Friday, December 21, 2012

Welcome, Charles Peter!

 Drum roll, please!!  I am pleased to announce our newest nephew, Charles Peter has made his appearance!!  He came into this world at 2:42 pm on December 20th and weighed in at 11 pounds 2 ounces and 22 inches long!  Both momma and baby are doing very well!!  He has a sweet disposition and even opened his beautiful eyes while I held him.

And, if you were wondering, the burp clothes work very well!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Burp Cloth Tutorial

 While waiting for our new nephew to be born, I had some nervous energy, so decided to make some custom burp cloths.  There are other ways of making these, you can find free patterns in a Google search, but my way allowed me to make seven in an hour and a half.

 What you'll need:
  • Package of 10 cloth diapers (the kind with the extra layers in the middle)
  • Fabric 7 inches by roughly 18 1/2 inches  (Pick busy patterns to camouflage any future stains)
  • Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies

Wash and dry all the diapers and fabric, using hot water and mild detergent.  I ironed the diapers (there's a phrase I never thought I'd write!) and fabric since they are easier to sew while wrinkle-free.

Cloth diapers vary a bit, so you may want to measure--mine were 18 inches long, so I cut my fabric 18 1/2 inches.  You can decide what width you'd like, I liked 7 inches, but when the fabric had a nice motif, I let the fabric dictate the width.

A 1/2 inch hem is a nice width (1/4 inch is doable, but a little more work).  I marked an inch and brought the edge up to the line for a quick press.
I love my ironing board cover!!  Every project  I press (clothing is never on the list) is nice and crisp!

*Find the middle of the diaper and the middle of the fabric....

and line up the centers. I found it necessary to pin, but if you're feeling sporty, you can sew without any.  (This is the only time pins will be used!)  Sew 1/4 inch across the end. 
Repeat from the * on the other end.

Your burp cloth will look like this....

Turn so the wrong sides are together.....
If you measured right and sewed 1/4 inch seam, it should lay perfectly flat.

Topstitch around the fabric as close to the edge as you can.

Voila!!  You're done!!  

Thought this fabric was the perfect Christmas fabric--you know, Merry Christ-moose!  Ha ha ha ha!!

Here's one I made with narrower hems but included the entire motif....
Am still waiting for our little nephew to arrive, but will post a picture when he comes into the world!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Wooly Wishes Finale

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

The final installment of 2012's Free Block of the Month "Wooly Wishes to Ewe" is up!!  Go to Ewes Quilting and scroll down to "Do Ewe See What I See?"" for the December templates.  Scroll down a bit further and get the finishing instructions.....
Thank you for following my BOM for the year--I enjoyed creating these little sheep and hope they warm your heart!  If you have any pictures of the blocks you created, please send them to so I can post them for everyone to enjoy!!