Sunday, March 7, 2010

Burp Cloth tutorial

I love making these for baby gifts! Apparently, I love doing them so much that I'm making 2 sets of 3 FOR my sister who is giving them as gifts. HOW did that happen? There better be some good thank you out of this! ;) Bitterness aside, *I* love making these as gifts when I get to be the one giving them away! HA! They are super easy and who doesnt love cutesy fabric adorned burp cloths? (Thinking I might have to give my sweet sister a name/alias on this blog...perhaps "Project Manager" suits her juuuust fine. it still keeps her anonymous, right?) Love you sis! :)
Let me show you how easy it is!

I know some people say to prewash everything, but I don't. is that bad? I barely get my own laundry done, so this sure wouldn't get done if that was the case.

First you need:
Burp cloth
Coordinating ribbon
white thread
sewing maching

1. Measure & cut fabric- I generally cut the fabric length about 21" long by about 4" wide. burp cloths are less than 21" long, but i tuck the ends of the fabric length in, pin & stitch for extra secureness. is that a word?
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2. as i just said, tuck & pin the ends. sides don't need it because they will be covered up with the cute ribbon. I sew a lot of things and I don't pin much...shhh. i know. maybe I should pin things more. anyway, these I DO pin when working on them.
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3. Stitch the ends and down the length of each side in the middle of the burp cloth.
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4. These wonderful lines will help you stay lined up! Use them.
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5. Once you've gotten it all stitched down, measure 2 lengths of ribbon. ~20-21" is good. Remember you need 2. WOW i did not stitch very straight on the right side. good thing is doesn't matter!
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6. start at one end with the ribbon lining up right on top of the fabric. I have the end of the fabric meet the middle of the ribbon width. does that make sense? I again, tuck the end of the ribbon under itself & pin then work my way down one side & then the other.
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7. Stitch down each side of each ribbon. I use the pressure foot as my guide to make sure I'm sewing straight lines. you do actually want these lines to look straight.
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8. Don't snip the tails yet. I keep them long & when I'm done I double knot them tightly & then trim the threads.
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9. TADA. all done. easy, right?
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Here's the first set for my sister's friend who is having a girl. I hope she tells L that I made them & not her! I think the middle pink damask & green ribbon is my favorite!
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Here's the set for her other friend who is having a boy. My sister plans on embroidering their initials on top of the fabric for some extra cutsiness!
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The Kaspars said...

hope 'my friends' don't see them! Very cute, ur tutorial is helpful so maybe I'll attempt some time :) many thanks, from the 'project manager'

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