The Perfect Baby Gift

I’ve been making baby gift travel pouches forever (or at least for the last 4 years since I’ve been sewing!) and they never fail as a great gift for a new baby.

My friends have slowed down in the baby department so it’s been a while since I’ve stitched one of these pouches up but my mother in law asked me to make one for her to give to one of the ladies at her church who is due any day. The brief was simple – unisex colours because the gender of the baby is not known yet.

These baby travel pouches began as something I needed. I always hated lugging around those ugly big nappy bags, so I used my regular handbag and had a travel pouch that I had made especially to fit 3-4 nappies, baby wipes, some nappy disposal bags and a small bottle of hand sanitiser. I got lots of positive comments from people about it so I started making more and giving them as gifts.

I chose this gorgeous Echino hexagon / bee print which is a linen blend that I bought earlier this year at my LQS. The linen adds a nice texture and I think the colour combination on this fabric is a good unisex option. The lining is a grey polka dot quilting cotton which compliments the grey hexies on the exterior, and finished with a lilac zipper, just because that’s what I had in my stash!

If you’ve been around a while, you may remember that I used to sell these on Etsy. They sold quite well and sometimes I would stock them with the nappies, wipes etc and send them as a complete gift for customers who requested it. It was fun but I found other aspects of selling online quite draining – the shipping, the etsy fees, the product photography, so I decided to shut it down. I also found that while the majority of customers were wonderful, a couple of negative experiences with demanding people really got me down.

I still use the original pouch I made for my babies – these days the nappies have been replaced with spare knickers and socks, and the baby wipes are for sticky fingers rather than dirty bottoms (hooray!) but it’s nice to have such longevity and usefulness out of something so simple to make.

I hope my MIL and the new mama receiving it likes the bees and the colours and that it’s as useful to her as it’s been for me!

15 thoughts on “The Perfect Baby Gift

  1. This is such a great idea! I have a friend who just had a baby, its their number 6!! And of course they have all the baby stuff they will need so I had no idea what to get them. Can I ask you what the dimensions are on your lovely pouch?

    1. Thank you! The template I use to cut my fabric is 11" x 8". With all the seam allowances (usually 1/4" on all sides, but sometimes a bit more depending on my inaccuracies!) the finished pouch is around 10" x 7".

    1. I have tried a couple with varying success but you have to have a very professional set up these days for Melbourne markets and the stall fees can be pretty high. You also have to invest a fair bit into fabric and time for sewing your stock, so if you don't sell much it can be very disheartening. Small scale things are ok but the regular market scene is not for me!

  2. So good to find baby presents that are quicker than making a whole quilt! I have tried patchwork baby balls recently and just made a drawstring playmat, but I love this idea too.

    1. Hi Zoe, I don't have a tutorial for this one, but if you follow my tutorial for the Baby Gift Zipper Pouch which I did a few years ago (you'll find it on my tutorials page, it has the blue whale fabric) and make a few small changes – cut the exterior and lining fabric and some batting 11" x 8" and make a small wristlet strap from the exterior fabric as well. Use the batting with the exterior pieces to make it more sturdy. Follow that tutorial but leave out the part when I box the corners. That's it 🙂

  3. I so agree with you on etsy and markets, poor return for big investment and hard work. Ah well I have a stash of lovely cushions! Thanks for the excellent tutorial.

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