The best part of everyone being pregnant or a new momma is that I get to make them presents! Anything itty bitty and weentsy is just so damn adorable, no? Two of my blogger buddies, Lacy of Living on Love, and Carla of Small + Friendly, are about to give birth any day now and a few of us are hosting an online baby shower for them.
One of my favorite baby shower gifts to give are these Quilted Burp Cloth Cotton Diapers. I quilted a handful of them as I was waiting for my son to be born and fell in love. Not only are the super adorable, but they have a thousand uses. They're like a Swiss Army Knife for mothers. (Do they make those?) These burp cloth cotton diapers can be used for:
breast milk catchers
baby food cleaners
runny nose swipers
spit up absorbers
Three years later, we're still using ours. They go through the washer and dryer, the absorb most all bodily fluids and are super soft on baby's skin. The cotton cloth diapers I use are from India and made with unbleached cotton. These twill weave prefolds are tough on wear, but have such a nice texture. You must prewash and dry your cotton cloth diapers. The will shrink up 5-10%, but more importantly it softens them up to perfection.
Trim your scraps up so that they are all 4 inches wide and varying lengths. Stitch them all together in a long piece that is 4 inches wide. Press your seams open. Cut lengths of your scraps so that they are 13 inches long (or about 1 inch longer than the length of your cloth diaper.)
Press both long edges of your strips under by 1/4 inch. Pin to the middle of your cotton cloth diapers. Fold under and pin both short edges so that it fits your cloth diaper length (they aren't usually uniform.) Quilt your pieces scraps with your sewing machine making sure you top stitch along the entire edge. Clip threads. Admire. Wrap those babies up and mail them out!
I sure hope Lacy and Carla love them! I wish you both speedy and painless deliveries. Can't wait to see the pictures of your little ones, ladies.
Check out what the other hosts of the baby shower are making: