I am blessed to have a very creative and talented sister-in-law who is a graphic designer and crafter. She wrote the post below about a creative birth gift she just sent to some close friends.
Our longtime friends just welcomed their first baby girl into this world and since we won't be able to visit for a little while, we wanted to send them a care package. I've heard that burp cloths come in very handy with newborns, plus they're an easy gift to make using fabric and pre-fold cloth diapers.
You will need:
-pre-fold cloth diapers (I prefer these: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2459691)
-bias tape or ribbon
-sewing machine, iron, scissors or rotary cutter and measuring tape or ruler
I pretty much followed this useful tutorial online:
The only part that I changed was I omitted the decorative ribbon on the edges of the fabric and added bias tape at the top and bottom edges of the burp cloth since I thought they looked unfinished. I bought the widest bias tape I could find, folded it in half and sewed it onto the edges of my burp cloth, after I had sewn on the fabric.
Once they were sewn, ironed and folded, I packaged them up with our favorite Seattle coffee for the sleep-deprived new parents.