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Monday, November 1, 2010

Burp Cloths - Tutorial

If you've been following the blog, you already know that I'm due to be an aunt this December. So I have an excuse to open up a whole new world of baby crafts for my soon to be niece, Olivia.  Here's a fabulous tutorial for simple and super cute baby burp cloths. Baby Liv got a whole collection of pink and brown prints - the great thing about this is that you can use any prints you like!

- terry cloth
- linen/knit material or print for the reverse side
- sewing machine/thread
- pins
- scissors
- iron

First, cut out your fabric size from the terry cloth and knit fabric. It definitely doesn't have to be exact at this point but make sure they're pretty close to the same size. I like to make mine about 10x16.

Next, line the fabrics up and pin together. Make sure to pin them right side together!

Now sew around the edges of the fabrics. Make sure to leave at least a four/five inch unsewn gap. Like making a pillowcase, this leaves space for you to turn the fabric inside out later on.

Now trim off any excess fabric. I like to leave no more than about a 1/2 inch on the sides.

Next, turn the burp cloth right side out. Fold the unsewn section under and take a couple of straight pins to secure the two fabrics together. We'll take care of that in a minute. I also use this time to iron out the burp cloth to get any wrinkles or weird fabric warps out of it. 

  Now sew a top stitch around the outside perimeter of the burp cloth. This will also close that unsewn gap.

And you're done! Feel free to add any embellishments you like. Sometimes I'll do a second top stitch about a 1/2 inch inside the original. Or maybe personalize the burp cloth with a fabric label or a embroidered monogram!

Silly me forgot to take a final picture of Baby Liv's burp cloths before I sent them off with Dave and Melissa to San Diego! Here's a full picture of the burp cloth before the top stitch. It gives you a really good idea of the final product.

All in all this is a simple, easy project that mothers seem to love! I guess you can never have too many things for your kiddo to hurl all over, huh??

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