How to sew a baby burp cloth

Burp cloths need to be soft on baby's face. So soft flannel fabric is the perfect chose.

In this tutorial, learn how to sew quick, easy and cute contoured burp cloths using soft flannel fabrics. Even someone learning to sew can make these burp cloths.   At the fabric store, you can find  adorable flannel fabric in a wide variety of prints and colors for  boys or girls.  After purchasing the fabric, make a bunch for yourself or to give away as a baby gifts.

If you are expecting a new arrival to your family or a friend is expecting, what  projects can you sew for a little one?  You can sew adorable baby items from blankets to quiltsbibs to diaper bags,  toys to clothing.  You can make the little one in your life special by making handmade gifts.

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Watch this video and read on for a photo tutorial with step-by-step instructions on how to make a contoured burp cloth.

Watch our video tutorial below or click the link if you prefer to watch How to sew a baby burp cloth in Youtube.

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

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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.

Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial - Make PatternAt 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.

Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial - Making Pattern Curve CornersNow, 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.

Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial - Make Pattern FinishedThe pattern is ready to be cut out and should look like the photo above.

Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial - Pattern Cut outWith a paper scissor, cut out the pattern and mark the bottom straight edge of the pattern, "Place on Fold".


Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial - Cut Out FabricsCut 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.


Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial - Layer FabricsPut 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. 

How to sew a contoured burp cloth - Pin aroundTo make sure the layers do not shift while sewing, pin all the layers together.  On the long straight side, you need to leave an opening about 4" long.  This opening will be used to turn the burp cloth right side out.   As a reminder not to sew the opening, do not pin this section.

Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial - Sew Around leaving an openingStitch all the way around with a 1/2" seam allowance, but don't forget to leave a 4” opening in the middle of the straight edge. As you sew around the burp cloth, remove the pins.  Do not sew over them.

Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial - Clip CurvesAfter stitching, clip the curves being careful not to clip into the stitching.  Clipping the curves allows the seam to be flatter after it's turned and ironed.

Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial - Turn Right Side OutInsert your hand into the opening and turn the burp cloth right side out.  Be sure to poke out the curves and corners.  A long stick, pencil or your fingers can be used from the inside to push out the seam. 

With an iron, press the burp cloth flat and make sure all curves and corners are poked out nicely. Turn under the raw edges of the opening and press.  Pin this section closed with a few pins.Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial - Turn in Raw Edges of Opening  


Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial - Topstitch Around and over openingEdgestitch all the way around the burp cloth about 1/4" from the edge.  The edge stitching will close the opening.  Remember to take your pins out just before sewing the opening section closed.  Sewing over pins is not recommended.

Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial - Finished Burp Cloth

The burp cloth is finished. This easy project takes about a half-hour to complete.Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial - Finished

If you are giving this as a baby or baby shower gift, make a few burp cloths, then fold and tie them with a cute ribbon.  New mothers will appreciate these wonderful baby burp cloths and the contour will help them fit against the neck comfortably.Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial - Finished Folded and Packaged

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