Ready, steady... sew: Follow Elenor’s guide to making a sweet-smelling nursery gift to commemorate the royal baby

Elenor Fidler, who runs Bee Unique making hand-crafted items
Elenor Fidler, who runs Bee Unique making hand-crafted items
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Rotherham mum of two Elenor Fidler got crafty after being made redundant from her job in marketing.

She started going to sewing classes at the popular Button Tin in Rotherham’s Imperial Buildings to refresh the skills she so loved to practise in childhood, then launched her own craft business in May. Elenor’s online store sells her pretty hand-made bunting, lavender and hop-filled sleep aids and cute fabric gifts.

“I’ve made some sweet sleep aids to hang on the nursery wall to commemorate the new Royal baby and want to show readers how to make them,” says Elenor, 37. “Mine are made out soft old flannelette cotsheets, but novices could cheat and embroider a babygrow.”

Royal baby lavender sleep aid:

What you need:

White cot sheet or a small short-sleeved baby grow

Yellow cot sheet

Blue or pink cotton thread

Blue or pink embroidery thread


3 buttons

Blue or pink ribbon

Dried lavender


Embroidery needle

Sewing machine

Sharp scissors

If making your own, cut two babygrow shapes from the white sheet and a crown shape from the yellow sheet. Attach crown to the chest area of the front babygrow shape using Wonderweb. Machine stitch around the crown with blue or pink cotton, then hand-stitch buttons onto the crown tips.

Underneath the crown lightly pencil in four lines to write in the words Future King or Future Queen. Using blue or pink embroidery thread, Back-stitch over the letters, then use a rubber to remove traces of pencil.

Stitch the babygrow together apart from the neck, ensuring crown and words are on the inside. Now turn inside out, half fill with lavender and top up with the wadding. Pin the neck, adding a loop of ribbon, then zigzag machine stitch the neck closed with blue or pink cotton.