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How To Make Baby Burp Cloths

Updated on November 5, 2017
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Marie has been making all sorts of sewn items, especially baby related. Once of her favourite items to make are these contoured baby bibs.

How To Make A Baby Burp Cloth

Baby burp cloths are a parental must have, but the ones that are sold in everyday stores are a little underwhelming. You can make your own baby burp cloth with only a few items. They are also perfect for gifting as a baby shower gift.

Contoured Baby Burp Cloth

Baby burp cloths come in many shapes. This pattern is for a contoured baby burp cloth which is designed to fit snugly around the neck and shoulders.
Baby burp cloths come in many shapes. This pattern is for a contoured baby burp cloth which is designed to fit snugly around the neck and shoulders.

Baby Burp Cloth

First Things First - Fabric Used in this Project

There are two main types of fabric I have used for this project:-

  • 100% Cotton Quilting Fabric
  • Cotton Terrycloth

The cotton terrycloth is used for the backing of the burp cloth as it is super absorbent and easy to care for (it is the fabric used for towels!). It is also one of the easiest fabrics to sew with. Cutting the terrycloth can be a little bit messy, but the end results are worth it.

Another reason I chose terrycloth is that it is resilient when it comes to caring for the material. Terrycloth is used in cloth diapering and is used to being washed repeatedly.

The 100% cotton top layer may seem like its is not as absorbent, but believe me this material certainly does the job. One of my favourite reasons for using quilting cottons is that they are made for heavy wear and they come in endless patterns and colours.


Alternatives to using cotton.

There are other materials you can use for the backing and the top layer. When deciding what fabric to use you will need to consider how the finished product will be used and the level of care needed for cleaning etc. Baby burp cloths are going to be used and they are going to need to stand up to repeated washes so the fabric choice will need to take this into account.


Here are some other suggestions:-

Minky or Cuddlesoft Fabric - This fabric is super soft, absorbent, and cuddly so if you want to make the backing out of this fabric you can also use the burp cloth as a comforter. There is one major drawback with this fabric - it is not easy to sew with. The fabric slips A LOT when sewing right sides together so you have to pin the hell out of it before sewing. If you are willing to make the effort though the finished product will be worth it.

Flannel - My second go to fabric for burp cloths. Flannel is super absorbent and can be used for both the top and bottom of the fabric. As with cotton, it is super easy to care for.

All you need for this project

Brother Sewing Machine, XM1010, 10-Stitch Sewing Machine, Portable Sewing Machine, 10 Built-In Stitches, 4 Included Sewing Feet, 25-Year Limited Warranty
Brother Sewing Machine, XM1010, 10-Stitch Sewing Machine, Portable Sewing Machine, 10 Built-In Stitches, 4 Included Sewing Feet, 25-Year Limited Warranty

You do not need an all singing and dancing sewing machine. The simple basics go a long way. If you are a beginner sewer all you need is a simple machine with a few simple stitches.

Brother sewing machines are one of the easiest models to use and are very user friendly. One of the best features of any sewing machine is the automatic bobin winder. Just wind it up and stick it in the machine and job done.

 

Materials Needed

Baby burp cloths are super easy to make, even for the absolute beginner. Here are some basic supplies you will need:-

  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread - Gutterman Sew All Tread is perfect for all projects
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Pins
  • Cotton Quilting Fabric
  • Terrycloth
  • Stitch Ripper
  • Printer
  • Selotape
  • Ironing Board
  • Iron
  • Rotary Cutting Mat
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Quilting Ruler

You will also need to download the pattern from Cloud9Fabrics. (Print 2 copies)


Use white thread or matching colour thread

The choice of thread can have a major impact on a project. When I am doing certain sewing projects I like to use contrasting threads to bring out the stitching. Equally, matching the tread colour to the fabric can be just as beautiful.

Fabric

Buying fabric has always been a bit of a headache. Buying fabric in Fat Quarter packs has saved me countless time and energy trying to match up fabric lines and colours. They are a great way to get a project going knowing the fabrics will match and look great.

One of my favourite places to buy fabric is Etsy. You will often find fabric packs that are not available in many online stores and often they are a lot cheaper. Ebay also has some great fabric finds.

Ebay is also a great place to buy fabric, especially if you live outside the US. My favourite shop The Fat Quarter Shop also sells the newest range of fabrics.

Buying Fabric Online

Just one of many fat quarter packs on sale at Etsy
Just one of many fat quarter packs on sale at Etsy | Source

Buying Fabric

There are endless places to buy fabric from. For my burp cloths I purchase quilting fabric as Fat Quarters bundles from Amazon, Ebay and Etsy. You can get get the terrycloth from these places too.

Step 1: Cut and Assemble the Pattern

Once you have downloaded the pattern, cut out the shape, and the rectangle in the center of the second piece you printed off. You are then going to selotape the two pieces together to make the template.

Cut the main pattern and the rectangle in the middle.

Make sure you cut the dotted line around the rectangle in the middle.
Make sure you cut the dotted line around the rectangle in the middle.

Selotape the two pieces together

Tape the two pieces together along the dotted line.
Tape the two pieces together along the dotted line.

You now have a complete pattern

Step 2: Cutting The Fabric.

You are now ready to cut your top fabric. It is always a good idea to iron out any creases before you start cutting. This will make the pattern more accurate and easier to cut.

You will need to have a piece of fabric at least 11 x 17 inches. If you have purchased fat quarters, just fold the fabric in half.

Place the pattern on the fold of the Fabric and pin in place.

Cut around the fabric following the pattern outline.

Place the pattern on the fold of the Fabric

Place the Pattern on the folded fabric
Place the Pattern on the folded fabric

Save Fabric!

If you are using fat quarters for your project, cut from it a strip of 11 by 17 inches. You should have plenty of fabric left over for another project.

Step 3: Cut the Terrycloth, or the fabric for the underside of the burp cloth.

Many tutorials will tell you to cut the same pattern from the terrycloth. From experience I have found it a lot easier to cut a square of 11 by 17 inches then pin the top fabric pattern to the terrycloth. The reason for this is that the top and the bottom fabric will move when being sewn and no matter how careful you are lining up the edges and pinning it in place it will not meet perfectly.

By cutting the terrycloth or under fabric in a rectangle it allows for some movement of the top fabric without the finished product looking off.

Cut the terrycloth or Under Fabric

Most fabric when bought in multiple lengths come in one big bold. Cut a straight edge from one end, and then cut the fabric at a width of 11 inches.
Most fabric when bought in multiple lengths come in one big bold. Cut a straight edge from one end, and then cut the fabric at a width of 11 inches.

Cut the Terrycloth to length.

Depending on the amount of fabric you have bought you will also need to cut the fabric to 17 or 18 inches lengthwise. This piece of fabric should be more than enough to fit the pattern on.
Depending on the amount of fabric you have bought you will also need to cut the fabric to 17 or 18 inches lengthwise. This piece of fabric should be more than enough to fit the pattern on.

It does not have to be even!

Don't worry too much about cutting the terrycloth evenly. As long as it is big enough to comfortably fit the top fabric it does not have to be perfect.

Step 4: Pin the fabric together.

Pin the two pieces of fabric together RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER. You will need to leave a gap at the side or at the top of the pattern about 3 to 4 inches wide. This is so we can turn the fabric inside out after we have sew the edges. Mark the opening with pins and start sewing from one of the pins.

I sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, but 1/2 and inch is also fine.

Pin the Fabric Right Sides Together

Leave a 3 to 4 inch cap on one side and mark with pins

You will start sewing from the pin on the right using a 1/4 or 1/2 seam allowance.
You will start sewing from the pin on the right using a 1/4 or 1/2 seam allowance.

Step 5: Start Sewing

Where you have marked your opening with pins, start sewing from the right hand pin. You need to back-stitch a few stitches as we are going to use this opening to turn the fabric inside out.

Use a 1/4 or 1/2 inch seam allowance and sew all around the pattern until you reach the second pin indicating the opening. Again, back-stitch to hold the stitches in place.

Start sewing with a 1/4 inch seam allowance

Start at the right pin indicating the opening and do some barck-stiching to hold the stitches in place.
Start at the right pin indicating the opening and do some barck-stiching to hold the stitches in place.

Step 6: Cut around the pattern.

Once you have sewn around the edges of the pattern you will need to cut the excess terrycloth fabric. Once this has been done we are ready to turn the fabric inside out.

Cut around the pattern

Cut around the pattern to get rid of the excess terrycloth fabric.
Cut around the pattern to get rid of the excess terrycloth fabric.

Step 7: Turn the pattern inside out.

Once you have cut around the pattern, removing any excess terrycloth, you will need to place your hand inside the slit and pull the fabric inside out. You may need some scissors or a pencil to push the corners out, but this pattern turns inside out relatively easy.

Once the fabric is pulled inside out flatten out the pattern. We are then going to pin the opening and do some top stitching.

Step 7: Turn the pattern inside out

Place your hand through the opening and pull the fabric through.
Place your hand through the opening and pull the fabric through.

Flatten out the pattern

Flatten out the pattern. It may not look pretty at the moment but that's what top stitching is for.
Flatten out the pattern. It may not look pretty at the moment but that's what top stitching is for.

Step 8: Top stich the pattern.

Before we can start the top stitching we need to pin closed the opening used to pull the fabric inside out. To do this take the two edges and fold them so they flush with the rest of the edges. Pin the sides together.

Once the opening is pinned we are ready to top stitch. If you have used a seam allowance of 1/2 inches, you should top stitch at 1/4 or 1/8 inches. For a 1/4 inch seam allowance top stitch at 1/8 inches.

Start at the edge where the opening has been pinned. You will need to do some back-stitching before continuing all around the pattern until you meet the start. Back-Stitch and you're done!

Top Stiching - Pinning the opening closed

Make sure the edges of the opening a flush with the edges of the rest of the pattern and pin closed.
Make sure the edges of the opening a flush with the edges of the rest of the pattern and pin closed.

Top Stitch around the edges of the pattern

Using a 1/4 or a 1/8 inch seam allowance, start at the edge where the opening has been pinned together, back-stitch, and work around the whole of the pattern.
Using a 1/4 or a 1/8 inch seam allowance, start at the edge where the opening has been pinned together, back-stitch, and work around the whole of the pattern.

Done - One cute baby burp cloth!

The finished product!
The finished product!

Why not make a set?

The beauty of fat quarter bundles is that you can make a set of one pattern. I find buying fat quarter packs a lot easier than individual fabrics as the colours often co-ordinate much better.

Often times if you want to order more of the fabric in the pack they will send it in one length. So instead of 1 bundle of fat quarters, you can order two lots and get a bundle of 1/2 meter.

The finished Set

I managed to make a set of 5 Baby burp cloths using this pattern and a fat quarter pack.
I managed to make a set of 5 Baby burp cloths using this pattern and a fat quarter pack. | Source

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