I’ve moved past the, “All my friends are getting married” phase of my life (although there are a few holdouts) and moved right into the, “All my friends are having babies” phase. And may I say, “Yay, babies!” Click on “Read More” to join in the baby fun! Isn’t it amazing that:
- babies can turn the most ‘manly-man’ into mush with a simple coo?
- the itty-bitty ones can make the grumpiest Grinch smile?
- the smallest members of the human race can make the biggest, nastiest, smelliest messes?
If you’ve never been pooped on, thrown up on, or discovered little fingers that contained a mysterious sludge that binds better than Gorilla Glue, you might not get that last one. Having experienced all of the above, I must say that one can never, never, never have too many absorbent cloths handy.
After I was halfway done with mine, I got a wild hair to find a tutorial to add an anchor applique. One of my friends is having a boy and anchors are “in” right now, so I figured it was a safe add on. I found this tutorial from MADE and it is almost exactly what I had done. The gray ones were the only ones left to complete when i found this great tute, so I borrowed Dana’s ideas for the heart applique and added them to the gray chevron burp cloths.
Bon voyage anchor, you lost out to the heart. Bon voyage Ruffles and Rain Boots’ tutorial, MADE has it covered. Dana’s tutorial is clear, has wonderfully inspiring pictures, and walks you through each step. Unlike Dana however, I cut each piece 9 x 18 because 9 inches is the widest I could get after washing and drying my quarter yard of flannel fabric. In the future, I will make burp cloths 10 x 18 because, as Dana so thriftily schools us, a measurement of 10 x 18 would yield 12 burp cloths from 1 yard of terry cloth fabric. Thrifty giving, indeed! I however, wasn’t going to make that many because I needed to add another gift to the pile, and I need some of that extra terry cloth.
Oh, and I found this tutorial by Buttercream and a Sewing Machine for burp cloths with rounded corners if you’d like to make that style. It also contains a neat little trick for the rounded corners using something you are almost guaranteed to have in your cabinet. Because I had some scraps of fabric left that were too small for my other gift, I included a small washcloth and tucked it between the burp cloths for gifting. If you’ve never made one, cut two small square pieces of fabric, sew them right-sides together (with an opening for turning). Once turned, top stitch around the edge of each side, just as you do with the burp cloths. Inspired by Dana again, I made a sweet little printable sentiment for each set of parents and strung it through a sewn ribbon tie for gifting. If you’d like to use one of the baby sentiment notes I created, I’ve included them here as a free printable. I printed mine out on photo paper to really give the image depth (it is sized for 4 x 6), cut slits each side, and threaded a ribbon through. I’ve removed our ‘signed names’ so that you can add your own. You can also click on the picture below to get the link.
I’m so excited to meet these new little ones, but I’m not above saying that I’ll give them right back if when they poop. If I didn’t, how else could my friends become “seasoned poo veterans” like the rest of us? As I mentioned above, I needed some of the ‘extra’ terry cloth to complete another project. Another first for me: baby bibs. Aren’t they sweet?
I used the template provided here, but didn’t follow the tutorial. After having mastered a solid ‘early beginner sewing’ level, I’ll tell you that these were ridiculously easy and don’t need a tutorial. I will, however, give you some tips. Tip 1: Velcro. Use velcro and not snaps or loops or any such fastener that requires more than a few hours of sleep for a new / newish parent to use. As long as you put the hook side (the rough side) on right side of the bib, the baby will never get scratched by it. Take care with this. Tip 2: Do not just sew the outside edges of the bibs with a top stitch. I cannot tell you how many bibs I had that went into the ‘Donate’ pile because they would wrinkle horribly after the wash and never sit right after that first washing. There is NO WAY I will iron a bib and I would never expect someone to do so in order to keep it looking nice. My solution? Just go ahead and do some decorative or functional stitching right there on the face of the bib to hold that fabric together. For both of these, I started in the center and stitched a vertical line in evenly-spaced intervals. I tried to keep the white stitches inside the white lines so they are practically invisible. I really appreciate you spending some time with us today. If you’ve made burp cloths or bibs, let me know – I’d love to see them. Connect with Ruffles and Rain Boots on social media! And before you go, here’s a handy-dandy picture just right for pinning! :)