Pretty much everyone I know is having babies right now. While I am one giant question mark on the to baby or not to baby issue, one thing I do know is that making clothes for these plump nuggets is pretty fun, especially when you can have a field day customizing them with fun prints.
I’ve heard a lot about Spoonflower and their sister company Sprout Patterns, where they print indie patterns directly on the fabric along with the print of your choice; it eliminates the step of printing and cutting out your paper pattern first. I wanted to make some gifts for a few of the new humans in my life, and decided this would be the speediest way to do it. I did not realize at the time I would lose a whole weekend to obsessively looking for prints on Spoonflower, however.
For Charlie, my friend Karen’s daughter, I was looking for fun prints that didn’t scream “little girl”, and finally settled on this banana and llama print for her Summer Romper and Baby Harem Romper (both from Brindelle & Twig, designer of the best baby and toddler patterns going).
I’m especially smitten with the romper – I think the contrasting “hand painted” stripe is a nice detail.
I liked the idea of coordinating the two pieces, so went with the same scheme (including striped cuffs) for her banana romper. Both patterns use snap closures so they’re easy to get on and off for diaper changes. I used my snap press from Gold Star Tools to install them.
My friend Miriam’s son Julian is almost one now, so I wanted to make him some cute summer weight pajamas. I love the Steve Zisou vibe of the sea animal print I chose for him, with the contrasting yellow cuff.
While these were the easiest things ever to sew up (I loved cutting out the pieces directly from the the fabric) I did find applying the patterns to be a little troublesome. You can’t individually adjust for each individual piece, so it would be a challenge to print match if you needed to. I also found that the prints faded slightly after washing, but I don’t know if this par for the course with organic cotton knit fabric since I’ve never sewn with it before. It’s made up for by the fact that they are suppppper soft and cozy, perfect next to dewy soft baby skin.
While it’s a little on the spendy side (all three projects cost around $100) it is a fast and fun solution for making handmade gifts if you don’t mind losing a few hours finding prints; Spoonflower can be pretty overwhelming in that department.
Have you used Sprout Patterns before? What’s your go-to handmade baby gift?