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Sew Your Own Baby Burp Cloth

Baby Burp Cloth Pattern and Tutorial

To make these burp cloths is a fairly quick and easy project. I love to make these myself to create a stylish collection of burp cloths instead of those ugly cloth diapers that most people use. I like to make them with terry cloth on one side for added leak protection. The terry cloth serves as a great way to wipe up any kind of mess the baby might dish out. It's so convenient since I tend to walk around with one on my shoulder practically 24/7 anyways.

I made my burp cloth pattern out of newspaper, and traced the pattern onto separate paper for you all to use. Just print it out, tape the pieces together and start your sewing project. The pattern is only half of the burp cloth, so you need to print it twice and tape it together end to end to create the full pattern.

To make this baby burp cloth you will need two fabric pieces. I like to use terry cloth for one side and a decorative fabric for the opposite. The kind of fabric really doesn't matter. For this particular burp cloth I used a flannel handmade baby burp cloth for the decorative side. I have heard of some people complaining about flannel, that it isn't absorbent, but I've never had a problem with it.
Lay your two fabrics down on your work surface. Make sure they are both completely flat. You can cut each piece separately if you want, but I lay the fabrics one on top of the other and cut both pieces at once to save time.

Lay the fabric out and place your pattern over them. Pin down the pattern to the fabric. Cut both pieces of fabric out using the pattern as your cutting guideline.

making baby burp cloth

Before sewing, make sure your fabrics are facing right side in. In other words, the top side of each fabric should be facing inward towards each other. Pin these together.

Sew both baby burp cloth pieces together about 1/4" from the edge. Sew all the way around the outside of the burp cloth leaving an opening about 1-2" wide.Turn the fabric inside out (actually outside in) and hand stitch the opening shut. You may want to go over the edges with a hot iron to smooth everything out.

baby burp cloth pattern

Now to finish it up. Go back to your sewing machine and use a zig-zag stitch to finish the edges of the burp cloth. I like to use a brightly colored baby burp cloths thread in a color that somewhat matches the color scheme of your decorative fabric. This gives it a nice pop of color and a cute finish. You can sew about 1/4" in from the edge, or wherever best suits you.

Another great way to finish these baby burp cloths is to simply sew on some bias tape to the outer edges. This will give it a nice pop of color and a clean finished look.

Well I hope you enjoy using this baby burp cloth pattern and tutorial. This projects really is super fast and easy. Have fun creating heaps and heaps of burp cloths!

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