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Two Packs of Diapers, 6 Yards of Ribbon and an Embroidery Machine

It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve stitched something fun. Oh don’t get me wrong, I love my job but many times my stitching details are more technical than creative. But recently I was creating a baby shower gift.  The theme was baseball – both parents are huge Texas Rangers fans.  I haven’t had that much fun in my sewing room in ages. And it didn’t take much: two packs of diapers, six yards of ribbon, two onesies and some fabric scraps.  First I created the onesie designs in software. I used Perfect Embroidery Pro to create the lettering in the rope frame and the monogram for the tie.OnesieBL

The two-tier diaper cake was a blast. I made three patches with buttonholes for decorating the tiers.  Two were on vinyl: Worth the Wait and Our Little Slugger while the monogram patch is fabric. Next, I layered two ribbons: 3” denim and 2” gingham with skinny strips of fusible web. I learned long ago that gift recipients who do not sew, are absolutely NOT offended by fusible web! So I didn’t waste any time stitching the layers. Then I threaded the skinny grosgrain ribbon through the buttonholes on the patches and fused it to the gingham ribbon.

The Worth the Wait patch is wrapped around a dollar store popcorn container that fits into the center of the diaper ring. To finish the top, I added crinkled brown paper strips and a pair of sneakers.

The onesies and a couple of purchased baby items were stashed into blue gift bags. Simple red/white stripe paper pennants finished it off. Oh my, what fun!Diaper2BLDiaper1BL

How much fun have you had in your sewing room lately?




  • Dottie Kirkwood

    Fun sewing? Ha! Because of the move, I haven’t really sewn since last August and I’m in serious withdrawal!!! To top it off, my sewing room is last on the list of priorities. But that’s okay. Our new place is finally becoming our new home and I love it. VBG

  • Karen S

    All of my sewing the last couple months has been work. I hope to embroider a grad gift later this week.

  • Diana Hensley

    I have been working a lot in my sewing room lately. The biggest project is making an embroidered quilt for my daughter. It has 25 blocks that have an average of 75,000 stitches per block. I am making a baby quilt for my great nephew. Made a quilt wall hanging last week for my friend for her birthday. Making a free standing lace dream catcher with FSL items to hang off it for another friend’s birthday next week. Whew, make me tired just looking at what I just wrote, but having lots of fun!

  • Lynda Case

    Being in the sewing room is always fun and I try to spend some time in there every day doing projects for others mostly

  • Gail Beam

    Stitching some sports designs on some shirts and sweatshirts for my daughter to wear at the high school where she teaches and shirts and sweatshirts for my granddaughter to wear at her high school volleyball games are my latest projects.

  • Becky Thompson

    That is SO adorably cute! I bet mom and dad were thrilled! We were invited to a sports-themed Jack & Jill shower recently for a little boy and I wish I’d known to do this. Is there a video of how to wrap or curl the diapers without them flying everywhere as your wrap them with the ribbon? I’m keeping this idea in mind for future events. Thanks!

    • Adeline Brill

      I found a tutorial where you wrap each diaper with a rubber band first. Tie consuming but it looks like it made a difference.

      • eileenroche

        Instead of placing a rubber band around each individual diaper, I wrapped a length of elastic around the whole bundle to keep it in place while I worked on the ribbon. I’ll post the how-to next Wednesday.

  • karen

    I have been having fun cleaning out my sewing room. In addition to being very satisfying, I have found some great things that I hadn’t seen in years!!!!

  • Adeline Brill

    I am having the same fun time as you sewing gifts for my grandson-to-be baby shower. Their theme is a jungle theme and his room has monkeys in it! I am getting ready to make a diaper cake as well! I followed your tutorial for the month by month patches and need to sew up a few of those as well!

  • Sara Redner

    I am working on a blanket and bibs for one baby and bibs and burp pads for another. The dad of the baby getting the blanket is a hunter, and I found camouflage fleece in light blues for the back of the blanket – so cute!

    • eileenroche

      Oh that was a lucky find!

  • Rita

    I recovered a baseball for my son’s 50th birthday.

  • Lynsey

    The diaper cake is absolutely adorable! So personal, for the parents. Great job and thanks for sharing your idea.

  • Carolyn

    Totally love the diaper cake! Love the personal touches. Thanks for sharing!

  • Carolyn

    I’ve been having fun stitching freestanding lace jewelry. Mostly earrings: flip-flops, footballs, crabs, seahorses, and dolphins, also bracelets and wrist cuffs. The most fun part is choosing colors. I have to carry some of the flip-flops with me to sell when ladies see them in my ears!!

  • Karen W

    Earlier this year, I made a quilt top for my younger grandson, using a Bargello technique on mostly black background. The hand stitching got put on hold when his older sister announced she was having twin girls!! Yahoo – Baby things (it’s only been 20+ yrs)! So I made curtains for the nursery, Ergonomic Burp Cloths, assorted flannel items & am now embroidering over-sized fleece blankets & making crib skirts. Everything is double — 2 babies, 2 windows, 2 cribs, etc!! They arrived last Friday, then we go see them & I get back to hand quilting grandson’s quilt for his 21st b/d later this year.

  • Joan Shriver

    I embroidered a onsie with a “princess” design, then put a skirt made of a soft knit with a princess print on it. A second onsie had a design of Minnie Mouse and a skirt printed of red cherries on a black background all for my G.G.neice. They turned out so cute and it was so fun!Joan

  • Karin C

    My 10 yr old granddaughter is just beginning to learn to sew, so when she came to visit us (500 miles!) last month, I had some fun teaching her how to use a ruffler foot and a fast-tube turner while we made a little shirred-top sundress with ruffle around the bottom and straps across the shoulders. It was fun showing her how to use a rotary cutter & seeing her “get” the feel of a good cut. Then watching her twirl in her new sundress really brought smiles to all our faces!

  • Bruce

    I just love the diaper cake. It looks cute and fun. Thanks for sharing.