I really enjoy making gifts for people, it’s meaningful and I enjoy making things. Many of my friends are having babies over the next few months and I decided to teach myself how to make burp cloths. The ones you buy at the store are tiny, thin and in my opinion worthless, not to mention they can be expensive! When I had my son, I was given many cloth diaper burp cloths that people had made and I ended up buying a whole package of cloth diapers to use as extra burp cloths. They are large, wide and super absorbent. This is a practical item that everyone uses and I must admit, they were pretty easy to make. Here’s how……
First, buy a pack of cloth diapers. There are many varieties, I bought these because they were on sale. Next buy fabric, the amount you need depends on how many you are making and how wide the middle of your cloth diaper is.
Next, measure the middle of your cloth diaper and cut your fabric about an inch wider than the middle of the diaper. You need to be able to fold the sides over for a clean edge. Fold the extra fabric over on each side and iron it flat. As you can see it’s not perfect, but sides will be flat.
After you have ironed down the sides, turn it over and pin it to the middle of the diaper, lining up the edges the best you can. My fabric was exactly the length of my diaper so I didn’t have to fold the top or bottom edge, but if your fabric is longer, you may need to fold the top and bottom edge as well.
Now you are ready to sew, it took me a few tries on adjusting the tension and I used a straight stitch. Try to sew in a straight line.
I ended up removing the pins because they were in my way, however the fabric does tend to move if it’s not pinned down so that should be your preference. Once you get to a corner, turn the fabric with the needle down and continue sewing so you get one continuous stitch.
Once you are done, iron the whole burp cloth so it will fold neatly. I also made one with a piece of ribbon along the bottom. Exact same concept. Cut the ribbon to the length of the cloth diaper with a little over on each edge so you can fold the ends down and iron flat. Pin into place and sew all the way around in one continuous sitch with the needle down when turning the fabric.
Here they are all done. Super cute, huh? These three took me less than an hour to make, next time it will go even faster now that I know what I’m doing. Look for cloth diapers on sale and stock up to make cute and practical gifts for those mom’s to be! Oh and if you are a mom to be, guess you know what you will be getting from me 🙂