Want to create a baby gift that is both functional and personal?
Let’s face it, we all want to hear ‘ooh’s’ and ‘aah’s’ from a new mom when she opens a gift we have given. It’s one of the reasons Pinterest is so wildly popular, and the reason we will sometimes spend countless hours stitching the perfect baby gift.
You may also be looking for a way to create cute, inexpensive and durable baby supplies for your own family.
This post is for you! Today’s tutorial will teach you to make inexpensive, charming, PERSONAL burp cloths for baby (be it for your home, or a for a friend!).
This is part of how we prepare for babies and pregnancy. I gave up on store-bought burp cloths a LONG time ago.
I have started making my own because I found after one child, the gauze cotton burp cloth/cloth diaper things they sell usually don’t last more than a few months of washing before they begin to look horrible and I can’t imagine how they must feel for a little one who has their head rested on all those little fuzz balls!
…and this is even if it is washed with baby detergent.
I am still planning to sew my own for our newest baby. I just like having matching sets and there is something sweet about a baby being surrounded by lots of handmade things that were stitched with love! I also know that my burp cloths hold up over time (I’ve had some now through several babies!). Baby needs are really an investment. I want them to last!
These don’t take very long and make and require very simple sewing skills.
They make super-cute gifts, especially if you make matching sets.
(BTW, if you have a serger, this process would be much faster and I’m sure somewhat easier…I don’t, so we’ll be doing it all on a standard sewing machine.)
To do this, you will need:
- 100% cotton fabric
- print (very small amount) to match blankets, if desired
- trim to match blankets, if desired
- cotton batting
- thread to match
Cut Your Fabric
Start by cutting your fabric and batting. The measurements are 13″x17″. You need one piece of batting this size, and two pieces of white fabric.
Layer Your Fabric
Layer them, just like you would a quilt if you were sewing it on the machine: 2 layers of fabric and then the batting on top (this will make sure the batting is on the inside when you turn it).
Stitch around all four sides, leaving a 2″ opening.
Stitch the opening closed.
Mark and Stitch Folding Lines
Adding Border and Trim
Using your leftover fabric from making blankets, you will need a strip about 5″x14″. Iron under 1/4″ on top and bottom edges.
Pin fabric at the top and bottom of strip. If you are using a trim, it will be pinned into place as well.
Press well, and you are done!