A package shower for the new baby

A package baby shower

A package shower for the newly-arrived baby is a novel and friendly attention to his mamma.

Such a function was recently arranged by a club of bright women in this city, one of whom described the affair as follows.

“We called a meeting, at which it was suggested that as blue was the mother’s favorite color, the affair would be a blue and white one. In order not to have duplicate presents, the secretary took down the list and gave to each one a sample of blue, so that all the trimmings would be the same shade. Every package was daintily wrapped in white tissue paper and tied with blue ribbon. With the exception of the toilet basket, as it is called, all of the gifts were hand-made — as all things for baby should be — and I am sure a description of some of the articles will be of interest.

“If one cannot purchase a decorated basket, that can also be manufactured by deft fingers. Take a plain wicker basket, say six inches deep, twelve inches wide and eighteen inches long. Pad it with a couple of thicknesses of wadding, then cover first with pale blue sllkaline or sateen, allowing a ruffle about five inches wide to hang over the top edge of the basket. Cover the silkaline with net or fine dotted Swiss, sew a narrow beading around the top edge of the basket where the covering is tacked, and run bebe ribbon through this. Also apply two or three rows of beading and bebe ribbon around the overhanging ruffle, and tie bows here and there.

Fasten a small pincushion on the inside of the basket, and make a couple of small pockets on the side for powder puff, etc. A powder puff may be made of split zephyr and trimmed with bebe ribbon. A baby pin book should also be provided. This may be made of linen, hemstitched and daintily embroidered. Little rubber wristlets, ribbon trimmed, are very cute and useful for holding up the baby’s sleeves, which so persistently fail over the hands. Of course there were crocheted bootees with cord and balls attached. Small sheets for the crib or cot were made of India linen, and the pillow cases of cambric, all nicely hemstitchcd. An eiderdown duvet was also among the packages.

A beautiful carriage robe is made by taking eiderdown 22 by 27 inches and cutting china silk the same size. Lay the silk over two thicknesses of sheet wadding and knot it with baby ribbon. Around this, baste Angora fur, then sew the eiderdown around on three sides, leaving one end so that the robe can be turned. After turning, blind-stitch this end. Three yards of Angora fur will be required.

“A long kimono was made of fine cashmere, cat-stitched around the collar and sleeves and down the front edges, and a dainty edge crocheted down the front also.

“There were a number of bibs. Some were of fine cambric, with hemstitching and lace around the edge, and an anchor embroidered on the front; others were of silk, quilted and lace-trimmed and a dainty spray embroidered over the front. Other articles ‘showered’ upon the fortunate ‘wee one’ were a flannelette sacque, some little lace yokes, and a pretty veil of fine net, edged with real point lace. A cambric baby pillow, embroidered and stuffed with hair, was very much admired, and the baby will appreciate it more than anyone else, for hair is much cooler and more healthful than down.”

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Source publication: The Saint Paul Globe. (St. Paul, Minn.)

Source publication date: August 21, 1904

Filed under: 1900s, Culture & lifestyle, For women, Newspapers

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