How to sew a contoured burp cloth

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How to sew a contoured burp cloth



Burp clothes need to be soft on baby's face. 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.

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How to sew a contoured burp cloth



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


NOTE: 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”

From a sheet of paper or brown grocery bag, cut a piece of paper 8 1/2" x 10". The 8 1/2" side is the width and the 10" is the length of the pattern.
At the bottom of the paper, measure 7” from the left side and place a mark. 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. Round the two corners at the top of the pattern by using a dish or an old CD.
With a paper scissor, cut out the pattern and mark the bottom straight edge of the pattern, "Place on Fold".


Cut two pieces of flannel using the pattern as a guide - Fold the flannel fabric, place the pattern on the fold, pin and cut out. 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 with right sides together. If you are using batting, place the batting on the work surface and put flannel pieces on top. Pin all the layers together. How to sew a contoured burp cloth Stitch all the way around with a 1/2" 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 being careful not to clip into the stitching. Insert you hand into the opening and turn the burp cloth right side out. Press it making sure to curves and corners are poked out.


Turn under the raw edges of the opening, pin and press.
Topstitch all the way around the burp cloth about 1/4" 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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