Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow.
For babies grow up we’ve learned to our sorrow.
So, quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
– Unknown

September 1, 2020

Many of you have asked me for years if I have this pattern available. I’m happy to say that it is now available for purchase. The pattern’s final size will fit in an 8 1/2 x 11″ frame, or larger with a mat. This is a stamped embroidery pattern (not cross-stitch) that comes with the design printed on an 8 1/2 x 11″ sheet of adhesive stabilizer that you attach to your embroidery fabric. You stitch directly over stabilizer that is attached to the fabric. Once the embroidery is completed, the stabilizer washes away, leaving only your beautiful stitches. You will also receive a full-color stitch key. This pattern does NOT come with fabric, embroidery floss or needles.

* Any orders placed between May 5 – May 14, 2023 will ship on May 15, 2023.

To purchase, click the below to check out through PayPal. Patterns will be sent via USPS First Class mail.

Happy stitching!

Cleaning and Scrubbing Stamped Embroidery Pattern

You are purchasing a stamped 8 1/2 x 11″ embroidery pattern. Pattern does not include fabric, embroidery floss, or needles. You will receive the pattern printed on adhesive stabilizer with instructions.


You can also order the pattern and pay through Venmo @rememberingmaggielane. Please include your mailing address.

Please comment below if you are happy with your purchase!

54 thoughts on “Baby

  1. Hello, I found your website by searching for this poem. I’m trying to purchase a few of these exact stiched pictures for my sisters and I. My mom had one hanging in her room when we were kids. Do you know anywhere where I can find one?

  2. Hello Maggie,

    I am delighted to see this image on your site! My Grandma, who passed away when I was four, had cross stitched this pattern for my mother. We moved a lot during my childhood– I grew up in twelve different houses– and the picture managed to stay with us until a few years ago. On a whim, I thought I would try to locate it on the internet– I did– on your page! The image instantly takes me back to my childhood. Do you have any idea how I could replicate it?

    Kind regards,

    • Hi Katharine. I know you commented on my page ages ago. I’m sorry I’m just now replying. I had some comments get lost in cyberspace and I just now found them. Yours wasn’t the only one. As to the needlework, this is one that my mother did when we were kids. It’s always hung above her sewing machine. I could ask her where she found the pattern for it and see if she remembers any details. If I find out any info I’ll repost and let you know. Best, ML

  3. Love this, thank you for sharing, Would love to have this in my room, it goes by too fast πŸ™‚ I miss her and she’s only in kindergarten lol I’m hoping someone will reproduce this so we can get our hands on this sweet image πŸ™‚

  4. I stitched this when I was expecting my first child. She’s all grown now and expecting her first. This sure brings back memories.

  5. This quote I believe is the core of the foundation that sets the direction of any family. My wife stitched this years ago when our children were just baby’s. Our three children are strong and carring parents. There children are all strong and loving children. What else is there? Gary Highfield

  6. I made this when my children were babies. I’m awaiting the birth of my first Grandchild….guess I better get it out and put it up again. Thanks for the memory!

  7. I, too, stitched this when I was expecting my first child in 1978. Now I am awaiting the birth of my 3rd and 4th grandchildren……and I can’t find my needlework!! Does anyone know where I can purchase another pattern just like this one?

    • I wish I could tell you. I’m hoping to convert the one my mom had that she used to make this to a digital format so people can get it again. I’ve had several people ask me. If I ever get to it I’ll be sure and let you know.

      • If you have found this pattern I would love a copy. I made it for a friend’s first baby almost 40 years ago. Recently my oldest grandaughter was expecting my first great-grandchild but unfortionatly she had a miscarrage.
        When the next one happens I would love to have this ready

  8. I did this picture for my first grandbaby and may still have the graph. If I do and it isn’t copyrighted, I would be happy to share it.

  9. I stitched this exact picture when I was expecting my first daughter in 1979. When I moved I downsized and gave this item away. I have been regretting this action ever since!!! Now my daughter just had her first son (and my first grandbaby), and I would so love to stitch this very item again for my daughter. It is the exact one I lovingly stitched way back when. HELP!!! I hope you can get a handle on where all of us who love this very same embroidery can purchase it. Thanks so much in advance for any assistance you can give all of us in purchasing this embroidery kit.

  10. I recently found this embroidery piece that my mother-in-law made when our second son was born in 1987. He and his wife our now expecting their first child and we are passing it on to him. On the back she included the poem from which it was taken. For anyone interested……….

    The verse used in “Babies Don’t Keep” has been adapted from the following copyrighted poem by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton which first appeared in the Ladies’ Home Journal in October 1958.

    Song for a Fifth Child

    Mother, oh mother, come shake out your cloth!
    Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
    Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
    Sew on a button and make up a bed.
    Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
    She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking!

    Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little boy Blue
    (Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
    dishes are waiting and bills are past due
    (Pat-a-cake, darling and peek, peekaboo).
    The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
    And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
    But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
    Look! Aren’t her eyes the most wonderful hue?
    (Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

    Oh, cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
    But children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
    so Quiet down, cobwebs. Dust, go to sleep.
    I’m rocking my baby. Babies don’t keep.

    1958…………..Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

    Hope you all enjoy this wonderful poem. Seems like there is a lot of interest in making this kit available again. Maybe some company will see the need and produce it again. It is so meaningful!!!

  11. I started cross-stitching this exact picture for my little baby boy’s room when he was just 9 months old. I gave up on it because I was so slow doing it. I kept it safe down through the years. I took it out again 26 years later and finished it for my son’s little daughter. It’s still hanging in her bedroom and she’s 10 years old now.

  12. I sure hope someone finds a “reasonably” priced version on this saying for all of you stitchers! I looked online and only found others willing to share their already completed versions, and they were $94.00! Yikes! Maybe look for it at a craft site like “” I’ve looked, but haven’t found a pattern like the one shown above. It’s my favorite. I found one with just words, but it lacked the personal touch of the mom in the rocker one!

  13. I made this for my son. It needs repairs so I can give it to my grandchild. Do you have info about the yarn used for the lettering?

  14. Praying your family is safe, healthy and growing strong! I made this sweet needlepoint years ago for myself but then my sister-in-law found out she was expecting, so I gave it to her. I would love to make it again for my grandchildren who are now married. Can’t wait to hear that there is a pattern for this again. Thank you for your diligence!

  15. I stitched 3 of these in the 80’s. 2 for my sisters and 1 for me. I lost mine. Unfortunately I’m not able to give one to my daughter as her children (my grandchildren) are already adults. I,m hoping to start stitching this again so my granddaughters will have one when they become a mom. I can’t find the kit anywhere!! I’m heartbroken! I did a lot of crafts when I was younger and these were my all time favorites! PLEASE let me know if you duplicate this pattern or find someone who does. This is a beautiful heirloom to hand down for generations!

  16. I am desperate to find a copy to cross-stitch. It was the first piece I ever cross-stitched. I was carrying my first child, Meredith, who was born in 1981.

  17. Hi everyone! I’m happy to say that I have finally found a way to replicate this pattern. I have some for sale. They will be available to ship on September 15, 2020. This may be the perfect winter-time pandemic activity! You can checkout by clicking the link below the poem at the top of this page.

  18. My son was born Oct. 14, 1977 and I bought the Sunset kit and embroidered this beautiful picture. I can’t find it after 43 years! So I decided to buy this pattern and make another one!! ❀️ So happy I found again!! I pray it has a list of the yarn colors to use!

    • Hi Valerie. I’m so glad you are going to make another. It does come with with information on the colors. 😊 I love to see a picture of your finished project when you complete it. Thank you for your order!

  19. 50 years ago my mother did this for her first grandchild. It still hangs on my sister’s kitchen wall to remind us all of the kind of mother our mother was. I never dreamt that I could get the same pattern all these years later now that I will soon be a grandmother! Thank you, Maggie Lane for carrying this beautiful pattern!

  20. Growing up, my Mother had this hung on the wall. I would read it every day as I learned how to read. Years later my Mother told me she had made it. After I had my own baby, she gave it to me and it hung on my wall. This past year we had to put all our belongings into storage and move several times. Within that process, I picked up embroidery and fell in love.
    I am so excited to make this project myself, have it hang on my wall and one day gift to my own daughter.

  21. I stitched this while waiting for my daughter to be born in 1981. Back then it came with all supplies I framed it and still have it. She was born Dec. 14, 1981 and trust me I LIVED by those words !!!!

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