This is an easy, homemade inexpensive baby burp pad.
They are always appreciated and needed by new moms.
So simple the whole family can get involved.
I have been making these simple and useful burp pads for years. My kids growing up even made them for gifts for close relatives and friends who were blessed with an addition to their family.
I hope you will try these with your own boys and girls/teens. Many skills are involved which will give you the opportunity to teach, as well as the chance to visit and see what’s on their mind today.
Supplies for one burp pad:
- You need 2 pieces of flannel fabric 12″ by 20″, one for the back and one for the front.
Ask for help and get GOOD QUALITY fabric so it doesn’t fade quickly after just a few washings.
- A sewing machine – or a really kind family member or neighbor who will help with the extremely simple sewing step.
- Cut a rectangle from paper of 10″ x 18″ for your pattern
First lay the fabric with the right side DOWN.
Lay the other piece of fabric right side UP on top of the other.
This puts WRONG sides together.
Cut a piece of paper (my husband cut this form out of wood because I use it so much!), into a rectangle 10″ across and 18″ long. (The size is easily modified to your desire. )
You can leave it with square edges or round it like mine.When you cut the fabric out, you will have a shape such as this.
Optional: Use the same fabric for both sides of the burp pad.
Keeping the fabric together (remember wrong sides together),
Sew at the 1/2″ mark, using the single stitch setting (you can also sew at 5/8″ to make longer fringe).
Stitch around the entire perimeter of the burp pad.
Now, with any sharp scissors, cut at 1/8″ to 1/4″ intervals up to the stitching. Do NOT cut through the threads of the stitch! Cut the entire perimeter of the burp pad.
I made a girl pad with pink flowers, butterflies and girly stuff on one side and a pink pattern on the other.
The demonstration pad has yellow on one side and a Noah’s ark theme on the other.
I make burp pads for baby boys and baby girls, but when I come across a darling fabric that is appropriate for either gender, I make up a bunch to have on hand; it’s just easier that way and always ready to gift.
You can also see the difference in the fringe, which is simply the result of the fabric and how it frays when washed and dried.
Note: It will not shed lint or threads after the first washing so don’t worry about the recipient getting fuzz in their clothing.
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014
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