The other day I received in the mail a really fun present from my dear friend in Boston, Massachusetts – the lovely Sara Vassallo….what was it? A Diaper Cake!!! I truly meant to take a photo of it, but alas, it was disassembled by my two … charming albeit destructive … older children. Sorry Sara!
Nonetheless, I have been making excellent use of the diapers – so awesome!
Included in the “cake” along with diapers were daisy flowers, baby spoons and these -
bibs and washcloths ... (I know..."duh!")
Well, I decided today as I removed them from the dryer, that it just wasn’t right to leave them in this current state. Yes, the colors were lovely, but that was about it. So, I decided to embellish them – or applique them – with pieces of my favorite fabric.
Here is the collection after I finished. Read on for the tutorial on how to do this yourself ... yes, for under $5 & 15 minutes!
For starters – and this breaks my usual I-never-prewash-my-fabric rule … but please DO prewash/preshrink your bibs, washcloths and fabric. These are bibs and washcloths…they WILL BE WASHED AND DRYED, so do yourself a favor and preshrink every piece before assembly.
Then, stare at your fabric for a little bit to determine how and what you'd like to cut out.
I started with half of a large flower. I simply took a pair of scissors and cut out what I wanted from the main fabric piece. I did a little "surgery" along the bottom edge and the bottom sides to make sure the fabric aligned nicely with the bib. Repeat this step for everything you want to embellish/applique.
Typically, I'm all about short cuts which often means I decide that pinning just isn't necessary. Because these bibs/washcloths are stretchy, this is an exception - the fabric will move quite a bit when you begin stitching, so be sure to pin as much as necessary to secure the fabric onto the bib/washcloth. (hopefully your pins aren't blurry like mine... ha!)
Then, go to your machine and select the SATIN STITCH. On my machine, it's the one that has lots of horizontal lines stacked on top of each other. I chose a width of 6 to be sure that I encased a lot of the fabric AND the bib. Then, just sew all the way around. Your machine will sew more slowly than usual, don't be alarmed, this is helpful for you. I kept my feederdogs up but you can also choose to lower them if you want more freedom of movement.
Here's a shot of the washclot and its satin stitch. ***If your machine doesn't have a satin stitch, or you're just too frightened by it, you may opt to use just a straight stitch. The result will be almost the same EXCEPT you'll have fraying along the sides. As you can see, the satin stitch catches the edges of the fabric so that there's very little fraying. I love it!!! Also, I forgot to mention - please use a BALLPOINT NEEDLE if you're sewing on stretchy bibs and washcloths!
You'll end up with a much nicer collection, don't you think!?!
In fact, I was sooooo impressed with myself… this fabric makes me SO happy whenever I use it … that I decided to make yet another piece to add to the collection – a BURP CLOTH!
I love that I got to use the whole flower!
I used one diaper from a set of 6 of these.
Cut, pinned, and stitched just like I did above. (You can choose to go back to a universal needle if you want, but I was too lazy for that and kept the same ballpoint needle in place)
Seriously y'all - who wouldn't want to receive this set in the mail for their little darling???
Here’s the lowdown:
Cost: Under $5 – honestly!!! The diaper costs about $1.50. I am pretty sure the bibs and washcloths are from the Dollar Store so at a high estimate that adds $3. I used scrap fabric for the applique fabric so the grandtotal for 2 bibs, a washcloth and a burp cloth is $4.5o! Hilarious and ridiculous and fabulous!!!
Time: The entire set did take longer than 15 minutes, I’d guess about 30 minutes. But you can easily get 1 or 2 completed in the 15 minute time frame!
So there you have it … a little inspiration to sew something for that special baby and/or mommy in your life! I hope you will!
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