The arrival of a newborn is always joyous occasion—as well as a wonderful excuse to sew! Anna Maria Horner’s collection of projects for expecting families are whimsical, adorable, and sophisticated; ideal for new mothers (and fathers) with a fondness for the handmade. Her baby clothing and décor is hard to resist: from booties to trousers, crib quilts, and a stuffed hen and baby chicks. The best part about sewing for newborns? You can enjoy all of the artfulness and creativity of larger projects in much less time. Then again, Horner also includes projects for parents that are hard to resist, from a “Dad Bag” to a blouse and layered skirt for mom. All of the projects are accompanied by clear step-out illustrations, and seven patterns are included. The joyful photographs of these projects in context will make you even more eager to give them a go. Even a busy expecting parent (or a friend of one) will find the time to whip up a few of these charming items.