Batter Up Baby Shower

February 7, 2014 in News

One of my best friends and her husband are having a baby girl in one month. They are also big St. Louis Cardinal fans, so we threw them a girly STL Cardinal Baseball baby shower! We had some talented people involved to make this party a grand slam celebration (as you can see by the beautiful cake and the handmade crocheted blanket in the pictures below)!

Totally Stitchin': Batter Up Baby Shower

This was my first attempt at a diaper cake! So fun; I think I will do it again if I get the opportunity! UPDATE: I made a diaper cake tutorial! Click here for the tutorial!

Totally Stitchin': Batter Up Baby Shower

For the cake “plate,” I traced a pizza pan (because that was about the same as my first layer of the “cake”) and cut out that circle from a cardboard box…which doubled over as a fun lil playhouse for the kids. 🙂

Totally Stitchin': Batter Up Baby Shower

Totally Stitchin': Batter Up Baby Shower

I then, took a 4″ wide, long strip of red fabric and ironed it in half (to make it 2″ wide, but still long…I’d say about 2 yards long (I sewed several 4″ strips together). Next, I used my awesome Baby Lock Ruffler foot and gathered the fabric in a jiff! Then, hot glued it all around my diaper cake “plate.” I also made a grid of hot glue and let it dry to aid in grip so the “cake” wouldn’t slip right off.

Totally Stitchin': Batter Up Baby Shower

I made a few other fun items for the shower. All of the flowers on the front of the cake can be used with headbands (I made all of the red bows; the white one at the top is an embellishment from Hobby Lobby placed on a white satin headband).

Totally Stitchin': Batter Up Baby Shower

Totally Stitchin': Batter Up Baby Shower

I also donned the cake with some cute red socks, some adorable pink STL Cardinal Baseball pacifiers, a pair of homemade shoesies (scroll down for more on these), diaper rash cream, powder, and a baby brush and comb.

Totally Stitchin': Batter Up Baby Shower

I purchased some STL Cardinals onesies and sewed a skirt and a pair of ruffled bloomers with my Baby Lock sewing machine and serger to girl-ify the outfits!

Totally Stitchin': Batter Up Baby Shower

Totally Stitchin': Batter Up Baby Shower

Also, constructed some cutesie little shoes using this Simplicity pattern. I used bias tape around the top edge of these.

Totally Stitchin': Batter Up Baby Shower

Side note…the pattern leaves the top edge raw (although, it is fused to the lining and helps prevent fray somewhat)…so, I thought I’d try serging that top edge on the shoes shown below…so proud, my Baby Lock Evolution (and I) pulled it off…it was a little tricky. I made my stitch length really small and turned my blade off. Then, you have to watch where the needle is hitting right next to your fabric (and get creative with how you feed the fabric through)…so, I just had to take my time! I really love the result! I also used headband elastic from some headbands I found at Hobby Lobby, as well.

Totally Stitchin': Batter Up Baby Shower

They’re actually not too difficult to make once you get the hang of it…I would say you might need to make a couple before you’re happy with the end result (luckily, they don’t take that much fabric and are a quick sew). Here’s a couple of pics from the process in making them.

Totally Stitchin': Batter Up Baby Shower

Stitched 2 lines to ensure strength…

Totally Stitchin': Batter Up Baby Shower

Pinked the curves to alleviate some bulk! Then, you turn them right side out!

Totally Stitchin': Batter Up Baby Shower

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