About ten years ago I was on Oprah and she surprised me with videos from my good friends ( and co-stars at the time) T.R Knight and Justin Chambers. I loved every second of both videos but was slightly embarrassed by Justin telling millions of viewers that I could burp like a truck driver. The truth is…I can. For years I blamed my noxious behavior on IBS. Though I did suffer from it, it was not the reason I burp like a “truck driver”. There are a couple of reasons why I indulge this bad habit. One, I grew up with big brothers and impressing them was high on my list of daily goals. Nothing impresses teenage boys more than gross bodily functions. Two, I’m of the mind that it’s better out than in. To be clear I’m talking only about burping, my theory does not apply to functions below the waist. This is especially true for infants. All of us mom’s know how important a big juicy belch is after our baby is done with their feeding. It’s so important that some of us even cheer once it happens. Ok, maybe I’m the only one who cheers, but hey, I know how good it feels! Which is why burp cloths are a necessity for the new mother. Thankfully my burps do not include anything other than air; but, with a baby…well, trust me, you need a burp cloth.
I whipped up a stack of these classic looking Oxford Burp Cloths for my SIL in about an hour using my serger. The pattern calls for hemming them but like I said in an earlier post, why hem if you can serge? Especially when you’re making something as utilitarian as burp cloths!
I did run into a little fabric slippage when trying to serge the oxford and the flannel together and ended up with about three cloths that were not as tidy and neat looking as I hoped. I then went on to make it worse by washing them. Of course burp cloths need to be machine washable and these are. The mistake I made was by not pre washing the fabric before I serged it. The flannel shrunk a bit but the oxford did not. Now I had usable, but non too pretty burp cloths. I cut them apart and started over which resulted in three slightly smaller cloths that I decided were perfect for the diaper bag.
I’m all about craft projects that are useful, beautiful and EASY. These serged burp cloths are all three, as long as you pre wash the fabric before you begin!
The end result of starting over. I think they turned out pretty cute and I’m even wondering if they could be used as wash cloths…