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The Dansville Online
  • Hobbies: Turning diapers into burp cloths

  • Parents of newborns have their hands full, considering all the drips and drools that go with the territory. The idea of using an old cloth diaper as a burp cloth has been around since the invention of cloth diapers. But what's new and trendy is altering the diapers to fit your personal style.

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  • Parents of newborns have their hands full, considering all the drips and drools that go with the territory. The idea of using an old cloth diaper as a burp cloth has been around since the invention of cloth diapers. But what's new and trendy is altering the diapers to fit your personal style.
    Boutiques feature lots of burp-cloth designs –– with high-dollar price tags. Designer styles can be made at home for a fraction of the cost.
    The ideas for altering the diapers are endless. You can sew a strip of decorative fabric down the center of the diaper or stitch ribbons and trims to the sides. Appliques can be made from fun fabrics, or you can just attach a store-bought patch to a corner. Embroidery is a good option for customizing a burp cloth with the baby's initials.
    One of my favorite ways to alter a burp cloth is with fabric dye and ribbons. You can customize the colors. You can go wild with a bright tie-dye design or just dye simple stripes.
    The featured designs are a black-and-red color combination inspired by the school colors where my sister is a teacher. She is expecting her first, and I know that come game day these burp cloths will be perfect for cheering on the team and showing off her school pride.
    Altered burp cloths make great gifts for expectant parents. A matching set of three handmade burp cloths is a gift any new mom or dad would love to receive.
    To make the dyed burp cloths, begin by washing the diapers in warm water and baby-friendly soap. Use no fabric softener. Next, prepare a dye bath in your desired color. Be sure to follow the package instructions for mixing and preparing the dye.
    To create a tie-dye look, use rubber bands to tie off patterns or stripes. Soak the diaper in the dye bath until the desired color is reached. Rinse with cold water until the water runs clear. Wash and dry as normal.
    Sew ribbons in various patterns to the dyed diaper. Pin the ribbons in place and stitch as close to the edge of the ribbon as possible. You can hand-sew or machine-sew the ribbons. Fabric stores have a huge selection of printed ribbons. They even have ribbons printed with baby and holiday themes.
        
    Get creative, get personalizing and have fun turning a diaper into a designer burp cloth.
        
    Cathie Filian is a lifestyle expert, Emmy-nominated television host, author and designer. Learn more about Cathie by visiting her blog at www.cathiefilian.com.
     

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