Quick Burp Cloth Tutorial

ChristinaMay 3, 2008

I thought i’d do a quick “how to” on the burp cloths I made the other day. I didn’t take pictures as I went along, but really…it’s so VERY easy! I got a 1/2 yard of two different fabrics for each set of burp cloths. This allows for a contrasting fabric on the back. 1 yard of fabric makes 4 burp cloths.

  • 1.  Iron your 1/2 yard of fabric (to get out all the creases) and fold it into fourths.
  • 2.  Cut through all four layers a 10″ x 14″ rectangle.
  • 3.  Repeat steps 1 & 2 for the second 1/2 yard of fabric.  You’ll now have 8 rectangles to make 4 burp cloths.
  • 4.  Put the right sides together of two different fabrics. If you so choose, round off the corners (this is what I did and can be seen on the finished product above)
  • 5.  Sew 1/4″ around the edges, leaving an opening on one side to turn it right side out.
  • 6.  Turn right side out. Iron edges flat, turning opening inward.
  • 7.  Top stitch around edges. (I just did 1/8″ from the edge with a straight stitch.)

Ta-da! You’re done!

I got this fabric at Joann’s. It was $3.00/half yard. So for $6.00 I made 4 burp cloths. That’s just $1.50/burp cloth. I really like this smaller sized burp cloth. Easy to carry around and wipe up messes.

Comments (10)

  • Rachel

    May 5, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Your baby is going to have the most wonderful stuff – even the burp cloths are unique and cute!

  • Laura

    May 5, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    I love them…my local fabric store has tons of flannel remnants on sale right now which would probably be perfect! Now if only my sewing machine would stop being cranky–it keeps bunching up all the bobbin thread

  • Beth

    November 8, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    I have been making my burp clothes the same way, you could sew in two strips of ribbon on one end to allow you to roll it up and fit nice and compact in your diaper bag.

  • Shannon

    May 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    So glad I found this… I’ve done mine similar, but always added the actual cloth diapers to them on one side to.. wasn’t sure if it would be as absorbant without.. good to know others use these and have no troubles!

  • Anonymous

    May 17, 2009 at 4:56 am

    Just an idea ladies if you make the middle smaller about with of your shoulder not only do they stay in place but the extra material can then be made into washable nursing pads. I’ve been making these for about 4 years and have had many repeat requests for them. If you are looking for a bit thicker an old sweat shirt or receiving blankets work great.

  • Jennie, Army Mom

    May 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I am going to by a flat sheet that matches what the mom wants to do the bedroom in and flannel and poof, they will match. I also bought yards and yards of flannel for quilt batting for baby quilts when it was 50% off. THANKS

  • Jennie, Army Mom

    May 21, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    You could also put a curve on one long side to fit around the adults neck, more of a chance to keep it where you want it

  • volunteer

    May 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I just finished making a bunch of them.
    My favorites ones were made by folding the rectangles lengthwise with about 2 inch overlap in the center, sew down the edge in the middle where it overlaps and then about two inches away; zigzag or serge the short edges and you are finished. Looks similar to the ones you buy that are made from diapers. My mother passed recently and had some barely worn clothing (babies great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother). I used one of her shirts for one side of the burp cloth. The mothers loved them and have asked for more mementos made with Grammy’s shirts for the older children.

    1. rosepetal

      June 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      I don’t understand your directions about overlapping 2 inches in the middle. If you fold lengthwise and overlap at all, the whole edge will be overlapped, right? I’m a visual learner and have trouble understanding written directions so if you can help with clearer (for me) directions, thanks so much!

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