10 Free Patterns Perfect for Baby Shower Gifts

'Ello! I've gathered some super cute gift ideas for you to make for the next baby shower you attend. I think these are some really good finds and they are FREE! Plus, who doesn't like a handmade gift?? :)

You can find the links to the patterns underneath the images, just click the word "here".

I absolutely adore this naps blanket. So trendy and simple. Find it here.

I thought this was a really cool and unique project. A teething necklace! Find it here.

These are just the most precious thing ever. Perfect for a new lil' girl!! Find the pattern here.

Here recently I've been seeing these cute baby bonnets everywhere. I like the little flower added on these. Find the pattern here.

This one is super simple. My mom made me a fleece blanket with crochet edging and it was my favorite blanket we used! Way faster than crocheting a whole blanket. Find out how to do it here.

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I love this little mobile! How cute. Find the pattern here.

These little "loveys" are just perfect. I like the one with the bobbles. Heart eyes!! Find it here. (P.S. there are lots of photos-- always a plus)

This chevron blanket is nice and simple. Perfect for beginners! Find the pattern here.

How cute is this bow tie pacifier clip?! How clever. Find the pattern here.

This last pattern is one I created here on the blog when I first started Megmade with Love-- the baby moccasins. It's one of my most popular posts! Available in multiple sizes and oh so cute. :) Find it here.

Well, there you have it. I hope you've found an idea for your next baby shower gift! If you don't have any showers to attend in the near future pin this post for later! 

Happy making,
Meg

P.S. You can find additional FREE crochet patterns here on my blog. Simple search for the word "baby" and you'll find them!

Mini Crochet Ball Garland Pattern

Howdy! (haha who even says that...)

I've a super cute n' dainty crochet pattern for you today. A lovely little crochet ball garland! You may have seen images of these in the dreamy nursery photos on Instagram-- except their made of felted wool. So I set out to make a crochet version! These were inspired by the talented Megan with Sheep Farm Felt

Above is a super cute example of how someone styled their little garland I found over on Hello Maypole's Instagram. I love how they incorporated the drift wood!

The balls are super easy and quick to make, probably the biggest pain of the garland is just weaving in the ends. But totally worth it, because they make the cutest little project!

They measure roughly 3/4 inch in diameter (depending on the type of worsted weight yarn you use). I found that using Red Heart Super Saver yarn was my favorite weight to work with, because of the thickness of it.

I thread the neutral-colored balls together with yarn, but I think I'm going to use crochet thread for the other set because I think the yarn might be a little too thick. Totally a personal preference!

I was thinking about midway through making these, that you could totally insert a wooden bead inside if you wanted them to be super structured. In that case I would insert the bead after you work a couple of decrease stitches. I chose to just leave the middle empty, because I didn't think I'd have a problem with losing the structure of them while they were simply hanging on the wall. 

What you'll need:
Size US D (3.25 mm) Hook
Worsted weight yarn of choice ( I used various kinds, from Red Heart Super Saver to Lion Brand DIYarn)
Large tapestry needle
Crochet thread, or any kind of thread really, to thread through the balls to make the garland
stitch markers (optional)

Dimensions:

Finished balls are approximately 3/4 inch in diameter

Abbreviations:
ch=chain, st(s)=stitch(es), sc=single crochet, sl=slip, sc2tog=single crochet two together

Notes:
You may want to change the size of your hook if you're using a lighter-weight worsted weight yarn, like Caron Simply Soft for instance. 

It may help to use stitch markers, because you will be working in continuous round-- I just personally counted my stitches because there weren't that many.

I worked the decreasing stitches very tightly so there wouldn't be any holes in the ball.

Pattern:
make magic circle
1) ch 1, work 6 sc in the magic circle (6)
**from here on out you will be working in BACK LOOP ONLY and IN THE CONTINUOUS ROUND**
2) work 2 sc in each st around (12)
3) sc in each st around (12)
4) (sc2tog) 6 times (6)
5) sl st in 3rd st from hook (this is basically across the hole in the ball from where your hook is) to close the ball
finish off and weave in ends (which is a pain, I know-- see all the balls lined up below without the ends woven in!)

Then you just repeat those steps, and create as many little crochet balls as your heart desires! Then you'll run your needle through the middle of the balls with a piece of yarn or thread to your desired length (I made mine about 48 inches long).

It's truly a simple little pattern! Like I said they'd be perfect in a nursery, or displayed at a baby shower. The opportunities are endless. :)

Happy making!!!
-Meg