Charm Pack Quilt for a New Prince Charming

A dear friend of mine was expecting her first baby.  So of course, I HAD to make her a quilt!!!  Her and her husband decided to go “old school” (which I love!!!) and not find out the gender of their little miracle.  While I decided to do the same with both of my children, you probably know just how hard it is do find the perfect fabric for a great gender-neutral quilt.  Well, of course I turned to Moda, the greatest fabric manufacturer in my opinion.  And anytime I can use precuts, I am a happy girl.  Even though I have been sewing for awhile, I am still one of the worst cutters of square fabric in the world!!!

Armed with 2 charm packs (which I didn’t use completely) and some jelly roll strips, I came up with the simple quilt design.  It is just 6 vertical rows of 9 squares with strips in between.  And my favorite backing for a baby quilt is our 100% Cotton Chenille – it get softer every time you wash it.
Here is the mama-to-be with the classic “tummy shot”… doesn’t she look adorable!!!
And just the other day, this adorable little man made his entrance into the world.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this little guy and cuddle him up 🙂  But knowing how life goes after bringing home the baby, I’ll give mama a few weeks before I show up 🙂
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Super Cute Burp Rag Tutorial

I am always looking for a cute gift ideas to make for babies.  The thing I love most about this one is that whether it is the first baby or the fifth, Burp Rags are ALWAYS needed 🙂  This is my first attempt at a tutorial, so please let me know what you think.

Supplies:

  • Cloth Diapers
  • Fabric – I used fat quarters, but this can be done with large scraps you have lying around
  • Tape Measure
  • Ruler
  • Rotary Mat
  • Rotary Blade
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine

Steps:

  •  Iron your diaper so that it is nice and flat.
  • You will need to measure the length and width of the inner padded area of the diaper.
  • Take your measurements and add 1″.
  • Cut your piece of fabric to your measurements.  My diaper measured 5″ x 19-1/2″ so I cut my fabric 6″ x 21-1/2″.  TIP: Don’t assume all diapers are created equal.  My experience has shown that they can be off by at least 1/2″ from each other.
  • Press a 1/2″ seam all around the edges of your fabric.  I like to turn the corners in to make prettier edges.
  • Pin the fabric onto the diaper as shown in the picture.
  • Now comes the time for sewing!  Choose any stitch that you would like – I prefer to use my zig zag stitch.  You will want to stitch as close to the edge of the fabric as possible.  TIP:  I like to use white thread in my bobbin so it doesn’t show on the under side of the diaper.
  • Once you stitch around all 3 sides, you are done!!!  Repeat as many times as your heart desires 🙂

Stay tuned for an upcoming tutorial on a coordinating Diaper Pouch – a must-have for the on-the-go Mom.  It carries a few diapers and wipes in a cute little case.

Don’t forget to check our website for the perfect fabric to use on these adorable burp cloths!

~Jill