Monday, January 03, 2011

Baby Burpies {the easy way}

I was perusing down my lists of blogs the other day when I hopped, skipped and jumped to a tutorial at "See Kate Sew." The post explained how Kate took an ordinary cloth diaper and made it into a not-so-ordinary baby burpie. I loved her uncomplicated approach to making a cute burp cloth for a little one!
 

Later this week I'm catching a plane to my new little granddaughter's house. As much as I loved the burpies I made in November, I knew the burpies at "See Kate Sew" were a cute, practical alternative to the more fancy-smancy ones I made previously, so I decided to make a few of the simpler version. Can a baby have too many burpies? I think not. I added a little ric rac to mine, but otherwise used her tutorial. Check out Kate's tutorial at "See Kate Sew" for general directions and a look at her adorable versions!

Supplies needed:
1 Pre-folded cloth diaper
1 piece of contrasting fabric about 6" x 20" **
Ric Rac (optional)
Thread
(**Make sure the length of your contrasting fabric is 2" longer 
than the length of the pre-folded diaper.)

I added ric rac to the burpies I made, so here are a few more tips if you'd like that addition. Press under 1/2" on the long sides of the contrasting fabric...


Then open up where you pressed the fold in your fabric and place your ric rac (I used "jumbo" ric rac) so the folded crease sits to the left of the dip in your ric rac...


Here's another picture illustrating where to place the ric rac. The solid black line shows where the pressed fold in the fabric is situated. (Remember the folded hem is opened up and laying flat at this time.) Note the dip in the ric rac is just to the right of the fold. The dotted line shows where to sew...


The old adage "you learn something new every day" is definitely true in the blogging world. The other day I found a tutorial at "TaDa! Creations" on how to apply ric-rac to a hem of a shirt. It came into my life just in time for this project! Go here for the tutorial!

When you have sewn the ric rac to the seam, repress the fabric along the fold once again. Your contrasting fabric will look like this on the right side of the fabric, and...


and it will look like this on the underside of the fabric.


Center and pin your contrasting fabric strip in the middle of the diaper. You'll have an overhang of about 1" on each end of the diaper.


Sew the strip of fabric to the diaper about 1/8" from the edge, like this:


It's beginning to look a lot more like a burpie now. Just a few more finishing touches...


When you turn the burpie over you'll easily see the overhanging fabric. Take your scissors and trim the extra fabric along the edge of the diaper.  These diapers are not perfectly rectangular. If that bothers you, try to remember the purpose of a burp cloth and that should help put your mind at rest.  ;o)


Then zig-zag along the short edge of the burpie making sure you catch the contrasting fabric in the zig and zag!


 That's all there is to it!



I love this cute version of the burpie!
It's so easy to make, because most of the work is already done for you!

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27 comments:

kate said...

Cute! I love the ric rac! Thanks for the mention!

Angel said...

Those are adorable Suzanne! A baby can never have too many. ;) Thanks for the shout out too. Enjoy that grandbaby.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thanks Suzanne! I'm going to have to make a few of those before drooly Audrey arrives here in Florida next week. Cute.

Tolentreasures said...

Congrats on the new baby! Somehow I missed that post? The burp cloths are great! Have fun spoiling that baby.

Cathy

Andrea said...

Adorable! You're right, a new baby girl can never have too many burpies! Thanks for passing on the ric rac idea. Love it!

rosie/the fabric shopper said...

Love the burpies! I need to make some of them for May. ~ daughter in law finds out Wednesday if I will be sewing pink or blue!

Ginger said...

This is a GREAT "heart" made baby gift every new mommy loves. Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Melissa said...

You are right. These are ingenious and simple.

Tina said...

These are fabulous Suzanne. I love the fabric and ric rac you have used!! Have a wonderful trip and enjoy all of those cuddles with your sweet little grandaughter ~ Tina xx

Elizabeth said...

Love the ric rac! Perfect touch. Would love for you to visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday. The party will be open until Friday if you have anything you else you want to link up! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

DANA said...

First of all, thanks for all your support and kind words lately. Second, I LOVE your blog! I am a born again sewer and you are so talented! I wish you lived down the road and you could help me out!

Becca said...

You did it again girl! I love this! I'll be featuring your post on BCD on the 8th in the afternoon! Thanks again!

Amanda Dale said...

Love the scallop detailing!

casserole said...

These make such awesome gifts!! And I love that they're so quick - perfect for those of us who habitually procrastinate on their handmade gifts.

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-quick-and-easy-burp-cloths-for-baby/2011/01/06/

--Anne

The DIY Show Off said...

What a beautiful design and amazing gift idea. I've made some in the past but I love your technique and result so much more. ;)

Roeshel

Kiley said...

Followed you here from Shabby Chic Cottage. Love this idea! I've made a few burpies, too, but yours is SOOOO sweet with the rick rack!
And I have a baby shower coming up soon. I KNOW what I'll be adding to my gift :o) !

Thanks!

Julie said...

Very cute and simple! Makes a great gift! I love the fabric too!
~Julie
http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com
http://bellerosedesigns.etsy.com

Nina @ Momma Go Round said...

Love love love the jumbo ric rac! these are so adorable. Thank you for the tute on how to do the ric rac...I never would have thought to do it like that!

she wears flowers said...

It's beautiful! I do this same thing for hooded towels and I love it--quick and easy!

Wendylh said...

Hi Suzanne,

Love this project! I was wondering if you have pattern and tutorial on the burpies you made in November? I would like to make both!

Thanks so much,
Wendy

Suzanne said...

Wendylh,
The burpies that I made in November are two pieces of fabric (12 inches x 18 inches) sewn together. That's it. ;o)

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

I looooooove these! Such a great idea!

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Hi Suzanne! I ended up making these beauties...thanks so much for the tutorial.

Lina
Fancy Frugal Life
http://fancyfrugallife.blogspot.com/2011/06/ric-rac-burp-cloths.html

Thumper said...

Cute Idea!! And now I have the juices flowing for so many more things to make!! I need more time!

Sarah said...

I was looking around at DIY baby stuff and came across your site and love it. These are so cute!! I also really love the fabric you used on these burp cloths - I know it's been a year but any chance you remember what it is?

Suzanne said...

Sarah - That is fabric by designer Lila Tueller -- the line is called Soiree.

http://lilatuellerdesigns.blogspot.com/

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

I wish I had seen this tutorial before I made mine rather haphazardly with rick rack. I will be pinning this for future reference, thanks for all the fabulous photos.