Monday, August 21, 2017

My Little Sunshine Blog Hop


*The winner for Cherry's fabric giveaway is Val's Quilting Studio.  Congratulations!  A reminder to all who leave comments.....PLEASE make sure you are not a "no reply" blogger.  The first two names that Mr. Random drew were both no reply.


Benartex introduced Cherry Guidry's new fabric line, My Little Sunshine, yesterday and they are positively adorable.  I have enjoyed following Cherry's journey in the quilting world for many years - as a quilter and now as a designer.  Some of my favorite quilts in my home are from Cherry's designs.  I love that she is also designing fabrics. 

As my regular followers know, I sew a lot for our 29 grandchildren and there is nothing more fun that sewing for babies - especially when you have great fabrics.  This new line of fabrics has such soft colors and darling designs so I jumped at the chance of sewing up something with them.

One thing that new moms always appreciate are sweet little burp cloths.  They are easy to make and I will show you how I do mine.  You will need a main fabric and a coordinating flannel.  One fat quarter will give you two burp cloths.




The first obvious thing that you need to do is to make a pattern.  This size works great with fat quarters.

Draw a large rectangle measuring 18"x9".


I like to round my corners to make sewing and turning easier.  I simply use a spool of thread and round off my corners.



The next marking you will need to make is a curve so the burp cloth will fit snuggly at the neck.  To do this I mark the center of my rectangle on the long side.



From that edge I will mark in at 1 1/4" and taper down about 3" - curving back to the edge like this.



Now cut out all of your new markings.  I like to fold my pattern in half at the center mark and make that neck cut from the fold which will give you the same cut on both sides of the fold.






Ta da.....  pattern finished.



Using that pattern you will cut two pieces - one of the main fabric and one of a coordinating flannel.



Place the two pieces right sides together and sew with 1/2" seam allowance all the way around,
leaving a 3" opening along the long side.



Clip all the curves and then turn inside out through the 3" opening.  Slip stitch the opening closed. Press well.



Top stich 1/4" all the way around and your burp cloth is finished.





Of course, I had to do a little machine embroidery on the flannel (before assembly) so the backside would be as cute as the front.




A bonus.......look at these darling selvages.  They quickly went into my selvage project pile.


I thought a matching quick quilt would make a sweet addition to the burp cloths as a new baby gift.


Lots of texture with a soft minky type fabric backing



Finished size 36 x 45"

Detail of the quilting - giraffes, elephants and lions. Can you read the delightful text print of the gray and the alphabet print on the yellow...... LOVE both!!


If you have enjoyed seeing these cute fabrics and have some sewing to do for little ones, Benartex is generously giving away a fat quarter bundle to one of my readers.  Please check out their blog site and let me know which one of Cherry's fabrics you like the best from her collection.  Contest is open to U.S.A. mailing addresses.  I will draw a winner at the end of the hop.  Be sure to check out the Benartex blog each day for other chances to win.

Here's the blog hop schedule:

Friday: free patterns @ Sew in Love with Fabric
Monday: Elaine @ Summer Crafter
Tuesday: Annie @ Annie Smith

85 comments:

Quilting Babcia said...

Your burp cloth pattern is a perfect complement to the baby quilts we are making for the pregnancy center - thanks for sharing! Those fabrics are just so darn cute, and I especially love the My Little Elephants with the gray background.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Cute ideas, love your burp clothes. Such a cute line of fabric.

Kate said...

Cute fabrics and burp cloths - so nice of you to share your how-to.

krislovesfabric said...

What sweet projects you have made from sweet fabric! Bet that quilt is snuggly with the minky!!

Carol S. said...

I need to make some of the burp clothes since there's another monkey due any time. Great instructions and those embroidery sayings are hysterical! The fabric looks so cute in that quilt and is definitely snuggly looking. Thanks for sharing, Mary!

Maria said...

Beautiful range of fabrics .
Great Burp Cloth pattern and a sweet baby quilt.

Loris said...

Such sweet gifts for the new babies. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I've always wondered about the tips for making those.

Jeanna said...

This is a wonderful tutorial for burp cloths. I love the machine embroidery on the flannel too.

beth s said...

What wonderful projects with that cute fabric! LOVE the embroidery you added.

Christine S said...

My 6th grand daughter is due in a month. I love the little elephants! Your quilt and cloths are so cute :)

Melody Lutz said...

I like the Sweetheart White and Turquoise. Very smart project and oh so cute fabrics. lutzcats (at) yahoo (dot) com

Melody Lutz said...

I like the Sweetheart White and Turquoise. Very smart project and oh so cute fabrics. lutzcats (at) yahoo (dot) com

Diane Beavers said...

Elephants and Giraffes are my fave in Cherry's collection and I have just the two little girl's whom would adore s blankie each.

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Rina Mason said...

You just reminded me that I need to make some burp cloths for my niece and her future little ones. My favorite is a tie between Little Duck Light Turquoise and the Sweetheart in both colors.

Vicki H said...

Thanks for your tutorial. I like the Animal Forest White print best.

Janie said...

29 grandchildren! Wow. Cute burp cloths. Thank you for the tutorial. I like the elephant prints the most.

Linda said...

LOVE MY LITTLE ELEPHANTS IN GREY! 2 GREATGRANDCHILDREN!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

Kathy E. said...

Sewing for babies is always a fun sewing project. I know those pieces will be used and loved many times by moms and dads who are so busy and appreciate hand-made items. My Little Elephant in Grey is my favorite of this collection!

Lisa Boyer said...

My Little Elephant Gray is so pretty! I would make some of these burp cloths for my someday-grandchild, and I think the gray would be wonderful for a girl or boy. I can't wait to be a grandma!

Angie&Gary Short said...

I like "Sweetheart" and Little Elephant" the best. Beautiful fabric collection. Cool burp clothes! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

minibea12 said...

I like the print MY LITTLE ELEPHANT GREY. So cute for a little boy.
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Ramona said...

Your burp cloths are adorable and I love the sayings on the back! I'll have to remember your idea the next time I need a quick baby gift. Thanks for the tutorial, Mary!

Moira said...

Love your projects with this line of fabric! Thanks for the tip on the burp cloths to cut out an indent for fitting around the neck.

My favorite of the line are the two with the hearts on a string. I can see those in lots of different projects. Thanks for the giveaway!

Patti said...

I just got an invite to a baby shower, how fitting is this post. Thank you so much. I love the elephants.

Kathy H said...

My favorite is the elephant print. Thanks for the tutorial for the burp cloths.

Kris said...

Just found out that I am going to be a first time grandmother. These prints would make cute burp cloths or swaddling blankets or a quilt. I like the elephants, gray ones. But love all of the prints!

cghundley said...

Darling idea and
so easy!. I love
the Animal Prints
fabric.
Carla from Utah

Joyce Carter said...

Very cute! I have been working on gifts for a friend that is having their first child. These fabrics would be adorable to use. I like the Animal Forest Blue.

Lisa Marie said...

I especially like the elephants on the grey background!

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

I love the elephants and giraffes. Thank you for the easy burp cloths and the cute little quilt. Look so easy to whip up on short notice.

Beth said...

I like the elephants best, but the giraffes are sweet too! Thanks for sharing!

Edna said...

Wow! what a great collection. There are three that I like. Lt. grey alphabet. The sweetheart turquoise/white and pink/white.
Thanks for the burp cloth pattern and loved the embroidery on the back!

OhioLori said...

Thank you for great Tutorial!! am making baby gifts for soon to arrive new nephew!! :) I looooove the whole Collection of this ADORABLE fabrics!!! But choosing the "My Little Monkeys" Light Lime! Perfect for theme we are doing for them!! :)

Thanks for chance to win too! :D

Allison CB said...

Goodness 29 grandchildren! Holy Smokes!!! How wonderful!!! :)

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi,
What a timely post. My niece is expecting her first baby by the end of the month. We don't know if it's a boy or girl yet, but with these fabulous instructions I can make some that are boy or girl friendly. ~smile~ Roseanne

Kathy said...

Oh those Sweetheart prints are the sweetest!
I love making burp cloths for new moms. So practical!!
Thanks for the opportunity to win
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Rita said...

Love my little elephants in the gray. Nice size for the burp cloths. So many uses for them.

Linda Edwards said...

Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway. I like the elephants best.

anna brown said...

Animal forest they can go for boy or girl...I make burp cloths too best gift ever...mine have a curve on both sides. ..kinda like dog bone... happyness04431@yahoo.com

Lee said...

I love the elephants in the collection!

teachpany said...

I love hearts, so Sweethearts in pink. Cute fabrics, and great idea for sweet gifts. Thanks.

Connie Cain said...

I love the bib panels or maybe the monkeys are my fav, or maybe the elephants, and the hearts, oh, I can's make up my mind! :)
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Linda Lee said...

Thank you so much for the excellent tutorial! It is exactly what I need for three baby showers coming up soon! The quilt is beautiful. You are busy with 29 grandkids.

My favorite is Animal Forest White print.

desertskyquilts said...

Thank you so much for the burp cloth pattern. That is so simple, and would be so welcome. The little matching quilt is great! 29 grandchildren! How do you keep track of them all? LOL I bet they love coming to your house. I looked at the whole line of fabrics and if I could only pick one ... it would be tough! I think I might pick the turquoise-backed ducklings, though. Each one of them is so tempting, and I'm glad Benartex is giving away a set instead of just one! Thank you, Benartex! dezertsuz at gmail

SuperMomNoCape said...

That fabric is darling! Love those machine embroidered phrases on the burp clothes... lol The burbs cloths and quilt are an awesome gift.

Sewgirl said...

What great projects you made! My favorite fabric from the collection is the turquoise little ducks!!! Thanks for sharing the awesome giveaway...

Joyful Quilter said...

The Little Ducks are adorable...also love the Sweetheart designs. Even cuter are your burb cloths, love the little sayings you added.

Kathryn said...

I love My Little Elephant in Grey.

Beth said...

No doubt, my favorite is the elephant print on gray. So cute!

Robin Klein said...

Thanks for the burp cloth. The neck cutout is a new idea for me and I like it. My favorite pattern of the fabric line is Sweetheart pink and turquois. replies:robinsbusiness@hotmail.com

Nancy Lewis said...

I love the My Little Elephants fabric. This would make such a nice baby gift. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Williamson said...

Wow, the whole lone is just adorable and the grey elephants are my favorites. I loved your burp pads too. Thanks for the giveaway, grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

Liz Horgan said...

I've made burp clothes for many new parents and they love them--so easy to make too!
So hard to pick one fabric--they are all adorable! If I had to pick one, it would be the light ducks on turquoise.
Thanks!

Lisa said...

Love your burp cloth pattern! Cute cute cute fabric!

OPQuilt said...

No need to enter me in the fabric giveaway, but I did want to leave a comment telling you thanks for the tutorial on the burp cloths. Great resource to have. I did have a question on the measurements. In the photo the curve is made by drawing in 1 1/4" but in the text you say 1 1/2" Does it matter at all?

Rosemary Rivas said...

I like anything pink for my new granddaughter and we recently found out that one of my daughter's former schoolmates that works with elephants at the Oakland Zoo is expecting a boy. So the one with elephants is also fantastic.

VA said...

Animal Forest in white is my favorite. The embroidered sayings are really fun!

Rosemary said...

Sewing a bunch of little things for a new great-grandson coming soon. Definitely will have to add these burp cloths!! Perfect prints! Thanks for sharing ...

Lori said...

your quilt and burp clothes are wonderful. thanks for sharing the pattern for the burp clothes. I am loving all the fabrics, especially the monkeys
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Michele T said...

Everything is awesome and perfect for a newborn!!! I love the elephants and giraffes!!!

sam said...

My Little Elephant would be my choice but it isn't easy. Love your burb cloths. My niece has a new baby and these would be perfect.

Kay said...

Love the burp cloths. So clever to have the neck curve. Thanks for sharing. I love the entire collection but especially the heart designs. I like to sew a bit of love in everything I make.

Brenda said...

This is an excellent tutorial that you have provided for us! I especially liked the way in which you gave the measurements and directions, step by step, for creating our own template instead of printing one. I will definitely be using your tutorial for these burp cloths, donating to Project Linus and using as gifts also. You are also so correct in this fabric being so adorable! It is truly hard to chose just one, but I will pick Animal Forest Blue. Thank you again for sharing! Have a great day!

I almost forgot; your baby quilt is adorable and perfect to have ready for a gift!

cjmont said...

the sweethearts and words are my favorite prints in the my little sunshine collection.

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

What a great idea, Mary! I have never sewn burp cloths. Thank you for the tutorial !!

Scrapatches said...

These are sew cute, Mary! Thank you for sharing how you made them. I love Cherry's fabrics. My favorite is her Mulberry Lane winter collection. Sew sweet ... :-) Pat

Nancy said...

My favorite is the Animal Forest White.

GranChris said...

I love the little Elephants. So cute, never enough burp cloths.

Judy Forkner said...

I love the elephants@

Teresa in Music City said...

What an adorable fabric line!!!! My favorites are the words in aqua, gray and pink - I'm such a sucker for text fabrics :*). But the large prints are too stinkin' cute - perfect for new babies! Your burp cloths are the perfect size and always a welcome gift. And I've yet to meet a new mom who doesn't love a baby quilt with minkee on the back to cuddle their new little treasure :*)

Jodi said...

thanks for the tute. and what a great day for me to read your blog! I love the little elephants in white. And 29 grands??? Wow - didn't realize you had THAT many!

Linda said...

Cute and easy gift! The animal forest in white is so fun!

Barb said...

I like the little elephants in gray.
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Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

They are so sweet, Mary, and funny! Trust you to make a matching quilt too!

-Soma

Paula said...

I love Animal Forest in White and the ducks are adorable too. Thanks for this opportunity to win this cute collection.

Elizabeth Rodgers said...

Babies love ducks and so do I, great pattern.

Susan said...

I like the multi-colored dots and the yellow pinstripe

Val's Quilting Studio said...

As I scroll down to comment I find myself still chuckling over those embroidered quotes! Sooooo funny!!! Love the Sunshine fabric (and the name of it) THANKYOU for this quick and easy burp rag pattern. I have a new grand arriving soon and this pattern is the perfect stash buster for me. I'll be sure to link back to this post once I make mine. :) :) (Oh and thanks for the chance to win this adorable, happy fabric) :)

Val's Quilting Studio said...

It's really hard to pick a favorite...as her line is perfect for babies! But since I'm expecting anew grandson in November I'd get the Animal Forest Blue and make a receiving blanket with it....and probably two yards of the Sweetheart white/pink as it would be the perfect backing for a little girl baby quilt....gotta' build the stash!! THANKS Again.

wendy said...

Very cute collection. I especially like the Animal Forest in white. I have a new grandson due in October this will be great for some baby "supplies".

tink's mom said...

HOw easy you made the construction of the burp cloth. Really like the neck part, great idea.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Wow I love those burpee cloths! Especially like the sayings you embroidered on them! I have several good sized pieces of flannel I might just try your pattern on......did I tell you I'm going to have a new granddaughter next January??

legato1958 said...

Sew cute in these dear fabrics! I think they make lovely gifts!
Susie

Createology said...

I have no little ones to sew for but maybe hubby could use a burp cloth...LOL. Adorable fabrics and your embroidery really adds to these. Love the Minky quilt also. 29 Grandchildren is quite amazing. No wonder you have the best holiday get togethers. Sewing Bliss...<3

Susan L. said...

Love the sayings you put on your burp cloths! All the prints in this line are cute, but the My Little Monkeys Light Lime print is my favorite.