Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Late Night Post...Burp Cloth Tutorial




When Little T is sleeping, I have time to do my sewing. Tonight, I whipped up some fancy shmancy burp cloths for my cousin, who is expecting a sweet little boy this month. We'll be having a shower for her when we all get together for Easter, so I needed to think of something quick. This is also an inexpensive, but special gift to make and give. Here is a little step-by-step (oooooh, baby!....remember New Kids on the Block??...okay, that's my generation).










I purchased my cloths as a pack of 12 for $12 at Wal-Mart. They are Gerber, 3-ply cloth diapers (tri-fold). I used fabric that was left over from Titus' quilt. I would say that 1/4 yard would be plenty to give you two cloths, maybe four, depending on how wide you cut. If you want several colors, you might go the fat 1/8 route for each print. It's a great idea to pre-wash the cloth diapers and your fabric, and make sure to dry the diapers in the dryer to pre-shrink them. Mine pilled quite a bit, so if you have a trick to fix that, fill me in!

Cut a piece of fabric that is about 1.5-2" longer than the cloth on each end and wider on each side by about 3/4".

Turn the fabric so that right side is down and fold the ends about 1/4" from the edge of the cloth. Press with your iron.


Fold the sides along the edge of the thickest middle section of the cloth diaper and press.




Flip the fabric over and pin to the thicker middle section of the cloth diaper.


To sew, set your machine to the zigzag stitch, keeping the stitches on the smaller side. You may want to practice on a scrap to make sure you get what you want.


To begin stitching, you'll line your cloth up so that the zigzag stitch catches the edge of the fabric, as well as the cloth diaper.
To turn a corner, set your needle to the down position, lift the presser foot, and pivot the cloth.
These will likely be loved on and washed quite a bit, so make sure to back stitch well when you begin and end your sewing.

Try it out and let me know how it works for you!



14 comments:

Jackie said...

Great tutorial!!

Kerri said...

oh, i love these burp cloths!! so simple, but add so much to a normal old burpie!! :)

EverythingIveGot said...

What a great little gift! I've made these too and wish I had some when mine were wee!

Anonymous said...

we don't have Walmart here and I've never seen thin nappies. Could I substitute flanette or do you have know of a substitute
thank you
Helen Barclay
hels@smartchat.net.au

Pauline M said...

I guess I'm a little slow. I take it these covers are only made to fit across the thick part of the diaper? Took me a couple of readings before I got it.

Otherwise, nice tutorial, and great idea.

Abby said...

I used birdseye material (cloth diapering material from Joanne's) and made the trifold first then went from the tutorial, hope that helps!

Patticake's World said...

HI, these are really adorable About your pilling, this may be old news, but try to wash them in a mesh bag, it's probably the friction that pills them, just a thought!

Anonymous said...

ABout the pilling, I use one of those little hand-held sweater pill removers. It usually takes one or two AA batteries and works like a champ on my pre-washed burps....You can usually get them for $5 at Wal-Mart/Joanns.

kayc said...

Do you just leave the sides of the diaper folded under? Or do you cut them off?

Ariel said...

the cloth diapers I used are birdseye pre-folds. The fabric cover only covers the center, thickest portion of the cloth diaper. Leave the wings/sides on the diaper for a nice and large area to catch spit ups and dribbles. The fabric adds just a touch of personalization and fun to an otherwise yucky job! :)

Anonymous said...

amazing, love this easy and simple!

Samantha said...

Great tutorial! I love making these for gifts! I found that the cloth diapers that I bought from Target do not shrink or pill as bad as the ones I got from Wal-mart. I also like to use Wonder Under (a heat activated adhesive) to anchor the fabric to the burp cloths. It helps them hold up a little better.

Anonymous said...

What's that white fabric on top of the diaper and the flannel fabric? It's not mentioned . . .

Ariel said...

Hi, thanks for asking...i believe you could be referring to the reverse side of the printed fabric. There is only a tri fold cloth diaper and one strip of decorative fabric involved. Hope that helps!