Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial

by Marie on July 22, 2008

As my baby is quite the little spitter-upper, there’s a burp cloth in every room, on the car seat, the bouncer, and 2 in the diaper bag, Ugh, spit up. I love to use cloth diapers as they soak everything up, but instead of leaving them white and plain, I thought I’d let you in on how I frilly them up for burp cloths.

I’ve had flannel burp cloths in the past, and even though they’re super cute, the spit up tends to roll off the cloth instead of getting sucked in. So I go for the cloth diapers sold in the baby section of almost all stores. I don’t think the “ply” matters much, there’s 3 or 4 ply and they both do the job.

Supplies for Baby Burp Cloths:

  • Cloth Diapers
  • Ribbon or Ric Rac
  • Quilt Binding
  • Sewing Machine with thread to match the ribbon

First, get out a cloth diaper. Then choose a ribbon to use and cut two strips to the length of the cloth. Starting at the top of one of the seams, sew right down the middle of the ribbon all the way down. Do this for both ends. I only sew ribbon on one side and if the thread shows through to the other side, that just adds color to the other side.

Next, measure and cut your quilt binding for the top and bottom. Fold it over and sew. I like to use a zig-zag stitch to give it a little flare. Then repeat with the other end of the cloth. I don’t worry about the open ends on each corner. (This bottom burp cloth is all wrinkly because it’s been washed.)

Now you’re done. But if you have a spitter like me, you’ll need to make about 7 more of these!

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