Wrapping a Dreamy Hamper … (huh?)

You try coming up with a clever title for this one using the word “Dream” when the obvious choice is “It’s a Wrap!”

The addition of Baby Dreamer to my belly is getting the creative juices flowing – or I’m entering the nesting phase of pregnancy.  Either way, I like it!  I submit the following as evidence:

A co-worker recently had a baby shower (something is in the water over there) and I had a challenge when it came to her gift.

First, the obvious choice was the gift I get for all of my momma-to-be friends… a personalized onesie from Mitetees.  Seriously – how cute is this?

But just one onesie does not a good shower gift make and so off to Babies R Us I went.  That place is crazy overwhelming for a newly preggers gal!  I thought I’d spend hours roaming and dreaming.  Nope!  I wanted to cry.  Too. Much.  I got the registry, a gift, and hit the road faster than you can say “epidural.”

This hamper was a great compliment to the onesie.  The right price and something my almost-new-momma friend wanted for her nursery.  However, how do you WRAP this?!

Cue: crib sheets

My friend also had a couple of fitted crib sheets on her registry – which gave me an idea.

The fitted sheets were a perfect fit to the odd-shaped hamper box.

I stretched two out to cover the box – but then was left with a rather boring, sheet-covered box.

Since I was in my sewing/craft room anyway, I looked around at my options – which all consisted of scrap fabric.

My friend is doing her nursery in green and brown – so the scraps from my still-being-assembled patio cushions were a perfect fit.  I had just the right amount of fabric to cover the awkward box.  Including this one really long piece:

I used straight pins to get everything just right.

Then, I secured the cute onesie in the middle with clothes pins and voila!  We have a cute baby shower gift:

Best part – none of it went to waste as the cute mom said she could even incorporate the fabric scraps into her nursery.

Speaking of nurseries, guess I’d better start dreaming up a creative one for our bun in the oven.

About Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin is a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mom. She's also an award winning broadcast journalist and public relations professional. Michelle spent nearly a decade working in television newsrooms across the country, both behind and in front of the camera. Training future broadcast journalists in her faculty associate roles at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and at Arizona Christian University was a cherished focus of her post-TV career. Today, she maintains a roster of public relations clients focused on empowering fellow “momprenuers.” She also serves as a speaker for various women's and mom's events. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from Biola University and Master of Mass Communication (MMC) from Arizona State University. She and her husband, two young kids and English bulldog call Scottsdale, Arizona, home.

2 Responses to Wrapping a Dreamy Hamper … (huh?)

  1. Carrie November 3, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    Very cute! And to think … how far you’ve come 🙂 Perhaps we could come full circle if we both started sewing in leather pants????

  2. Ally November 18, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    Such a great idea!!! Its horrible trying to wrap shower gifts- we recently bought a tub from amazon not realizing that it would be shipped in a ginormous box. 150 rolls of wrapping paper (give or take) later, it looked awful. This would have been perfect!!

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