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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, and Deliberate Homeschooling. 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.
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