When my children were babies, a cute baby burp cloth did not exist. It was a towel or a cloth diaper. My kids always had bibs on and that was what was used for a baby burp cloth. I would have preferred these custom ones. This is my version.
I use chenille and flannel. Chenille is what I remember bedspreads being made of. It’s tufts of fibers in vertical lines. Once washed, it is super soft.
You will need 3/4 yard of each fabric. This will make two baby burp cloth. Prewash the fabric. This will remove any chemicals and will shrink the fabric. This is very important. You want your finished project to stay the way you sewed it. Press the flannel before cutting since it wrinkles so you will have an accurate cut.
Cut one 11 x 18 inch piece each from the chenille and flannel. I highly recommend using a ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat. It makes cutting so much faster. Plus if you are making lots of these, cut multiples at one time for assembly type sewing.
This is when I embroider my fabric before assembly, so the embroidered back is covered by the second piece of fabric. This is optional.
Lay the two fabrics right sides together. I like to round off my corners using an old cd. I think the finished burp cloth lays better.
Pin all the way around the burp cloth. The layers will shift on you while sewing so pinning is necessary.
Sew beginning at a short end. Use the edge of your presser foot as a guide from the edge of the fabric. Use both hands on the fabric to keep it taut. I keep one hand to guide the fabric and the other to hold the fabric taut behind the presser foot. This keeps control of the fabric from little bubbles just under the presser foot. Sew slowly, especially around the corners. Lift the presser foot if needed to help guide around the corners and to flatten any bubbles that come from the shifting fabric. Leave a space to turn the burp cloth right side out. Leave a big enough space, the chenille is kind of bulky.
Turn the burp cloth right side out and press. Press in the seam allowance of the space you left unsewn.
Top stitch the burp cloth which also sews the opening closed. Top stitching gives the burp cloth a more finished look. I use my edgestitch foot to get as close to the edge as possible. This is optional. You can use your regular presser foot and use it as a guide next to the edge of the burp cloth. I also decrease my stitch width to 3.0 instead of the standard 2.5 when edgestitching. I like the look. Again this is optional.
Press the burp cloth one last time. Stand back and admire your work.
I sewed two in no time. This is a gift. I think the mommy will like it. Easy project.
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