Customized Burp Cloths

Our family is growing by one this spring, so it is baby shower time! And for us creative types, that means it is time to think outside the gift registry and come up with something that we can hand make that will still satisfy the mother-to-be. I started looking around online for inspiration and found several tutorials for cute burp cloths, so I thought I’d start there. The mom has particular tastes so I didn’t want to stray too far from her nursery theme. Turns out I didn’t have to stray at all!

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I went to my local Babies R Us and printed up her registry, went trolling up and down the ailes trying to decide what I’d pick up for the expectant couple, when I came upon their nursery bedding.

And then it hit me. I didn’t see crib sheets; I saw fabric! There it was, my inspiration. After I checked out, I went next door to Hancock’s (conveniently located!) and picked out three coordinating flannels and headed home. If you do this project yourself, don’t do what I did and go to the fabric shop fueled only by one cup of coffee, and only get 1/4 yard of fabric. It wasn’t a disaster, but a healthy sized burp cloth is about 10-18″ so mine wound up being 8″ since I only got 1/4. But hey, I have less to throw in my scrap pile now, so it wasn’t all bad. And I think they came out at a useful size regardless.  PLEASE NOTE: Disregard the batting you see in the photo below! You’ll read why below.

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The basic instructions are:

  • Cut off the elastic part of the crib sheet and iron it out (you’ll have about 2 yards)
  • cut out rectangles of 8″ x 18″ of the flannel and crib sheet (or 10×18 if you bought more flannel)
  • Sew wrongs sides together, leaving and opening on one side to turn it inside out.
  • Clip corners
  • Turn right side out and press
  • Top stitch the perimeter
  • Top stitch a couple of lines across the burp cloth, either straight across the width or length, or diagonally (which is what I did)

If you need a good tutorial for a burp cloth, see Dana made it

I saved the cute burlap Velcro band that came with the sheet and used it to package them up.

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A note about these: I used batting for some reason. I think they are a little too stiff. I hope they wash up nicely, but if I had to do it again I would definitely not use the batting. Mine seem like tiny rectangular quilts. But the good news is I have enough leftover sheet fabric to make washcloths to redeem myself once I find some nice, soft baby terry cloth.

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Another note: If your sheet and your backing are both cotton, use cotton thread and don’t worry about pre-washing anything because it will all shrink up about the same size. However, I have seen a lot of tutorials using polyester backing (Minky or chenille) and quilting cotton for the other side. Definitely pre-wash your cotton in that case because when they get washed for the first time the cotton will shrink up but the polyester won’t and it will look weird.

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Thanks for reading and happy sewing!

The Art School Quilt

P.S. (consider this one a “pre” instead of “post” script). Some of the pictures are overexposed. I appreciate your forgiveness in advance.

And now on to the Art School Quilt:

artschoolquilt2When you get a high school graduation invitation in the mail for the daughter of a dear friend, what do you do? If you just bought a new sewing machine and you’ve fallen in love with fabric, you plan on sewing a quilt. If the said daughter will be attending art school it has to be colorful, right?!   

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I decided to look around my growing fabric stash and found beautiful fabrics from Amy Butler’s Belle line. I visited a terrific fabric shop (sadly-it has closed since but happily-I stocked my fabric stash with their clearance sale). Then I spotted the Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I just knew the backing would be coming off of one of those bolts of Fassett’s Millefiore.

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This was no inexpensive venture, but this dear girl is worth every penny and then some, so off to the cutting table I went!

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I used a double slice layer cake from Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial for the quilt top. I found a tutorial for a border on Pinterest and then also checked out binding info too.

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The very helpful (and experienced) man at the cutting table suggested I follow the circles on the backing for my quilting and that’s exactly what I did.

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Off to the PO it went, with wishes for her to cuddle with it, study with it, fall in love on it, read a book on it, eat a picnic on it and so on and on. On her thank you note she said she’d make a fort with it! I hadn’t thought of that one!