I thought it might be useful to post some of the products that I use the most. These are tried and true products that wont let you down. I try many different brands of things until I find the ones that work the best at the best price. So here we go...
Cloth Diapers- Gerber Premium 6-ply prefold. I buy them at http://www.babiesrus.com/. The rest are JUNK these are the best ones out there to sew or embroider on. They hold up in the wash and don't shrink and pile like the other ones. They are super absorbent, but not too thick and work wonderfully for burp-rags!
Embroidery Thread- Metro thread from http://www.metroembroiderythread.com/. There are other very superior embroidery threads out there, but this seems to be the best quality for the cost. Good quality embroidery thread can be very expensive and cheap embroidery thread can break and shread. Metro thread seems to be a good combination of both good quality and price. I do have to use a thread stand with this thread since it is comes cross threaded on the spool, if not it will tangle when coming off the spool.
Bibs- Koala baby is the best quality for the price. I buy them at http://www.babiesrus.com/. The terry cloth does not pull out as in some bibs. They are not too thick to embroider on but are very absorbent. You can get them in white, boy colors or girl colors in 10-packs.
Stabilizer- Stabilizer is used on the back of items you embroider to hold them still and keep them from shifting. My favorite is Sulky Sticky on the roll, but it is very pricey. So to get it at a lower cost I have found that you have to wait till Hobby Lobby sends their 50% off coupons via e-mail and then purchase at half off. I never pay full price for it. Being that it is self-adhesive you can embroider items by hooping only the stabilizer and then sticking the item to embroider onto the sticky stabilizer. Thus for going the hooping of the item to be embroidered. It makes embroidering bulky or small items alot easier.Embroidery Soft Backing- I don't know if you have ever noticed, but items that I embroider have a soft lining over the back of them. This is too keep threads from unraveling, make it soft to the skin and to keep the embroidery from shrinking up in the wash. I use Cover-A-Stitch from http://www.allstitch.net/. You cut a piece a little bit bigger then your embroidery and then iron it over the back of your embroidery.
Craft glue- I absolutely LOVE Scotch Craft Stick. You can buy them at Wal-Mart in a two pack. I use it in the traditional way for scrapbooking, but my main use is to hold down ribbon, fabric or trim in the proper position, in stead of pins, before sewing. I measure my fabric,ribbon or trim and then glue it down to the burp rag or bib. You can then reposition it till you get it perfect and then let it dry. After drying (which takes a matter of minutes) you can sew the item on with no stretching, shifting or pins to get in your way. You will get a perfectly straight ribbon,trim or fabric each time!