Victorian Baby Gift

This unique Victorian Baby Gift would be perfect for any mother or mother-to-be. It’s easy to make and can easily be made to hold just about any small baby item you can think of. No more digging at the bottom of the diaper bag for all those small items! The instructions below are as they were published in 1902. You will, of course, need to make some alterations for today’s baby items.

Infants’ Toilet Case

This dainty little affair will at once commend itself to those mothers of little ones who visit or travel occasionally. Many small articles are needed for baby’s comfort, and sit is so necessary to have them all together.

Victorian Baby Gift
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A piece of pale green moiré silk, 27 inches square, lined with a stiffening – crinoline will do – and over this another lining of pale pink China silk, fitted on to the edges of the outside green silk, so that the pink lining will lay in little puffs of fullness. Straps of ribbons are fastened at convenient distances for holding sponge, brush, comb, powder box, etc. To close, fold the four corners together, and tie with a pretty bow. This will be found convenient for packing. A little case made after this model and fitted wit brush, comb, sponge, powder and puff, would make a gift for an infant’s trousseau that would delight the heart of the most exacting mother.

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Published in Dainty Work for Pleasure and Profit, 1902.

Note: Today’s mother may not wish to have to tie a ribbon to keep this item closed. Although it looks very pretty, it might not be the most effective closure type for the family on the go. Snaps or Velcro may be a more convenient method of keeping the case shut.



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