The holiday season is approaching and we're all scrambling to find good and meaningful (!) gifts for our loved ones. Marlowe's christmas list is pretty specific with things she wants--- lucky for this mama, I'm happy with her easy and simple choices :) I have a few gifts in mind for my little niece--- two hand made ones that I am honestly quite excited about. I teamed up with the amazingly awesome Aura Cacia to create this aroma therapy DIY. This gift was inspired by both my niece and my SIL and well, their new mom/baby lack of sleep relationship :) New moms are tired, new babies are tired, and even older babies, and crazy toddlers... well, we could all use more restful nights.. ya know? So I thought: a lavender sleepy bear! An old take on lavender sleep pillow--- turned cuter and maybe a tiny touch safer for newer babies... since you can tie this bear up and away from little hands reach :) Also, if you choose to (I'd maybe recommend it), you could add a whole package of different essential oils, making this gift extra useful for an array of different moods and occasions :)
Not the best at sewing? Or no sewing machine? No worries, this requires basic sewing skills. You can make the bear a bit bigger, this will make the project a whole lot easier. Alternately, you could buy a simple, non allergenic washable bear and package it up with the essential oils! But the option of tying the bear out of reach is really an added bonus to the whole project. Also, it's a handmade gift of love, not a store bought bear, so the imperfections of your sleepy bear are of course welcomed and loved!
-cotton (organic is preferably) fabric. You could even use an old t-shirt or bedsheet :)
-fiber stuffing. There's a million varieties out there, if you can find an organic cotton or bamboo, that would be best. (one online HERE)
-satin ribbon (about 8 inches long, 1.5 centimeters wide)
-essential oils! (see the list below of my favorite sleepy time ones)
For optional face:
-small embroidery hoop
Want an outline of the bear?
CLICK HERE for a basic printable.
-Pin bear pattern to fabric. Cut two bear panels out. *If you've chosen to embroider his face, place be sure to line it up to the pattern, when pinning and cutting!
-Pin both panels together, with face side on the inside.
-Place ribbon across top of bear, over his back, under his arms, and pin. Wrap the ribbon around, and tuck all strands deep into the inside of the bear, where you wont be sewing.
-Sew bear with machine or (tightly) by hand 1/2- 1 centimeter away from edge, leaving a one inch opening on leg.
-Turn bear inside out (the right way out!) through leg. A pencil or chopstick will help! Make sure ribbons have pulled through.
-Stuff bear (a pencil helps here too)
-Close off bear, with a tight ladder stitch.
-You've made a bear, give him a hug.
Once you've finished sewing your bear, he's ready to be packaged up, dabbed with your favorite essential oil, tied up to your favorite baby or kiddos crib or bed, and loved endlessly :)
So onto the oils... like I mentioned, you could just package one oil, a few, or a whole bunch in the gift package. While a bear might be a more kiddo friendly gift, I assure you all moms will love an assortment of essential oils--- for the bear, for bath time, for lotions, for everything.
Any of all of these would be wonderful:
Also, there's the option of Aura Cacia pre-made blends:
Both would be perfect for a "here, being a new mom is tough, this will ease your days and nights" gift :)
Happy Holiday gift making!