Bloom Bash {A Creative Workshop in Seattle!}

Bloom Bash {A Creative Workshop in Seattle!}

Awhile back I shared with you about a fun event I’m really excited to be a part of, called Bloom Bash! The event will be in Seattle this October! I’m so honored to be invited as the keynote speaker at this two-day creative workshop. What is Bloom Bash? It’s a workshop for women who dream of running a thriving creative business or are interested in learning new skills!

Bloom Bash {A Creative Workshop in Seattle!}

Since starting The Inspired Room in 2008, I’ve learned so much about owning my own business, writing a blog, and growing my own creative brand. Sometimes I really do have to pinch myself when I think about what I get to do everyday! Each step along the way has been a learning experience and I can’t wait to share my lessons learned and offer the tips and advice I have for building and growing a creative business from scratch. Most of all, I’m so excited to get to know some of you in this fun creative setting.

Bloom Bash {A Creative Workshop in Seattle!}

I’m thrilled to be joining an amazing line up ladies for this event. These lovely ladies will offer a wealth of information and creativity: Jennifer Jones from iHeart Organizing, Jenny Sanders from Graceline Art (a great resource for beautiful modern calligraphy prints), our very own contributor Michaela Warner from Michaela Noelle Designs, Ashley Slater from Ashley Slater Photography, Ashley Beyer from Tinge Floral, Lauren Hooker from Elle & Company, and Lora Grady from Lora Grady Photography.

Bloom Bash {A Creative Workshop in Seattle!}

This is going to be a truly wonderful event, unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of before. Not only will you learn from amazing teaching sessions on blogging, social media, photography and design, but you also will enjoy a second day of hands-on learning with instruction on calligraphy, florals and a styled photo shoot.

Bloom Bash {A Creative Workshop in Seattle!}

Bloom Bash will be held at a venue we couldn’t be more excited about, Rainier Chapter House in Capitol Hill in Seattle! It’s a historic landmark and a replica of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. You’ll have hands on opportunities to be involved in styled photo shoots here, so it’s going to be quite the memorable event and the photos will be gorgeous.

Bloom Bash {A Creative Workshop in Seattle!}

On day two of the workshop we will have set up a gorgeous styled wedding shoot where all guests will be able to practice taking photos of models and beautifully designed tablescapes with lovely dishware and decor provided by BHLDN, who is partnering with us on this event. How much fun will that be? I know I learn best by doing and watching others create beautiful things so I for one cannot wait to be inspired!

Bloom Bash {A Creative Workshop in Seattle!}

Bloom Bash {A Creative Workshop in Seattle!}

Bloom Bash {A Creative Workshop in Seattle!}

Head over to Bloom’s blog to see the complete list of the companies and inspiring speakers that will be a part of Bloom Bash.

Watch the video below to see more about what Bloom is like!

The Bloom Workshop from Coastline Studios on Vimeo.

Tickets for Bloom Bash will be available on this registration page next Wednesday, July 22nd! We hope to see you there!

DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial

DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial

DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial

Hello friends! Cassie here!

Last month my guest post featured some of my favorite baby items to give and receive as gifts. I also promised I would share a tutorial for one of my favorite baby items you can easily make yourself. Well here it is!

Babies are pretty messy little joy bundles, and I have found that one thing I cannot ever have enough of is burp cloths. Not just any burp cloths mind you, but homemade, super absorbent, very soft, last-way-longer-than-store-bought burp cloths. Homemade burp cloths can be made in a variety of ways, but I am here to share with you the way I prefer to make them. Also, if you are not into making these yourself, Etsy has some wonderful shops that sell good quality, customizable burp cloths.

The biggest key to making these extra wonderful is what material you use for the back of the cloths. I have used a few different options, such as flannel, terry cloth, and chenille. The winner by far has been the chenille. It is soft, but also very absorbent. The lines in the fabric make cutting it easily and quickly a breeze, and it also looks nicer than other options.

Here is what you will need to get started!

  • Chenille fabric– I like white or a nice neutral you can use with any other fabric you want for the front of the cloths
  • Fabric for the front of the burp cloth- I prefer to find a few that all sort of go together so I can package a set of 3-5 cloths for a gift.
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • A sewing machine
  • Matching thread (I tend to make a bunch of these at once, so I usually just use white to make the process go quicker)

Step One:

Cut your front fabric to your desired size. I like my burp cloths pretty big, so I tend to cut mine roughly 10″ x 18″ (The cloth will be about an inch smaller overall when done).  Cut the chenille the same size you cut your front fabric.

DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial

I tend to cut a whole bunch at once to save time if I need to make any last minute in the future!

DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial

Step Two:

Match up the two fabrics, right sides facing in. Pin together, leaving about 3-4 inches between the two middles pins on one of the short sides, you won’t sew that gap together in the next step, this allows you to turn the fabric right side out.

DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial

DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial

Step 3:

Starting right after where your gap will be, sew the fabric together, with about 1/4-1/2 inch seam allowance. The chenille likes to move and shift a little bit, so mine tends to not be super exact, but as long as it’s straight, your okay!

DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial

Step 4:

Trim the corners, and if you have a larger seam allowance, trim off extra fabric.

DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial

Step 5:

Find the gap you left and turn the fabric right side out. Iron the seams flat, and fold in the fabric where you left the gap and iron it down.

DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial

DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial

Step 6:

Pin the gap closed. The edge should look just like the rest of the burp cloth, but not be sewn down. (yet)

DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial

Step 7:

Starting where you left the gap, sew it shut by top stitching around the whole cloth, about 1/8″-1/4″ from the edge.

DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial

That’s pretty much it!

Like I said, it’s nice to gather a few fabrics that sort of match or have a similar theme and package them together as a gift. This set of five I made have similar colors and three of the fabrics feature foxes on them.

DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial

DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial

I love how this set turned out! I have probably made 20-30 of these, and I get better and quicker at making them each time. It’s a great way to use up scrap fabric you might have laying around.

If you are looking for unique fabric, I love buying fabric off Spoonflower. If you haven’t heard of it, it is basically a site where you can design your own fabric or buy fabric by independent designers. It’s a little more expensive, but I get 2 burp cloths out of a fat quarter, so for this project I don’t even have to buy it by the yard. The blue fox fabric I used for this tutorial can be found here.

I look forward to chatting with you all next month!

Cassie

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DIY Baby Gift Idea: Burp Cloth Tutorial
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