We have been working on a lot of homemade items for the new little one that will be joining our family. So far it has been mainly knitting and crochet projects. But then a friend gave me a homemade flannel burp cloth and I knew I had the perfect project for oldest daughter to practice her sewing machine skills on, while filling in some of our baby item needs. All the lines are straight and easy, and if she messes up a bit it doesn’t really matter because it is a burp rag.
Every year since my first child was born I have made the kids flannel PJs. So oldest daughter and I went digging in the fabric scraps bin and found a ton of great flannel scraps to make into burp clothes. There were baby ones, boy ones, and girls ones. Perfect!
I helped her cut them with the rotary cutter, although you could use scissors too. We decided to cut them to 9 1/2 inches by 16 inches.
Then, with right sides together, she sewed two pieces together around the outside edge, leaving a 3-inch opening for turning. Her seam allowance was about 1/2 inch.
She turned it right side out and I ironed the edges for her. Then she sewed around the outer edge again, with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. This closed the opening and gave the edge a nice finished look.
She kept at it and has made us 14 burp clothes! That is more than enough, and we might give some away as baby gifts. It was a wonderful project to boost her sewing machine confidence – it was simple and straight forward. And it checked one more thing off the list to prep for the new baby!