Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Baby Sewing - Burp Cloths

Here's the second installment of Baby Sewing: Burp Cloths!

These are fun because you can do whatever you want with whatever scraps you have leftover from the blanket! Get yourself some Gerber 12-Pack Prefold Birdseye 3-Ply Cloth Diapers with Padding - White. These ones with the extra padding in the middle are best. You can easily get them at Target, Babies R Us etc. I stick with Gerber (no endorsement just a better product). 

You should wash them prior, they shrink and move and it just makes for a better end product.  After washing measure the middle section, its usually around 4"x19" but definitely measure for shrinkage purposes :) haha shrinkage...

Once you have your measurement you can do several things; 

1: Just cut a single piece and zig-zag that sucker on. This is good to do if you have an exceptionally cute or intricate fabric. Sometimes its just best left simple. One word of advice, Pin Pin Pin!! the guazey material moves a lot. You'll end up with some funkiness if you don't make sure its solidly in place. It should look something like these:

you can also make them look a bit more professional by cutting 1/4" larger piece of material and folding the edges over and pressing them before sewing it on. It makes for a cleaner look but I usually opt for the zig zag because its quicker and easier. Both ways work....

2: Multiple fabrics sewn together. This is the fun one. Be creative. Just make sure you measure right :) allow for 1/4 extra to sew the pieces together. Here are a few I've done:

3: Run along the edges instead of down the middle. Like so:  

for these I will definitely recommend folding a 1/4" under and pressing it before sewing on. It looks a lot better. 

5: Embellishments. I have seen lots of sites where people add embellishments, rick-rack, lace, ribbon even buttons etc in addition to the fabric. I'll go ahead and say that I don't like anything other than fabric on a burp cloth. I'll take that one step further and say I only like flannel on them. Because really, the thing needs to be functional, if you were an infant would you like it if your mom dragged a burp cloth across your face that had scratchy lace or rick-rack. Not really. I'll stick to soft cozy flannels...

The more creative you get the cuter they turn out!

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