Thursday, September 13, 2012


Now that I make my own baby bibs and burp cloths, I like to have matching sets. (Yes I'm one of those people) Not only does it look cute but having matching sets make for great baby shower gifts! So when I make a bib, I make the matching burp cloth to go with it. The process for making a burp cloth is basically the same as the bibs which is why I'll be repeating some of the same steps.

What You Need:
*Flannel - 1/2 yard of print flannel & 1/2 yard of coordinating solid flannel (1/2 yard will be enough material for two bibs & a burp cloth)
*Straight pins
*Matching thread
*Sewing machine

***First, before you do anything, you must pre-wash your flannel fabric. Flannel shrinks ALOT and also frays when you first wash it. This is why you buy more than what you need. One way to avoid too much fraying is to wash the flannel on a gentle cycle and then dry on delicate. You will still see fraying but trust me this is minor compared to what I saw when I accidently washed it on regular settings!

Once your flannel has been washed and dried, iron your fabric so that there are no wrinkles and trim off the frayed pieces.  You should now have two nice ironed pieces of material ready to go.

For the pattern, I drew up mine and transfered it to a large piece of stiff felt. For easy cutting and to make sure that your burp cloth is symmetrical, I made the pattern for half and folded the fabric so that once the material was cut, you unfold it and have a perfectly symmetrical piece of material.

This is the pattern for half of the burp cloth. Place
the side marked "fold" on the folded edge of the

Once you have both pieces of fabric cut out, pin them together with right sides facing each other.
Then sew around the perimeter of the burp cloth leaving an opening in the center of one side so that you are able to turn the material right side out.

Once you flip the material so that the right sides are facing out, fold and pin the bottom opening closed so that it "flows" with the seam around the rest of the burp cloth. Sew around the whole burp cloth, making sure that you sew close enough to the edge to catch the material where the opening was. This is where you want to have a matching thread color because this is the seam that you will see. I recommend using the same color as your solid fabric. The thread will be more noticeable on the solid than on the print fabric. The print distracts from thread.

The final step is to make a few 1/2 inch long stitches in the center of the burp cloth. These stitches keep the two layers of the burp cloth together to prevent a bag like appearance. For these stitches make sure you use a matching thread! Now you have a cute matching bib/burp cloth set.

*I will be posting the .pdf file of my patterns soon

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