Well, I'd like to think that they're more than a rag, but really, that's what it's for - catching that smelly belly milk. I usually put two in a pack, but I'm thinking that three would make a better gift. There's always next time.
For my spit rags I always use cloth diapers. They are super absorbent, wash easily, and are very durable. I usually buy a giant pack at a time and I look for them at second-hand stores and garage sales and I only pick the whitest, softest, cleanest ones. The new ones are definitely stiff, but after a few washes, they get super soft.
Landon's dad is a hunter so I wanted to make sure I made one with a deer on it. :) The first one that I made was pretty plain and really - well, to be honest, kinda ugly. I knew that my sister enjoys camo as much as the next hunter's wife, but I wanted to give her something a little more modern while keeping with the hunting theme. Enter the polka-dots. I think it turned out pretty cute and manly at the same time. :)
Landon's Papa has always driven International tractors, so I was excited when I saw this fabric. Again, I wasn't sure what to do with fabric displaying a bunch of floating tractors and picket fences. So I dug through my scraps and found this turquoise fabric with a little grass-green in it. And I think the red polka-dots add the perfect amount of whimsy. It's pretty boyish, but would be a great option for a little girl who's Papa drives International tractors. :)
Sophia's dad and mom have been friends with us for a LONG time! :) So I wanted to make sure that I made her something really cute and girly. But I know that her mom isn't a very froo-froo kinda gal (and neither am I) so I thought the green ruffles went well - making it girly without being too froo-froo. :) And I love making ruffles. A quick easy way to make anything seem more "fancy Nancy." I also quilted a few owls to make sure that the fabric was nice and tight.
Lucy's mom is pretty stylish, so I wanted to make her something colorful and I love how the charcoal gray makes the polka-dots just pop. The ruffles are made from a coordinating fabric that is a mix of tie-dye and paint splatter. I like how it incorporated all the colors of the polka-dots.
For Sophia and Lucy:
And I made two of these. Once again, I'm not too girly, so I pulled yellow and turquoise from the fabric to make the ruffles.And the gray gives a warm tone to the bright pattern of the butterflies and flowers. I really like how this turned out - a little more vintage than the first two.
I really enjoy making these as I can get pretty creative and it's not a frustrating project (which quilting still is for me). They come together really quickly, don't require a lot of fabric, and make cute gifts. I would love to start making blankets and bibs to go along, but this will have to do until I get a craft room (ie. laundry room).