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Oh Sew Easy Burp Cloths

Friday, August 2, 2013

I know quite a few people who are pregnant or have babies right now and wanted to share with you a super easy project that is great for handmade shower or new baby gifts: burp cloths.

These burp cloths are so easy to make, even a beginning seamstress can whip a few of these up in no time.  They are made from super soft flannel and terry cloth so they are gentle on baby's skin, yet durable and can soak up messes nicely.  Here's how to make them:

What you need:

  • 10x18" rectangle of flannel (I have some great prints from Joann's)
  • 10x18" rectangle of terrycloth (again, I got mine at Joann's)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Ribbon or embellishments (optional)
  1. If you are going to use any embellishments, I suggest adding them first.  I used a piece of ribbon at the top and bottom of my patterned flannel fabric.  I first measured where I wanted it to go, then pinned it in place.  Once pinned, sew on your ribbon or embellishments. 
  2. Place your fabric right sides together and pin. At one end, mark a space a few inches wide that you are going to leave open to turn the fabric right side out.  
  3. Sew a 1/2" hem around the edge of the pinned rectangle.  Be sure to remove the pins as you sew and to leave an opening at one of the ends so that you can turn the fabric right side out.  Trim any excess fabric and clip corners at a diagonal. 
  4. Turn the fabric right side out and press.  At the open end, fold in the edges of the material so that they are in line with the sewn edge, press and pin. 
  5. Sew the pinned part closed 1/4" from the edge, and continue the stitch around the entire burp cloth.  Snip any loose threads and voila!  You are done!  These take almost no time at all; you can make a few in under an hour! 

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