DIY Baby Gift
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I recently made these burp cloths for my friend Cheri and her new baby Kate. (Apologies for the poor picture quality - blerg! Imagine them way cuter.)
I followed these basic sewing instructions
, but instead of using terry cloth I used a basic flannel, so I could embroider Kate's name onto them.
I tied them up all cute like, and put them in a matching simple-to-sew little gift bag.
Ta-da! Quick, easy, and a fun project to knock out in a day.
Embroidery is quick and easy! And who doesn't love a personalized gift?
First create your image, and embroider your fabric before sewing the burp cloth.
When you're ready to print, click into "advanced settings" and select "mirror image." (If you don't have that option, you can print as normal, then hold the paper up to a window and trace on the opposite site.) Use a red transfer pencil
to trace your reverse image. Lay your reverse image onto your fabric, iron, and your image is ready to embroider.
Or, if you're great at free-handing, just use the red pencil to draw directly on your fabric and skip all the reverse image, tracing, ironing hoopla.
to embroider. Instructions start at about the 1 min 22 sec mark. But having a grandma teach you is much preferred to watching a video
!!! So procure a grandma (or friend with grandma tendencies) to give you lessons if possible.
Lesson Learned: Careful when choosing a swirly fru-fru font. One could make a good argument that I've created a lovely burp cloth that says "Hate" instead of "Kate". It's always something with me!
had this to say:
As the lucky recipient let me say this is a MOST CHERISHED baby gift. I am crazy about them. They have a sweet, antique, hand-made feeling that is irresistable. Thank you friend!
- February 17, 2010 at 2:28 PM
valerie in TX had this to say:
These are beautiful! I love them....and I'm incredibly jealous of your embroidering talent. :)
- February 18, 2010 at 10:42 AM
Gombojav Tribe had this to say:
This is soooooooo cute!!! I love it!
- February 24, 2010 at 6:54 PM
GrannieEv had this to say:
Just saw these featured on Prudent Baby and I have to say I'm so impressed that you actually hand embroidered them ... thought that was another lost art! Great job.
- March 16, 2010 at 3:13 AM
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