Some friends of ours are expecting their first child this summer. Chris is headed back to Atlanta next week (to pick up Frankie - YAY!), so I needed to get on the ball with a baby gift for him to take back. I thought to myself - knowing what I know now, what handmade thing has proven most useful?
Of course, the answer is: bibs and dry wipes. Things we use all the time. Things I wish we had more of so we could do less laundry. Things that keep our messy baby respectable - just barely.
First up, two bibs from the Chickpea pattern, which is available here. I was able to use up the last of my Funky Monkey flannel fabric on these projects. The Hollywood Squares monkeys just KILL me.
Way back BG, I made some cloth wipes for our own use. The idea was to be green and use them as wet wipes. But that was just stupid. Commercial wet wipes are some of the best things ever invented. It turned out, though, that the dry cloth wipes are really handy to have around. Some are in my purse, some are in the diaper bag for meals out, lots are in the high chair basket for messes and spills, and even more are tucked away in the changing table.
So in addition to the bibs, I also made a set of dry wipes for our friends' little kiddo on-the-way. Instead of using the serger for the edges, I did a more traditional turn and top-stitch approach. Here they are next to anther Muji doll, who completes the gift. I like the elephant even better than the bunny Gioia got for Easter, but sadly he has to go on to his new home.