I finally learned to sew last spring & boy have I come far in the past year. And I still feel very amateur, but I am proud of what I can come up with. Even if that means using my seam ripper multiple times. :-/
Since I have so many friends at the age of reproduction, I feel like I'm going to a baby shower every other month. My husband is happy when i GO to the showers, not host or help host them. :) haha! Since I've learned to sew, playmats are of the gifts I give at each baby shower (along with burp cloths, name blocks, and usually a something little else. Playmats are one of those things that you really need, and not a musical type one with huge arms and toys hanging off it. You need a simple mat that can be taken outside, to the Grandparents house and get rolled up and stuck in the diaper bag! So that's why I started making them. The great thing about it is when the babies out grow the playmats, they also make great picnic mats!
My friend Marsha is due early June with a sweet baby girl. I have to say this playmat is my favorite so far! Marsha's nursery is pink, green and black with some polka dot fabric, so I made my own spin off and found some cute fabrics that all incorporate the circles/polka dot theme in them. I also finished it off with black polka dot ruffles all the way around the playmat.
Another friend Melissa is due in July & had her baby shower last weekend. They are big University of Texas fans & I debated about doing orange.....but I just couldn't do it. Not that I'm not a Texas fan..orange just isn't my thing. Melissa has a jungle theme for baby Cooper, so I pulled in the browns, greens & blues. A little more simple for a baby boy, but I think it's just as cute!