Monday, April 18, 2011

Weekend Wrapup and Washcloth Tutorial

This past weekend was very easy going.  We spent most of Saturday out and about - hanging out with great friends and enjoying the beautiful weather.  Sunday was family time and spending time around the house.

One of the small projects I'm working on are washcloths/burp-cloths.  I don't know why, but I LOVE making these things.  I guess they are like teeny tiny little blankets :).

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And the results? A super cute, super soft, all-purpose...did I mention super cute??...washcloth/burp-cloth/all-purpose-cloth :). For the front I use some of my favorite fabrics around the studio - all 100% quality cotton of course. For the backing I used an French Terry 100% organic cotton.

Have you ever worked with French Terry before? It is the softest , coziest terry cloth I have ever used. Though I must say - it is a little troublesome to work with. The ends curl up a bit if you try to pull on it too much. The key is to keep it from pulling in any one direction too much and keep it flat. Here's an example of the curling:

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Don't worry the curling isn't permanent and doesn't happen once the fabric is securely sewn in place.

I cut each of the fabrics - backing and front into rectangles - 10" x 15". The finished washcloth is about 9.5" by 14.5".

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Put the right sides together, sew edges with 1/4" seam allowance leaving an opening about 6 inches wide. Using the opening flip the washcloth right side out, press all corners and edges flat and sew about 1/8" all the way around.

With a little bit of practice you too can make these little guys - great for use around the house, makes for a great baby gift and definitely eye candy for any room :).

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-Q

30 comments:

Rachel said...

Hi your newest follower from the Tip Junkie Blog hop..Glad to meet you♥Rachel
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Emilee said...

Saw your link over at Strictly homemade... love these little wash cloths! Great Job!

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

These are so cute and what a wonderful tutorial. I need to start making some of these for my baby girl. She is my third and my first spitter-upper!! Then she can spit up in style!

Thank you so much for linking up to my Strictly Homemade Tuesday! I hope you will be back next week to show us another fabulous homemade project!

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

These are so cute and what a wonderful tutorial. I need to start making some of these for my baby girl. She is my third and my first spitter-upper!! Then she can spit up in style!

Thank you so much for linking up to my Strictly Homemade Tuesday! I hope you will be back next week to show us another fabulous homemade project!

Rachael @ The Little Birdie said...

Great tutorial! I've never working with French Terry before, but I am definitely going to check it out. It seems like it's a bit less bulky that regular terry cloth? Thanks so much for linking up to The Little Birdie! :)

Eleni said...

I found your blog through Sew Woodsy!! This is such a great tutorial thank you so much for sharing!! I also checked your etsy fabric shop!!! I'm drooling.... ohh I have to recharge my credit card:(
I'm now following!!! I want to read more...:)
Take care
Eleni

Erin said...

Great gift idea - and something all moms need!

seaoatsdesigns said...

Love the tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

Bloggymom said...

Super cute!! I will have to remember that when it it time to make a baby gift.

Seaweed and Raine said...

Yummmmmm! They look fab. I have only tried it using a thick handtowel... it wasn't too successful. Any suggestions?

Lori@KitchenFunk said...

I love these!! I am definitely going to do some of these for my house!

Sassy Sites! said...

SO cute!! Thanks for coming by Sassy Sites and linking up. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

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xoxo!!
Marni

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Katherines Corner said...

nicely done, love it!Happy Friday,Happy Good Friday, Happy Earth Day, Happy Jelly Bean Day ( yes it's actually jelly bean day)Hugs from Katherine. P.S have you entered my giveaway?

Kim said...

So AWESOME! These are incredibly pretty and SO SO SO much nicer than what you can buy at most stores. I can barely sew a straight line, but I so want to try my hand at these. I have lots of friends having babies and these are such cute presents! Good work!

kim
www.kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com

Beth said...

So cute! If you're going to have a burp rag over your shoulder 24/7, it might as well be cute! Love the light blue material!!

Krista said...

Very cute. I love handmade burp cloths -- about 1000 times cuter than any I see sold by the big boys.

Amanda said...

So cute, the fabrics are gorgeous!

Stacey - Elle Belle said...

The fabrics are totally adorable! Your super straight top stitching close to the edge and quality fabric makes even simple items like these special!

Wendy@Craft Goodies said...

So cute and such a great gift idea! I know so many expecting mammas, definitely adding this to my gift list. Thanks too for linking! You're awesome!

MessyMissy said...

Love the fabrics you chose. :-) I would love it if you would link this project up to my blog party, A Marvelous Mess....each week I pick one project to feature on my side bar!! Here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/3chfp5t

Kat from California said...

Did you sew fabric on both sides are is one the cotton fabric and the other the French terry cloth? Or is the French terry cloth the "batting"?

Thanks, Katharine

Ashley said...

these are so cute:)

Ashley said...

these are so cute:)

Stacey - Elle Belle said...

I featured this on my blog as one of my favorite links from Your Way Wednesday. Thanks!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Q-

I've never worked with French Terry, but now I am intrigued...

Thanks for sharing this at Creative Juice. Stop by again this week!

Jen said...

These are so great! I am going to have to make some of them! Thanks for sharing at Fantastic Friday, I hope you will join us again this week!

To Sew With Love said...

these are so cute! thanks for sharing! will be featuring these beauties tomorrow. do grab a featured button if you want ^^)

AmieAnn said...

These are soo adorable and I just adore the sweet edging on them! What a great idea for a gift! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

Cameron Meerdink said...

These are awesome - I love anything I can make during 1 nap time!

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