This is a tutorial for making the best burp cloths EVER! I made these for my daughter but also received a myriad of other burp cloths at her baby shower. These were by far the most functional and the cutest!
I have made some in anticipation of our son’s arrival, so these are more “boy” oriented ones, but you can obviously use any prints you want to.
I was lucky and found my fabric on a 50% off sale! Then I had a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase, even sale items. So, I figured my cost was 80 cents per burp cloth! (Plus the thread costs, but since we didn’t need to buy new thread…).
So not only are they the best burp cloths, they are also the cheapest!
Here is what you will need:
• Brown paper grocery store bag to make a pattern with
• Scissors for paper
• Fabric Pins
• Fabric scissors
• 1/3 yard flannel fabric per burp cloth (44”-45” wide fabric) (Flannel is the key here, so don’t buy cotton fabric. Spit up will just run off of cotton burp cloths and/or soak through to your clothes. Ew. The flannel fabric will absorb the spit up and they actually work better after each washing!)
• Matching or contrasting thread (4 spools of each color)
• A serger, or someone who loves you who owns a serger and is willing to sew a bit for you
Step 1: Prewash your fabrics
I know it is not a lot of fun, and I accidently left my flannels in the dryer too long and they became entangled and wrinkly (Yes, I then had to iron them before I could cut them out…don’t make that mistake!), but prewash your flannel fabrics. You will be SO happy you did this!
If you don’t, they will shrink and cause the edges of your burp cloths to become wavy and then your burp cloths will not look nearly as good and, if you are like me, you will want to iron your burp cloths, which really is a ridiculous thing to have to do.
So please, avoid the heartache and prewash all your flannels before you get started!
Step 2: Create your Pattern!
Use the following dimensions and photograph to sketch out your burp cloth pattern on to an open brown paper grocery bag.
(Or go here to purchase the template!)
This does not have to be perfect, but try to get it as symmetrical as possible. However, remember that you will be serging around these so that will make up for some discrepancy in this step.
Once you have the pattern sketches on the bag, cut it out.
Width middle: 7.25″
Width (widest point): 10.5″
Step 3: Cut the burp cloths
Fold your fabric in half. You will be cutting two burp cloth sides at a time. These burp cloths are double sided and made with 2 pieces of flannel each. (1/3 yard fabric yields 2 burp cloths sides).
If you are really adventurous, you can put two, folded fabric pieces together and cut four sides at a time. However, if you try this, be sure to pay attention that the pattern fits in all directions on all fabric layers otherwise you may end up with a short burp cloth in there. Oops.
Pin the pattern to both thicknesses of flannel and cut!
I like to cut all my burp cloths at the same time before moving on.
Step 4: Decisions, decisions, decisions…pair your burp cloths
Decide how to pair your fabrics. You will use two flannel pieces to make one burp cloth. You can, of course, use the same pattern for both sides of the burp cloth, but I like to mix mine up!
You get 2 flannel sides out of 1/3 of fabric. So, if you choose 2 different fabrics, you will have 4 sides which means you can use one fabric for the front and one fabric for the back and you would have 2 matching burp cloths. (does that makes senses?)
Once you have figured out your pairing, place both sides, right-side out together.
Step 5: Serge
Ok, well I fall into the group who does not own a serger. But I do know someone to owns a serger and who loves me. (Thanks mom!) So I enlisted my mom’s help to with the final step of this project.: serging the edges together!
With wrong sides together (right sides out), serge around the outside edge in either a matching, complementing, or contrasting color of thread, your choice!
Step 6: Use and Wash…or give away!
Use these burp cloths often and wash them to death! They will absorb better after each wash! Or make to give away as baby gifts!
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