Crafts for Kids

Published on March 1st, 2014 | by Becky Striepe


Sewing for Baby: 25 Tutorials for Toys, Clothes, and the Nursery

Sewing for Baby: 25 Tutorials for Toys, Clothes, and the Nursery

Are you getting your life ready for a new arrival? You can save money and conserve natural resources by sewing for baby instead shopping at the big box store!

Of course, you shouldn’t feel pressured to make all of your baby’s stuff by hand. When you’re sewing for baby, you want to decide which things are worth it for you to make and which you’re better off buying. There are so many pre-made baby products that are much safer than when we were kids. You can find organic cotton clothing, nursery bedding, and even toys. There are also companies making non-toxic toys out of sustainably-harvested and recycled plastic. So when you can’t make something yourself, you’ve got plenty of options that are healthy for your little one and kind to the planet!

Right! So! The pressure’s off. Take a look through this list and decide what you’ll be sewing for baby! I’d also love to hear about what you’ve whipped up for your kids, so feel free to drop links to your favorite sewing for baby tutorials in the comments!

Sewing for Baby: Tips

Not all of the tutorials below use reclaimed, recycled, or organic materials explicitly, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t choose sustainable fabrics when you’re making them! For the stuffed toys that don’t use reclaimed or healthy stuffing, Try these resources for finding organic sewing notions to make sure that whatever you’re sewing for baby is healthy for him and for the planet!

Sewing for Baby: 25 Tutorials for Toys, Clothes, and the Nursery

Sewing for Baby: Toys

1. Make a Crinkle Tag Toy

2. Bunny Crinkle Toy + printable template

3. Soft Rattle Blocks for Baby

4. Stuffies Made from Old Baby Clothing

5. Upcycled Baby Rattle

6. Upcycled Sweater Pals

7. Soothing Gremlin Softie

8. Felt Toy Truck

9. Quick Felt Board Playset

Sewing for Baby: 25 Tutorials for Toys, Clothes, and the Nursery

Sewing for Baby: Clothes

10 Kid Shorts from an Upcycled T-Shirt

11. Child’s Skirt from an Adult Tee

12. Adult Sweater to Child Leggings

13. Child’s Skirt from an Adult Sweater

14. No-Sew Upcycled Baby Hat

15. Baby Tights

16. Resources for Sewing Your Own Cloth Diapers

17. Adult T-Shirt to Baby Jumper

18. Turn a Too-Small Onesie into a Baby Tee

19. Make a Bib Onesie from a Boring Thrift Store Onesie

20. Kid Crown from Recycled Felt

Sewing for Baby: 25 Tutorials for Toys, Clothes, and the Nursery

Sewing for Baby: Nursery

21. Make Shooting Star Bunting from Recycled Felt

22. Sew an Organic Crib Sheet

23. How to Make a Baby Blanket the Easy Way

24. Upcycled Sweater Throw Pillow

25. Make Your Own Baby Wipes

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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