I think ‘burp cloths’ are an American thing. I certainly didn’t use one when Freya was a baby; we just used muslins over our shoulders. But what a great idea!
I needed something light weight to send to Gibraltar. An ex colleague of mine has made her life down there with her husband and has just had a beautiful baby boy.
Matching bibs and burp cloths fitted the bill. I think it is always nice to have something special for when you are visiting friends or venturing into your first ‘bumps and babies’ coffee morning.
I had already bought the cotton fabric
so I just needed to source some fine fleece for the backs of the bibs. I chose fleece due to it’s softness, washability and the fact that it won’t mind being ironed. It also has a certain amount of waterproofness about it to prevent undergarments becoming saturated.
A wistful half hour was spent riffling though my bag of Freya keepsakes for a bib to use as a pattern.
I made up the burp cloth pattern from what I had seen on Pinterest.
I used my template to draw the shape onto the fabric. I didn’t cut it out at this point as it is so much easier to sew around curves when you’ve plenty of fabric to work with.
With right sides together, I sewed my two fabric pieces together, remembering to leave a 2 inch gap for turning.
Before turning I clipped around the edges, you can do this conventionally or cheat and use your pinking shears like me.
Then I turned it the right way around, using my crochet hook to push out the ends, and pressed flat with a medium iron.
All that was left to do was to carefully top stitch all the way around, including over the gap I left for turning.
Which is your favourite?
And who is watching the Sewing Bee tonight?