It seems as if we are all silently motivating each other to get back to work on our Threaded Together blog! One person posts and all the rest of us seem to follow suit. I hope that we are going to be able to keep up the momentum!
When I got my embroidery machine, the first thing I wanted to make were custom burp cloths for some friends. Kelley made me some when I had Little S and I absolutely adored them. They were the only burp cloths I would use. I got so many compliments from other mothers who were carrying around plain, boring burp cloths. They are so easy to make and are a lovely handmade gift.
I know there are a ton of tutorials out there on how to make these burp cloths, but I am still going to share what works for me. Please keep in mind that I am not a seamstress and my sewing skills are very amateur!
To complete these burp cloths, you will need burp cloths, fabric (I prefer flannel for this project), thread, and your sewing machine.
The first step is to embroider the burp cloths with your design. If you don’t have an embroidery machine, you can skip this step. They will still be adorable burp cloths and make a great gift. Also, you can check around your local embroidery places and see how much it will cost to have them embroider. For such a small design, it may only be a few dollars.
Next, cut your fabric about an inch bigger (all around) than the burp cloth.
Fold over the fabric to create a pretty edge, iron and pin to the fabric. Here is where I go all amateur sewing skills on you. These burp cloths are sometimes all wacky and making a perfect square will not fit the burp cloth properly. I fold the fabric over the top of the burp cloth as a way to measure it.
Here is my stack all ready to be sewn!
Once the fabric is pinned to the burp cloth, sew all around the perimeter of the cloth. I use a zig zag stitch.
After that, sew up the lines of the burp cloth. This will make the same lines down the flannel fabric giving it a more finished look.
Wrap up with a pretty bow and give to the lucky mother!