Sometimes the best gifts are handmade gifts, right? And if you’ve got a friend who’s expecting a new baby, making burp clothes is an awesome gift idea. Not only are they super easy to make (even with limited sewing skills), they are incredibly practical. I hear babies spit up a lot. 🙂
Burp clothes are also easy to customize. I made these for my bestie Tori and her husband Scott and paired them with a super soft robot fabric for a coordinating blanket. But there are a million different fabrics you can choose from…just browse Spoonflower, one of my favorite sites, or wander around your local Jo-Ann.
Want to learn how to sew quick and easy burp clothes? Alright, let’s do this!
Here’s what you need:
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- Sewing machine and thread
- Decorative fabric, I got my robot fabric in store at Jo-Ann
- Soft solid flannel fabric in a complementary color (browse here)
- Fabric scissors and pins
- Iron and ironing board
And here’s how to sew quick & easy burp clothes.
Step 1: Cut three pieces of fabric to 8 inches x 15 inches. About the size of a rectangular dish cloth is good.
Step 2: Lay them out like this and pin them together.
- The decorative fabric (in this case, the robot fabric) should be on top, right-side DOWN.
- The solid-colored fabric should be in the middle, right-side UP.
- The batting should be on the bottom. It doesn’t have a right/wrong side.
Step 3: Sew around three sides, leaving one side open.
Step 4: Clip the excess fabric on the corners (but don’t clip into the seam!) and pull the cloth out through the opening so it’s right-side out.
Step 5: Fold the opening in and give it a good press with the iron. Then pin it and sew the opening shut.
Step 6: Use your iron to press all seams. Then, sew a straight seam around the edge of the entire burp cloth. This step is optional, but I think it gives it a nice finish.
Fold into thirds to store or wrap as a gift. 🙂
You can also make these without the batting inside. I had some batting on hand and thought it would make for a nice extra cushion on the shoulder, plus it would increase the absorbency, which is always a good thing with spit. Right?
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If you like this, check out my easy baby blanket tutorial 🙂