Though I don’t have a munchkin of my own, I’m of an age where many of my friends are having little ones. A few years ago I found a great DIY for sewing cute and functional burp cloths, and they’ve been a hit! They are a mix of cloth diaper and flannel – one side for sticking to mama’s shoulder and one side for soaking up, well, whatever comes out of baby. The best part is you can find the cutest flannel out there. Meaning, you can make the cutest burp cloths!
cloth diapers (I used: Gerber Birdseye from Target, 5 pack)
flannel fabric (2 yards will be more than enough for 5 burp cloths)
Start out by sending your flannel and diapers through the washer and dryer. This will shrink the fabric so your mama-to-be doesn’t have any issues with the frequent washing these beauties are bound to get. They will come out super wrinkly, especially the diapers.
Take the time to quickly iron your fabric and diapers. This will make them infinitely easier to work with.
Place your flannel so the “right” (printed) side is face up. Put a diaper on top of the flannel and pin. Cut your flannel the same size as the diaper once they are pinned (or slightly larger, as I did, to leave room for error).
Sew almost all the way around the edge of your diaper and flannel sandwich. Leave a 5 or 6 inch gap to allow you to turn the burp cloth right side out.
If you didn’t do it right away, now trim the flannel to be exactly the size of the diaper. Turn the whole thing right side out, using a pencil or knitting needle to push out the corners.
Pin shut your 5 or 6 inch gap. I found that ironing my burp cloth at this stage made the next step easier.
Sew all the way around the outside edge of your burp cloth, as close to the edge as you dare get. Sewing the corners may be a challenge because they are thicker than the sides, but you’ll get the hang of it quick. I found that by stopping my machine at the crux of the corner with the needle down I could easily turn the cloth and start up on the next side.
Be sure to double back your seam on both your start and finish. Because the diapers are not exactly uniform, everything will look a little less than square. Don’t worry about that. Remember, these are going to catch things expelling from a baby. They don’t need to be perfect.
After sewing around the edge, look at the diaper side of your burp cloth. The diaper itself should have two sewn lines right down the middle of it – not sewn by you but sewn when the diaper was made. Using these lines as a guide, sew two seams to keep the diaper from separating from the flannel. Be sure to double back over the start and finish of your seams.
And you’re done! Once you get the hang of it, these burp cloths are fast and easy to sew. And, like I promised, so stinking cute.
This set I made for my friend J, who is due in early August. She and her husband are big bikers, pedaling all around town on their cruiser bikes. I know they’ll have their baby daughter riding along as soon as they can!
I first found this tutorial on Sew She Sews, and now know it by heart. The tutorial above is my own process, adapted only slightly from the original.