With the little one’s arrival imminent, I’m trying to make sure Charming and I are as prepared as we can be. Part of that preparedness is painting the nursery (it’s done, but I highly recommend not waiting until you’re 8 months pregnant and experiencing SPD issues), deciding when to put the car seat in the car (for the record, I vote ASAP) and making burp cloths. Burp cloths are important, ‘yo. Babies are full of spit up, drool and snot. But you can totally get away with that kind of thing when you’re the most precious thing anyone has every seen.
These are also really easy to make, which pairs nicely with baby brain. And they make a perfect baby shower gift and are a great beginner project.
Before embarking on my burp cloth making journey, I had no idea that people had such strong opinions about making burp cloths. Apparently people are very serious about what they use to clean up their baby’s spit up and wipe their little noses. I saw them contoured to fit around a shoulder, made from minky fabric and strong opinions on how large they should be.
My conclusion after looking a few tutorials and comments on Facebook was that they needed to be big and absorbent. Apparently babies like to throw up a lot. While I have never cared for a human baby before, I have had a lot of fur babies in my life and I think I get the picture. Bigger = better.
Since becoming pregnant I have developed a strong obsession with flannel. Seriously, I have about 15 yards of various flannels in my studio right now just waiting to made into blankets (and now burp cloths), and especially flannels with forest animals, since that will be theme for Princess Peach’s nursery.
So, to make my burp cloths I took a yard of flannel to make 8 burp cloths and backed the other side with various scraps from my stash. The results were some very cute burp cloths that will make me happy when I am cleaning up vomit and wiping that tiny, snotty nose. And isn’t that what life is all about?
P.S. If you love this flannel as much as I do, you can buy it here from Fabric.com.
How to Make Burp Cloths
- (1) piece of flannel (at least 11″ x 18″)
- (1) piece of scrap fabric (at least 11″ x 18″)
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing machine
Cut your fabrics to size. For mine, I cut 8 pieces from a yard of flannel fabric that were about 11″ x 18″.
Cut a piece of scrap fabric to the same size as your flannel piece. I used different fabrics for each burp cloth, such as minky, linen, quilting cotton and jersey knit. If you are sewing with non-cotton fabrics or linen, don’t hesitate to use a walking foot. For slippery fabrics like minky, a walking foot will keep your fabrics from slipping and puckering.
Place your pieces of fabric right sides together and pin.
Sew your pieces together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave an opening a few inches wide to turn.
Trim your seams to about 1/8″ inch and turn. I find it helpful when turning a item to leave the seam allowance at the opening. This leaves you fabric to press once you have turned and makes it easier to finish.
Turn right side out and press. Top stitch at 1/8″ from the edge.
You’re all done and ready to cleanup all manner of sweet and precious baby bodily fluids in style!