Sweet Stashbusting – Sewing for Babies

I promised myself that I’d spend the next few months destashing and sewing up all those little projects I never seem to get around to the rest of the year. No more tumble-jumble of fabric scraps, I’m on a mission!

I know a sweet little lady named Franny who is just turning three months old, the perfect age for sewing stacks of rompers, dresses and the tiniest shorts. Most kiddo patterns have sizes that start at 3-6 month sizes and she’s just now big enough to start fitting into the pieces I’ve been stashing away for her.

I knew exactly what I was going to make when we got the first bolt of Cotton + Steel’s  Amalfi Waves Coral print in at the office. Oliver + S’s Bubble Dress pattern (view B) is perfect for babies on hot summer days. Snaps up the back and an open elastic hem makes changing easy-peasy and feature several clever construction tecnniques for a fun, interesting sew. I still can’t get over how cute it is!

I whipped up the 3-6 month size in under an hour and I’ve already cut out two more versions.  Typically this pattern is fully lined but I decided to just line the bodice and leave the skirt unlined so that it would be as cool as possible with a clean finish around the neck and armhole openings. I also encased the elastic at the bottom instead of simply zigzagging it in. There are a few tricky portions in the pattern but they involve such clever construction details that it’s worth muddling through. Next up: versions in the Seal Circus print followed by another one for fall in Amalfi Black Forest print. I made two small modifications for a faster sew and lighter-weight dress.

I also made a version of Oliver + S’s Lullaby Layette Set (view A) in the sadly, now sold out The English Garden Emily Silhouette in yellow by Liberty Fabrics. I cut the 3-6 month size again and I’m delighted by how it turned out. It was my first endeavor into snaps and, while I’m not sold on the process, I can’t argue with how easy they are to use with a squirmy baby. I snagged 3/4 yard of all the Liberty quilting cottons when we had them and I’m finally starting to work my way through them. It’s so easy (or… ahem… sew easy) to cut five versions of the same pattern in different prints and sew them all up at once like this. Quilts with all of that hot, hot pressing will have to wait until we have cooler evenings again. Until then, I’m going to be sewing all the quick baby projects that need almost no ironing. Happy summer!


  1. Kathy Potts - August 21, 2018

    Cute items! It makes me wish I had a wee one to sew for! You did an excellent job on the sewing…..they look very professional!

  2. Janet wagley - August 31, 2018

    Where’s the pattern/instructions for the first one. It would work great for dresses for Haiti that I make. Thanks!