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?
Oh I have definitely unpicked something that just hasn't "worked". But it usually gets put in the naughty corner for awhile first and then I find it weeks later and repurpose into something else!ReplyDelete
The naughty corner - love it, Cass!!! When I put projects away, they can disappear for a LONG time.Delete
thanks for this idea will be sure to be making some for charity once I find some flanneletteReplyDelete
Giving Grannies is a wonderful name for the project Pam,I bet you were not the only stitcher who couldn't resist that name :)ReplyDelete
Very cute washcloths! I avoid unpicking at all costs... :) xxReplyDelete
I send baby bibs to the counselling center for the new moms - I could make some washcloths to go with them :)ReplyDelete
What a wonderful idea Pam! I love it! Mimi xxxReplyDelete
I never in a million years would have thought about making baby wash clothes, but it is a fabulous idea. I have a great-niece or -nephew arriving by the end of the month and think I will whip up a few this weekend. Thank you for sharing the cute idea! ~smile~ Roseanne
A lovely project Pam and so useful! ��ReplyDelete
Pam it finally worked - I can now post a comment! YayyyReplyDelete
I had a question about flannelette. How is that different from regular flannel? I only have a JOAnn store for fabric. Thanks
I wondered that too and found this on Google: "Technically, flannel is a loosely woven wool fabric that is not napped. While a distinction between flannelette and flannel is still made in Europe, the flannel sold in the United States is actually flannelette; real flannel is much less common and usually more expensive."Delete
Thank you, Janice. Here in Australia we have both flannel and flannelette, the same as Europe. I had heard that our flannelette was the same as American flannel, but couldn't for the life of me find a reference.Delete
Thank you for finding the answer to the question, and for taking the time to comment.
Unpicking is done all the time in my sewing room. I sew doll clothes and the small clothes must fit well to look good on the dolls. Because fabrics vary in weight/thickness/weave it's necessary to make changes as I go along. Last evening I was sewing a short dress for Curvy Barbie using a metallic iridescent stretch fabric. That stuff is awful to work with. After unpicking the armholes & side seams twice, the fit was right. It's irritating but the end result is usually worth the effort.ReplyDelete
You must be so patient, Lyn - Barbie doll clothes are so small, not to mention fiddly to make. And you used a metallic stretch fabric!! I bet the clothes look awesome.Delete