Many new moms like to have their babies right next to them throughout the night, especially when they first bring the baby home. Prepare a bassinet for your baby that you can put in your bedroom instead of a large crib. A bassinet is much smaller than a crib and usually has a type of umbrella hood. Make a hood cover for you baby's bassinet that matches the decor of either your room or the baby's room using colourful fabric and a few simple stitches with your sewing machine.
Measure the hood of your bassinet by measuring the depth of the hood, the height and the width around the top. Transfer these measurements to the fabric adding 1 inch all the way around, except to the width where you should add 15 inches for gathering, to allow for seam allowances and hems.
Cut out your fabric; it should be a rectangle.
Lay out your fabric on your work surface with the right side of the fabric facing down. Turn under the raw edges along the sides of the rectangle about a quarter inch and again another quarter inch to give you a nice finished edge. Use pins to hold the fabric in place.
Sew the side hems in place, removing the pins as you go.
Turn under the raw edges at the front and the back of the bassinet hood cover, 3/4-inch and another 3/4-inch. Use pins to hold the fabric in place. Sew, leaving half an inch open at the ends.
Cut a piece of elastic that measures one inch longer than the width up and around the top of the bassinet hood. Put a safety pin in one end of the elastic and put another safety pin in the other end; attach one pin to the edge of the fabric.
Insert the elastic into the casing of the bassinet hood cover using the safety pin to help you guide it all the way through to the other end. Remove both of the safety pins, and attach the elastic to the edges of the fabric.
Repeat for the back of the bassinet hood cover.
Place the bassinet hood cover over the hood, adjusting the elastic to keep the cover on tightly.
Use a medium weight fabric for your bassinet hood cover. A fabric that is too heavy will be bulky and a fabric that is too lightweight will not hold up as well. Add a ruffle to the bottom edge of your bassinet hood cover if you desire. Cut a length of fabric that is twice as long as the bassinet actually measures, hem the bottom and side edges, gather the top edge of the ruffle and attach it to the bottom edge of the hood cover.