Baby burp cloths made from cloth diapers is an easy and quick to make project that makes a very thoughtful gift for a new mom.
At other baby showers I had seen people give diapers turned in to burp cloths at gifts and decided I wanted to make this useful gift for my cousin Jamie. Not being a mom yet, I had no idea that there were different types of cloth diapers available. I sent Ben to the store with the request of white cloth diapers and this is what he brought home. This tutorial is for others out there who have made the same mistake as us, there is hope!
They felt like cheese cloth! Ben suggested that they would be great for straining what comes out of the baby! I mentioned this to the lady at the cutting counter at Joann's as I purchased my decorative fabric for the project, she said they thickened up as you washed them. Wash them I did! And again! I did not notice any difference. After some research on the internet I discovered that there is also 3-ply and padded diapers, AAAHHH. Well since I had already washed these I decided to see what I could do with them.
Here they are 10 wrinkly diapers!
This would never do, so I ironed them and folded them into thirds.
Next up was my decorative fabric - I purchased 1/2 a yard of each, so if you want to do all the same fabric you'll need 1 yard. I also washed it and ironed it. Then I cut it into strips that would fit nicely inside the new rectangle size of the diaper. I folded down 1/4" seam allowance and cut out the corners.
This way they wouldn't be too bulky when folded under...
Then I centered the decorative fabric on the diaper and on the edge with the opening I wrapped it over the edge so as to hide the ugly surged edge of the diaper.
I centered it and intentionally left some of the diaper exposed, like a frame to the fabric, and pinned it in place.
Then I sewed it down using the zigzag stitch.
They stacked nicely into two clothing boxes.
The bottom box is the fleece blanket, but that is for another post...