Keeping with the spirit of de-junkifying my apartment (see my recent Target dollar goodies purge here), I’m getting rid of cloth! That’s not to say I’m going to stop sewing. It’s just that I’ve had most of this cloth for years — purchases driven by sale prices. I need to start buying cloth with a purpose in mind. It’s time to get rid of the old stuff to make space for some new, more strategically purchased cloth. With such perfect timing, a friend of mine asked me to sew her baby a ribbon tag blanket. Sure! Why stop at just one? How about five? And how about matching bibs and burp cloths? Done, done, and done! My giant pile of fabric is already on its way out. She specifically asked for black and red — high contrast colors because her baby has astigmatism — so I created a collection of black and red baby things. First on the list was the ribbon tag blanket.
This blanket was very easy to make and only took me about an hour. You can find a tutorial here. Mine is about 22″ x 18″ and I used grey and yellow ribbon because I quickly grew tired of black and red. Hey, at least they contrast!
Next, I made a matching burp cloth (pattern by Cloud 9 Fabrics here), which I had no idea was a thing. I just assumed the baby just burped, vomit and drool-free. The things I’m learning these days …
The bib was a little tricky because it’s smaller than I anticipated (pattern here from good ol’ Instructables). It was also my first time using heavy-duty snap fasteners. After a couple failed snap fastener attempts, I finally got it!
So, here’s the full suite of baby things! I love that they all match and aren’t frilly baby colors. With quite a few new mothers in my friend circle, I’ll be making a lot of these. I’m sure I’ll add more things to the suite.