I’ve got babies on the brain! My best friend is about to have her second sweet baby, another friend of mine just had one, and I have several others who are pregnant as well. Before you ask, I’m not pregnant myself. Although to be perfectly honest, I don’t think I’d completely mind if I was. I’ve been busy making all kinds of baby goodies and I’m so excited to share them with you! In honor of the scrumptiousness of babies I’m kicking off a Just for Baby series.
Sewing for babies is pretty awesome in general. Their stuff is small, you can make a lot of it very quickly, and you don’t need a lot of sewing experience! With that said, we’ll start with something SUPER easy. Probably the easiest thing you’ll ever make: a burp cloth. The great thing is that every mom needs these. I had a lot of burp cloths with each of my babies and I swear I felt like I never had enough! So if you’re looking for an extremely easy, but also very useful gift to make, this is the one.
First, choose your fabric. I really like flannel because it is soft and relatively thick, but you don’t have to use flannel. You can use a cotton print or whatever! If you want to use a thinner fabric, you can put some extra layers of fabric in the middle, or a layer of flannel, or anything that you feel suits.
Cut your fabric out in whatever shape you want. I like to have it get thinner in the middle because it just goes over your shoulder nicely! I also like to have more of a statement fabric for the front and a plain fabric in the back.
Pin your fabric right sides together. If you’re adding an extra layer of fabric to sandwich in the middle, you are going to set it on the outside. You could just pin it right on top of the gray so you’d have three layers pinned together.
Sew the layers together but be sure to leave a small opening so that you can turn your layers right side out. Be sure to iron those seams, and turn your burp cloth.
Iron your burp cloth to get the seams to lay just the way you want.
Please excuse me switching my pictures to a different burp cloth here. I was working on multiple projects at the same time and I forgot to take pictures of this next step while working on the gray and white one. So I took pictures of the same step with a different burp cloth.
So now your burp cloth is almost done, but you still have this little hole here! If you want (and have the know-how) you can slip stitch it shut. But I like to top stitch all the way around burp cloths anyway and so we’re just going to top stitch it closed. A top stitch is what it sounds like—a stitch on top of the fabric, sometimes for decoration, sometimes to secure something that has already been sewn, sometimes a combination of both.
You need to make your top stitch is close to the edge of the fabric to make sure that opening gets closed. Go ahead and stitch all the way around.
And guess what! You’re done! That was super easy, right?
Nice, quick, and handy! The shape of my burp cloth got a little cattywampus but that’s okay.
Make different variations and have fun with it! One of the best things about this is that you can actually make tons of different things using the exact same method. All you need to do is change the size and possibly shape of your fabric. I’ve made simple blankets and changing pads using this same technique.
What’s even better than a burp cloth? A burp cloth paired with a matching pullover bib! Want to learn how to make one? Then stay tuned!