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Diaper Burp Cloths DIY

It’s springtime here in Tennessee and I could not be more pleased!

Here are a few of my favorite things about Spring:
1.) Dew on the grass every morning
2.) Sunshine and blue skies
3.) Tiny flower buds sprouting up through the ground
4.) Planting my garden
5.) Grilling out

This spring, like many before, has already been filled with a plethora of baby showers (all boys). I always know spring is coming when the baby shower invitations begin to roll in. In the past 2 weeks I have had 4 baby showers to attend and I must say, this quickly exhausts my creative abilities and available time trying to come up with something cute and unique for each person.

diaper burp cloth; diy

This year I’ve decided to try out the famous redesigned diaper burp cloths. I always like this idea but up until a few weeks ago had never actually tried my hand at crafting these sweet gifts.

diaper burp cloth; diy

I purchased a couple packs of pre-folded cloth diapers from osocozy.com. They also have flat diapers if you prefer the shape. I found that the pre-folded diapers provide clean lines to measure & match to my printed fabric. Next I purchased a fairly inexpensive pack of three receiving blankets, also pre-folded.

diaper burp cloth; diy

The three sections made by the folds in the receiving blanket perfectly matched the width of the three sections on my diapers. This made it simple to cut three strips out of the receiving blankets and place one in the center strip of the diaper. Once in place, I folded under the edges of the receiving blanket and pinned in place.

diaper burp cloth; diy

Next I chose a fancy hem design from my sewing machine and sewed around the edges of the receiving blanket fabric, making sure half of the stitch was on the blanket and half off as I stitched around.

diaper burp cloth; diy

That’s it! If you cut all our strips first then place, fold and pin all together, then sew all together, you can whip up about 6 of these in less than 1 hour.

diaper burp cloth; diy

All in all I was very pleased with this project and look forward to trying more variations in the future.

diaper burp cloths, diy

Sailor Baby Shower

A couple weekends ago, I had the pleasure of helping out with baby shower decorations for my sweet friend Jane. Her and the hubster are expecting their first child in the next few weeks. My friend Kristin and I decided to broaden the trendy whale baby shower theme to a sailor baby shower. Instead of cutesy whales, we went with boyish flags in bold colors and homemade life preservers.

Sailor Shower; baby shower

Kristin found these awesome nautical signal flag patterns at PurlBee: Laura’s Loop. The ones on the site are napkins, ours were simply flags made out of felt squares. To assemble, we cut strips of felt and hot glued them onto larger blocks of felt, making a flag for each letter of the alphabet. The life preservers are from a picture Kristin found on Pinterest. Unfortunately there was not a usable link to share with you. To assemble we used 2 foam rings, cut them in half to make 4 rings and wrapped white and red streamers around them to make little life preservers. Linda from Aunt Willie’s Wildflowers brought the daffodils in blue vases to place in the center of the life preservers.

sailor shower; baby shower; paper boats

I found the adorable origami paper boats at I Love This and That. I used colored printer paper and cardstock instead of the vellum and cut my paper to 5×7.5in. I would recommend using paper no thicker than printer paper, the cardstock boats were a bit more difficult to fold once you get to the last steps.

The food selection consisted of a beautiful,colorful & tasty salad bar.

salad bar; baby shower; sailor theme

And, of course, what baby shower is complete without the mother-to-be and all her friends and family.

baby shower; sailor theme