Wednesday, January 25, 2012
[baby edition] burp cloths
Guess what?? It's hard to believe, but I came into a little extra cash. That never happens. Ever. But for some reason, the stars have aligned. I figured I'd better spend it and fast...before it just goes up in smoke. How about a new sewing machine? Yes, I think so.
I've had my old sewing machine for almost eighteen years. It has not been working well. It was time for a new one. After much deliberation, I bought a Husqvarna (which is a fancy way of saying Viking) machine.
I am not going to lie to you--my new machine is SO MUCH FUN!!
That might explain the late blog posts. I've been playing.
In other news. My second grand-nephew was born yesterday. Finally! He took his sweet time coming into the world. But I think he will prove to be worth the wait. In honor of this new little guy I decided to make some burp cloths. I found this idea on the internet a while back and I wanted to give it a try. When I was a mother of newborn babies, I preferred cloth diapers over every other burp cloth out there. They are just so absorbant and handy. So this was a perfect marriage of cute and practical.
You will need:
pre-folded cloth diapers (I bought mine at Target. It came in a pack of 10)
cute flannel fabric (you can get two burp cloths out of a fat quarter)
I followed PetiteLemon's basic tutorial, but changed it up a bit to make it my own.
Be sure to pre-wash your diapers and your fabric. I cut my flannel fabric strips five inches in width and nineteen inches long. I serged the long sides of each strip. You certainly wouldn't have to, because the next step is to press those raw edges into the center. I folded the edges of the long sides over about half an inch and pressed them into place. Then I used my new handy dandy sewing machine to stitch the fabric strips onto the cloth diaper. I used straight pins to hold the fabric in place while I sewed. This proved to be a great opportunity to play with all of the different stitches that my new machine offers.
The original instructions say to fold and stitch the short ends under. But, as I looked at those silly cloth diapers and realized that the edges are just serged anyway, I decided on a short cut. I just serged the ends of those diapers over again and in the process I cut and serged the fabric strips as well. It made for less bulk and it was fast. And I don't think it diminishes the cuteness at all.
So, there you have it---burp cloths for the new babies in your life.