When it comes to creating a long list of sewing projects, it would definitely seem like we can sew almost anything, except for baby stuff. This reluctance basically comes from the fear of actually not producing a safe enough output that would suit the baby’s sensitive skin. I personally shun from sewing anything for my nieces until they turned around two to three years old. The main challenge in sewing for babies is actually picking the right fabric that will be soft and safe enough for the little ones. Add to that the worry on the right fit for the baby. There is no particular pattern to base one when it comes to the standard sizes for babies.
After attending a sewing workshop form moms recently, I realized that sewing projects for babies are nothing to be anxious about. As long as we know the few intricacies, then you can definitely resume with your usual sewing work. If by this point you are already convinced to embark on sewing for babies at this point, here are the important details to know first:
Lesser Sewing Fabric Does Not Mean Easier Shopping Experience
You may think that sewing little things will save you a lot of money, compared to sewing adult stuff. On the contrary, you may have to step up your fabric shopping game when it comes choosing for the littles. As earlier established, babies and kids have more sensitive skin than us adults so it’s important to carefully pick fabrics that are hypoallergenic, smooth, and soft enough for baby’s skin. Basically, the cost you save on the size of the fabric will be easily offset by the specific quality that you would need.
Accurate measurements is key
This consideration will be relatively easy granting that you will be sewing for your own baby. However, since it will be harder to find patterns with standard sizes for babies, you will have to test your creativity and accuracy in terms of measurements. The brighter side about sewing for babies is that there is really not much worries about making it bigger, since you can be confident that it can still be used eventually. When not certain, always go bigger.
Keep it basic
In almost any sewing project, the fun part is always putting on the embellishments on our final output. Take it differently when it comes to sewing for babies, as you may have to keep it basic. This means no sharp addition, loose strings, or anything that can be easily detached from the garment. For added fun in your output, you can just play with the colors of the fabric that you will be using. Monograms will make good and risk-free embellishments, too.
Upon learning all these considerations in sewing for babies, it will definitely make sense why so many baby stuff are priced expensively. Sewing your own baby garments and accessories may be quite a challenge at first in terms of technique and cost but it will prove to be economical in the long run.