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Aug 19

How To Make Handmade Baby Quilts Affordable

How can you give a handmade baby quilt for a baby shower gift and still make it affordable?

When you’re going to a baby shower for someone special in your life, you want to choose the perfect present to convey your affection and admiration, but you have to keep your budget in mind. Those two desires sometimes seem like they will never mesh. You’ve rejected the cliche outfits that will soon be outgrown and the nursery paraphernalia that has as much sentimental value as a diaper pack.

What’s thrumming your heartstrings are those handmade baby quilts for sale on-line. And who can blame you? Each one has a different design that is irresistibly cute. Here is a gift that will comfort the newborn from his very first day in the crib to his playpen adventures and later to his playtimes on the floors of homes he visits.

Since talented quilters have translated their ideas into adorable homemade gifts for girls and boys, you have the ability to select one that will have personal meaning for the family. You’ve seen the baby quilts with little sailboats that would please your friends who have a boat, and you’ve loved the cars and trains motif that is perfect for the family that loves to travel, or the one whose dad is in transportation.

As you check out these quilts to buy, you’re impressed that the fine soft flannels and sturdy construction techniques used by quilters create unusual gifts that can withstand the rumble-tumble of babyhood and will survive as precious keepsakes that babies who come later can enjoy.

Now you realize that each has been thoughtfully designed and lovingly handcrafted for years of use and pleasure cannot be had for a bargain basement price. These are not like some pile of mass-produced quilts with the same design, dubious fabrication quality and no personal connection to the new baby’s family. When you buy unique crafts, you’re buying from the person who usually spends weeks making sure each one is sturdily made and marvelous to see.

So how can you make sure that a favorite mom-to-be and her family will get to own this most precious and practical of baby gifts without putting a pain in your pocketbook? The secret is sharing the cost.

Grandma might propose that her other daughters get together with her on a special gift. Or the aunts could chip in together for a collective presentation. If the expectant mom is a co-worker, the baby quilt could come from several members of the crew.

Anyone can find a modest, ho-hum budget-friendly gift, but its duration in use and memory is almost sure to be limited. You want to express how you feel about the newborn and her family in a more meaningful, lasting way. By making the baby shower gift a group gift with others who feel as you do, you can afford to provide a spectacular present that will be a joy to the baby and her family for years to come.