Saturday, January 18, 2014

Terry Cloth and Flannel Burp Cloths

I have a co-worker who is having twins and I was trying to think of a useful gift to give to her.  I actually Googled "useful baby gifts" and was reading through different lists different mommies have put forth.  Burp cloths are one of the top ten (depending on who makes your list!)

My beautiful first born was also a projectile vomiter.  He could hit the opposite wall with his barf without batting a beautiful, curly eyelash.  The volume that kid could produce, too.  Whoa!  The cutsie cloths people made for us never worked.  It was like tossing a paper towel into the bath water, hoping to sop it all up.  We bought cloth diapers, thinking those should work.  They didn't.  I ended up buying a big stack of cheap hand towels and using those.  They were marvelous.

Taking that thought, I decided to try my hand at making burp cloths out of towels.  I looked online for some tutorials and there are plenty!  Tons of people have tons of ideas how to make the perfect burp cloth. 

 These are mine.  They're not perfect.  If you look too close at the seams you may wonder if I was drunk when I sewed them (not this time).  You would giggle if you knew how many times I had to cut the darn chevron fabric.  They're far from pretty.  Let's be honest, though.  They're absorbent and they're made to be puked on.  These will work great!

There's a right way to sew, a wrong way to sew and the Jennifer's incredibly lazy and likes to toss things together way to sew.  Guess which way I do it?  If you like to use patterns, own a seam ripper or know what a seam allowance is, you may not want to continue reading.  I will frustrate you.

Start by deciding how big you want your burp cloth.  Because of the size of the fabric I had and the least amount of cutting I had to do, I decided to do 10x18 inches.  They turned out to be a good size.  You want two pieces of fabric per cloth.  I used a nice flannel for one side and terry cloth for another.  Buy yourself a cheap towel. . . this is a great way to get terry cloth on the cheap.  You can also buy it by the yard.  WASH YOUR FABRIC BEFORE SEWING.  This time it's important. . . shrinking will mess up your seams.

10x18. . . perfect size!  Notice the cuts are actually straight!
Getting the cuts straight was kind of important.  It took a few tries on this one!

Put your flannel on top of your terry, just like it's going to look.  Wrong sides together, pretty sides out.

Round your corners.  Find a cup or bowl or something and line it up on the corner of your fabric.  Draw a line and cut it.

Trace and cut  

I decided to use double fold bias tape because I like it and I'm lazy.  You want to pin your pieces together so they don't move.  You then open up your bias tape and pin (yes, even I pin here) your tape to the edge. 

I do the fancy foldover so I don't have to sew the tape together at the end.  LAZY!

The edge of the tape should be at the edge of your fabric.

Pin all the way around.

There's a crap load of pins in this thing!
You want to sew in that first fold, closest to the edge of the fabric.  You're supposed to sew IN the fold but I never manage to do that.

Wavy lines!  Really, how hard is it to sew a straight line?  Well, let me tell you. . . .
Get out your iron.  This is the best way to do the bias tape around curves.

Fold the tape over to the other side.  Using your fingers to hold, blast some steam on the corners and press into shape.  The steam helps the bias tape stretch around that corner and look awesome, no puckering.

While you're at it, fix that folded area by folding over the other side and pressing it flat.  I give it a good couple seconds with steam just to get it extra squashed.

Take the piece back to the sewing machine and top stitch the tape in place.  Pretty, right?!?

I like to iron one more time, since it's a gift.  I make sure to snip threads and run a lint roller over the top and bottom, just to get the pieces of fluff off.

I'm not sure how I'm going to package these, yet.  I'm brainstorming ideas.  I would like to do something a little more fancy than tying them all up with a ribbon.  If I come up with something other than tossing them into a gift bag, I will share that!

What's your go-to baby shower gift?


  1. There are some gift that people get and put down until when they need them. For a mom or dad of a newborn, burp cloths aren't one of those. With the added bonus of knowing you made those by hand, the parents will appreciate them.

  2. "
    These are mine. They're not perfect. If you look too close at the seams you may wonder if I was drunk when I sewed them (not this time)."

    These look awesome. Don't underestimate your skills

  3. wow, it looks cute. I think i will do it for my children.
    androdumpper app