Friday, August 27, 2010

Small Projects

For someone who is retired, I seem to have very little time to actually sew or putter in my sewing room. Today, I tried to steal some minutes here and there to sew something. I had a small gifty project that I've been wanting to try. My SIL makes  burp cloths for newborns out of cloth diapers and fabric. My cousin Peg was blessed this month with her first grandchild. I thought it would be fun to try and do some of these burp cloths for her new grandson. I dug through my novelty fabrics. Some of the prints I choose to use for the burp cloths were some of the oldest fabrics in my stash (Yahoo!) 

I purchased a package of cloth diapers from Walmart, then  washed and dried them. Before sewing the fabric, I ironed the diapers. 

The novelty print fabric was turned under on the raw edges, then topstitched along the sides and bottom to secure it to the diaper. Flannel is especially good to use as well as soft cotton prints. I used the scrap pieces that I had, but tried to make sure there was the same amount of diaper showing on the left and right sides.

I was happy to use some of the truck fabric I purchased for Michael (age 19) when he was a toddler, some frog prints, and especially some dog prints. My cousin Peg is a true dog lover. She has several golden retrievers. Her son has exquisite taste in dogs; he has a daschshund like my Rusty. His doxie is called "Gizmo."

I think the above print with Einstein the doxie is a perfect fix for "these boys."
This is my favorite picture of the newest member of the family with his "big brother, Gizmo."


wackywoman said...

I think this is a perfect gift.

Gretchen said...

Great idea to use up some stash.

Susan said...

What a neat idea! I used to just use plain diapers for burp cloths, but this is so much nicer!!

Teresa said...

That's a great gift.

Brenda said...

Love your burp cloths. What a great idea.

Quilt Hollow said...

I've done these with embroidery before. I like the idea of choosing a novelty! Thanks for sharing.