn't have much left so had to dilute it with water - I think it would be nicer more concentrated)

Next we will make some stencilled ones and I will make sure to take photos to share. I wouldn't advise applique for newborns as you would need to sew on to be secure (to avoid risk of choking) and the stitches might be itchy for newborns. However, you could use this technique for tops that go over a baby-grow. 

If you are making anything with your older child for new baby we would love to see pictures!

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