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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
template

 
 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 homemadebyjill@gmail.com. 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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109 comments:

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