Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tutorial Burp Cloth Baby Gift

As promised I put together a little tutorial for the burp clothes I made last week. They were dead simple, and seriously.. I think It took me longer to buy the flannel. If I was smarter and better prepared I would have bought it online. There is a much larger selection online then in any of the stores I went to.

The mom to be, her baby colors were pink and green, so I really wanted to stick to those colors.
What you need:
1/2 yard of each color (which ever colors you choose) I bought 1/2 yard of the solids, and 1 1/2 yards of the Prints, and 3 yards of the white and hot pink. Remember I also made a blanket so you only need about a half of yard
Free online pattern that you can find Here
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
Fabric Scissors
Fabric Pen
Sewing stick pins.
Print out your pattern, tape it together, and measure it. This one is a little bit more than 8 inches wide. I also noticed that I could fit two of these patterns on the fabric if I measured salvage edge to salvage edge
Carefully measure out your 9inches.

Make your cut.

Place your pattern on the Flannel with the wrong sides facing out. If you left your fabric in half like I did you will have the right sides already facing each other in the middle.
With your fabric marker trace your pattern.
With Scissors cut out the shape. As you are working with your fabric doubled up, take care to cut them carefully keeping the fabric together. It doesn't have to be perfect, but It also shouldn't be way off
See .. you have cut 2 at the same time!
Here is a better look at what it looks like after tracing.
At that point I then traced all my fabric to get it out of the way.
See? All cut out. Now comes the fun..

If you are using a mix of fabrics, start matching them up. Right Sides together.

Pin around your edges

Then start to sew. I used a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Sew 90 % around making sure to leave an opening about 2 inches.
*TIP* After several of these were finished, I found it was much easier to leave the opening in the center where it curves in. Instead of at the bottom.
Find your opening and push it right side out. Shape it out.
Iron it flat to set your seams.
Careful to push the fabric all the way out to maintain the shape. Carefully finger tuck the opening following the earlier seam allowance then Iron down to set. Top stitch around the whole thing. I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance, to make sure I was sewing over the salvage on the inside. It gives it stability on the edges to help maintain its shape after multiple washings.

All Finished!!!

This was really one of those projects that the crowed goes wild for at the Shower. Its unique, and handmade. You can also dress these up a bit more and add some Ric rack around the edging..If you have an embroidery machine you can monogram them. You can make them square, or design your own shape. Its all up to you!



  1. that's so nifty. and it looks so easy to do. i don't need a burpcloth anymore cause my little guy is way to big for one, but these would be cool to make just for the hell of it and as a "just in case!" thing. xD

  2. Wow, those came out really pretty! I'm not a craft savvy person, but I enjoy trying! This would be nice to make for a friend expecting a girl soon. I'll let you know once I get a sewing machine to borrow if I do this well and how they turn out!

  3. Great Tutorial - I really need to get me one of those rotary cutter tools, I have attempted (and botched!) too many crafts without it.

  4. writing tutorials is hard work and you did a wonderful job

  5. These are just adorable! I love the fabrics you chose and your tutorial is so easy to follow that I don't even think I need the pattern :) I'll have to make soem up for future showers :)

  6. Well done, Jessie! Great tutorial and I'm loving the colors you chose!

  7. Cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  8. Very cool. I will keep it in mind next time I have a baby shower to go to.

  9. Wow! Those are so nice!

    I just might have to re attempt sewing because you made it look and sound so easy!

  10. Wow! I love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. WOW you really made that look easy I so wish I was that crafty.
    Maybe one day

  12. Wow, I love it! I wish I knew how to do stuff like this!!

  13. Such cute colors!
    You make it sound so easy!
    maybe even a "barely can thread a needle" person as myself could try this with your easy to follow tut!
    keep it up!

    Faythe @GMT

  14. love it, so cute. great job


  15. You make it look sooo easy! Now I just gotta figure how to use a sewing machine!

  16. I always love handmade items. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  17. WOW! Great tutorial!! Happy Friday!

  18. Wow! You are sooo creative! Thanks so much for such a great tutorial!!

  19. Cute! I am dying to get a sewing machine so I can try making some homemade items...