Monday, September 30, 2013

How do you make those cute baby bibs and burp cloths?

Today, I’m giving you a tutorial on how I made these cute bibs and burp cloths. I made these for my sweet niece, Haddie.

WARNING: I am NOT a professional!!

You will need some soft cotton print fabric (I used purple striped and polka dots), and either terry cloth or some soft minky type fabric (Link to Joann’s for example). If you look near the baby bedding fabric, you can find all sorts of soft fabrics to work with. It could be fleece or flannel too!

Step 1, when sewing ANYTHING is WASH YOUR FABRIC!! I wish that clothing manufactures would follow this one simple rule. This way, all your fabric is preshrunk, so when you wash and dry it later, it doesn’t shrink.

Next: Iron it flat. This makes cutting the fabric easier.


I start with trying to figure out a pattern. I searched online and found this site that has some great instructions. I have no idea where I got this pattern (sorry), but you could really use any shape!!
To start, pin down your pattern and cut. For this particular pattern, I only printed/taped half of it together. This is a symmetrical burp cloth, so I simply placed half the pattern at the edge, on the fold, and cut two layers…if that makes sense.


After you cut both types of fabric, take the two pieces you want to sew together and turn the right sides so they are facing each other (the pretty print and the soft minky fabric should be touching either other and you should see the back side of both).

Sew those pieces together, leaving a 1.5 inch opening at one side. After sewing, turn the fabric so that the right sides are facing the outside (pull all that fabric through that tiny opening you left).


After you turn the fabric around, sew the edges again. Make sure that the opening that you left earlier gets tucked in and sewn up as well. Go slow on this process and try your best to say an equal distance from the side the entire way around. It will look prettier if you take your time.


Now, a really good Blogger would have take a picture of the finished burp cloths. I’m not that good. I have no idea where the pictures of the finished burp cloth went.

Now for the bibs.

For the pattern, I actually used a bib I had on hand. I traced around it on packing paper (and I added about an inch on all sides). After that, I folded it in half, and traced half of it on another piece of packing paper. I know this seems like a bunch of steps, but I wanted it to be symmetrical, and the hand traced pattern was not.


I used the same sewing method (sew inside out, then right side out). In the picture below, you can see how I turned it “inside out.”


Here is a picture of the finished bibs. They are FAR from perfect, but I don’t think Haddie will mind.

Homemade Baby Bibs

Now for the cute little ruffle I did on one of the bibs. Sorry for no pics of the process, but I basically took a strip of fabric twice as wide as the bib, iron it in half, sew it inside out, then flip. Iron the “pleats” in it, then sew once across the middle. The final step is to sew a small piece of velcro on each side of the bib to fasten it around the baby’s neck.

I hope that all made sense.

Now for a picture of my machine!


My Mama Ginny (my dad’s mom) game me this machine. I’m pretty sure it’s a 1970’s model machine but it still works great! I grew up watching my mom and her mom, my Mamaw, sew everything from curtains, clothing, flags, and well, anything else you can sew. I come from a bunch of ladies who knew how to sew, and slowly, I’m learning how to do this!

Friday, September 13, 2013

What are some of your favorite books from this summer?

Well, if you are hoping for a post on the latest steamy romance, sorry, this post isn’t for you. I have been doing lots of reading on my own, and I’d love to give some suggestions, but today isn’t about me. It’s about Cohen, and the books we have been reading.

I wanted to share a few of our favorites from the past month or so.

Childrens Books - Summer 2013

First off, if you do not have a library card, GO GET ONE NOW! Most of these books are available at your local library.

This could be considered a Halloween book, because of the colors and the fact that they are “creepy” but we read it this summer, and loved it! In fact, I love the illustrations in this book. They use only black, white and orange. It’s a neat color scheme.

This book has a good lesson in it about hard work. But it also teaches about plants, and how some of the vegetables we eat are grown above ground, and others are grown in the ground (as the roots).

Oh my goodness. This book was so wonderful! Last year in our homeschooling program we learned about the orchestra and the different types of instruments. I wish I had this book back then. It even comes with a cd that reads the book to you, and when they read it, they have an orchestra playing dramatic music in the background. This would be a wonderful addition to your personal library!

I don’t allow the use of the word “hate” in my home. It’s a strong word that can be used to hurt people, so when Cohen picked up this book I almost made him put it back. I’m glad I didn’t. While I don’t love the word “hate” this is a wonderful book that talks about the benefits of reading, and how it can take you places you’ve never been before.

This book is hysterical! They go through several “rules” parents give their kids, and why it’s important to follow them. We tell our kids to eat their veggies because it’s good for them, but in reality if we don’t eat them, they keep growing and can take over the world. I was laughing all the way through this book!

I love a book that can teach a bit of history. This book goes through several major historical figures (all men) and how they changed the world. There is another version for the girls called My Name Is Not Isabella.

Last, but certainly not least, if you are looking for a good laugh and a short story with simply pictures, go get one of Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie books. The books are basically about two good friends (an elephant and a pig) and their interactions with each other.

How was Cohen’s first week of school?

Cohen had a pretty good first week of school. He got two notes sent home and his teacher and I had one parent/teacher phone call. Other than that, things went great!

I’m counting it as a successful week, because he woke up happy each morning and was excited about going to school.

Here are a few pictures I took on his first day.





Jace took the entire day off, so that I wasn’t so lonely. (Remember folks, for the last year, we homeschooled, which means there is no daycare/school and Cohen stayed with me pretty much 24/7).

We had breakfast at Lulu’s and got the GIGANTIC cinnamon roll. YUM!



We also went shopping for furniture (I sold my table prior to moving to Texas, so I have no place to serve dinner).

And his first day of school treat….frozen yogurt! It’s mostly gummy bears and gummy worms, but there is some yogurt at the bottom.


Such a cute kid! Can’t wait to see what next week brings us.