Our thanks to our pals at Michael Miller Fabrics for providing us with this absolutely wonderful fabric for our series of seven Baby Gift projects. It's called Pretty Bird from Pillow & Maxfield. There are three vibrant colorways from which to choose. We selected the fabrics for our Baby collection from the Aqua colorway with its incredible hot pinks, limes and bright blues. Pretty Bird comes out this month, so check your favorite local or online fabric retailer soon for availability.
Sewing Tools You Need
- Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome Jem Gold 3)
Fabric and Other Supplies
Supplies listed below are for ONE cloth, but you know how much babies drool... you should really make more than one. We made three.
- ⅓ yard of 44-45" wide fabric for front of cloth: we used Pillow & Maxfield Pretty Bird from Michael Miller Fabrics in Pink Twirling Tendrils, Lime Meandering Vines and Pink Bloomies
- ⅓ yard of 44-45" wide terry cloth for back of cloth: we used Michael Miller's new organic terry cloth in natural
- ½ yard of ½" coordinating grosgrain ribbon: we used bright pink and bright green
- All-purpose sewing thread in colors to match fabric and ribbon
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- See-through ruler
- Straight pins
- Fabric pen or pencil
- Iron and ironing board
- From the front fabric, cut ONE piece 11" wide x 19" high.
NOTE: If using a directional pattern, remember to make sure your pattern is running lengthwise, centered nicely, and straight.
- From the back fabric, cut ONE piece 11" x 19".
- Cut the ribbon to 11".
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
- Pin the top edge of the ribbon 4½" from the unfinished bottom edge of the front fabric.
- Thread your sewing machine with a color to match the ribbon in the top and a color to match the back fabric in the bobbin.
- Topstitch very close to the edge along both sides of the ribbon.
- Pin the back fabric piece and the front fabric piece right sides together, matching all raw edges.
NOTE: Terry cloth is quite stretchy so use plenty of pins to hold it in place. And, whenever you have dissimilar fabrics being sewn together, it is best to stitch with the more difficult one (in this case the terry) down in order to let the feed dogs (those little grippy teeth in the plate below your presser foot) move it through the machine for you. Keep an even tension on the layers as they go through the machine.
- Re-thread your machine with thread to match your fabric in the top and bobbin.
- Using a ½" seam allowance, sew the two pieces together on all four sides, leaving an approximate 3" opening along one long side for turning.
- Trim the corners.
NOTE: There's no need to trim the seam allowances as they will give the finished cloth more body after they are topstitched in place.
- Turn the cloth right side out and carefully press all the seams nice and flat. You want your seam to be exactly on the edge - not rolled to the front or back.
- Pin the opening closed.
- If necessary, re-thread your machine with contrasting thread in the top and bobbin for topstitching. We left our thread the same as above, opting to use matching thread to the front fabric, which would then be highlighted on the back.
- Topstitch approximately ¼" from finished edge around all four sides, pivoting at each corner. This will close the opening left for turning.
NOTE: We used a simple straight stitch, but you could also use a decorative stitch.
- We added one of our Sew4Home labels as a finishing touch.
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Julia Chapman
Other machines suitable for this project include the Elna Sew Fun and the Baby Lock Grace.