Basic Burp Cloth Tutorial

It’s hard to imagine, given the unrelenting heat that has swallowed Texas this Summer, but we did set records for cold in January – it even snowed (everyone in the city panicked.)  The super cold January has lead to a small baby boom this Summer…I guess it’s a recession and people were trying to stay warm!

After a drought (oh yes, pun intended) of no baby showers, I find myself with two on the calendar!  This weekend was taken up with making loads of baby gifts in ooey gooey pink and minty green.  Next weekend will be more rough and tumble boy colors.

I started off with a basic, can’t ever have enough of, the burp cloth.  I found a nice modern pink and green pattern in the mid-weight fabric range and coordinated it with a terry cloth.  They are both of a pretty equal weight so one won’t overpower the other after many washings.  But a lightweight cotton or flannel will work great as well – just make sure it’s all machine washable!  I also grabbed some ribbon and a scrap of coordinating green to jazz up these cloths.

Start by cutting a 10″x17″ rectangle out of each fabric.  If you want to spice up your burp cloth, now is the time.  On one variation I added a plain ribbon 4″ from the edge, the second one had a scrappy flower that I appliqued on and the third had a combination of these two decorations: a ribbon and a scrappy flower.

Once you’ve blinged out your burp cloth sufficiently, pin the wrong sides together with a lot of pins.  The terry cloth can jump around a bit and I’ve found the more pins the better.  I always use my walking foot on my machine because it’s built in, but if yours is a separate attachment, you may want to add it.  Sew a 1/2″ seam around the rectangle leaving a 3″ opening for turning.  Be sure to backstitch at both sides of the opening.

Turn the cloth and press.  If you are obsessive, hand sew the opening closed.  If you’re me, just top stitch a 1/4″ seam around the edge to seal it in.

There you go: three easy burp cloths: adorable and ready for baby vomit.

–Martta

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8 thoughts on “Basic Burp Cloth Tutorial

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  4. Darling burp cloths. However, you said to pin the wrong sides together. Shouldn’t the RIGHT SIDES BE PINNED TOGETHER SO THE WRONG SIDES ARE OUT AS YOU SEW AROUND. THEN WHEN YOU “TURN” THE CLOTH THE RIGHT SIDES WOULD BE OUTL. MAYBE I AM READING THE DIRECTIONS WRONG?

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