I have another grandson coming in just a few weeks. So happy! He was on my mind for a long time on Saturday when I finally decided to drop what I was doing and make something for him: burp cloths. You have seen tutorials on how to embellish cloth diapers to turn them into burp cloths. I improved on what is out there and came up with a fast, softer, and more durable product:
(1) Instead of turning fabric under I cut the strips using a rotary cutter with a wavy blade, which makes assembly faster. Another benefit: once washed the edges will have a soft fray, adding to the cuteness!
(2) I chose flannel instead of regular quilting cotton for a softer feel.
(3) In order to prevent diaper fabric from bunching under the flannel once burp cloth is washed, I quilted it in different ways, but my preferred (for a quicker project) is a simple line down the middle.
Check out the tutorial below and let me know what you think:
You will need:
1 package of 10 cloth diapers by Gerber
3/4 yard of flannel (I used flannels by Moda with this adorable Sock Monkey print!)
Thread (I used Aurifil 40 wt in white)
Rotary cutter with wavy blade
Machine quilting needle
Walking foot works best for this project
Using the walking foot and a quilting needle, stitch a line down the middle of the flannel strip. Notice that there are no marks on the flannel - I eyeballed the middle.
At the end of the strip, pivot foot and stitch all around the strip, ending where you just pivoted. This is all it takes! Repeat with the other 9 diapers, make two stacks of five burp cloths each, tie them with a contrasting bow, and the gift is ready.
It may have taken longer to prepare this post than it did to prepare the burp cloths. They will be washed many times and, between the gentle fraying of the Moda flannel and the sturdy Aurifil thread, I think they are ready for the task!
Enjoy this Monday, and don't forget to enter the Giveaway for Quilt Kit, which ends tomorrow!