My friend is having twins!
And I was invited to the shower and I hadn't shopped yet. I was about to log onto her registry, but then I thought, that's not What Leenya Would Do. See what I've gotten myself into?
If you don't want to sew baby clothes from scratch (pretty fun as it's all in miniature!), find some simple white cotton onesies or p.j.s from a baby store. You can even buy them in packages of multiples so if you mess up, you're okay! Or if your friend is having twins, you can make 2 outfits!
There are so many ways to personalize your friend's baby clothes. One of her friends painted onsies with the Actor's Equity Logo! Fabric paint is pretty easy to use and set with heat. You can make a stencil, sketch with pencil first, or just paint free hand. (see my former post, Inspiration for more details)
I like the look of appliques of colorful t-shirt fabric swatches (shown here), hand-sewn in large visible contrasting thread. Or just use embroidery alone. I made each little shirt slightly different. It was fun to think of them wearing them as I stitched each flower.
Another idea is to give a gift certificate for baby sitting. That's worth a night out for your parents-to-be and could be fun for you, too.