The last baby born into my family was my niece nearly 3 years ago. Now her new little brother or sister (we won't know till they enter the world) is due in 6-9 weeks. Everyone is very excited and I really wanted to make some nice things that will be useful for baby.
(Sofia 5 days old)
This tutorial and making this in one evening was really brought on by the fact that I wanted to do some embroidery...
You should end up with a shape like this:
You will either need a layer of fleece or quilting batting to make it warm enough for winter. I used cotton quilting batting between my two layers that show.
Proceed to cut out a front piece in the main and lining (quilting batting too if using) before cutting out the back piece. The back piece will need to be higher in the neckline and have the straps approx 2" longer. Cut out the back pieces the same way as the front (main, lining and optional quilting batting).
To sew the straps, arms and neck fold the main and lining in to face each other like this:
To finish sew in zipper, buttons and buttonholes (snaps are fine too).
Some shots of my embroidery detail on front:
Cotton quilting batting
Quilting weight Winnie the Pooh cotton on main
Flannel for lining