Since I am now at the age where my friends are becoming grandparents I am once again going to baby showers. They are always fun and exciting but for different reasons. I am glad my kids are practically grown and now I can enjoy small ones in a new way. In an earlier post series I showed you the baby quilt and various other gifts I made for one of our dearest friends first grandchild. It is the series No Scraps Left Behind. That gift was the beginning of a new journey into seeking out what was popular now for newborns.
I found many different ideas and have started a Things to Make list. One of the first ones I have tried was burp cloths. Previously I had only embellished the traditional cotton burp cloths. That was fun but you are limited to only the ends of the cloth having color. So, I made up a pattern for burp cloths that were one fabric in the center with coordinating fabric on the ends. I also used another coordinating fabric on the back so they are reversible. I layered cotton batting in the middle so they are absorbent. I used cotton fabric and did a detail stitching on the seam where the fabrics meet. This was a great way to practice some of the fancy stitches on my machine and use different threads.
Here are some samples of what I made:
I made three of each combination because I thought that made a nice gift. I usually roll them and tie them up with a piece of fabric. Then I package them with some other small items such as shampoo, powder, wipes etc. This makes a nice gift and a useful one. Since the cloths are made out of cotton they can easily go through the washer and dryer.
So the next time you have a baby shower to attend pull out your larger scraps and make a unique gift for the new mom and baby.