Monday, May 9, 2011

Big Sister Burp Cloths

One of my sisters just had her third baby and is also a special needs foster mom to Andie whose a teenager.  Andie is bonding with the baby more than anyone expected and loves to help hold her. 

My sister's babies have also all been very spitty, so I told her her I'd make her some burp cloths.  As I was looking through the flannel I had, I thought I'd try an experiment. 

We made some special burp clothes for Andie, especially since she always wants to have a burp cloth to hold the baby, just in case.  I chose yellow because that's her favorite color.  She also loves the KU basketball team.  And after I made the "Big Sister...Baby" one, I realized she'd like one with their names even more.  Andie loves things with her name since it has an unusual spelling and is hard to find things with it.

I had to trace the design differently than usual, though, because the flannel is too thick to see through.  I just made my own transfer paper.  Here's what you do.

Start my making your burp cloths.  There are a ton of ways to do this, but I make mine like this.  You could also buy burp cloths already made and personalize them yourself.

Make any adjustments to your design that you want.  I used the same basic design and added small differences to each one.  I used one of the girls and the flowers from My Sister...My Friend from Twin Stitchers and added the little baby to the picture.  (Yeah...I know what you're thinking...I'm obsessed with doodle people.)

Scribble on the back of the design with a pencil.

Use a ball point pen or other pointy something to press hard over all the lines in your pattern.

It should leave slight pencil lines like this on your fabric.

Use an ultra fine point sharpie or fabric marker to go over the lines.

Iron over your design.  (I'm not sure this is totally necessary, bit it helps set the ink and only takes a second.)

And that's it.  Some for the new mommy and some for the big sister...but I think the big sister ones are cuter.  My sister said after multiple washings the designs look like new.

Now that I know it works, I dying to make some the same way using one of these patterns.  I know a few people who woudl think it would be funny for their baby to be sending one of these messages over Mom or Dad's shoulder while being burped.

What would you put on a burp cloth?


  1. Hahahaha - these are great. I wish I'd had some of these back when I had a spitty that that baby is a mama herself, with spitty babies.

  2. Great idea... I love not having to use those traditional, ugly, rough, white burp cloths.

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  3. Cute idea! I had no idea the marker would come out that nicely on fabric. Such a great gift!

  4. Super cute! Thanks for sharing! I think it would look cute on a plain white burp cloth for a quick gift!!

  5. What a cute idea! I am also a little obsessed with stick people :)

  6. What a great way to get siblings involved!

  7. These turned out sooooo cute! LOVE your idea! LOVE your work!

  8. These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing.
    Would you consider posting a tutorial on how to make the small blog buttons like you've displayed under "I'm linking to"? I can't figure out how to make them and get them in rows, nice & neat like yours. I'd love to see how you did it.
    Have a great day! :)

  9. Super idea.. never thought sharpie ink can last in washing... WOW.. You have started an endless possibilities with sharpie drawing! Thanks for sharing! Love PC

  10. Fantastic - love it. Found you at The Girl Creative and looking forward to linking up.

  11. I am going to try and do this and the regular burp cloths too. Thanks for sharing the idea. LOVE THEM. Oh and the nursing cover up. My friend and I are expecting around the same time and she wanted to have a nursing cover up, but didn't know how to make it. I was going to knit one up, but I think your design is perfect.

    Thanks again!

  12. Cute patterns! Love these burp cloths, eh. Great DIY!

    Peny@Coping With Migraine In The Workplace


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