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Beautiful Home-made Gifts for a Baby

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Book Name: Beautiful Home-made Gifts for a Baby

Author: Penelope Cream

Publisher: Southwater

ISBN: 1-84215-852-X

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 256

Illustrations: color photos

Experience Required: Varying degrees of difficulty

Book Review

The projects in Beautiful Home-made Gifts for a Baby are divided into four categories/chapters: New Arrivals, The Nursery, Special Occasions (i.e. Christening) and Baby Days. The gifts in this book involve a wide variety of techniques, which is where the varying levels of difficulty rating comes into play. The techniques include paper mache, potato printing, cross-stitch, decoupage, sponging, crochet, knitting, collage, appliqué, tie-dye, sewing and woodworking.

The gifts include cards, clothing and accessories (blankets, sleepers, aprons, towels, mitts, jackets, tops, booties, slippers, bibs, sweaters, hats, bags, a costume and a headband) and toys (stuffed, wooden, puzzles, mobiles, play mats, dolls, bears, books, play cubes, blocks and puppets). There are also furniture and accessories projects (mirrors, bumper pads, curtains, book ends, flower arrangements, frames, sachets, egg cosies, cushions, a wreath, a garland, a lampshade and storage solutions) as well as miscellaneous items (shower favors, a memento holder, an album and a cake). I especially like the number of educational toys (mobiles, play cubes, fabric book, play panel, picture blocks, counting book, alphabet blocks, stacking boxes, doing doll, shape matcher, train jigsaw (puzzle), playdough and shoe lacer).

The step-by-step instructions for the projects are clear and accompanied by photos demonstrating the step as well as the final product. I like that the templates or patterns and stitch demonstrations are included with the project instructions but they need to be enlarged. I also like that there are age recommendations for the clothing that will only fit certain sizes and for the toys that are suitable for specific age groups


  • Appliquéd Sleepsuit
  • Quilted Card
  • Cutie Bootees
  • Play Cube
  • Pom Pom Mobile
  • Bedtime Friends
  • Bathroom Pockets
  • Changing Bag
  • Busy Bee Slippers
  • Sarah Sock Doll
  • Denim Bear

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