I have done xstitch birth samplers for all my children and their cousins. I also got some bob the builder squares and made a small patchwork blanket which I used when out and about. I'd put it on the floor if I wasn't sure of the floor and wanted to put baby down for a wriggle. It doubled up for the pushchair too and is now a much loved item in the toy box.
what did i make for my son around the time he was born?
i little fleecy suit in camo print 25 resuable nappies (did 25 a year latter as bum got bigger) 2 nappy free time rugs sheets for crib nappy holder a few stretchy tops and pants with name on them bamboo fabric pants for sensative skin a couple of fleecy hats
have made loads more for him as time went on. oh and yess i work full time as well.
Ive made ds2 some cute little 'skibs' style teething bandanas and with offcuts matching bow-ties for ds1!
V easy and cheaper than buying. All u need is your choice of top fabric, some light interlining type stuff and nice soft flannel for the backing. Have also made these as gifts for friends and trimmed with lovely vintage lace/ribbon.
My sewing always takes too long. I knitted DS a blanket, which turned out to be waaaaayyy too big for him (wasn't thinking straight, of course 7 large balls of wool were going to make an enormous thing! it's a rainbow blanket) and a knitted koala. I was going to do a knitted bird as well but MIL took over that project as she was bored and needed something to do in November in England (she had come over from Australia for 2m) while I went 2w overdue and couldn't go out too much.
A patchwork cot quilt, even a basic one looks great, you can personalise it with sewing or writing a message in laundry pen. Nice for the nursery and good for toddler/child to lug around/cold journeys in the car etc and in the future it's a family heirloom