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.

  I used to create these images:

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. 

Here's how 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! 

Anonymous Anonymous 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 

Blogger 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 

Blogger Gombojav Tribe had this to say:

This is soooooooo cute!!! I love it!

February 24, 2010 at 6:54 PM 

Blogger 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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