Last night I got the sewing bug and decided to make some more burp cloths for our little guy that should be here in just a few weeks. There are lots of different ways to make burp cloths, but it mostly boils down to two different variations:
Enhanced cloth diaper (to be used as burp cloth), where fabric is sewn onto the middle of the diaper, like HERE and HERE.
and for lack of a better description, a more “from scratch” or layered burp cloth. These burp cloths are usually shaped to fit around your shoulder, or in a rectangle, and utilizes different fabrics on one side and more absorbent fabric on the other side (or double sided flannel).
I made some of the second variety.
I love using Homemade by Jill’s basic template to get started. I like the curve because it allows the cloth to be up against your neck and over your should comfortably. I too, like to use flannel as my go-to pretty burp cloth fabric; I like how soft it is.
Decorative fabric to use for burp cloths:
- Flannel (my favorite)
- Quilting or non-stretch cotton
- Another layer of flannel
- Cloth diapers (prefolds or the 1-ply, thin layer kind, using 2 layers)
- Terry cloth/recycled towel
- Flannel on both sides
- Flannel on both sides with a thin layer of cloth diaper or batting in the center
- Flannel on one side, cloth diaper on the other
- Flannel on one side, terry/towel on the other
- Fleece on one side, terry/towel, or cloth diaper on the other side
- Cotton fabric on one side, terry/towel, or cloth diaper on the other side
Prewash all fabric and print out template
Cut out a layer of decorative fabric using template
Cut out the absorbent layer or side, or cheat like I do, and lay the decorative fabric wrong side up against it, and sew around the edges, leaving a spot open to turn right-side out.
Trim the edges and turn right-side out.
Tuck open edge inside and stitch around the whole burp cloth
And you are done!