Hey there, y’all! I’m Chaney, from May Richer Fuller Be. I’m excited to be over here guest posting at So Much Better With Age. Thanks to Jamie for having me! Today I’ve got a tutorial for a fun, handmade gift to share with you for the little ones in your life.
There must be something in the water, because I’ve had a ton of friends announce that they’re expecting a baby in the coming months. That means there’s lots of celebrating to do and lots of gifts to give. I love the idea of handmade gifts, and one of my favorite ideas so far is a custom burp cloth and appliqued onesie set. I’ll be sharing the burp cloth tutorial today, since it’s pretty straightforward and simple, but if you’re interested in how to applique that cute giraffe onesie in the first photo, you can head over to my blog for a full (lengthy!) tutorial :).
Let’s get to it, shall we?
Supplies Needed: Customized Burp Cloths
- Prefold cloth diapers
- Measuring tape
- Sharp scissors
- Iron (optional)
- Sewing machine
I used these Carter’s receiving blankets for the fabric.
After I washed, dried and ironed all the materials, I got to work cutting out a rectangular piece of fabric for the burp cloth.
I measured the width and length of the middle area of the cloth diaper to determine the size of my fabric. The middle section is thicker and more pad-like (since yes, it’s a diaper!), and I chose to sew the fabric just down that section. It measured about 18″ by 4″. I cut a slightly larger (19″ by 5″) piece of the gray and white star fabric so that I had a little extra to fold under for a clean edge.
The next step is optional, but I recommend it because it’ll make your sewing simpler and you’ll get a nice, straight edge without having to worry too much about it during the actual sewing step.
I took my fabric and laid it down on my ironing board with the wrong side facing up. Then I folded one of the edges over about 1/4″ to 1/2″ and ironed it down. I repeated this on the remaining three sides. The photo below shows an example of one edge folded and ironed flat:
Next, I laid my fabric with its nicely ironed, flat edges down on the middle of the diaper. Then I lined it up so that it ran right down the thick middle area. If you’d like, you can pin it down around the perimeter to hold it in place. I didn’t, since I’m a sewing rebel :). I started sewing in one corner, placing the needle down about an 1/8th of an inch from each edge. You’re basically sewing a continuous rectangle around the inside edge of the fabric. I didn’t take a great photo of this, but here’s a diagram to show you what I mean:
In this photo, you can see how close my needle is to the edge:
Once I finished sewing that one rectangle, it was done! That’s it! I had myself an adorable little burp cloth.
When it’s finished, for a nice presentation or gift wrapping, I like to fold the diaper up in thirds, and then in half, keeping the pretty fabric on the outside. Here’s one with the blue and white chevron pattern by itself…
…and with its matching onesie…