The ladies at my church are doing a service project for Mary's Choice, an organization that provides pregnant young women an alternative to abortion. Mary's Choice is a home for these young women and also provides counseling, birth and parenting classes. They need baby items like blankets, hats and burp cloths. I received some fabric this week to make some burp cloths and got right to work.
This tutorial requires a serger. If you don't have a serger, you can still use my pattern but you will need to use this tutorial instead.
Get your pattern ready:
Cut two burp cloth pieces in flannel.
Put your pieces WRONG sides together and pin.
Okay, now you will need to put your serger/ overlock machine on the rolled hem setting. Use your instruction manual to see if your machine will do a rolled hem. It should have a diagram showing you which nobs to change to get the right look.
The settings I put my serger on are as follows:
(This setting requires 3 cones of thread, not 4)
Stitch Length: R
Differential Feed Ratio: 1.0
Needle Thread Tension L: none = no thread through this needle
Needle Thread Tension R: 4
Upper looper thread tension: 3.5
Lower looper thread tension: 4
It may be different for your machine, so again, check your instruction manual and follow it.
Start feeding the burp cloth through the serger, allowing the knife to cut off about 1/4" on the edge.
If you decide to use pins remove them BEFORE they go past the presser foot.
When you're done it should look like this:
The serger quickly and professionally finishes the edges, no ironing and no turning out required. Ta-da!