Friday, March 9, 2012

DIY: Burp Cloth

I haven't been able to start decorating the baby's nursery yet since we are moving in about two months.  I've got the crib just sitting, still in the box along with various other pieces of furniture and decor I've collected for the nursery.  I'm itching to decorate it, but at this point it is physically impossible.  I wanted a project that I could work on right now, so a few weeks ago Mom and I headed to Mary Jo's in search of fabric.  I made out with a super cute jungle/animal themed pattern and some blue minky material that matched.  No luck in finding fabric for the crib bedding I hope to make, but I wasn't leaving empty handed.  I ended up sewing this cute little blanket (which doesn't match the color scheme nor theme I plan on using for the nursery) but hey, you can never have enough blankets!

I had tons of the minky material left over and was in search of a new project.  After thinking about my options I decided to try my hand at making burp cloths, which leads me to the point of this post. 

What You'll Need:
- 18" x 8" piece of cotton fabric
- 18" x 8" piece of matching minky, chenille, or fleece fabric (terry cloth or pre-fold cloth diapers work as well)
- Matching thread (I matched mine to the minky fabric)

1. Start by washing and drying all of your fabric to preshrink it.  Then cut equal 18" x 8" pieces, adding 1/2" for the seam allowance.

2. Place the pieces with right sides facing one another and pin in place around the edges.

3. Begin sewing a 1/2" seam making sure to leave a 1 1/2" - 2" opening on one side in order to flip the material right side out.  Remember to backstitch about 1/2" when starting and stopping around this opening.

4. Remove the pins, clip your corners, and turn the burp cloth ride side out.

5. At this point I like to iron the fabric so it lays better while creating a top stitch.  **Do not iron the minky material, only the cotton!  The heat will ruin the fabric.  Once ironed, pin around the edges and sew a 1/4" top stitch on all sides (this will close the turning hole.)

Now sit back and admire your creation!



  1. I love that you made a blog, Megan!! Blogs are so much fun! I will definitely follow! :) Sandy