I received burp cloths like these as a gift with our firstborn and loved them to pieces. Let me tell you, they were always in use. I couldn't have enough of them for baby was always full of "fun"! These cloths are very easy to make and if I can sew them, you can too (trust me)!
These burp cloths are meant to be draped over mother's shoulder after baby has been well fed… the rest is history. Flannel is wonderfully soft for wiping up baby. Here is how you make one:
- yard of soft flannel fabric(s)
- printable pattern (see below)
First, you need to make your pattern. Tape two pieces of regular sized paper together (side by side) in order to make a larger piece of paper (or you can use an old piece of wide wrapping paper). Now, fold that large paper in half and place my printable pattern on the fold where indicated on the printable and cut around the line (leaving the folded area untouched).
Your final pattern should resemble the picture above (you will have to write "place on fold" as indicated on photo onto your pattern). Time to sew. Do you have your fabric ready? I use a patterned fabric on one side of the cloth and used plain fabric for the other side but coordinating fabrics are really cute too.
Fold your flannel fabric in half and place your pattern on the fabric making sure to pin the pattern "on fold" where it indicates. You will need to cut out two flannel pieces of equal size of either the same or coordinating fabric.
Now, lay the "right" sides of the two (already cut) flannel pieces together (on top of each other).
Pin around the edges leaving open an area at the end as described in the next step.
Leave a slot open where the straight area on your pattern is (on one end only). Do not pin or sew there. This is where you will invert the piece back to the right sides (later on) so make sure your hand can squeeze through the opening.
Next, sew the two pieces together around the edges with a straight stitch (except for the area where we left the opening). Remove the pins as you go.
Now that the sewing is done, turn the fabric inside out by placing your hand inside the little "hole" you left open.
You are almost finished! Time to get the iron…
Iron the burp cloth so it lays nice and flat making sure to get around the edges so that the shape appears nice and neat.
When you get to the opening, carefully tuck the opening fabric into itself (ironing in place may help) and pin in place (to close the hole) as shown in photo below.
Once the area is pinned, it is time to sew the final seams around the entire edge of the cloth.
I use the zig-zag stitch to complete the project but you can use a fancier stitch if you have a fancier machine.
All done! You may want to iron it one more time.
Disclaimer: There are many ways to further embellish the project. Sewing just isn't one of my strengths as you can see from the final product… For you seasoned sewers, excuse me if I insulted your intelligence with my "baby step" directions :)
These soft cloths should keep mother and child cozy and clean. I think they would make a lovely gift, too. Here are some free printable gift tags for boys (girl tags will be coming soon).
marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."
~ Psalm 139:14
Simply download and print. Please let me know if you have any printing problems.