If you’ve been reading here for long you know I love sewing for babies. After all, it’s when I was pregnant with my oldest, Natalie (who will be 10 in a couple of weeks!), that I rediscovered sewing. I still remember sitting at my kitchen island sewing her crib bumper – in labor and I didn’t even realize it. I finished it though! And I can’t say we really got a whole lot of use out the crib bumper either. Just one of those things I guess.
The other day my mom asked if I had any Divided Baskets lying around. She needed a baby gift. I didn’t, but of course I couldn’t say no. A basket for a baby girl, sure! I did struggle with picking out fabrics though. Because I don’t know the recipient, I really second guessed myself. I pulled fabrics from every nook of my fabric shelf trying to pick a combination I liked and would be a welcomed gift. It’s hard! I love making gifts, but when I know the recipient it’s so much easier. And when I’m not making gifts I usually pick whatever I’d like. I didn’t let it hold me back for long though.
Once the fabric selection was done I really enjoyed sewing up this Divided Basket. It’s the kind of relaxing sewing that I need more often than I think. I love knowing what step is next, what things I can customize and change. It’s nice to be able to go through the motions and still feel creatively intrigued. One of the best parts is seeing how the finished project comes together. I love doing that final press and standing back and seeing the finished project.
The other thing I love about sewing gifts is making things in sets. You know, a pouch with a tote, a pillow with a quilt, stuff like that. I think it makes the gift super fun. So the quick and always fun diaper pouch (tutorial from Diary of a Quilter) is one I make often. For a small amount a fabric, this pouch comes in really handy for keeping diapers in your bag. Love them (but also secretly glad I don’t have to lug diaper around anymore, hehe).
Off this set goes, I hope the new mom gets a lot of use out of it!
Pattern: Divided Basket, Diaper Pouch
Fabric: denim, Alison Glass Handcrafted, Bonnie Christine Succulence, Robert Kaufman Yarn Dyed Gingham
Have a lovely weekend!
21 thoughts on “Springy Divided Basket + Diaper Pouch”
Bless You Anna for creating the Divided Basket! It’s my go to pattern for every gift I need to make, sisters, friends, and like you it’s perfect for baby /new mom gifting. The compliments are endless on each one I’ve made and my recipients proudly display ’em and use ’em.
Aw thanks Diane, you’re so kind. 🙂
I always love your fabric choices! For clothes and otherwise. Great basket, I’m sure the new mom will love it!!
Made several of the divided baskets for my daughter’s office, and she also requested some for the baby’s room. I also made two that I altered for knitting colorwork: three sections and openings on the sides to fit yarn through. This is one of my favorites of your patterns!
they sound amazing Liz!
That’s a great basket; they make awesome shower gifts, especially filled with all kinds of baby doodads! Your daughter is such a pretty young lady and very tall for 10 years old (probably taller than me at 5’2″!) Tall like her Mama, how tall is she Anna?
Thanks Regina! I grabbed my almost 8 year old, Emily, to be my model for these shots actually! She’s average height, I suppose the angles make her appear taller than she is. 🙂
such a sweet gift! i’m a sucker for gingham and i love blue for a girl. so cute!
Such a super cute combo!! I’m sure she’ll love it all!:)
What a terrific baby gift! Natalie is a such a pretty model, too!
This is a fabulous baby gift! I love your choices.
Nice! So much cuter than my current diaper caddy!
Ah, it’s gorgeous, Anna! Forgot how much I love sewing those divided baskets as baby gifts, now trying to think of someone local to sew one for. 😉
Ohhh Anna this is super cute, boy or girl shouldn’t matter because the cuteness factor totally makes it dooable either way. Love the fabric you used for the lining do you recall what that is? Also, either you sized that basket up or your daughter is tiny. I don’t recall my basket looking quite as big as this one. I sure do love it though. :O)
Thanks Karen! The lining is from the collection Succulence (linked above) by Bonnie Christine. Such pretty colors! The basket is at it’s regular size, Emily is pretty tiny.
A lovely gift. And I really like how you’ve edged that webbing tape (or at least, that’s what I’m guessing you’ve done….!) to make the handles. It’s those kind of details that I would never think of, but which make the basket look so super classy. It’s hard to imagine a recipient not liking that pressie.
Such a beautiful combination of fabrics. You definitely chose the right ones!
Anna, can you tell me more about using glue for basting the lining and the outer basket. What kind did you use? How long did you wait for it to dry? Did you have any problems sewing after gluing? I’ve made 5 of your baskets for baby gifts in the past year. Each received with great excitement and I received many compliments. Thanks for such a wonderful pattern that is so easy to follow. I’m always thrilled after the final pressing too!
Thanks for your comment. I’m definitely not an expert on the subject but I used Beacon Fabri-tac and maybe held it in place for a minute or so. I didn’t run into any issues. Hope that helps a bit.
What size is the basket in the pictures? I made the basket and mine looks much smaller!