Tuesday, March 6, 2012

DIY Burp Cloths

My sister-in-law is having her first child, a boy, this summer and I decided to make her some handmade items for her baby shower. Burp cloths were one of the most useful items I received from my baby shower, I still use them often. I used my own Gerber cotton burp cloths to figure out the correct measurements for these. I made mine out of snuggle flannel, cloth diaper cotton, and soft minky fabric.

For the front you will need to cut three strips of 5 x 18 of the fabric of your choice. For the back you will need to cut one of size 13 x 18. I decided to add a cloth diaper cotton (found at Joann) in the middle to increase absorbency. If you choose to add this layer you will need to cut one of size 13 x 18.

To make the front take your a strip (this will be your middle strip if you are using different prints) and place another strip right sides together. Sew using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Take your third strip and place it right side together with the middle strip. Sew using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Turn your front panel over and make sure to press your seams open, so they lay nice and flat. Before ironing make sure you are using the correct iron setting for your fabric. I wouldn't want you to burn it. Place your absorbent layer on the wrong side of the front panel (if you decided to add one). Place the back panel on top of the front panel right sides together. Pin in place.

Sew along the entire burp cloth using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Make sure to leave a four inch opening at the bottom. Once you are done clip the corners and turn your burp cloth right side out. Make sure to push the corners out. Topstitch around the burp cloth using a 1/8 inch seam allowance. You can also use a 1/4 inch seam allowance but I prefer the 1/8 inch.

I hope my sister-in-law will get as much use out of these as I did mine. I plan on making some bibs and hopefully an outfit too. It feels very weird to be sewing for a boy I will have to say.