How to Sew Burp Cloths from Diapers – Video Tutorial

How to Sew Burp Cloths from Diapers – Video Tutorial

Golf Days Burp Cloth Set with Gift Tag

Sewing for Baby – The Quickest Way to make Burp Cloths from Diapers

If you’re looking for a unique and practical baby shower gift, consider sewing burp cloths from diapers!

Not only is this a cost-effective and eco-friendly option, but they also provides a large, absorbent surface for burping and cleaning up after feeding time.

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In this 🎥 video I’ll share my tips for making Burp Cloths with Baby Diapers quickly and easily. The tutorial include how to make a template and get the fabric the perfect length the first time (because those diapers aren’t a consistent size and shape!)

You can also get a FREE PRINTABLE of the “Something Fore Baby” gift tag shown in the photos and video featuring art from my Golf Days fabric line for Riley Blake Designs if you decide to go with a golf theme gift as well!

Begin by pre-washing, drying and ironing the decorative fabrics and cloth diapers.

This will help to remove any sizing or residue that could affect absorbency or cause shrinkage later on.

🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS
00:00 introduction
01:57 Pre-Wash fabric and diapers
02:16 Cloth Diaper Size Issues
03:00 Making the Template
05:01 Iron Fabric to Size
06:49 Sewing
07:07 Finish and Fold

That’s it! Your handmade burp cloths are ready to use, gift to a new parent or sew and sell.

The cloth diaper material is highly absorbent and durable, so it can withstand multiple washes and uses. It’s sure to stand out and be a cherished item for both baby and parent.

Happy Sewing!

👶🏻 🧵  Tara Reed

How to Sew a Crinkle Tag Toy for Baby

How to Sew a Crinkle Tag Toy for Baby

How to Sew a Crinkle Tag Toy for Baby

Crinkle Tag Toy made with Ride the Range fabric by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

If you’ve spent much time around babies you know that those little fingers love to grab onto things – and they are quick! They also enjoy things that make noise. Combine both of those and you have a Crinkle Tag Toy.

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Tag Toys are a great way to use up scrap fabric and ribbon and sew up quickly. You can make them with our without the “crinkle” layer.

Crinkle Tag Toy Supplies

CRINKLE TAG TOY SUPPLIES:

  • (2) 6½” pieces of fabric
  • 3” pieces of ribbon
  • fabric clips or pins
  • cereal bag (washed & dried)
  • sewing machine
  • thread

If you want to add something to the middle that makes noise, you need to use “food grade plastic” and cereal bags fit the bill! Simply wash and dry them before use.

SAFETY NOTE: Don’t leave a baby unattended with anything plastic – so if you add the crinkle layers, be sure to be with baby when they are playing with it.

You can make these any size you want and with as many ribbon tabs as you’d like as well.

This one is a 6″ square (so I started with 6 1/2″ fabric and used a 1/4″ seam allowance.) I decided to go all-in on ribbons and added lots!

Keep it simple and use two squares of fabric or get fancier and use quilt blocks for added visual variety. You can also add texture by using different kinds of fabric.

Washer – Dryer – Iron Tested!

I put this through the test with some scraps of fabric and the crinkle layer. Washed in cold water. Put in the dryer on medium for about 15 minutes (it was still damp, then I air-dried it the rest of the way) and ironed quickly on the silk setting to get out big wrinkles. The cereal bag plastic held up well!

How to make a Crinkle Tag Toy

  • BASTE the ribbons to the right side of one of the squares so they don’t slide around later.
  • PUT the two fabrics right sides together so the ribbons are in the center.
  • ADD the optional crinkle layer on top.
  • CLIP and SEW together with 1/4″ seam, leaving space open to turn.
  • TURN right side out, tuck the open area under and topstitch all the way around the square to close the opening and finish the tag toy.

It’s that simple!

Watch the video below to see how easy they are to put together.

The fabrics used in this tutorial is from my Ride the Range fabric collection by Riley Blake Designs. Ask for them where you love to buy fabric. Happy Sewing!

👶🏻 Tara Reed

How to Sew Baby Burp Cloths

How to Sew Baby Burp Cloths

Free Baby Burp Cloths Pattern & Tutorial

If you’ve ever been around an infant you know that burp cloths are A MUST!

I have a new grand nephew coming so I decided to make some with prints from my Winter Barn Quilts fabric from Riley Blake Designs. I used the print on one side and a terry cloth towel I got on clearance for the back. That saves me a little money and makes them more absorbent than fabric and batting alone.

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Baby burp cloths are often made out of flannel too and you can use the same pattern and sewing method. A new mom can never have enough burp rags – they are great baby shower gift, things to sew and sell and more.

My pattern makes baby burp rags that are 19″ x 9 1/2″ – perfect for protecting even the broadest shoulders.

Supplies:

  • 1 fat quarter of fabric OR 20″ x 11″ piece of fabric
  • 1 terry cloth kitchen towel or other fabric of your choice
  • FREE Template pattern (with written directions included in the PDF)
  • Paper and printer to make your template
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine

This tutorial uses two of the Compass Star prints (C12082-BLUE & C12082-NAVY) from my Winter Barn Quilts fabric collection from Riley Blake Designs. Ask for them where you love to buy fabric. 

STEP 1: MAKE YOUR PATTERN

You can use the templates to make a full-sized pattern or make a pattern to cut on the fold, whatever your preference.

To make a full sized pattern: print two curved pieces and one rectangle. Match dashed lines and tape together.

To make a pattern to cut on the fold of your fabric: print one of each template. Then cut the rectangle piece on the CENTER FOLD LINE, discarding the second half. Match dashed lines on the curved and rectangle pieces and tape together.

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STEP 2: CUT & SEW YOUR FABRICS

I wanted to see where I could shave a few minutes off of making the burp cloths and found a way to make the cutting process a little faster.

CUT the terry towel to the burp cloth shape.

PLACE the terry towel on the right side of the fabric and pin.

SEW the two pieces together – 1/4″ from the edge of the terry towel, leaving a few inches of the straight section open for turning. (fig. 1)

THEN CUT the fabric to match the terry towel that is already sewn on top. (fig. 2)

CLIP the curves – my least favorite part. (fig. 3)

How to Sew Baby Burp Cloths - sewing fabric together

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STEP 3: TURN, PRESS & FINISH

TURN right side out and press.

TOPSTITCH 1/8″ from the edge. (fig. 4)

OPTIONAL: If you want to quilt the burp cloth so the two pieces are secured to each other more you can. I do this when I make burp cloths from two pieces of fabric with batting in the middle but don’t find it to be necessary for the fabric / towel combo.

That’s it – you’re done!

How to Sew Baby Burp Cloths

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Make baby burp cloths to coordinate with outfits, for all the holidays or just to get that fabric scrap stash a little bit smaller.

If you make this or anything else with my fabric and post it online – tag me so I can see it!  I love to see what people create.

👶🏻 Tara Reed

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How to Sew a Baby Pacifier Clip

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Looking for something to make for a new baby or something to sew and sell? Why not try Baby Pacifier Holders.

These are SO SIMPLE and make a great baby shower gift, new baby gift, baby stocking stuffer and more. Bonus points that this project is a great way to use your fabric scraps.

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Supplies:

  • 12″ x 4″ piece of Fabric
  • 11″ x 1″ piece of interfacing or lightweight fusible fleece (optional)
  • 4″ of 1/4″ or 3/8″ flat elastic
  • 1″/33 mm Pacifier Clips (also called “Suspender Clips” or “Mitten Clips”)
  • Pacifiers with handles

This tutorial uses two of the Compass Star prints (C12082-BLUE & C12082-NAVY) from my Winter Barn Quilts fabric collection from Riley Blake Designs. Ask for them where you love to buy fabric. 

Preparing the Fabric

CUT the fabric, interfacing and elastic. Choose your interfacing or lightweight fusible fleece depending on how flexible you want the holder to be. You can also make it without any interfacing, it’s all personal preference.

PLACE your fabric face down on the ironing board and PRESS both short ends over 1/4″.
PRESS in half the long way and open back up. (fig. 1)

PLACE the interfacing along the center fold and tuck it under the folded edges. (fig. 2)

FOLD the long raw edges in towards center fold and PRESS. (fig. 3)

FOLD in half and PRESS. (fig. 4)

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Sewing the Pacifier Clip

FOLD the elastic in half and place it inside the folded fabric on one short end. (fig. 5) SEW across the edge 2-3 times to reinforce the elastic.

SEW all the way around the fabric strip approximately 1/8″ from the sides and then sew down the center. (fig. 6)

PLACE the fabric through the clip and folder over 1″. (fig. 7)

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SEW in place. (fig. 8)

THREAD the elastic through the pacifier and then the fabric through the elastic to attach it to the pacifier. (fig. 9)

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It’s that easy! Make them to coordinate with outfits, for all the holidays or just to get that scrap fabric stash a little bit lower.

If you make this or anything else with my fabric and post it online – tag me so I can see it!  I love to see what people create.

👶🏻 Tara Reed

Click to see more projects with the Winter Barn Quilts fabrics >

The Barn Quilts also come in Fall and Everyday themes.

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Flannel Snowflake Baby Receiving Blanket – Snow Cute!

Flannel Snowflake Baby Receiving Blanket – Snow Cute!

As an artist and fabric designer, one of my favorite things is to see how people use the fabrics I design – it’s always a thrill!

I love what Kreative Kymona did with the snowflake prints from my Gnome for Christmas flannel collection!

See how easy it is to make a flannel Baby Receiving Blanket – it’s SNOW CUTE!!

(Sorry – I couldn’t resist the pun!)

Here are a few of her photos but then hop over to her blog where she shares all the details and even how to use free motion quilting rulers to add hearts – perfect for baby!

If you make something with the Gnomes for Christmas and post it on social media – tag me – I love to see what people create!

May your creative juices flow and these little gnomes bring you joy!

Tara Reed

Click here to see more projects with the Gnome for Christmas fabric >