I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen adorable DIY sewing projects on Pinterest and how badly I have wanted to make many of them. Seriously, people were pinning these things right and left and all I could think about was how do I not know how to sew?! It’s true. While I pride myself on being a hot glue-gunner extraordinaire, I
don’t didn’t know how to sew. It’s not that I didn’t want to learn but my mom didn’t know how so I wasn’t taught when I was younger. Hey, at least I got it honestly.
This was the case until a few days ago when I called on a friend (a fellow MOPS mom) and asked her if she knew how to sew. The next words out of her mouth were like music to my ears, “Yes, I know how. I’ve been sewing for years.” At that instant I was beyond giddy- thinking to myself, “I hope she’ll teach me! This would be a dream come true.” And sure enough, she did!
From our basement, I dug out my sewing machine, a hand-me-down from my mother. I know what you’re probably thinking, “Wait- I thought you just said she doesn’t know how to sew?” That’s right, I did. I’m pretty sure she bought the machine in hopes that she’d learn but she never got around to it. Hence, I inherited the thing and for all practical purposes, it will suit my needs just fine. Thanks Mom!
I took the machine over to my friend’s house that day and not only did I learn how to use it, but I also completed my first project… cute burp cloths for Baby V. Now, don’t be fooled, they’re far from perfect…I’m still learning how to sew in a straight line here! But they were a labor of love. I can’t believe it’s taken me having a baby to finally learn how to do this but I guess it’s better late than never. I say all of this to make the point that it’s never to late to learn something new.
There are so many tutorials going around online but the one I really liked came from The Ribbon Retreat. I’d highly recommend following her instructions but I’ve included my own pictures and very basic instructions for you here, just so you get the idea.
- Burp cloths
- Ric Rac (optional)
- 2 fat quarters of fabric (each quarter will make 5 burp cloths)
- Measure & cut your fabric. I only put strips down the center of the burp cloth so my measurements ended up being 18” x 5 ½ “. Use iron to make ¼” creases on all sides (I eyeballed it).
- Take ric rac and pin to fabric then sew it on. This doesn’t have to be perfect because you’ll be folding it under anyways.
- Take finished fabric with ric rac and pin to burp cloth and then sew.
- Ta-Da! A perfectly cute burp cloth!
I think my favorite part about all of this was when I ran into our office and showed my husband he goes “That’s great! Does this make them work better or something?” And I said, “No, definitely doesn’t add any functional value per se, but if our daughter’s going to spit up, she may as well do it in style!”