Curvy Pleated Pouch & New Mom Hospital Survival Kit
I discovered this curvy pleated pouch tutorial on Pinterest from Charm Stitch months ago, but I only thought to make some a couple of weeks ago for Christmas gifts. I made two, and they both turned out super cute, although I didn't get any photos of the second one. I would have made another one for myself, but I ran out of zippers (and time). I loved that I was able to use some of my cute fabric scraps for these, too.
My sister-in-law is pregnant and due with her first baby soon, and I had her name for the gift exchange, so I thought it might be fun to do a little "Hospital Survival Kit" to go inside the pouch. It's kind of hard to tell in these first pictures, but these pouches end up as a pretty good sized clutch, so there is a bit of room in there. Having had two kids myself, I was able to think of a few little luxuries that are nice to have in the hospital. Here's what I included:
Socks, lip balm, mints, and nail polish may seem like silly things to send, but when you are sitting in a hospital room wearing an ugly gown and not quite feeling yourself, it's the little things that cheer you up and make you feel like a normal person again. Lip balm is great for when you aren't allowed to eat anything, mints for when you can't get up and brush your teeth, nail polish for if you get some downtime, and socks are the only clothes of your own you can wear all the time.
I had so much fun putting this together, that I may have to start taking these to baby showers. Hopefully I get around to making one for myself, as I'll be wanting it come March!