This post is sponsored by Owlet, they are providing compensation for the post, all ideas are my own.
Today I am working with Owlet as part of Baby Safety Month. They are doing a blog hop with several different bloggers posting about baby safety this month, one every day. Yesterday Whitney from Beauty, Baby, and a Budget shared some tips for Grandparents on how to baby proof their homes. In addition to all of the blog posts on baby safety Owlet is also sponsoring a huge giveaway with lots of great baby safety products including an Owlet Baby Monitor, a car seat, and more. You can enter at the end of this post.
As I was thinking about what I could share that had something to do with baby safety I was trying to come up with something that I could make but most baby safety things are not really DIY projects. I mean, car seats are super important for baby safety but you can't really make your own and most things you could make for the car seat will actually make it less safe rather than safer. And then there are all of the little baby proofing things like outlet covers and door locks and baby gates. Again, things that are really things you are going to make yourself, I didn't really think it would be a good idea to make something myself to stick in an electrical outlet.
As I was thinking about this I looked down at the 6 week old little baby sleeping in my arms and I saw a little scratch on his nose where he had scratched himself and thought about how I really should try to clip his nails but I hate doing that when there little nails are so tiny, I'm always worried I am going to accidentally clip some skin. The other option is to put little mittens, or socks if you don't have mittens, on their hands to keep them from scratching themselves. Then I thought, you know, that may not be the same kind of baby safety as car seats and outlet covers but it does still kind of fall in that category. It is something that you are doing to keep your baby from getting hurt, in this case from hurting themselves. In fact if you go to a store looking for baby safety items you will find things like doorknob and outlet covers in the same area you will find nail clippers and thermometers. All of those things help keep baby safe.
With one of my other kids someone gave me a pair of the baby mittens you can buy at the store, little knit mittens with a piece of elastic around the bottom. I felt like they were really loose and never stayed on well. Eventually they got lost so I didn't have them to use this time around so I decided to make my own. I didn't really want to go the elastic around the wrist route so I came up with another idea and I am really happy with how they turned out. I decided to use ribbing around the wrist instead of elastic. I felt like I could make it a little more snug without being tight around his little wrist. It took me a couple tries to get the right size, the first ones fit but they were a little smaller than I wanted which made them really hard to get on his little hands. Any scrap of fabric should work for the mitt part, I would recommend something soft though. I used super soft cuddle fabric on one pair and double gauze on the other. Knit fabrics would also work well and even flannel would probably work. I wouldn't recommend just a regular cotton fabric just because it wouldn't be as soft. I really like the double gauze mittens because it is soft but also thin, where the cuddle mitts were a lot thicker. You don't need a lot of fabric so this is a great scrap project. You will also only need a very small piece of ribbing. I used some scraps that I had of that too.
You will need:
- scrap of fabric at least
- scrap of ribbing at least 7" square
- PDF pattern
- coordinating thread
- sewing machine
First you will need to cut out 4 mittens using the printable pattern piece or if you need a bigger or smaller size draw a mitten shape that is big enough to fit over your baby's hand.
Cut 2 pieces of ribbing 3 1/2" x 3". The 3 1/2" should be the stretchy way (the picture is of the smaller mittens so the measurements are a little smaller, for these ones I cut the ribbing 2 1/2" square but I felt like they were just a little too small).
Sew the mittens together right sides together along the curved edge using a 1/4" seam allowance. If you are using a fabric that has stretch you may want to use a narrow zigzag stitch.
Fold the ribbing in half so that the the stretch is folded in half. It should be 1 3/4" x 3".
Sew along the edge opposite the fold using a narrow zigzag.
Fold the ribbing in half with the seam on the inside.
Place the folded ribbing inside of the mitten with right sides together and the raw edges matching. Stretch the ribbing to fit the inside edge of the mitt. Pin in place.
Sew around the edge. Make sure that all threads are clipped so that there are no strings that can get caught around baby's fingers.
Turn right side out and they are ready to put on baby's hands.
Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out the next post in this blog hop tomorrow, Savanna at Modern Wanderer will be talking about ways to keep baby safe outdoors.
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