The Best Gifts Are Handmade

If there is one thing more fun than giving a gift, it’s giving a handmade gift! I know in this day and age, it is much quicker to run up to Wally World, grab something off the shelf, speed through the check out and throw it in a gift bag. But I like to hope that there are others out there, like myself, that appreciate the time, effort and love put into handmade items.

To celebrate all things handmade and to welcome a new bundle into this world, I stitched up this nursing cover for my dear friend Shea. She welcomed baby #2 into the world yesterday.

I’ve seen several different nursing covers out there in babyland, however I decided they were all just a little too plain for my taste. I love ruffles, I love frills, I love buttons! So I set out to make Shea’s little Butterbean something unique: a nursing cover that fits the bill for all the practical purposes, yet with a good dousing of hand-crafted charm.

A delicate polka-dotted ruffle lines the hem of the cover, while a bright hand-stitched zinnia dances in the corner. Each petal was hand-cut and a load of little buttons brighten up the flower’s center. Perfect!


I can’t wait to meet Miss Butterbean. Ok, I guess I have to stop calling her that. She actually has a name now – Colleen. Hmmm… Colleen the Butterbean. I like the sound of that.

Best wishes to the happy family!

Posted 9/2/10, Topic: Blog

  • jessica
    September 3, 2010 at 7:30 am |

    ok I LOVE that! I agree – most of the nursing covers are cute fabric, but that's it – great, great idea. I will be making one of these!

  • jen
    September 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm |

    I like Colleen the Butterbean too. Seems that Auntie Krista has already given her a nickname.

  • Tammy Lyn
    September 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm |

    I loved this when Shea showed it to me! It is so cute! I'm a ruffle kinda girl too. :)

  • Tristin @ Two Girls Being Crafty
    September 4, 2010 at 12:41 am |

    Beautiful job and love the embellishing–and what a useful gift! My nursing cover was one of my most necessary items… Love the ruffles–I'm sure the recipient will, too.

  • shea
    September 4, 2010 at 11:18 pm |

    Of course I love it! I took it with me to the hospital this time around and all of the nurses ohh'd and ahh'd. And my little Colleen really is a Butterbean. An 8 pound, 10 oz Butterbean!
    Thank you Auntie Krista!

  • Natalie at Our Old Southern House
    September 5, 2010 at 9:11 am |

    shea– 8lbs, 10ozs…girl, i hope you got an epidural–HA!
    krista– it's really beautiful. you should put the flower on a top and make shorts or pants to go w/them and sell them as a set on etsy!

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