Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Baby Week: Little and Big Sibling Shirts

I am at a point in my life where most of my friends are having their 2nd babies, when just a couple years ago everyone was having their first. I love giving something to the family even if it isn't their first baby arrival. This makes things a little tough, because what I usually make, nursing covers, car seat cover, baby slings and things to that sort, are not needed. I have come up with something that I have enjoyed giving for the second bundle of joy: big sibling, little sibling shirts. The mothers adore these, and the big sibling loves having something to celebrate the new arrival as well. These shirts are perfect for when the big sibling comes to the hospital, as well as fabulous for pictures when baby comes home. Personal, useful and inexpensive.

Here is what I did to make this set:
  • I purchased some plain shirts. I love walmart shirts for appliqueing, very inexpensive and I think they are well made, not to thin.
  • I pulled up on a google image search 'bird', found one I liked and sized it to what I wanted in Microsoft Word and then printed it out. I cut it out and then used it as a stencil.
  • I went through my scraps and cut out my birds.
  • I used double stick fusible web to stick the birds to the shirt, using the directions on the package.
  • I did a tight zig zag stitch all the way around the birds and their wings.
  • Then, with a pen, I wrote 'Big Sister', and drew the birds legs and beak. Next, I used embroidering floss, and stitched over my pen marks using back stitch.
  • Finally, I sewed on buttons for the birds eyes.

There really are so many options of what you can do to make this gift personal.

Here are a few more ideas:

For boys, how cute would it be to do a big truck and a little truck?! Lainey Bug Lane has a darling truck shirt that she made.
These Mary Jane shoes that Make It and Love It put together are darling. You could do a big pair and a little pair.

Sticking to shoes, for a boy and girl sibling, how about a sneaker (representing the boy) and a mary janes (representing the girl)? You could make a freezer paper stencil and use black ink on white shirts to be unisex. One Crafty Mama put these darling shoes together.

Even though this is a very simple gift, I think it shows in a big way that you care.

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Rebecca said...

These shirts are beautiful! My girls' room is decorated with birds so they pretty much *need* something like this right? I have some shirts and scraps. You've inspired me. Thank you!

I also love the sneaker & mary janes idea. Maybe I'll do another set of shirts to include my son. :)

Amanda K @ Every Crafty Endeavor said...

These are so cute! I love the fabric and the little birds. You did a great job!

ShannonSews said...

Adorable shirts! I love the little birds. I've never tried applique but have always wanted to.

Candace said...

What a quick and easy idea for a 2nd baby! I recently hosted my BFF's baby shower and birdies were her theme. Maybe for her #2 I could do this! Thanks for sharing.

Jenna @ Copy Cat Corner said...

I might be a tiny bit obsessed with birds so I am swooning over this! For sure going to make this when the time finally comes when I have a second baby!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

What a beautiful gift to give a mom! I would have loved getting this set for my kids.

Coley said...

Those are just adorable! I recently made my first set of sibling shirts for a friend who is having her second daughter. Not quite as cute as yours but from the heart just the same. I love giving homemade gifts or tweaking store bought gifts with homemade touches. :)

Liberty said...

The are beautiful!! I love the button accents and the color combinations. I'm sure these sisters looked fabulous in their shirts. :)

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

THESE ARE JUST TO SWEET! I love them, the cutest big sis and little sis shirts ever. I need to make some shirts for my 3 kids before # 4 gets here on the 26th. Thanks for the reminder. winks-jen

Kelly said...

SO sweet! I'd love it of you joined the Glitter Link party!

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

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Jocelyn said...

I love these shirts. What a great baby gift for a second child. They are adorable!

Remodelaholic said...

These are adorable! I just wanted to let you know I am featuring a link to this on Friday on Polly want a Crafter!