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Sewing for Baby- Burp Clothes

This week I decided to get started on baby sewing since I realized I’m already in my 5th month & if you do lose energy in the 3rd trimester, I don’t have a lot of time on my side.

I always knew I wanted to sew things for our baby, even before baby was a remote reality.  I pinned the super cute tutorials on Pinterest & couldn’t wait to buy the perfect “non-baby” baby fabric.  (Side note, I’m not a fan of baby fabric.  Mostly it makes me want to gag at it’s cuteseyness & light pastel fabric.)  But amazingly enough with all the fabric I own, I didn’t have the “right” fabric that I pictured in my mind, so I knew I’d have to go shopping.

Now let me back up a little more & tell you my current feelings on shopping & stuff.

I hate it.

Maybe I should explain that.  I’m sick of stuff.  I’m sick of buying stuff & I’m sick of being around stuff.  And it isn’t just because we moved across the country & I had to pack every.last.thing.we.own.  It’s more than that, it’s a gradual life change I’ve wanted to make since waiting up in suburbia one day in a ridiculously large house & wondering how the heck did we get here?  We’ve always lived in modest homes & we were happy.  Yes there were things we wish we had, but we knew we were fine without those things since we had this habit of moving every 2 years.  Then we had the chance to move to Omaha & possibly live in the same house for 20 years & the houses are so.incredibly.cheap.out.there.  I’m not kidding.  After living in the DC metro area where we couldn’t even get an 800 sq. ft. condo for less than $300k, we fell in love with the space we could suddenly afford & bought a large house.  A really large house.  It was a little overwhelming to furnish it since literally, what we brought with us didn’t fill 1/3 of the space, but it was fun shopping in the beginning.  We kept thinking about all the entertaining we’d do & how wonderful the space would be….then I realized we’d have to clean it.  Then we realized how much junk we’d accumulate around the house that we’d have to get rid of before we could even clean!  We entertained twice.  And that was in the first year- we lived there for four years folks.

Around year three we were sick of it & wanted less.  Less house, less stuff, less all of it.  But no mater how hard we tried to get rid of stuff, we never seemed to give away enough.  It was still there lurking everywhere we turned.  Then we found out we were moving & now things were serious.  No more wishy washyness.  No more keeping it because we liked it.  Nope, going back to DC meant a *much* smaller place & things had to go!

Then we found out about the baby!  And yes it was very exciting once I could keep a meal down & didn’t need 20 hours of sleep (although the cats really enjoyed that), but then we started to get the marketing.  All the stuff you “need”.  All the themed pretty things that I remember my sisters having & never using.  And we said no.  We did our research & came up with a small list of needed items & I fact checked these with my sisters with what they really used.  We’re keeping it minimalist here with the kiddo because it’s expensive, a waste of resources & most of all- it won’t fit in our new home!  Seriously!  We thought we had decluttered, but we still had too much stuff when we moved into the new place.

So what does this have to do with burp clothes?  Well suddenly actually buying cute fabric made my head spin when I already have so much in my studio I can’t think!  So I pulled all my flannel scraps & pieced some burp clothes like they were a patchwork quilt.  No they’re not the pretty burp clothes I’d pinned, but seriously folks.  They’re burp clothes.  Why should I spend premium money on something that’s going to get spit up on when I already have a decent substitute?  We get something we need that’s actually thicker than what you can buy (don’t get me started on that rant!), I get fabric moved out of my studio & we get to put a little more money towards things like car seats.  It’s a win-win for everyone!

So here they are in their glorious scrappiness!
handmade burp clothes

Details:9″x18″ rectangles sewn right sides together with an opening to turn & flip.  Edge stitched around to close the opening & add stability.  Easy peasy.