Babies, babies, babies everywhere! 2 of my good friends had babies this spring, 2 of my husband's coworkers had babies this summer, and 3 more of my girlfriends are having babies this fall. Craziness! I love making baby gifts, it's such a sweet process and a thoughtful way to welcome these new little ones. But I can't possibly make a quilt for each one of them or that is all I'd be doing!
For one of the latest baby arrivals, I opted for a practical and also easy-to-make gift: a bib and some burp cloths. With a baby of my own (9 months on Saturday, wah!) I know that these come in SO handy, probably more than any other gadget or baby item.
The gift recipient being a little dude, I decided to use the bunch of fabric I had left over from the quilt I made for Henry. The birdies are so cute and the prints are very boy-friendly.
This was my first bib ever. I used the super-duper easy pattern by Chickpea Studio. I backed the bib with a nice white terry cloth. It was my first time putting in snaps and that was, well, a snap. Bam bam with the hammer and done!
Henry approves! I made an extra one for him. I'll be making these again and again in the future. Seriously, so so so easy!
For the burp cloths, even though I had made a bunch of terry-backed burp cloths for Henry's arrival (so funny to revisit my near-labor cuckoo productivity!), I ended up using cloth diapers nearly as much if not more to wipe up baby spit-up and messes. I decided to turn some standard white cloth diapers into burp cloths for this gift.
I just cut fabric to the size of the middle diaper portion plus 1 inch both directions. I folded and pressed edges 1/2 inch under and top-stitched the fabric on top of the diapers. I subsequently found a tutorial for exactly this process on Petite Lemon Blog.
I really should have washed the diapers first, doh. I am guessing they might look a bit bunched after the first wash, since my fabric was pre-washed. Hopefully they'll get some use though! Lesson learned for my next batch.
All in all, this was a super fast project and makes quite a lovely and practical gift. I would have loved getting this kind of gift for either of my babies' arrival.
Have you made bibs and burp cloths before? Do you have a favorite pattern or tutorial? What's a great handmade baby gift you've received? Tell me all about it in the comments!