Baby gifts: Part 1

I can’t believe that I sewed all my formal dresses in high school and most of my church clothes too.  I also imagined that I would sew all my future baby clothes too.  I had that much focus???  Can’t imagine that now!  Well, Fly Boy and I got married and that thought flew out of my head.  Those frequent moves made me have ADD.  Always jumping from one place to the next.

Fast forward 15 years…. my Navy man surprised me one Christmas with a sewing machine.  Oh no!  I first used it to make all the cousins hooded bath towels.  But the next summer, I found out like 25 friends were having babies!  I wanted to give each of them something but buying that many gifts would wipe out our bank account.
When my children were babes, my mom made these wonderful silk “babies” for each of them.  They LOVED them!!  Would rub the silky on their faces as they went to sleep, went everywhere with us, lost a few on the way, comforted when they went to the church nursery.  Don’t say anything but they still sleep with them!
See how well loved they are?
Back to baby gifts…. Somehow I had a wild thought to make a soft/silky ribbon square.  There was NO way I’d sew the same things my mother did.  She has way more patience than me!!!  And I knew if the recipients loved them, there needed to be replacements so it needed to be something easy.

 

One of the many I have made.  This is #3 for this baby!!! :). All gifts come with free replacements!! 🙂
I try to make them around what the baby nursery theme is but if I don’t know it, I just choose something fun!  Have done robots, Star Wars, zebra, all sorts of fun stuff!  The important things is to have the silky satiny fabric and ribbons.

What I need to make these:

2 fabrics of the same size.  I vary from 12×12 inches to 10×12 inches.  There is no set size.  What ever you’d like.

 

Ribbons cut into 3 inch strips – once again, whatever you’d like.  I’ve made patterns or been totally random.  Doesn’t matter :). I do three on each side.

 

K creating her own 🙂

 

 

Baby gift: part 2

The other part of my customary baby gift is a couple of tins of homemade baby bottom balm.  I have no idea why I started making it!  Maybe as part of trying to make more natural products?  But I have heard from the moms that it really works!!  How could it not with coconut oil???  (One of my favorites of all!!)

 I purchased this book from Amazon (Prime is another of my favorite things!) and have enjoyed trying things from it.  This is where my recipe came from.  It’s official name is Bottoms-Up Salve but I call Baby’s Bottom Balm.  Not only is it good for the diaper area but also for all kinds of cuts and scrapes.
Ingredients:
Equal parts calendula flower, comfrey leaf, comfrey root, St. John’s wort flower totaling 2 ounces
 2 cups olive oil
1/2 cup beeswax pastilles (or beeswax)
2 tablespoons Coconut oil
Essential oils – I use Lemon, Lavender, Myrrh, Frankincense, and a calming blend of oils
Place herbs in olive oil in 1 quart jar.  Swirl around to cover. Place lid on jar and place in a sunny window for 2 weeks. This is called solar infusing.  At the end of the two (-ish) weeks, warm jar in pan filled with water heating on low on stove.  I put a wash rag in between jar and pan to prevent rocking.  Let warm for 1 hour.  Strain off oil and measure.  For each cup of oil, add 1/4 cup grated beeswax.  I am too lazy to grate and buy the pastilles from Mountain Rose Herbs! I also add 2 or so tablespoons of coconut oil now.  Stir to melt both beeswax and coconut oil.  Pour into tins or class containers and let cool before moving.  You could half recipe but I just make a big batch at one time.  I have several Ball canning jars that are devoted for herb use only.  And some mixture is always infusing in my window.