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burp cloth tutorial

I''ve had a few requests lately for my burp cloth pattern, so I decided to put together a little tutorial. These burp cloths are peanut-shaped to fit the contour of your shoulder and have a rag edge.

Materials needed (makes a set of 4 burp cloths):

1 total yard of 2 coordinating flannels (1/2 yard of each)
1/2 yard quilt batting (I prefer warm n'' natural)
matching thread

 To print this template, right click on each image to save to your computer, and then print them as a full 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.  You''ll need to print two copies of the end piece and one copy of the middle, cut them out, and tape them together to form a full-sized template.  It will look like this:

The assembled template should measure about 19 inches long and 9 inches wide (the burp cloths will shrink in the wash if you don''t pre-wash your flannel, which I never do).  The trick to getting a correctly sized template seems to be to right click on the template image, and save it to your computer.  Then, open it up as an image file and print as a full page image. 

The diagram above is not to scale. The dotted lines represent top-stitching.

1. For each burp cloth, cut out 2 pieces of flannel to the above shape, and 1 piece of batting.

2. Layer the flannel (wrong sides together) with the batting in the middle, like a sandwich

3. Pin around the edges

4. Top stitch around the edge (see the dotted line on the diagram) using about a 1/2 inch seam.

5. Top stitch through the center of the burp cloth (to secure the batting). To ensure a straight line, I fold the burp cloth in half and pin along the fold. The pins act as a guide so you have a nice straight line through the middle.

6. Time to clip the edges - fold back the two layers of flannel so just the batting is exposed. Trim the batting close to the seam.

7. Snip the fabric about every 1/4 inch around the outer edge of the burp cloth. Be careful not to cut through your seam.

8. You are just about done - wash your burp cloths 2-3 times, or until the edges fray nicely, and dry.

I like to make large batches of these to have on hand for baby showers. A set of 4 burp cloths make a great gift.

I hope this tutorial is useful to you! If you have any questions about it, please email me at Use the tutorial as much as you''d like, but please do not sell burp cloths made from this pattern. Thanks!
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LeAnne said...

These look adorable! My friends and I are having a sewing night next week. I think I just found our project!

Thanks for sharing.

January 23, 2008 9:11 AM
stephanie said...

You did such a great job of explaining how to make these. Thanks for sharing your tutorial! I absolutely LOVE the burp cloths you made for Hugh ... we use them every single day and they still look and feel like new.

January 23, 2008 12:15 PM
Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing! One question - do you stitch through the center across the short way or the long way?

January 23, 2008 5:33 PM
Jill said...

Stitch across center through the narrowest part of the burp cloth (the short way).

The dotted lines on the diagram represent top stitching.

January 23, 2008 5:36 PM
Anonymous said...

Gotcha - thank you. I''m brand new to sewing (had my machine 2 days) so I missed that. Sorry! I have 3 baby showers coming up and can''t wait to make these. Thanks again for sharing the how to...

January 23, 2008 8:05 PM
Jill said...

congrats on the new machine! I started sewing on my first machine about this time last year, and these burp cloths were my very first project. They are great for practicing. One more tip: before you sew that center seam, fold the burp cloth in half and pin along the fold. The pins make a good guide so you have a nice straight line down the middle. The first time I tried, I just eye-balled it, and it didn''t look so hot.

Good luck!

January 23, 2008 8:11 PM
Anonymous said...

My "new" machine is a 1977 Kenmore that was my Mom''s! It works great, though. I just made 2 and they are so cute! I haven''t washed/dried them yet but I just know they''ll be even more adorable when I do. :) I can''t wait to give them to my friend!!

January 23, 2008 10:04 PM
Christopher and Alicia said...

Thanks for this tutorial, Jill! I love the burp cloths you made me/Sheldon, you are so talented!

January 25, 2008 10:26 AM
Jenny said...

Your burb clothes are still my favorite! I''ve tossed out so many of the other ones I had to make room for new clothes, but yours are so cute I like to look at them, even though I don''t need to use them anymore.

January 25, 2008 1:58 PM