This month is a busy birthday month for our family, and I know of several friends’ grandchildren and children being born. Commemorating the birth of a baby is the first opportunity in a life-long tradition of present-giving, of precious keepsakes and celebrations to mark the momentous events.
Reminiscing about the baby gifts for our daughter’s birth 16 years ago in April, l remembered a favourite baby book. I think that every new baby needs to be honoured with a copy ‘PEEPO’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. It’s a delightful and wonderfully illustrated book, which you will read over and over again with your baby as she/he grows up. You can pour over the lovely pictures for hours. Looking again at these lovely images I was inspired to create little pillows for newborn boys and girls, with pretty embroideries depicting charming old fashioned prams, made out of pink or blue complimenting/contrasting fabrics. These would make perfect gifts for brand-new babies. Breaking away from my usual hand-embroideries, and because I am currently addicted to it, I have made these using free-hand machine embroidery on to appliqué fabric. I have also created customised versions with an embroidered name or date of birth stitched on. Envisaging the pillow hanging on the door or chest of drawers in the nursery, I have filled the pillows with fire-safe, allergen-free and washable toy stuffing. These can be scaled up in size to become removable cushion covers and I am also working on a range of designs.
These are all brilliant ideas, I love them all, so inspiring, I want to make some now!
Thank you! They are really fun to do. Sort of think of them as Poppy Trefry meets Caroline Zoob!
Hi Penny, Love your designs lots of luck with them.
Such incredible creations! Mx