Creating an attractive and inexpensive baby gift is an easy task for even novice crafters. Making a baby clothes bouquet requires the cutting of dowel rods, and rubber bands as the only tools. Rolling baby clothes around the dowel rods and arranging them in a vase will create a colourful and unique gift for a baby shower or welcome home gift for the new arrival.
Purchase dowel rods from the DIY centre. The rods are typically less than £1.30 each. The rods come in multiple size diameters. Select a sturdy dowel rod, which can be either purchased in a 30 cm (12 inch) long segment or cut to that length. The dowel rods can be cut with a handsaw or a jigsaw. If using a handsaw, use sandpaper to remove any rough edges. Varying heights of dowel rods can also be used to add fullness to the baby clothes bouquet. Multiple small items, such as bibs or wash clothes can be added to a single dowel if desired.
Roll each baby clothes items into a tubelike shape, and secure with rubber bands around the middle of the fabric. Baby clothes, bibs, receiving blankets, wash clothes, or babygros can be used interchangeably to create a baby clothes bouquet.
Push apart the fabric at the top of the baby clothing or fabric item. The fabric can be separated to make a flower shape. Secure the fabric just underneath the "petal" for stability with larger or thicker fabric.
Slide the dowel rod through the bottom end of the fabric. Push the wooden rod in firmly but gently so the "flower" isn't disturbed. Repeat this step until all baby clothes items are used.
Arrange the completed "flowers" in a vase. Oversized plastic baby bottles can be used instead of a traditional vase. The 90 cm (3 foot) tall baby bottles can be found at most baby boutiques or discount retailers for less than £6 each. Drill a hole into the top of the plastic baby bottle nipple for the dowel rods. If a plastic baby bottle is used, weight the bottom of the container with zip-lock bags filled with sand so it won't tip over.
Attaching plastic leaves or baby toys to the baby clothes bouquet adds a colourful touch to the project.