Because I am learning to sew and my niece is expecting a baby, I thought I would make some easy DIY Burp Cloths and Bibs. I thought it would be an easy project for a beginning sewer like myself, and it was. I was pleased with how they all turned out, you tell me what you think!
First things first, like all good DIYers, head on over to Pinterest and find some free printable patterns and videos tutorials, right! This post is where I found the burp cloth video. She shows you how to make your own pattern for the burp cloth which is rounded to fit on Mom’s shoulder. Here is where I found a free bib pattern to download.
I used a box from the kitchen which I took apart to make the burp cloth pattern. The bib pattern I simply printed on regular copy paper. I placed both fabrics together and cut out both at one time so the cuts would be the same. If you will notice the fold in the burp cloth pattern, I folded it in half to create the rounded part so both ends would match.
Now it’s just a matter of sewing them together after cutting them out. Always sew right sides together. Leave an opening unsewn so you can turn the item right side out. Press it, then sew up the opening.
I’m still getting to know my sewing machine, a Singer Patchwork, which has lots of cute stitches. I decided to do some fun stiches around the edges as a bit of a finished look. You use a LOT of thread when doing these fun stitches, especially on the bobbin.
I selected a gray chevron cotton fabric for the backing to match the chevron pattern on the elephants. If you notice that some of the elephants have an ‘x’ pattern, that is why I used that ‘x’ stitch for the edging.
The elephant pattern fabric is a soft fleece, perfect for the soft skin on a precious little baby. I did decide to make a burp cloth without the neck curve because burp cloths are used for more than just burping a baby on your shoulder.
Because I completely forgot to purchase some white Velcro for the closure, I used the black Velcro which I already had. I have since purchased some in white which would be much nicer to use for baby bibs. I made the second bib squared off just for the fun of it. Sewing in a square is much easier than turning those curves!
These two burp cloths were my very first attempt. I used a fat quarter which I already had in my stash for the front. The back is actually an old towel which I cut up for this purpose. A word of caution, cutting up a towel will create a flood of ‘snow’ on your floors! So thankful for whoever invented the vacuum cleaner! I went ahead and gave these to my niece explaining they were my learning tree. She actually loves them because of the terry cloth back! In the near future these will be adorned with some monogramming for the new baby due any day now!