Sewing Tutorial: How to Make the BEST Burp Cloth Ever!


burp cloths

These are my absolute favorite burp cloths.  I have made several different varieties of burp cloths, and tweaked things here and there.   But, these are my favorite to make and use.  I have several varieties of  these my etsy shop, Zoe’s Couture Boutique.

Today, I am sharing a tutorial on how to create these burp cloths.  I am including some step by step photo instructions in this post, along with {my first ever}  youtube video tutorial.

 

What you will need:

  • Gerber Prefold Premium 6-ply Cloth Diaper {<–Affiliate link}
  • 18.25 X 5.25 in piece of fabric of your choice
  • sewing machine
  • white thread (& optional color of your choice to match fabric)
  • scissors
  • pins
  • iron

 

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1.  These are the cloth diapers I use for making my burp cloths.  I have tried several different varieties, but have found these to be the absolute BEST!  And some times, I have trouble finding them.  But usually, I can find them at Tarjay.  They are the Prefold Premium 6-ply Cloth Diaper {<–affiliate link}, by Gerber.

 

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2.  After removing them from packaging, wash in baby-safe detergent, and iron.

 

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3. These cloth diapers are made very thick and absorbant in the center, but have thin flaps on each side.  I like to fold the sides over, iron, and sew these, to thicken up the sides, and make a more streamlined burpcloth.

 

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4.  Sew the ironed side flaps in place.  I use a zig-zag stitch here with white thread to match the cloth.  I’ve done it with colored thread in the past, and that looks really cute too.

 

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What it will look like after the side flaps are sewn.

 

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5. Next, choose the fabric of your choice to go down the center of the burp cloth.

 

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6. Cut a strip of fabric 18.25 X 5.25 inches

 

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7. Pin the decorative strip of fabric into place down the center of the burp cloth, tucking/folding about 1/4 inch hem under as you pin.

 

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8. Once you have the fabric pinned in place, choose the decorative stitch you’d like to use for attaching the fabric to the cloth.  You can see from the photo about which one I use most.  I also like usuing Q on my machine for this.  It adds a nice, thick, clean, looking finished line to it.

 

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9.  Sew the fabric onto the burp cloth, removing pins as you go.  (**Remember, keep that hem folded under)

 

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10.  Cut off all excess strings, and voila!

 

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See if you can keep from getting carried away making this for friends, family, or your own baby!!  They are super simple, fun, and make such a great gift!!

 

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And if you’d rather not mess with making them yourself, you can always stop by my etsy shop, Zoe’s Couture Boutique, and pick up a set! 😉

 

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Here is a little video tutorial I made too – so you can see how I make it in action 🙂

Enjoy!

 

Feel free to post in the comments, if you have any questions!

 

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Comments

  1. Fantastic tutorial. I am pinning this for future babies. Great job!

  2. Great tutorial. Do you recommend a certain type of fabric for the decorative strip?

  3. Hi! Great tutorial! I’m looking into buying my very first sewing machine and was curious which one you would recommend and what you use? Thank you!

    Alexis

    • Hi Alexis! So sorry I am just now finding your comment! I use a singer sewing machine. It is one of the more basic, lower cost models. I have had it for about 5 years now, and it has been wonderful for me!

  4. Gloria Travis says:

    I would like to be able to download to a DVD to watch while I am sewing. Can you please tell me how to do that

  5. If you wash these before you sew, you cannot sell them as new. You must advertise as used burp cloths.

    • Actually, that is untrue. As a general sewing rule, you should ALWAYS pre-wash your fabric before sewing it. If you don’t, your item will be destroyed the first time it is washed, since they are two different types of material that shrink in different degrees when washed. Not pre-washing your fabric will create a poor quality item. Just be sure to follow up the pre-washing with ironing.

  6. What side of the burb cloth do I sew the fabric onto? The side of the diaper that the ends were folded into, or the nice plain side?

  7. Hi! What kind of material do you recommend for the “decorative material?” Thank you for your time! I’m making these this week!

  8. I am having trouble making mine look neat. Does the fabric strip fit exactly between the two folds of the diaper? Also, my fabric tends to bunch up. The pressure foot tends to push the fabric and I end up with a lump at the end of sewing the flaps in. I have made four of these and they just look homemade. What am I doing wrong?

  9. GREAT TUTORIAL. MY COUSIN IS HAVING QUADS SO I HAVE TAKEN UP SEWING BECAUSE LETS FACE IT NICE BOTIQUE BABY GIFTS WILL COST A KINGS RANSOM. BOUGHT ALL THE PRETTY FABRIC AND DIAPERS AND READY TO GO. CANT WAIT TO START THEM. I AM EVEN MAKING SHOES. AND MATICHING ONSIE TUTUS.

  10. Love your stuff! I have decided to make some… Can you tell my what kind of needle you used and if you sewed the colored fabric on the side you folded the flaps over or the side you didn’t fold the flaps. Appreciate the help:)

  11. Excellent Tutorial. I will use it to stitch one for my little one who has turned one a month ago.

  12. Should I pre-wash the decorative fabric too?

  13. Thanks for the fantastic tutorial.

  14. Wondering where you got the cute gift bags to put the burp cloths in?

  15. Love your tutorial! Have you ever used flannel for the decorative fabric? I wonder if it would be too thick. I like it because it is so soft. Thanks!

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