How to Sew a Flannel Burp Cloth

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Flannel burp cloths are a great way to protect against those baby spit-ups since they are more absorbent than most burp cloths found in stores today. These easy and inexpensive cloths are a great shower gift to make for any mom. Get creative and you can make a beautiful custom-made baby gift in just a few minutes. Read on to learn more.

  • Take 2 pieces of flannel that are the same size and put right sides together. A good size is 10 by 18 inches. If you want a particular shaped burp cloth, draw a pattern on brown paper. Cut out the pattern. Trace and cut out the pattern onto the flannel pieces.

  • Add extra absorbency by cutting a strip of flannel approximately 4 by 10 inches. Center the flannel strip vertically to the wrong side of one flannel piece. Zigzag stitch to keep it in place.

  • Add lace around the edges. Pin lace around the right side of one of the flannel pieces. With right sides together, the lace sandwiched between the two, sew the two pieces of fabric together with a ½ inch seam. Omit lace for a standard burp cloth. Leave a 2 inch opening on one of the sides and turn the fabric right side out.

  • Stitch the opening closed after turning fabric. Sew as close to the outside edge as you can.

  • To help insure the cloth lays flat after washing, stitch again a ¼ inch seam around the cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • To use Rick Rack, omit the lace and finish sewing burp cloth as instructed. Use your sewing machine to sew the Rick Rack around the edge of the burp cloth.
  • If your machine does embroidery, adding a personal touch to one side of the burp cloth makes a gift even more special.

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