This pregnancy seems to just be flying by, I'm about 6 months along now, and can't believe that in 4 short months we'll be meeting out little one for the first time! Things have been relatively easy so far (knock on wood!!), and as we found out that our little pumpkin is indeed a little LADY, I decided it was high time to dig into that Baby DIY Pinterest board I've been pinning away to for the past 6 months, and get sewing.
I started by stitching up a few self binding receiving blankets using this tutorial by Sew Much Ado, but altered the cutting directions to cutting my backing at 40" square and the front fabric at 34" square. The only reason I did this, was after pre-washing my flannel I snagged at Joann's there was major shrinkage. The WOF shrunk to about 40ish inches, so a 42" square wasn't happening.
I found there to be a little bit of a learning curve with these, and that accurate cutting is so so important! The first blanket I made (the light pink on the bottom) turned out horribly, and I figured out it was because my squares were off and slightly rectangle-ish instead of square. Once I figured out how to use my big 20.5" cutting ruler to square up the fabrics, it was much smoother sailing, and I was cranking out one of these blankets in about 45 minutes (pressing and cutting fabric included)
I plan on making more of these guys (when I can get flannel on sale again!), they feel so cozy and will make great swaddle blankets.
With the leftover flannel from my smaller cutting measurements, I was also able to cut the fronts for 2 burp clothes from each background fabric. For the backing, I searched high and low for cotton chenille, that I ultimately ended up purchasing off of Ebay, as Joann's no longer carries this fabric. I used Made's Burp Cloth Tutorial and could not be happier with the result. I love how soft the flannel side is, and how absorbent the cotton chenille will be for those baby spit up moments.
While I love the chenille, it was a little pricier (read: alot pricier) than I had planned on spending, as its not readily available at any fabric shop near me. I'd love to know if any of you moms out there would recommend another sort of fabric that would be equally absorbent for the backing? I'd love to make some of these for a few friends that are having babies soon also. I was thinking of using terry cloth but thought I'd consult you wise readers before making any rash decisions :-)
While I'm picking your brains about absorbent backing fabrics, I'd love to know what your favorite DIY baby projects were! I have a list about a mile long, and would love to know of tutorials or baby items you found super helpful, so I can prioritize my list.
Thanks for stopping by!