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A while ago a good friend of mine told me she was expecting her first child. After the initial squeals, hugs and giggles, I began to contemplate what I could possibly give to this mom and baby whom mean so much to me.

I realized that much of the gift would need to be homemade… as I wanted to pour my love into something special for this new little family. Finally, I found the perfect plans in the following book:

One Yard Wonders by  Patricia Hoskins & Rebecca Yaker

Little did I know that this book (which my sister-in-law gave to me a couple years ago) would be packed with so much inspiration!

I decided to sew an entire matching baby set. 
I made a diaper/wipes clutch (with matching fold-out change pad).

I also made a small play blanket.

Lastly, I made a bib (and backed it with terry cloth… a special touch of my own creative, yet practical, flair).

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I even found some cute little labels that say “Handmade” – which I attached to all of the items.
I loved making and giving these gifts to my wonderful friend and her beautiful baby girl. Yes – she had a girl!
Do you ever make homemade gifts? 
Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

Jennifer Bly is the creator of Becoming a Deliberate Mom: A Reflective Parenting Workbook. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram for parenting updates and inspiration.

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