Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cute Enough for Spit Up

Explaining to my 3-year-old why mommy needs to make burp cloths was an interesting exercise.

Me: Well, sweetie, babies spit up a lot so we wear these on our shoulders so our clothes don't get messy.
Olivia: What is spit up?
Me: It's kind of like throw up.
Olivia: Ewwww!

This is only the tip of the ice burg of conversations birthing and babies will spur!

So, anyway, I made some burp cloths. And they are spit up worthy for sure. I used Cloud 9's Contoured Burp Cloth tutorial, which was very easy and fast. The two burp cloths came together in about 45 minutes.

The Michael Miller Flannel I found at Sew-a-Lot is super cute and soft. A half-yard of each fabric made 2 burp clothes with fabric left to spare (need to figure out what to make with the rest of it!?).

This tutorial would work well with 100% quilter's cotton too - and might actually be more absorbent in that material. If you're expecting, have a little one, or need a give for a special baby in your life, this is an easy, useful gift to whip up.

Moving on, I want to share a couple of new patterns with you I'm so excited to carry in my shop! First, is an adorable flower pin cushion and scrap bag called The Abbey Bag from Abbey Lane Quilts. I might have accidentally ordered an extra pattern for personal use and will review it in an upcoming blog post. :-)

Next is a perfect summer bag from Fig Tree & Co called the About Town Bag. Only needing a total of 1-1/2 yards of fabric plus some fusible interfacing, this is an affordable project great for gift-giving or a special treat for yourself!

Finally, I could not resist this pattern also from Fig Tree & Co called Strawberry Shortcake. These precious little fruit bites can have a utilitarian purpose as a pin cushion, or you can make mountains of them and place in a pretty bowl as a table center piece. There are a lot of options to use different fabric textures, and since the project is so small, it's a low-risk way to try sewing with new materials.

Anyway, I hope you're all having a great week. It's storming here in SW Ohio, making for a dreary start to Tuesday. Looks like a ponytail kind of day! Talk to you soon.

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