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DIY baby shower gifts

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Unique, personalized gifts you can create yourself

When attending a baby shower, it's customary to bring a gift for the mom-to-be. Generally, a gift registry can steer you in the right direction regarding what the parents and baby might like or need. You may, however, want to give a gift that's more unique and personal than something listed on a registry that any other guest could easily purchase. Here are a few do-it-yourself gift ideas that are ideal for baby showers.

Baby bow holder

Baby bow holder

If the mother is expecting a baby girl, give her a stylish place to hold and display baby bows and clips. Craft blogger Heidi Ferguson shares a tutorial on her blog Honeybear Lane that will teach you how to create a baby bow holder using ribbons, a framed plate and spray paint. According to Ferguson, "This was a pretty easy project that didn't cost a lot and didn't take a lot of time."

Photo credit: Heidi Ferguson, Honeybear Lane

Baby quilt

Baby quilt

While there certainly isn't a shortage of adorable baby blankets for sale, you may consider creating one yourself. A beautiful, handmade quilt is more likely to be appreciated and kept longer than a blanket you can easily snag from major retailers. On her blog Honeybear Lane, Ferguson offers another tutorial for creating a baby quilt that features a no-sew, woven top. On her blog Ferguson explains that this project is great for everyone — even those who don't know how to sew. She suggests creating the top of the quilt using the weaving technique and then turning to someone who does know how to sew to finish the quilting and binding steps.

Photo credit: Heidi Ferguson, Honeybear Lane

Monthly onesies

Monthly onesies

When Kristin Cole found out that her best friend was expecting a baby girl, she set out to make a special gift. Using her Cricut machine, three types of fabric, Steam-a-Seam and a variety of plain onesies in different sizes, she designed onesies for the baby to wear each month of her first year. Cole offers a full tutorial of this project on her blog No Ordinary Cole.

This is a great gift idea because parents are likely to snap photos of their baby wearing the onesies throughout the year. Then, as the baby ages, the whole family will enjoy looking back at the photos to see how the baby changed over the first several months of his or her life.

Photo credit: Kristin Cole, No Ordinary Cole

Diaper gift pack

Diaper gift pack

Babies definitely need a lot of diapers, but moms who receive a ton of them at the baby shower may have a tough time taking them home and finding a place to store them. That's why Shelley Hunter, owner of GiftCardGirlfriend.com, suggests this alternative project: "Get a gift card for diapers, attach it to a package of baby wipes, and clip out as many diaper coupons as you can find. They're in magazines, newspapers, stores and on the Internet. Grateful parents can get the diapers they need, when they need them and stretch the value of the gift card at the same time," she explains.

Photo credit: Shelley Hunter, GiftCardGirlfriend.com

Burp cloths

Burp cloths

"Before I owned my company I was making baby shower gifts for friends and family," says Julie Feldman, owner of Bella Bundles, a company that offers stylish baby blankets, towels and bibs. Burp cloths were some of the easiest gifts she created. Here are the steps she recommends taking to complete this project:

  1. Find a towel. It can be any color.
  2. Find either a men's cotton dress shirt or a piece of material you like.
  3. Measure out a 9 x 18-inch rectangle on both the towel and shirt or material.
  4. Cut out shapes.
  5. Pin pieces together. The inside of the material should face out.
  6. Sew pieces together, but leave a three-inch space for turning it inside out.
  7. Once the item is inside out (with the right sides facing out), pin the three-inch space closed by tucking material inward.
  8. Choose a thread that matches the towel and material. Sew a one-quarter-inch seam around the entire rectangle.
Photo credit: Julie Feldman, Bella Bundles

For additional do-it-yourself gift ideas, check out Pinterest.com.

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