{Easy Burp Cloths}

{Easy Burp Cloths}

You can say I’ve got baby on the brain {seeing as that I’m now 21 weeks pregnant}!

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Say hello to sweet baby number two!  We aren’t finding out the gender until baby is born.  We did that with Jackson, and it was such a wonderful surprise…I highly recommend it!

Since I’m gearing up for another little one in the next few months, and I’ve got friends popping out babies left and right these days {must be something in the water}, I decided to spend last weekend making some easy burp cloths as a gift.

I’ve made a few different kinds of handmade burp cloths before, but wanted to try using a pre-folded cloth diaper instead this time around.  I received a set of three as a gift when I had Jackson, and they were my absolute favorites to use with him.  He was a spitter-upper and the cloth diapers were super absorbent.

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To make Cloth Diaper Burp Cloths, you’ll need:

tri-fold cloth diapers {the best deal I could find was a 10 pack at Target for about $17}

cute, coordinating fabric {each piece needs to be about 20 x 8 inches}

coordinating ribbons {20 inch pieces, 2 per burp cloth}

coordinating thread

sewing machine and accessories

iron & ironing board

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To start, wash all fabric and cloth diapers.  The cloth diapers will shrink, and anytime you’re sewing something {especially for a little one}, I think it’s best practice to wash before working with the material!  After washing, everything will also need ironed.

Cut each piece of fabric into 20 x 8 inch pieces.  My cloth diapers measured about 18 inches long, so I allowed myself about 2 inches to fold under.

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Once you’ve folded the fabric to fit down the center of the cloth diaper, iron the edges so you have a nice, crisp line to sew along.

Place the fabric piece, wrong side facing down on the cloth diaper and pin the ribbon of your choice down each long side of the fabric.  I think the ribbon gives the burp cloth a more finished look.

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Using your sewing machine, sew a straight line down each long side of the fabric and then along the shorter ends as well.

Soon, you’ll have a beautiful set of handmade burp cloths to give as a gift or for your little one.

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When I give burp cloths as a gift, I like to give them in sets of three.  They also could be added to a cute diaper cake like I did here.

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{handmade burp cloths}

The very first project that I wanted to attempt with my trusty sewing machine were some handmade burp cloths.  As I began to put this tutorial together I realized that I must have been super excited during the actual process of making the burp cloths, because I neglected to take detailed pictures of each step!  You are in luck though.  I used this tutorial from Dana at Made, and her instructions (and pictures) are perfect!

Here’s a simplified run down of the details:

1. Choose cute, soft fabrics.  I used either a soft chenille or a minky dot fleece for one side and cotton or flannel for the other side.

2. I took Dana’s advice and went with 10 x 18 cloths–it gives you the most bang for your buck!

3. Cut the fabric, pin right sides together, but make sure to leave an opening in order to turn the cloth right side out.

4. Trim the corners, turn cloth right side out, then topstitch all the way around the burp cloth.

5.  Finally, topstitch two lines across the cloth so it makes it easier for mama to fold!  I love the finished look this brings to them!

I’ve given  a few sets of these burp cloths away as baby shower and “new baby” gifts!

I like to give them in sets of three, like Dana suggested, and wrap them with some extra fabric and a cute button!

If you’re new to sewing, it can’t get any easier than this project!  If you’re a sewing pro, do you have any other suggestions for burp cloth designs?  I’d love to hear about them.

Enjoy!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.