Mama and Baby Essentials Roundup

Baby showers are a special time for the celebration and arrival of a new and precious life. When you look back at the history of baby showers the gifts given to the new parents were handmade. clothing & blankets were gifted and made with love. I think that our society is gravitating back to handmade and found objects and we are realizing the significance of instilling the grace and beauty of these arts to our children. In doing so we've come to embrace handmade gifts with a new modern flare. So instead of rushing out to your local big box store for your next shower why not make your gift. The time and love put into your present will mean more to the new mom and her child than words can say and they will surely be treasured.

For all you looking for the perfect and may I say "essential" gift for a new mom and her babe, here's a great place to start. I've given you items for all skill levels and interest. Gifts ranging from a basic bib to drool catchers for your baby carrier. A simple, cozy swaddling blanket to a car seat cooler - yes, I found a car seat cooler! No more hot straps after the car is parked in the sun for babe anymore! All the basics are here. Most of these tutorials give you a great place to start if you want to customize and add your own personal flair! Sew on that ribbon, applique a car on a little boy's onesie or fabric paint images on a cute pant bottom! It's all fun and it's all about baby! In giving a handmade gift you are not only bringing joy to the new family but also finding happiness in the process for yourself as well. So get sewing, get creating, snuggle up to that new baby & have fun!

and here for the full roundup on sew mama sew!

I've been working really hard on the sidelines and very, very late at night to get this giant, fun tutorial filled roundup ready for all you ladies and it's finally done! I was over the moon to be asked to guest post over on one of my favorite sites - Sew Mama Sew today. They've got inspiration galore, tons of tutorials, helpful posts, a great sewing forum, giveaways and they even sell fabric as well!!! You can't get better than that! You can find the whole roundup over on Sew Mama Sew in all it's glory for their special baby shower theme going on until the 22nd. Make sure you check out last week's posts, they've got some fabulous tutorials and goodies on there perfect for any baby shower!

What's your favorite baby shower gift to make? Any baby shower gift you received that was handmade that you can't live without?