An Artful Gift for a New Baby

A friend of mine has recently had a new addition to her family, so this project was created because I needed a small extra gift that I could give to mark the occasion – something small, unique and personal, that I could make fairly easily. In the end I decided to make this simple hanging decoration decorated with monochrome drawings (in recognition of the fact that young babies see strong contrasts most clearly). If you use ready made plain shapes, minimal sewing is required, and all you need are fabric pens and a length of baker’s twine to attach them together and form a hanging loop. I left the backs undecorated because I wanted to write the child’s name, birth date and weight on the different shapes, in order to really personalise the gift.

If you want to have a go at one of these yourself, I have added a small number of these as a kit to the Artful Kids store, which includes everything you need to get started. You can create your own designs if you choose, but I have also added below the templates for the designs used if you want to use them. You could transfer the design to the shape using dressmakers carbon paper

Heart Template

Bird Template

House Template

Of course this is also a project that kids can decorate with their own designs and messages too. However please note that this is intended to be a decoration rather than a toy, and the finished decoration should always be hung out of the reach of young children.


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