I learned to sew when I was in high school; although, I never really got good at zippers. I bought my current sewing machine when my first niece was born 18 years ago (I can’t believe my first baby niece just turned EIGHTEEN!!!) When the first two nieces were little, I made them the most adorable appliqued jumpers, rompers, bubble suits and circle dresses (notice none of those requires a zipper?) And then The Husband came into my life, and I didn’t sew as much. I have stopped making clothes, but still enjoy sewing projects. One of my favorites is sewing baby bibs and burp cloths. This week I will share 3 tutorials on burp cloths, bibs and appliques.
There are two ways I make burp cloths. I will show one way today, and the other way will be made the same way the bibs are made that I will share later this week.
For the first burp cloth, I start with a cloth diaper. You can use the ones sold at Target, but I prefer to order mine online as I find they are thicker. I always wash the diapers before beginning because they will shrink.
Before and after washing:
After washing, iron the diaper:
Then select the material you want to add to the burp cloth – either the same as the bib fabric or a coordinating fabric (also pre-wash this fabric). Cut it three inches wider than the diaper and 7” tall.
Place the fabric on one end of the diaper. Fold in the two ends of the fabric to be the width of the diaper and iron the folds. Line up and pin the bottom edge of the fabric to the diaper – right side of fabric to wrong side of diaper (there is no real right or wrong side of the diaper, but the ones I use do have a small overlap on one side that I call the back).
Sew a straight stich using ½” seam allowance.
Iron the seam open,
and then flip it over and fold 1” on the top of the fabric and iron.
Fold in the top corners and iron.
Pull the fabric up to make sure it covers the sides of the diaper.
Fold back down and iron on Heat n Bond Lite to the edges of the fabric. (You can buy this in different widths at Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby.)
I also fold down the little corners of the fabric where I sewed the diaper and fabric together and apply the Heat n Bond here, too.
Peel the backing off the Heat n Bond and place the fabric back on the diaper and iron down (the corners may not stick due to the thickness, but that is OK – this is just a temporary hold until it can get stitched).
Top stich around all four edges of the fabric (I change my top thread to a coordinating color, but leave the bobbin white as it will be on the diaper).
And you’re done!