Monday, January 09, 2012

{Tutorial} Simple Burp Cloths

I have SO MANY pregnant friends right now and I love giving handmade gifts.

Burp cloths are something that every mother needs and really you can never have too many!
If they are cute...even better!

I love the look of the ones with the strip of fabric down the center of a cloth diaper,
but I have heard from friends that they don't absorb as well.
The spit up runs down the fabric center and doesn't do what it is meant to do.

Flannel is very absorbent and gets more so with each wash, so that's what I made these with.
You could also do a flannel print on the front with minky, terry cloth, or chenille on the back.

Cut 2 pieces of flannel or whatever fabric you are using.
Mine were about 9" X 17".
Finished product is about 8"x16".
This gives good shoulder coverage without being too big and rolls up nicely in the diaper bag.

Pin the pieces right side to right side.

Sew with a 3/8 seam allowance ALMOST all the way around.

Leave about a 3" section open for turning.
Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and the end.

Snip off the corners.
This removes some bulk in the corners when you turn.

Turn right side out, poke out the corners so they are nice a sharp and press with an iron.
Make sure that the fabric at the opening is turned in(sometimes I pin this)

Then topstitch all the way around.
Backstitch at the beginning and end.

And you're done!

Make them in multiples and tie them up with a ribbon!

I gave these to a friend along with a set of bottles that she had registered for.
Bottles and Burp Cloths...Get it?
I love me a theme gift!

Here's a simple modification:
Round the corners!

 Using a cup, bowl or anything circular really, trace a rounded corner.
I do this after my fabric is pinned together so that I am not fighting to line up the rounded corners.

 With rounded corners you will need to cut out little notches. This keeps your corners from being too bulky.

 Turn, press, and topstitch!

Ask any mom and she will tell you that you can NEVER have too many burp cloths.
Why not give them something that is not only practical, but OH SO CUTE!

Oh, and did I mention that they are super inexpensive to make?
Especially if you get your fabrics on sale or with a coupon like I do!
Happy Sewing!

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Bethany said...

These are really cute!! My sister is expecting and I'd like to start making some simple things for her...these are perfect for that!

charis said...

this makes me wish i had a sewing machine and knew how to sew! someday!!! looks so fun and so cute!

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