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Sunday, May 27, 2012

How to make burp cloths

     Last week I had a baby shower to go to. Do you have a go to gift for showers? You know, something you always buy/make for a gift? For me, its burp cloths. {I'm letting you in on a little secret now. Back before the days of Etsy I had a little burp cloth making business called 'Burping Boutique'. I made cute burp cloths and sold them at craft shows and by word of mouth.} I've had four babies so I know what I like when it comes to a good burp cloth. I've tried many things but my favorite starting point is the Gerber cloth diapers that are nice and thick.

     I found these are Target but many other retailers have them as well. I recommend that you wash them first because they will shrink up. Here's what we're making:

     For this shower I had to stick with gender neutral colors {although I couldn't help myself and snuck in one pink one!}

     There are many cute ways to sew your trim on. You can do straight strips of ribbon, add some pretty ruffled trim, or make these little loops like above. This is all straight sewing so if you aren't a seamstress {and I certainly am not} this will be really easy. My sewing machine is one of the cheapies {less than $100.} and its great for simple projects like this.

     To make the loops like the cloth above, start by cutting little strips of trim , just long enough to loop around and pin to the top of your cloth.

     Once these are all pinned, sew them on starting at one end and pull out your pins as you go. Then measure your top piece and pin it in place. This will cover up all your ends from your loops.

For the cloths that have the ruffles, I sew them both on at the same time, but you might find it easier {though a bit more time intensive} to sew them separately.

     They look really cute tied up together with ribbon or tulle {tulle's the cutest but I was all out!}

I'm all done having babies so I must content myself by making them for others! I hope you like them!

I'm sharing this project here:
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