What I love about this Burp Pad sewing DIY is that it is a very simple rectangle, straight-stitch project…a No-Skills Necessary sewing project. My interest in All Things Baby has been heightened since finding out (on Mother’s Day!) that our daughter and her sweet hubby are having their first baby later this year. Our first grandchild! shhh…a boy!
Don’t know how to sew? No worries…this is a great first sewing project for your child. I learned to sew at 9 years old during a summer sewing class at Sears. My sister and I learned a skill we would use many times over the years, and my mom got a nice 2-week vacation from whining bored kids.
Tip: I found it was easier to buy all my fabric prints (5 coordinating prints & chenille fabric for the backsides) BEFORE starting the project. That way I could pre-shrink, layout, and cut ALL in the same day. It is easy to sew one or two extra of each print in the process, so you end up with Burp Pad sets for gift-giving later. Plus, I am happy not to drag out the ol’ sewing machine again, and to vacuum chenille fuzz
off everything again, to make those gift sets!
I got really into the fun of this simple project and ran back to the store for more fabrics. This this time a more traditional baby fabric, to make a set of three…
These burp pads make a sweet gift for new mothers especially when packaged in sets of 3 or 5 coordinating fabrics. My favorite part of this project is coordinating the fabrics,
isn’t that weird?
Fabric – CUT size is 10 x 18 inches each (after sewn they measure less the seam all around). Tip: Purchase a 21-inch length of 48-inch wide fabric, so you can run the print either direction on the fabric. You will get multiple pads from that size, depending which direction you cut them. The front sides are a soft cotton (any cotton as long as it is soft & smooth on the babies face – flannel is a good choice too). The back sides are made from a soft chenille fabric. Tip: select one fabric print that you love and use that as the “anchor” print, from which to pull colors for other fabrics. In my Hipster Fox set the fox print fabric is my anchor print. I used it to select colors and the vibe for the other four prints. I used an off white chenille for all the backsides. Did I mention, I’m crazy in love with this fox fabric?
Pattern template – I cut a 10 x 18-inch (green) poster board pattern. I wrote some information on it so next time I use it so I don’t have to learn from my mistakes again.
Thread – I used only white thread when stitching all the rectangles together. Then when I got to the Top-Stitch step, I chose the color thread I wanted to bring out on each print. For the chenille side I used a thread that matched its color for the bobbin thread. For example, the hipster fox fabric has an orange thread top-stitch on the print side and white thread (bobbin) top-stitch for the off-white chenille backside. Note: When sewing, I always kept the chenille fabric on the bottom, using the top print fabric edge as my presser foot guide.
Sewing Machine, Pins, Scissors, pencil or pen ( optional, to outline the pattern onto the fabric before cutting)
Tip: * iron chenille only on its non-fuzzy side, using a cooler synthetic fabric iron setting. And test your sewing machine tensions and stitch lengths on scrap fabrics before you begin.
Pre-shrink all fabrics prior to cutting. I ran a basing stitch around sides of the chenille before shrinking. I felt the pre-shrink was important since the cotton & chenille would most likely get wonky after the first wash if I didn’t. The wash/dry also removes the fuzz and any sizing chemicals since it will be use for baby.
Iron pre-shrunk cotton fabric, lay printed fabric on a flat surface with print side down.
Using the pattern template (10″ x 18″) trace the rectangle onto the backside of (print) fabric. Cut out the print fabric. See how I traced and cut several at the same time? One for this set and two extra for future gift sets.
Lay the chenille with right-side up and Pin the just-cut print fabric to the chenille, right-sides together. *leave 1/4″ of chenille around the edge (SEE PHOTO below.) This will help if the chenille shifts or stretches.
Leave an opening, when pinning, that will be used for turning right-sides out after sewn. I use 3-fingers length, and mark the area with pins either another color or in a different direction.
Cut the chenille, with the excess 1/4″ all around, the print fabric is already pinned to it. So when finished cutting you can sew.
Sew (photo below) and Iron the seams.
Trim that excess chenille off of the sides BUT leave the excess chenille in the area of the opening for turning right-side out, it will give you excess when you close it. Trust me on this ; )
Trim corner points for a crisp corner.
Turn right-side out by pulling fabric through the opening. Iron again.
Pin (this is optional) the opening. This is where you will see the need for that excess fabric you didn’t trim off at the opening. When you do the top-stitch (next step) there will be enough seam to not pull open.
Top-Stitch (photo below) I reset my sewing machine to its longest stitch length. I also have the print fabric on top, again and use the seam edge to position the needle. The thread used is a contrasting color on the front with the bottom thread (bobbin) matching the chenille color.
(Optional) – see photo below – close the edge flap created by the opening (used for turning right-side out). I use a smaller stitch length than the top stitch.
Warning: this DIY can be addictive to Grandmothers!
Thanks for Meeting Me Lakeside!