Who doesn't love sewing for a baby! I do, that's for sure. And this month I've been sewing up a bunch of tiny items for little ones.
When Sewing for Charity Australia put out the call to sew for Giving Grannies, I simply couldn't resist. The name alone got me in - Giving Grannies - love it! They distribute baby welcome kits to mums needing a helping hand - all from donations.
One of the easiest things to sew for newborns are baby wash cloths. They literally take minutes to whip up. I've previously made them for a Virtual Baby Shower and a Christmas present (Yeah, I'm into practical gifts for babies).
The original sets were made with quilting cotton and terry velour quilted together.
This time I've used flannelette with a soft cotton knit. And I didn't quilt them.
They are SO easy to make. Here's an overview as to how I made mine...
- Cut two pieces of fabric the same size - one flannelette and one cotton knit - I cut mine to 9" x 9"
- Place right sides together.
- Sew together leaving a gap for turning. I sewed a ⅜" seam.
- Turn right side out.
- Topstitch about ⅛" from the edge, all the way around, closing up the gap.
- Quilt if you would like. I didn't.
The corners can be rounded or not. I just eyeballed the rounded corners, but you could draw a line to follow by tracing around a saucer, etc.
- For rounded corners, trim the corner seam to follow the curve - before turning.
- For non-rounded corners, trim the points at the corners - before turning.
For more detailed instructions, I've included links to several tutorials in one of my other baby wash cloths posts.
All up, I made nine little baby wash clothes, each finishing at roughly 8" x 8". While taking the photos, I noticed a small stain on one of them, so didn't send that one. Ha, ha - that one will make a soft dusting cloth for me.
If you'd like to make baby wash cloths, this is a starting point. Vary the size and fabrics to suit.
Keeping it real here at Threading My Way, I'll tell you how I came to choose the fabric you see in the pics.
The gorgeous animal fabric was given to me a long time ago. The green/yellow I bought on special, intending it to be the backing on a denim rug. The rug didn't eventuate and the fabric isn't particularly inspiring.
Both fabric sat in my stash for ages, till one day I had a brainwave that they'd make a nice quilt for a child. Wrong! They looked awful when I sewed them together - at least they did in the large charm square design I sewed. And so I ripped it apart.
Fast forward to the baby charity drive - finally, the perfect project turned up.
Do you ever unpick something you don't like once it's made, or do you persist because you don't want to undo all your work?