What better way to mark the arrival of a new baby than with a handmade gift? There’s a pattern out there for each parenting staple that’s just begging to be made up. Best of all, you can impress a new parent with a thoughtful and functional present!
Earn your stripes
This stripy crocheted bolero is just the thing to pop over a little one’s shoulders when there’s a breeze or chill in the air. The cropped design only involves the basic stitches, so you can whip it up in no time at all! Get our free pattern here.
Fit to boot
Some themes just lend themselves well to baby makes. One of them is the cute animal trend – farmyard animals, in particular! Make designer Irene Strange’s adorable sheep mitts and sweet piggy slippers for the ultimate cute combo. Get our free pattern here.
If there’s one thing that new parents can never have enough of, it’s a bib to make sure that the lovely outfits underneath stay nice and neat – well, in theory! Worked in the easy double crochet stitch, this project is quick to whip up. Why not make a bright stack for expecting parents? Get our free pattern here.
Ponchos are making a comeback, so what better way to be ahead of the trend than with this fantastic freebie pattern? It’s not just uber-cute – parents will be ever-grateful for this useful garment because it can be popped over little heads with so much ease. Get our free pattern here.
Wrap it up
Little ones will be snug as a bug in this amazing cocoon! Little ones will also love feeling safe and all tucked up in the handy sleeping bag from Red Heart, which features a pretty ladybird design. It’s the perfect snuggle project for lazy afternoons in front of the sofa. Now, where can we find an adult version? Get the free pattern here.
A sweet hat and nappy cover set are sure to make babies smile, with its adorable rabbit theme. Use your skills to shape some cute ears, then try an adorable cotton tail to give your makes a whimcial finishing touch. Get our free pattern here.
Cosy in crochet
We think you’ll love this fantastic cardigan pattern by Selina Green of Kawaiiblythe blog! With options for long or short sleeves, as well as creating buttonholes, it really allows you to make a garment that suits your child. There’s also tips for enlarging the design to fit your little one as they grow. Believe us, this is one you’ll wish you had in every colour. Get the free pattern here.
If you fancy your hand at sewing too, why not give this super-cute dress a go? Featuring a sweet crochet collar, you’ll be amazed by the simplicity of this garment and will want to give all mini-outfits this handmade once-over. It’s also a great opportunity to practise your treble cluster. Get our free pattern here.
Fun in the sun
Make sure little one’s faces are always protected with a darling sun hat, designed by Sara of My Messy Life blog. The pattern is available in two sizes: from newborn to six months and from 18 months to three years, so you can make it up in bigger sizes as they grow – which will be faster than you know it! Get the free pattern here.
Keep little fingers amused for hours on end with a colourful rattle. Featuring a happy bunny face with its cheery smile, it’s also a great chance to give embroidery a go! And what better way to practise first than with Mr Rabbit? Get our free pattern here.