If you are like me, I always struggle with finding the perfect gift, especially when it comes to gifts for new babies. You want to get someone something that’s functional, cute, and something they probably haven’t been gifted 100 of already.
That’s why I came up with the following tutorial for a personalized burp rag. Burp rags may be something that new parents get at shower, but I thought I would tweak this idea to create something cuter, softer and more absorbent than the store bought version.
- half yard of ultra cuddle fabric
- half yard of coordinating fabric (could be flannel, quilting cotton, get creative!)
- coordinating ribbon
(This yardage will yield about 8 burp rags)
First, cut a few pieces of ribbon (you will need a piece for each burp rag you intend to make) to size. I cut each of my pieces to about 2 inches in length.
My sewing machine has letters and fonts available and are super easy to use. I simply select what I want on the screen, put my piece of ribbon under the needle and go. If your machine does not have this feature, you could trace out a design and hand embroider. For this one, I choose to do the baby’s first initial.
Next, cut the fabric to the width and length you want for the burp rag. I used one that we already had around the house, and gave myself a generous seam allowance to work with. You’ll find that it comes in handy when working with that slippery minky fabric.
Once the fabric is cut, pin the right sides of your fabric together. And pin like crazy. When working with the minky, you can never have too many pins!
Be sure to pin your taggie in there too.
Now, sew the two pieces of fabric together using a simple straight stitch.
*Remember to leave an inch or two open so that you can flip the burp rag inside out.
Flip the fabric so that the ride sides are facing out now. Tuck in the opening, pin it closed, iron the whole thing so that it’s nice and crisp, and top stitch around the whole burp rag.
* For nice clean corners, snip the corners at a diagonal before flipping right side out, then use something to push out the corners. (I use a chop-stick )
That’s all there is to it. You should be able to crank out a few of these for beautiful boutique-quality gifts. To package them up nice and pretty for shipping, tie them all together with ribbon and slip into a pretty box.
>>Tell me, have you ever made a personalized baby gift? If so, feel free to link up in the comments section, I would love to see what you have made!