Good news is I love the idea of cuddling and squishing a multitude of newborns…and giving them back when they fuss. (I have my own fusser – I don’t need to deal with yours.) One thing about new babies though, when you visit you should bring a gift. Lots of new babies in my life = Lot of gifts.
So this begs the question…what can I give all of them that is special, yet functional? As a new mom myself, I know that porcelain ornament makers for babies hand print are nice and all – but who has the time? I opted for burp clothes. Yup. Every baby burps, spits up and/or pukes all over everything at some point, might as well provide mom with a stash cute clean-up accessories! The beauty of these is that it’s cheap, quick and “homemade.”
All you need is:
- A pack of cloth diapers (I use these 10 packs – about $17)
- Some scrap fabric
- Coordinating thread
To begin, wash and dry EVERYTHING. Those diapers will shrink up pretty funky if you sew on fabric before putting them through a cycle. Next, measure the midsection of your cloth diaper. Mine was about 18×6” so I cut my fabric 19×7” allowing for a ½” seam all the way around. Fold in the sides and iron your seams flat. I started with the long edges, and then clip the corners on the short edges for a crisper fold.
Once it’s all ironed, set up your machine for the stitch of your choice (I love zigzags or curvy lines, but a straight stitch is awesome, too!) and stitch all the way around. Note that if you use any color thread besides white, the stitch will show up quite obviously on the reverse side of your cloth, so go slow and try not to let the machine get away from you…like I tend to do! If you’re feeling ambitious, you could add a monogram or other personalized applique via iron-on.
Now, like I said – I know a lot of new babies coming soon so my plan of attack is to whip up as many of these as I can (about 30 in an afternoon) and package them up according to gender. Just because babies can be unpredictable, I like to do 10 feminine, 10 masculine and 10 neutral – just in case. It is so nice to have a special, handmade gift ready to go when you get that text that “The baby has arrived!” Giving 5-10 to a new mom and dad is a great way to show you care – and they will think of you fondly as they wipe up regurgitated mashed peas for the 47th time…