Category Archives: Burp Cloths & Bibs

Fun Burp Cloths

I’ve needed lots of burp cloths lately – mostly around here since my little man is a big spitter-upper!  But also for friends who are having babies.  They make such good gifts because they’re functional but also fun, and a little fancy.  My favorite burp cloths are the ones my friend Melanie made for me.  I had so much work to do as I waited for the little guy to arrive, I didn’t have time to make anything for him myself!  Until recently:

I had a little time on my hands one day, and some fabric scraps in front of me, which almost always spells something creative!  I added the elephant first, but thought it needed another color to offset the orange.  So I found a little piece of teal velveteen – just enough for a G.  It makes me happy to have finally made something fun for my little guy!

I also made a burp cloth this week for a friend who just had a baby.  Caroline suggested a turtle, and helped pick the colors.  I actually think this might be my favorite burp cloth yet!

These are fun and easy to make, and the possibilities for color combinations and fun fabrics are virtually endless.  And they make for great gifts.  Here are a few more examples of other ones I’ve done over the years:

Personalized for a baby girl.

More fun animals.

Coordinating set makes a great shower gift.

Presentation is key!

Lots of options


A Couple of Boy Bibs

My sister has a 10 month old son.  He’s really cute, but also a big mess – especially around food!  She’s been asking me for a couple of months if I’d make a bib for him like the one I made for his sister (here), so that he could stop wearing that one every meal.  We visited her a few weeks ago and when I saw him wearing the pink bib I laughed, and decided to really try to get a bib made for him quickly.  So here it is, along with another one she ordered to give to a friend:











Happy eating, Graham!  Hope you enjoy your new, red, boy bib!




I had just enough of the red towel left to whip this fun bib up for my little guy today, so he can match his cousin.  Yay!

Busy Week

Whew!  It’s been a busy sewing week around here.  I’ve had lots of different projects going, and been working hard trying to get them out on time.  It’s been a fun week though.  I really do love what I do, and though the busy weeks can be stressful and tiring I feel such a great sense of accomplishment when I get everything done.  And I absolutely love delivering things that people are happy about; it brings me joy to make beautiful things for other people- especially when they really like what I’ve done for them.

I’m happy with the results of my work this week, and I think the recipients are happy too!  Here’s a snapshot of what I’ve been working on:

My mom ordered this set from me a few weeks ago for a baby shower she’s attending this weekend.  She requested green, yellow, and turquoise, and I couldn’t find anything in my fabric stash that I really liked in that combination.  So I went searching online for fabric and came across this one that’s perfect!  Once the fabric came in I had to move quickly to put this together and get it in the mail in time to reach her for the shower.  Done!

Monday's Project: Burp Cloth & Bib Set

Ready For Gifting

Another friend brought me fabric to make throw pillows last week.  With our trip to the beach last weekend I wasn’t able to start on them until this week, and she needed them for a shower she’s hosting this weekend.  So they were my midweek project this week.  I always enjoy sewing for this particular friend because I love her taste in fabric.  This time was no different – I enjoyed working with her fabrics and I love how the pillows turned out.  She was happy about them too.  Yay!

Midweek Project: Throw Pillows

I’ve been working with a designer to make this valance for a friend and former neighbor for awhile.  Once the fabric was chosen and delivered to me I was eager to get to work on it.  It is definitely the longest valance I’ve ever made, coming in at over 9 feet, and getting the medallions to line up all the way across took some solid thinking.  Then there was the challenge of getting it stapled to the board in my not-so-big house, which is the part I finished up this morning.  But I’m very pleased with the end result and hope it looks fabulous in her kitchen.  At the very least it will add a lot of color!

Friday's Project: Valance on a Board

Finally, I finished this bowtie.  It’s been in the works for 6 weeks, but I’ve had so much going on – sewing and otherwise – that it keeps getting shelved.   But I’m determined to take it to my friend on Sunday.  Plus my daughter informed me this morning that I needed to finish it.  So it was today’s other project, and it’s all done.  Ready for delivery on Sunday.

Friday's 2nd Project: Orange Gingham Bowtie

In the midst of all the actual sewing I’ve been doing a lot of legwork on my fall and winter dresses, in anticipation of a trunk show less than a month away.  I still don’t have all the fabrics I need, but (finally) most of them are currently in route to me.  One more dress is still in the design stage, but I saw some brand new fabric online yesterday that inspired me.  I think it’s time to get down to the actual business of putting these dresses together, so keep an eye on my blog for pictures as I get things going!  I’m excited to see it all come together, and I hope other moms will be too.

Some of the Fall/Winter Fabrics

The Whoopsie-Doozie

I recently finished this bib for my niece Camille, but it originated long before that.


I made my first one about a year ago, when my daughter started getting so much food all over her clothes I had to take action!  I let her pick out the towel she wanted, which was orange, and I whipped up this.

It looks like a smock in the picture, but now that she’s grown it is not so long.  But still long enough!  I love this bib.  So much so that I let her pick out another towel and made another one just a few months after the first one, so that when one is in the wash we still have one to use.  They’re great!  They keep the food off her sleeves, off of her front, and they wash clean – time after time after time.  Plus there is the cuteness factor.

I’ve been told numerous times when she’s wearing one at a restaurant that I should be selling them, and as my nieces have grown into feeding themselves my sisters have seen the benefits too.  So I made the pretty pink one for Camille.   I hope she’s getting it good and dirty!!