Personalizing Gifts for Babies and Kids

This past weekend, I attended a baby shower for my niece, Suzie.  I was going to make her a quilt, but when I learned the name she chose for her baby, I thought it would be more fun to play with some embroidery designs and personalize some little outfits for her soon-to-be bundle instead.

I love the name Kodi and think it was a great choice.  However, it has an unique spelling, so I decided to take some cute little outfits and make them uniquely hers.

I started with a few onesies, something you can never have too many of for a newborn.

Onesies come in so many cute varieties these days.

Onesies come in so many cute varieties these days.

Next, I spent some time choosing embroidery designs that are appropriate for a baby.  There are so many cute embroidery designs available, that it was a lot of fun to sort through them.

A cute little bird applique from Embroidery Online
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The bird applique design from Embroidery Online actually had 2 birds on the original design.  I opened the design up in my Version 6 software and deleted one of the birds.   I carefully positioned the applique fabric so that the little orange leaf-like design was towards the bottom center of the applique.  Next, I added a “K” inside the little pink heart for Kodi.

Here's the completed bird applique

Here’s the completed bird applique

In some cases, the outfit I purchased already had a little design on it, so I added Kodi’s name.  One thing to consider is that it’s sometimes easier to flip your design upside down before sending to your machine so that it will better accommodate the embroidery hoop, like the little gray outfit shown below.

Stitching Kodi's name on her little outfit.

Stitching Kodi’s name on her little outfit.

Here's the little outfit with hoodie, matching onesie and pants

Here’s the little outfit with hoodie, matching onesie and pants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found a cute pink top with adorable polka dotted pants and monogrammed the top with a font from DigiStitches called Dotty Girl.

Pink top with Polka Dot pants
Pink top with Polka Dot pants

 

Cute K font from Digistitches Dotty Girl Monogrammed font set

Cute K font from Digistitches Dotty Girl Monogrammed font set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, I added some cute designs to the remaining onesies, including, “Her Royal Cuteness” – how cute is this?

Another adorable design Embroidery Online (#NC072_48)

Another adorable design Embroidery Online (#NC072_48)

Then there was also

More polka dots...

More polka dots…

And, of course, every girl has to have a few hair accessories…

Clip on barrettes for Kodi

Clip on barrettes for Kodi

While I was working on items for the baby shower, I had the pleasure of watching our granddaughter, Belén, one day, since she was trying to recover from a cold.  She was excited to see what I was making for the baby shower and asked if we could also make something for her.  When I agreed, she busily went through my embroidery design notebook and found an adorable mermaid applique for me to put on a t-shirt for her.  She wanted to “help” me stitch it out, so she sat on my lap while we embroidered a little pink shirt I just happened to have on hand.  She was thrilled with the finished product.

Belén modeling her t-shirt.  This design is from Bunnycup Designs.

Belén modeling her t-shirt. This design is from Bunnycup Designs.

Then she chose a couple designs to put on some shirts that I had bought for Eloise, including a fun monkey for her purple t-shirt.  It’s so sweet how B’ looks out for Eloise.

Eloise love monkeys, so B' chose this design for her.  Purple is also her favorite color

Eloise love monkeys, so B’ chose this design for her. Purple is also her favorite color

Two of my favorite models...

Two of my favorite models…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since I was getting a lot of embroidery work completed, I decided to finish my seasonal Halloween pillow from a design set called Pillow Talk, which is also a class I teach at Quilt Crossing.  The design set includes embroidery designs that you stitch out onto a pillow sleeve, so you can change them out for the various holidays.  Very clever idea, don’t you agree?

Halloween Design from Pillow Talk design set from Claudia's Creations

Halloween Design from Pillow Talk design set from Claudia’s Creations

So there you have it, a few fun embroidery ideas.  You can purchase any of the Embroidery Online designs as well as the Pillow Talk design set at the Quilt Crossing.

What have you been busy working on in your sewing studio?  I would love to hear about it.

Happy Sewing,

Jane

Rick Rack and Polka Dots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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