Friday, September 04, 2009

How to make cute burpcloths...

My cousin, Bonny, asked...

"How do you make your burp cloths? I have 12 prefold diapers that I want to turn into cute burp clothes, but I'm not sure how to do it and I need some cheap ideas."

In my experience, prefold diapers make the best burp cloths for babies! They are just so absorbent and are designed to hold up in the wash time after time. After a while they can get kind of grungy looking though, so lots of people personalize or decorate them in some way with ribbon or fun fabric.

I don't have how-to photos, but the ones I make are really easy. I cut a rectangle of cute fabric (or flannel for even more softness and absorbency!) 1 to 2 inches longer then the length of the burp cloth and 1 inch or so wider then I want it to be on my burpcloth. I iron in the sides and one of the ends of the rectangle about 1/2 inch and then pin it on the cloth diaper all the around those 3 sides. I fold under and press the end that I didn't press before once I have it in place on the cloth diaper so that I get the correct length for that particular cloth diaper. Sometimes they vary slightly, so that's why I do the last end once I've already got the other end and sides pinned in place. Then I topstitch with a straight stitch all the way around, removing pins as I go.

Make sense? Ask me if you have any other questions!

Here are a bunch of links with different ideas for decorating burpcloths.
(this first one is just like how I do mine, only she has photos!)


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  1. super cute!...and yes the prefolds are all we used for burb cloths, but I never had any this cute! :)

  2. Thank you so much for telling us how you make these. These would make nice baby shower gifts.

    One question: Do you only put the decorative fabric on one side?

  3. Trudy, Yes, I only sewed the fabric on one side of the diapers. Works great!

  4. Thanks so much for the link to my two-sided burp cloth tutorial. I love these and they make great gifts too! Happy sewing!

    -Sarah from Create Studio

  5. These are so cute!

    I have a question. My daughter bought some flat fold diapers to make burp cloths from. She didn't realize the difference between prefold and flat. They can't be returned, since they have been opened and its been a while since she bought them. Do you think I can come up with a way to use them for cute burp cloths?

  6. Do you pre-wash the cloth diapers? I bought a large pack of the gerber 6ply cloth diapers and made burp cloths out of all of them, and then when i washed the cloths, all of them shrank and I had to stitch rip all of the fabric off. Has this been a problem for anyone else? It's such a shame to see all of the hard work go to waste :(

    Stressed out Mommy

    1. Seems it would make sense to wash them first.

  7. AnonymousMay 10, 2011

    Thanks looking forward to making these :) I thought this is how they were done but just wanted to double check before i started. your links were great gave me some good ideas too!

  8. Thank you for such a helpful article. I looked around to a few different places but found what I wanted here!