Saturday, May 21, 2011

baby shower present

Last weekend I attended a baby shower for a sweet little guy named Joel. I've known his parents for a few years now, so it was really wonderful to get to meet their first child and help set him up with lots of cute clothes and toys.

Baby Shower Food Spread

Joel's aunts put the party together and it was super cute! They decorated the room with blue and green and little hits of brown. The food spread was amazing. a few people brought things like yummy fresh fruit and veggies and a really cool strawberry and mint spread thing. The aunts made a super cute cake and a whole batch of sugar cookies shaped like onesies.

Baby Shower Cake


For the shower I decided to try out making a Baby in the Hood Jacket from the book Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner. I was a little worried about my ability to make the jacket well enough to give it to someone, so I made a practice one (more on that later).

Baby in the Hood Jacket

I made the jacket in the 9-12 months size. I was really running low on boy friendly fabrics, so I decided to use an old pair of my Joel's jeans for the exterior fabric. The button placket and hood stripe are made from Kona Chocolate.

Baby in the Hood Jacket

For the inside I cut into my stash of Katie Jump Rope! I wasn't sure about the orange, since it's one of those colours that most people either love or hate. I ended up really loving the combination of the orange polka dots and the denim.

Baby in the Hood Jacket

I added a little tag for the size and a Cowtown Baby label to the inside bottom corner. When it came to picking out buttons I just couldn't decide. It was my Joel who came up with the idea of using the wooden toggles and I LOVE how it turned out!

I was really happy to be able to give this to baby Joel and I look forward to seeing it on him when he grows into it. He's currently only a month old, so I made it to fit him next year. I guess I'll just have to wait a bit.


Erika L. said...

This is super adorable...I'm sure the mommy-2-be was thrilled to get it. The jean was a great idea!

Irina said...

I love it! I have a few jackets with great lining for my daughter. Sometimes I wish they didn't grow that fast!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

What a terrific jacket! I love the way it turned out. How great is it that you used a pr of old jeans and the orange dots make it so cheery! The wooden toggles are brilliant! Wish you were my relative! ! Patsy from

Alexandra said...

Oh my gosh...that jacket is adorable!