Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Diaper Burp Cloth

Here are the first three diaper burp cloths I made for Emily and John's soon to arrive baby boy!
I used Lauren's Burp Cloth Tutorial  from her blog, The Thinking Closet.
Really liked the way she overlapped the decorative fabric on the short ends of the diaper.
After preshrinking the Gerber prefolded diapers, I ironed them flat.
It is worth the trouble because you won't have puckers when you sew the decorative fabric on top.
Using some kids pattern fabric scraps from my stash, I cut strips 7 inches wide by 20 inches long.
Basically you want to measure your diaper and cut your fabric 1" wider and 2" longer
than the area you are covering.
Press a 1/2 inch hem around all edges.
Pin the fabric to the center of the diaper equally distributing the fabric.
The short ends will extend over the ends of the diaper.
Fold and pin one of those short ends. This is the first place you will sew.
Stitch close to the edge of decorative fabric.
Turn to the right side, where your strip of decorative fabric is centered on the diaper.
Sew one side, then the next, keeping the diaper and fabric taut and stitching close to edge of fabric.
Wrap the end of the decorative fabric around to the back.
Pin in place and stitch, and you are done!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Michael Strong Group Spring 2015 Blog Hop

To celebrate Spring 2015 the Michael Strong Group is having a BLOG HOP
I hope you take a break to stop by all the blogs!

If you are following the hop, you have come from
BTW, there is a list of all the blog stops at the end of this post.

Below are the pages inside my little booklet, plus a tutorial.
I used Mike's alphabet, mini cloisonne butterfly and dragonfly stamps on the front.
The background was made with Distress stains, dabbed onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water.
Used fibers from my stash to join the pages.
I added a little bit of stamping on the inside pages
leaving plenty of room to write some heartfelt wishes or  journal entries.
Used some bird/nesting stamps and sentiment from PrintWorks.

Michael Strong's mini cloisonne dragonfly and butterfly.

 Stamped Mike's mini flower, and drew the stem and leaves with a marker.
Mike's mini cloisonne shapes.
 Mike's mini heart.

For the "button and string closure...
cut a piece of 8.5 x 11 inch cardstock in half lengthwise.
This gives a 4.25 x 11 inch strip of  paper.
Fold that in half for a 4.25 x 5.5 inch tag booklet.
To get the tag shape, trim the ends as shown.
For the closure punch two 5/8 inch circles (for front and back)
from cardstock or sturdy printed paper.

In the center of the circles, punch a 1/8 inch hole in each circle.

Place the circle on the back part of the tag booklet.
Mark where the hole should be and punch it in the tag.
Layer the string as shown.

Turn booklet over.
The above picture shows inside view of the back part of tag booklet.

Set your eyelet, and voilĂ !...string is attached.

Here is the outside back view.
The front side does not have the string, just the circle attached with an eyelet.

For the inside pages cut 2 pieces of paper
4 x 8 inches each and score each page in half.

Punch two 1/8 inch holes along the center fold as shown.
Punch 1/8 inch holes in your mini booklet to match
using a pencil to mark the spot.
Thread fibers or twine to join the pages into a booklet.
Thanks for visiting!

Your next Blog Hop stop is

Here are links to all the stops on the hop!
Heidi Wegman
You are here: Laura Holm