When Hubby and I were anticipating the birth of the Munchkin, we were on a tight budget, and I spent a lot of time doing price comparisons and quality checks on different baby items before we made any purchases.
We were very very fortunate to have friends and family who were very generous with hand-me-downs and shower gifts, but I also realized I could save some money by making some things myself. Online resources gave me patterns for baby sheets (which I made by cutting down a double bed flat flannel sheet), and I kind of made up the dust ruffle and curtains as I went along. A quilt, duvet cover and pillowcases soon followed.
I did not make a lot of his clothes, but fleece hats, mittens and jackets were easy patterns to find and make, and my little guy was cozy and warm. I even did about half of his baby food from scratch, made his bibs from towels, and made big fabric baskets to hold his toys.
My resources were varied and many - most of them from websites or mommy forums I belonged to, some made up as I went along.
Yesterday I found this website that groups a lot of these resources in one place: Handmade baby stuff. I even entered the Munchkin's baby quilt in their current contest (Raiding the Dwarves' Closet)
I don't make as many things for the Munchkin anymore - he is eating what we eat, and we have even more hand me downs for him now so I am not doing so much clothing for him. He does need a new pair of mittens for this winter, and soon we will be moving up and out of the toddler bed and into a twin bed, so perhaps a new quilt is in order.
I get the biggest kick out of him though - he knows what I have made, and last winter every time we put on his mittens he said "Mommy made these..."
Yes, buddy - and lots of love went into every single stitch!!!