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Smocked Baby Bishop for Summer

When it comes to dressing up your baby, a smocked bishop can’t be beat!  You’ll have to agree after seeing this sweet little girl in her yellow floral print bishop.

The term “bishop” refers to this particular style–a round yoke that is smocked the whole way around the neck of the dress.  This is the best style for a small baby, and it is the only style of smocked dress that I have made so far for Aaliyah.


For this particular bishop, I used a 100% cotton floral print from the Moda fabric company.


Here’s a closeup of the smocking.  I was all set to smock this dress in yellow when my sister advised me to smock it in blue so that the stitches would show up better.  I’m glad I took her advice!  I like the blue smocking on this dress.  This photo was taken before I added the tiny white flowers in between the second and fourth rows of smocking.

I used a geometric smocking design based on the smocking plate “Kayla” by Terry Jane Collins.

This happy baby girl looks so beautiful in this little yellow dress!





I can’t resist showing you one more photo of her in her smocked baby bishop.  These portraits were taken by and posted with permission from Stacie Miller Portrait Design.

If you have a special little lady in your life who needs a handsmocked dress, you can contact me for more information on my custom-made handsmocked children’s wear.

Practical Baby Gift: A Changing Pad

A changing pad may not seem like a glamorous gift to give to an expectant mother or a new baby, but a changing pad is certainly a practical gift that will see a lot of use.

In September, I made a number of baby gifts for my new great-granddaughter who made her appearance in October.  Of all the things I made her (most of which are pictured on the early blog posts here), her parents like the diaper bag and changing pad best. 

Both mother and father have told me personally that they love the changing pad and use it nearly every day.  They liked it so much that I made them a second one so they could have a spare when one needed to be laundered.

While I liked the changing pads I made for my granddaughter, I wanted to try a different style. I purchased a downloadable pattern, and I am delighted with the results. 

Pictured her are two changing pads:  one for a boy and one for a girl. 

This red fabric with teddy bears and alphabets would be perfect for a little man. 

The teddy bear fabric is a vintage 100% cotton fabric.  The lining of the changing pad is a soft chenille that would be soft for baby and absorbent.



My favorite thing about this pattern is the tab that holds the rolled up changing pad together.  This pad could be carried in the pocket of a diaper bag or in a purse. 




When unrolled, the changing pad measures approximately 18″ x 24″ making it adequate for a baby’s changing needs from birth to potty training.

You could not go wrong giving any new mom one or even two of these for a shower or baby gift!


I am adding these to my list of items available for custom-made baby gifts.  All of my changing pads will be made from pre-washed and dried 100% cotton fabrics.

Price:  $15    (plus $5 shipping to anywhere in the USA)

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