Back when the kiddos were born, we went thru burp clothes crazy fast. A friend of mine gave us two handmade burp clothes she bought at a craft show. One side had the cute fabric, the other, terry cloth towel material. They quickly became my favorite burp clothes. They didn’t have cutesy baby fabric, the terry cloth was great for wiping spit up off of myself/the floor/the couch, and they rolled up really well and fit into my diaper bag perfectly. I decided since I have three baby showers coming up, I would attempt making a few myself. Joann’s had an awesome sale on fabric last week, Target had towels on sale for $4 each…go time. I also referenced this blog post for additional help.
1/2 yard of fabric (I used 1 yard for each fabric)
Thread & Sewing Machine
I started by laying the original burp cloth on top of towel to see roughly how many I could get out of one towel. I estimated about 8 per towel. Start by cutting of the edges of the towel off.
|Measuring to see how many will fit.|
Go ahead and cut off all the edges now. Please note, you will need to vacuum your workspace after your project is complete…towel lint will be all over the place. You’ve been warned 🙂
Then cut out all your towels out, leaving room for seam allowance. I fit 9 out of one towel…the last three were a tad bit smaller, but hey, they will get the job done.
Towels cut, now you’re ready to cut the fabric. Now please keep in mind, I didn’t do a whole lot of measuring. If you’re all about numbers and measuring…do your thing. I just used my original as a template and went from there.
I had 1 yard of the pink chevron fabric, I folded it in half and cut two pieces at once. You can also cut each piece, one at a time like so:
|(I bought a grey towel too…in case you’re wondering where that came from.)|
Okay, next you’re going to place your fabric right side down on the towel, pin the two pieces together, and sew up 3 1/2 sides.
Pieces pinned, and the wrong side of the fabric is facing you. Sew as close the the edge as you are comfortable.
This is what it looks like when you’re done. Trim any raw edges.
This is the opening you left, now we’re going to turn it right side out.
Like so. After you get it right side out, poke out the corners a little.
Here’s what it looks like from the side all sewn up.
Here’s the opening. Now we will close ‘er up. Turn the fabric and the towel in just a touch and pin or iron if you want.
I didn’t do such a good job of turning the ends inside, but you get the idea…we’re going to sew a border around the burp cloth.
Sew a border all around until you get back to the beginning.
Viola! Iron it, roll it up, tie it up real cute and give it to a mama-to-be. It’s not perfect, and the fabric is puckered in a few spots…but in my opinion given what it will be used for, it will serve it’s purpose and it’s cuter than any burp clothes I found at the store (no offense Target…because you do have the cutest things.)
You can also personalize them and have fun with the thread color…
So fun. This is just felt and I free-handed the letter. Just sew slowly around the edges. I’ll have to play around with more ideas to personalize them.
That’s it! You’re done! Cute, useful burp clothes. Also for my one good friend…I may or may not have purchased “dude” material to make burp clothes for her husband to use…can’t leave the dads-to-be out now can we? 🙂
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