20 Adorable Gifts to Sew for a Newborn Baby

Sewing baby gifts is a personal way to welcome a new baby to any family! Handmade baby gift ideas abound, from soft swaddling blankets and quilts that provide comfort during naps to charming little accessories and bibs that are as practical as they are adorable.

Personalized touches such as embroidery of the baby’s name or birth date show your thoughtfulness. These handmade treasures provide immediate joy and often become cherished keepsakes.

Wholecloth Baby Quilt

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A whole cloth baby quilt can be fast and easy. Sandwich a layer of quilt batting in between two pieces of cotton fabric. Then, use a sewing machine to do straight-line quilting or hand quilt with embroidery floss or pearl cotton to sew around elements on the fabric.

Patchwork Bib and Burp Cloth Set

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Here’s a set of 3 perfect gifts for newborns: a baby bib, a burp cloth, and a big pocket baby clutch. This quick and easy patchwork baby bib and burp cloth set is made of regular quilting cotton and coordinating solid flannel fabrics. This free pattern is so soft and cuddly that the baby will love it. There is velcro instead of snaps, so you don’t need extra tools. Every new mom needs plenty of bibs!

Monogrammed Baby Quilt

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This quick and easy tutorial for making a monogrammed baby quilt (or any size quilt) uses large pieces of fabric with a fun print for a fast, personalized handmade baby gift.

Cute Diaper Clutch with a Big Pocket in the Front

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Fast and easy, this is the best go-to handmade baby shower gift. The big pocket baby pouch is perfect for keeping a few diapers and wipes on the go. If you have cute fabrics with designs of polar bears or seals, they are perfect for boys or girls, so you can make this gift ahead of time and be ready for a surprise party.

Baby Lovey Blanket with Fleece and Ruffles

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This small blanket has ruffled cotton fabric on one side and soft minky on the other. It’s a lovely comfort blanket that also looks super cute in photos! The baby lovey sewing tutorial is from 2 Little Hooligans.

Starship Baby Quilt

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Sew a Starship quilt for your future little astronaut! The Starship Baby Quilt Pattern requires just 3 different 1-yard pieces of fabric. This pattern is super easy to sew and super easy for anyone to love.

Custom Adorned Baby Onesies

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Decorate some baby onesies with applique or heat transfer vinyl with this easy DIY idea. It’s the perfect gift to make if you are new to sewing or short on time.

DIY Baby Swaddle Blanket

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Coral + Co.’s easy Baby Swaddle Blanket Pattern sews up quickly in 10 minutes. This is perfect for anyone who wants to make a quick gift for a new baby. Many store-bought swaddle blankets are never quite big enough to get a good swaddle. By making your own, you can make one large enough for the baby to grow and still wrap them up tight.

Organizing Bins that are Just the Right Size for Diapers

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This fold-up basket pattern makes an organizing bin for the changing table that is the perfect size to hold baby diapers. Fill it with baby care items, and it’s a darling gift basket.

Fat Quarter Baby Dress

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There’s nothing as precious as a handmade baby dress! Make a sweet pillowcase-style baby dress using fat quarters using this free tutorial. Baby can wear it with a onesie underneath (and tights) during the chilly months.

Baby Burp Cloths from Vintage Handkerchiefs

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This upcycling project would make a charming gift for a new mother. The burp cloths would be even more special if the vintage handkerchiefs belonged to the baby’s grandma or great-grandmother.

Washcloth Teddy Bear

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These washcloth teddy bears are a no-sew project that you can include in your handmade gift basket. It’s a charming way to give a new mom some extra washcloths.

Easy Puff Quilt Tutorial

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Make this easy and comfy quilt that looks like lots of fluffy little pillows. The free Pillow Quilt Tutorial would be adorable sewn with scraps from your scrap bin.

The Fastest Baby Quilt Ever

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Perfect for a first quilt, this super fast baby quilt tutorial utilizes pre-sewn patchwork fabric. The complete tutorial includes preparing the quilt sandwich, quilting, and sewing on the binding.

Soft Baby Hat Pattern

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Sew a cute baby hat made out of soft knit fabric. There is a fitted top and a cuff that can be rolled up for more cuteness. There is a top knot version, too! The free baby hat sewing pattern comes in various sizes.

Knot Bow Headband

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Can you imagine how cute the Knot Bow Headband would look in pictures? This tutorial is easy to sew using soft and stretchy fabric.

Hooded Baby Towel

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Use a new towel and some fabric to make a cute hooded baby towel and some matching washcloths. This idea allows you to coordinate your gift with the baby’s room or a handmade baby quilt.

Simple Baby Burp Cloth Pattern

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This free baby burp cloth idea suggests using terrycloth (like a new towel) for the back of the burp cloth to make it super absorbent. The tutorial comes with a free template, too.

Side Snap Baby Bib

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The same maker offers a tutorial with a template to help you make side-snap baby bibs. Get creative and make matching bibs and burp cloths with the same fabrics. You can make a lot with just one large towel and some fabric scraps!

Baby Heart Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

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The baby heart log cabin quilt is easy to sew and quilt on a domestic sewing machine. It uses low-volume neutral fabrics mixed with one bold color for a modern-traditional quilt perfect for a boy or a girl.

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