Thursday, June 28, 2012

Baby Gift Set - The Burpie!

Alrighty, Did yall go pick up some cute fabric?
Our first item up for business, a burp cloth! Every new mommy’s best friend ; ) 

From your new stash we are going to need:
One of the fat quarters
The Terry cloth

In addition we need:
General sewing supplies (machine, thread, scissors. . . .)
A piece of paper to create our template

Let’s get started! Make yourself a square on your paper 9.5”x4.5” . . . Fine, I guess that is technically a rectangle but it works!

Draw a shape similar to this inside your rectangle. The exact shape is going to be determined by the shape of your intended gift receiver. For a woman with wider shoulders, you can make the narrow part wider. Shrink it down a bit for a woman with narrower shoulders.  Cut out your pattern when you are happy.

Okay, stick with me through this one.
  •    Place your fabric printed side up with the shorter sides to your left and right.
  •   Take the long side that is right in front of you and carefully fold it towards the top roughly 5 inches.
  •   Finger press your crease and lay your template flat side against the fold.
  •   Adjust your fold to be just big enough for your template – you want no more than a ¼” of selvage sticking up above your template.
Did you make it through all that? Basically we want to have as little fabric as possible to be used so we can make more super cute baby gear!

Trace your template with whatever medium you prefer (chalk for me!) then flip it over and trace the other half.

Cut out your cotton fabric and use this piece to cut out a similar shape from your terry cloth. DO NOT cut it exact. It will be much easier for you to cut a vaguely burpie shaped blob and cut off the extra later.

*STOP!* If you want to add any little personal details like appliqués or trims or anything, do so now!  

Time to sew! Flip your cotton fabric over so that right sides are facing each other. Use as many pins as you need to hold everything together and make sure you mark a 3 inch wide spot to leave open for turning. The best place for this is in that narrow middle part.

Sew all the way around! Make sure you reinforce that opening! 

Go ahead and trim off that extra terry cloth except for right in front of your opening. Trim that spot down to around ½” so you don’t get too bulky in there!

Turn things right side out. Use a poking implement if you need an extra hand in getting everything rounded out.

No go forth and top stitch!  We want everything to look nice dontcha know ; )

Trim your threads and toss ‘er in the dryer to heat set your stitches and done! Our very first baby gift from only a little under a fourth of our fabric!

Head on back to make the next part of our gift! Follow my blog to make sure you don’t miss it!

Until then, stay creative!
~ Dani

P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for my very first giveaway!


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