Whenever a new baby is born in my family, you can count on my Aunt to give the parents a giant stack of handmade burp cloths. They are easy to make, soft and gentle, and absolutely adorable. They also quickly become indispensable items to have on hand for all the baby’s messes. When I was invited to a baby shower recently, I took on my Aunt’s tradition and made a stack of burp cloths for the mom-to-be. Here’s how I did it.
Gather the supplies
The list of supplies for this project is quite short — a sewing machine, thread, and fabric. The types of fabric I use for these burp cloths are flannel and microfleece. These fabrics are perfect for this project because they are very thin and very soft. They are also usually available in a wide variety of adorable baby prints, too. For the burp cloths shown here, I used some leftover flannel I had from my recent ribbon-embellished blanket project. (It made a nice matching set!)
Cut the fabric
Cut two layers of fabric into an rectangle about 12-14″ long and 8-10″ wide, then round the corners, resulting in an almost oval shape. The size you’re aiming for is something that can lay over your shoulder easily and provide good coverage for the baby’s potential mess.
Sew the fabric
Put the two pieces of fabric with faces together and take it to the sewing machine. Sew almost all the way around the edges, leaving a gap of about 2 inches that’s not sewn.
Now turn the piece inside out by pushing it through the gap you left un-sewn. Iron the fabric flat, pressing the edges carefully to make a nice crisp edge, especially in the area that is not sewn.
Finish the edges
Take the piece to the sewing machine again and sew as close to the edge as you can, all the way around. In this step, you will close the gap you left by sewing it down, and you’ll end up with a nice finished edge.
These are so easy and fast to make that you can quickly crank out a stack of them, which the parents-to-be will surely appreciate. I like to roll them up and tie them with a ribbon, which makes a pretty presentation. Pair them with a matching ribbon-embellished blanket and you’ve got a gift that will be loved by all.