How to sew a contoured burp cloth

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How to sew a contoured burp cloth

Here is a tutorial on how to make quick, easy and cute burp cloths.

Get some cute fabric and make a bunch for yourself or to give away as a baby gift.

This is an ideal project for a beginner sewer.

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How to sew a contoured burp cloth


Soft Flannel Fabric
Low-Loft Cotton Batting (optional)
Pencil or Pen
Basic Sewing Supplies


*Wash and dry the flannel fabric. This will prevent it from shrinking and curling later when it is washed.

Pattern Measurements:
Length 10”
Width at widest point 8 ½”
Width in middle 7”

* First, cut a piece of paper from a sheet of paper or brown grocery bag that measures 8 ½” x 10”. The 8 1/2" is the width and the 10" in the length of the pattern.
* At the bottom of the paper, place a mark 7” from the left side.
* From the top right corner of the paper, measure down 5” and put a mark.
* Now, make the burp cloth contour by gently make a curve from the 5” mark to the 7" mark.
* Use a dish or old CD to round the two corners at the top of the pattern.
* Cut out the pattern.
* Mark the bottom straight edge of the pattern, "Place on Fold".

* Fold the flannel fabric and place the pattern on the fold, pin and cut out.
*Cut out the second flannel piece in the same manner.
* You now have two flannel pieces.
* If you want the burp cloth more absorbent, cut a piece of cotton batting in the same manner as the flannel pieces.

* Put the two flannel pieces right sides together. If using batting, place it on the work surface and put flannel pieces on top.
* Pin all the layers together.

How to sew a contoured burp cloth

* Stitch the layers together using a ½” seam allowance but leave a 4” opening in the middle of the straight edge. This opening will be used to turn the burp cloth right side out.
* After stitching, clip the curves.
* Turn the burp cloth right side out through the opening.
* Press the burp cloth.

* Turn under the raw edges of the opening, pin and press.
* Topstitch all the way around the burp cloth about ¼” from the edge.

The burp cloth is finished. This easy project takes about a half hour to complete.

How to sew a contoured burp cloth

A baby gift or baby shower gift suggestion, make a few burp cloths, fold and tie with a cute ribbon.

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