When I dug out the remaining baby items from my first two boys I found a few flannel receiving blankets that quite frankly weren't useable as blankets. However, being the thrifty mom I am, I didn't want to throw them out either. And now I'm glad I didn't, because those used flannel blankets are the softest thing ever to use on bottoms.
|A not so new flannel blanket.|
Here's how I turned a flannel baby blanket into a burp cloth and a small stack of reusable baby wipes.
|Re-purposing a blanket into a burp cloth|
2. Stitch the long side together using a 1/2" seam allowance.
3. Turn right side out placing seam approximately 4" from the folded edge (see image above). Press.
4. Top stitch along the seam. Turn your work and top stitch 4" from the other folded edge. Tip: I use a sticky note as my stitch guide so I don't have to mark on my fabric. Then I can remove it or reposition it for other widths.
5. Using a over-lock machine, finish the raw ends, trim threads, and DONE! If you don't have a serger you can turn the raw edges inside and top stitch before step 4.
|Re-purposing a blanket into reusable baby wipes.|
2. Optional rounded edge: If you like nice round edges, you can use a bowl, cup, plastic lid to mark the corners and trim down. Or you can easily leave the corners squared. I've done it both ways.
3. For double layered wipes layer two cuts with wrong sides together and finish edges with over-lock machine. For single layer wipes, over-lock a single layer. With this blanket I made 4 double sided, for those extra messy jobs.
|Good Will $1 Find|